Which medical school should you choose?
Congratulations! You are receiving offers to some amazing medical schools and your hard work has finally paid off. However, now the tables have turned, and it’s your turn to choose where you want to study. How do you manage multiple offers? Maybe you are feeling the pressure and everywhere in Australia sounds like a good option?
Here are five do’s to help you in your decision process!
Do write a deadline timeline
How much time do you have to make this decision? Write down any important dates and then take the time you need to make your decision. Do not feel pressure to make a decision overnight when you actually have four months.
Do your research
You want to discover the facts and sometimes university websites do not offer everything you need to know. Sometimes, it is better to hear from current students and their experiences. Consider your sources and if they are applicable to you. At OzTREKK, we do our best to connect new and current students and ensure they have all their questions answered. 😊
Do dive a little deeper
Time for some serious self reflection. Forget about the schools and locations for a minute and ask yourself some deep questions. For example, “What am I looking for in my studies?”, “What really matters to me?”, “What do I wish to gain from my time in Australia?” Think long-term.
Do seek wise counsel
Sometimes talking to everyone can be overwhelming but if you have one or two mentors or people that know you very well and whom you trust, confide in them and ask for their opinions. They may not give you an answer but if they have some wise advice, then that is certainly a win and could lead you on the right path. Also, a fresh set of eyes is always useful!
Do have courage!
When you make your pick, have courage! Nothing in life is perfect but you can give yourself a pat on the back for taking the time to make an informed decision. (After all, it’s not like all of us can afford to go to Australia, visit each school, talk to each student and prof, and then decide). Recognize that you are doing the best with the information you have.
Watch our Ambassador Emma’s video on How I Chose My Med School! From dreaming, to spreadsheets, to gut feelings, Emma’s method can help you narrow down what school to apply to and which school to go to.