Well, here I am, at the end of my first semester of college. Two weeks from today, I’ll have submitted my last final (I can’t stress enough how much I hate physics) and be on a plane to see my family. It’s an incredibly strange feeling to be honest. Looking back on this past semester, I can easily say that it’s been great. Yes, it’s had ups and downs, and the couple of months were anything but easy, but overall, it finally feels like Hopkins is becoming my own. See, for the first couple of months, it’s going to feel like a stranger out of place. All freshman will. It’s almost like you’re invading someone else’s territory, and all you can do is sit there and take what comes to you, but now, it feels different. I feel like I’m really a part of Hopkins.
I’ve gotten involved in clubs, made friends, and achieved the goals I set out when I began college. Why is all of this relevant, you ask? Well, twelve days from today, early decision applicants are going to receive their decisions. That means that we’ll have our first batch of the JHU Class of 2020, which I found absolutely insane. What I’m saying here is for those ED kids, and for the rest of you if you’re reading this later in the year. Regardless of what the decision may be, you should know this: college is going to be a huge change, and while you may not feel like you belong at first, don’t worry. It’ll take some time, but the adjustment will happen, and once it does, you’ll feel like you can take on anything.
So I know I’ve touched on the fact that I’m BME in the past, and I’m sure many of you prospective BME’s would like to know what it’s like to be a BME having heard all the stories, so here’s my attempt at letting you know how it’s going. Here’s my shot at debunking a few BME myths.
- BME + Pre-Med = Impossible
This is by far the most popular myth. It really isn’t true. There are so many pre-med BME students (myself included) that are more than fine. In fact, some people are pre-meds with a double major/minor. Don’t be discouraged about pursuing pre-med because you think it’ll be a lot of work. Nearly all of the coursework is covered by BME requirements anyways (Organic Chem. 2 and Lab excluded, unfortunately </3 ).
- BME’s have no social life.
Again, absolutely not true. That’s not to say that BME should be taken lightly, but BME kids aren’t pariahs who spend their days withering away in textbooks (not always, at least). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wither away in my textbook.
Jokes aside, as a BME your social life will be just fine. Hopkins is a tough school, and regardless of what you’re doing, you are going to have your harder days and your easier days. That being said, if you want to be a BME, just be aware that it is a lot of work, but it’s also an amazing experience.
- BME is useless if you’re not pre-med
I know that some people believe BME is only good as a major for pre-med students. That’s not necessarily true. While BME is obviously related to the field of medicine, there are so many other avenues to travel with a BME degree besides med school. Research, business, or design are all other ways to go. Don’t be discouraged from BME purely because you’re not interested in med school. On that note though, if you’re not interested in medicine at all, then BME might not be your best bet.
Alright, there you have it. I hope I got some of the realities of being a BME across. Let me know if you have any other questions! For now, I’m going to go sleep.
In my experience, there were two broad types of people in high school. You’ve got the ones who had been planning their entire future since freshman year, and you’ve got the ones who didn’t really know what they wanted to do just yet. Personally, I was the former. This attitude is likely a result of my family, my personality, and the overall environment of my high school. I was one of the kids who starting freshman year, had all four years of high school somewhat planned out. I knew where I wanted to go, and I knew what I needed to get there. I’ve kept this attitude going, and right now, with medical school as the goal, I realized that I need another plan.
Cue Spotify, my laptop, an excel spreadsheet, and copious amounts of candy (Halloween <3). Yesterday, I sat back, put on my earphones (shout out to these guys for still working after like 3 years by the way), and listed out what I have to take every semester until senior year to not only graduate, but to do everything I want to do by the end of my four years here. Flash forward an hour, and I’ve got a massive excel spreadsheet with a bunch of completely different scenarios on how my next four years could go. One of them assumes I take no classes over the summer, another assumes I do, and one other throws in a lot of BME Design as an upperclassman. Doing that was both terrifying and exhilarating, because here’s what I learned: 4 years really isn’t that long of a time period and there’s so many opportunities at Hopkins it’s ridiculous.
By no means is this spreadsheet done, and I’m sure that by the fall semester of my senior year it still won’t be done, because there will still be things here I haven’t explored or opportunities left that I want to take advantage of. To relate this back to you, I remember that as a prospective student, Hopkins stood out for it’s abundance of opportunities, but no words can really do that aspect of Hopkins justice. It’s only when you get here that you can begin to fathom how many things there are right at your fingertips, just waiting for you to take advantage of at a moment’s notice.