1) That awkward moment when you realize that people you graduated from college with are now graduating from law school or have already completed a degree in social work and meanwhile, here you are, still trying to get into med school.
2) Having to explain to someone what a “postbac premed program” is! (“So you’re not a medical student?” -“No, I ~want to be~ one!”)
3) Wondering if, as a non-trad, you’re older + wiser or just older than your traditional peers.
4) The cost of extra classes without the guarantee that they will lead to an acceptance.
5) Taking classes with undergrads (who are awesome — I’m not complaining about them!) and consequently, even though you’ve already got your bachelor’s degree, having a vague feeling that you’ve been an undergrad for 6, 7, 8+ years. Yeah, so much for that fantasy of graduating a semester early.
6) Feeling competitive about the timing aspect of things. ”So-and-so did an intensive post-bac program in ONE year? How is that possible?!? Did s/he not have any need to work…or volunteer… or try to have a social life…or relax…or SLEEP…or EAT???”
Also, don’t go to DO school because you think it will be easier to get in than MD school. Please leave that spot open for someone who really wants to be a DO. Medical school is a professional setting. No one is going to judge you for not going directly after college. They will…