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Oct. 29, 2020

Student view: Becoming a doctor

Josh Klein is a senior Honors College student majoring in human biology in the College of Natural Science. He’s also minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation and is a Deans Research Scholar.

My goal is to attend medical school in the next year. I can’t believe that I am actually saying this now. It feels like just yesterday I was in middle school saying that I wanted to be a doctor one day. But here I am eight years later, and I have conquered the MCAT and have begun medical school interviews.

It is a crazy feeling to say the least, and I am so glad that I embarked on the pre-med path here at Michigan State. Dating back to when I was little, attending tailgates with my friends and our parents, I always dreamed of coming to MSU.

I fell in love with the university and the athletics at a young age and now that I am almost done with my education and getting ready to move on to the next part of my journey, I can say that I am confident that the quality of education I am receiving will prepare me for med school and beyond.

To be a first-generation college student choosing an academically rigorous program is daunting.

That term, “first-gen,” is a title that comes with its own unique set of challenges, yet I don’t know that I would change it if I could. What I once perceived to be scary has actually been an important part to my development and my path to pursuing a career in medicine. I have had to figure out a lot on my own because I didn’t have the guidance that other kids had from their parents' experiences.

“That term, 'first-gen,' is a title that comes with its own unique set of challenges, yet I don’t know that I would change it if I could.”
Navigating applications for financial aid, study habits, how to get involved on campus and all the other things that are part of college without the direction that other students may have is overwhelming at times. However, through these struggles, I have learned a lot and I believe my experiences as a first-generation college student will help me become a successful medical student.

I am self-motivated, and my resilience is intrinsic — both qualities are valuable to a career in medicine.


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