How to Stay Motivated During the Premed Years

For many premed students, the future can seem bleak. After all, first-year premeds are typically looking at seven more years of schooling before they can achieve their dream of becoming a doctor. For students who are spending more of their time studying and engaging in extracurricular activities, it can be easy to become discourage and disillusioned. Below are three strategies to help premed students stay motivated:

1) Remind yourself what you are working towards—and visualize the end result. In the day-to-day grind of coursework, it is easy to become discouraged. Take the time to remind yourself why you are working so hard. Visualize the day that you graduate from medical school—and the day that you finally get to open up your own practice. Keeping your eyes on the prize is a great way to summon up the energy to fight through another tough day.

2) Consider how fortunate you are to have the opportunities that you do. As challenging as your premed studies can be, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. You have an opportunity that only a very small percentage of people on this planet share. Not only do you have the financial resources and the opportunity to pursue your dreams—but you have the mental and physical strength to make it happen. This isn’t to say your life is easy—but you do have a unique and valuable opportunity, so make the most of it!

3) Track your progress. Sometimes, when the road ahead seems impassable, the best thing to do is to look backwards and see how far you have come. Sure, you may have as much as seven years of schooling ahead of you—but you’ve already endured twelve years of school! Sure, you may be expected to learn massive amounts of information—but you’ve handled similarly daunting challenges in the past. When times are tough, consider how far you have come in the past—and you’ll often find the motivation you need to keep moving forwards.

There’s nothing abnormal about feeling discouraged during your premed studies. I have spoken to countless students who have felt the exact same way. But if you are truly passionate about your dream of becoming a doctor, it’s important that you dig down and find the motivation to keep moving forward. For more help in this area, please feel free to contact me today!



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