Route 1: Becoming a Pre-Med Student
Keeping it All in Balance
Aiming for medical school is a difficult goal, but worth achieving if God has called you to it. Pre-med can get pretty tough, and there may be some discouragements along the way. Remember, the most important priorities in life are 1) God, 2) Family, 3) Career. When you are working hard, it is easy to get these out of order!
Some practical suggestions:
- Keep a regular "quiet time" with the Lord. Have the discipline to begin each day with time in the Word and prayer. Just a few moments each day will make a big difference!
- Make time for exercise, rest, and relaxation. Resist the temptation to be a "workaholic." Start now, for you'll fight this tendency all your life!
- Watch your attitude. Pre-med students can sometimes be arrogant or insensitive to others. Be willing to help your classmates. Look for opportunities to be a servant.
- Don't be a perfectionist. Well, OK, you probably can't help that <grin>, but don't let a bad grade or weak performance discourage you. Forgive yourself and move on.
- Keep your eye on the goal. Remember, some day you will minister to the medical and spiritual needs of others, a big responsibility and a big privilege. Do your best, for we are called to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).