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Fri, Feb. 2nd, 2007, 09:54 pm
irised: chemistry major?

Hey everybody! Right now, I am a junior in highschool, but I'm starting to try to piece together my college applications. Hopkins is the number one on my list, and I'm planning on taking the pre-med courses and eventually pursuing a medical career. I really enjoy chemistry, so I was thinking about it being my major. My questions are: 

Are any of you guys Chem majors? and if so, what's your oppinion on the Hopkins chemistry program?
Is it a really competive major to apply for?
Also, do you think it would be better to take the pre-med courses but major in something like English?

Thanks in advance for any help! =)

Sat, Feb. 3rd, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)

You can be 'pre-med' even if you're an English major. I'd argue that being 'pre-med' is more about having an appropriate perspective on why medicine is your calling and no being a cutthroat/gunner is almost completely wrong.

You should pursue what you're interested in and passionate about, and volunteer in some sort of clinical setting to get an idea of what a doc does before fully comitting to medicine as a profession.

I'd focus more on the present than on a decision that you'll be making in a couple of years, at least.

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your advice! I'm applying to volunteer at St. Jude, and I completely agree about checking everything out before I commit/make a descision.

Sat, Feb. 3rd, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)

You can be pre-med and be an English major. I'm a writing seminars major and there are a few pre-meds in my major, which I'm torn about. On one hand, if it's what you want to do, it's what you want to do. On the other hand, I've recently encountered people who are writing majors so it looks good on a medical application and they don't really care about getting to be really good at writing as much as getting A's and they waste really precious spots in workshops. Choose your major without thinking about medical school. It's only "better" to major in something like English if you REALLY LIKE ENGLISH.

My roommate from freshman year is a chem major. That's really all I know--I don't know too many. You don't apply for it specifically--you just get accepted and then you can declare whatever you want. You can declare something and then change it. The only one you have to actually apply for is BME.

I'd also like to echo the above in don't commit to medicine as a career just yet. Keep your options open. I've wanted to be about seventeen different things since I was a junior in high school, and it wasn't that long ago.

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your help! I understand what you're saying about people picking a major just so it looks good on a medical application. If I pick English, it would definitely be because I love English and literature.

Sat, Feb. 3rd, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)

I was a biophysics major at Hopkins who took several undergraduate and graduate courses in the chemistry department and went on to graduate studies in chemistry at UW-Madison.

The chemistry department at Hopkins is not that great. Many of the professors teaching the intro courses are very much not enthusiastic about teaching them. They also, like many of the other physical sciences people, have kind of a general disdain for premeds.

If you are really enthusiastic about Hopkins' chemistry, maybe you should check out their course offerings and see if they appeal to you?

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your reply, and for all the information! I'll be sure and take a closer look at the course offerings. =)