I’ve found copious examples of timelines for pre-meds to organize their courseload by, but none specific to non-traditional students.
I plan on achieving a second major, but not an entirely new degree, so many of the suggested spots for gen ed courses/other electives are irrelevant to me.
I’d like to complete the standard prerequisites, as well as some upper-division science courses, and related electives that interest me.
Is this a good/manageable first semester?
- Biology 1
- Chemistry 1
- Precalculus? (I haven’t had it since high school, and have never taken Calc, so I’d like to refresh my math skills)
- Psychology 1
- A Medical Ethics/Bioethics course of some kind
- A “fun” elective - something useful, enjoyable, and not too time-consuming, perhaps improving upon my 2 foreign languages?
I also plan on continuing to volunteer at hospitals, working part-time (10 hours/week) as a CNA, volunteering as an EMT on a rural ambulance service, beginning research (fingers crossed! I’m psyched about this), participating in student organizations, et cetera.
Oh, AND having at least a tiny shred of a real life.
Am I aiming too high?
I’ve performed well in college before without much effort. Now - a little older and (hopefully) wiser - I’m eager to put some dedication into my studies, but I don’t want to overestimate my abilities and end up with mediocre grades.
Thoughts? Should I switch sciences around? Take one before another? I’m particularly interested in hearing from those of you who’ve been there.