Hi! My name is Finey and I’m a senior right now in IBH. Last year, I went abroad to Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom on the only pre-med study abroad program here on campus. This program advertises for MCB majors, so I was an exception in the history of the program. My survival proves that this is possible, and I encourage any IBH pre-med students to try it out. This academic year-long program is for juniors, so you would apply the fall semester of your sophomore year (look now if you’re interested!). If 2 semesters is too long, other study abroad programs would be another wonderful option. To keep things short, I took classes in Newcastle’s medical school, interned at the Royal Victoria Infirmary shadowing a surgeon, traveled the UK, took horse riding lessons, and backpacked across Europe for a month. It was an awesome year that I don’t regret. To top it off, all of my expenses (other than traveling because that was on me) was covered! Contact me if you’d like to find out how that was possible, but it’s definitely possible.
As for my commitments on campus, I was able to delay them for a year and pick them right back up. I am a James Scholar, double majoring in Chemistry, but I will still be graduating on time. I completed all of my advanced level credits for IBH abroad, so I only really needed to focus on Chemistry classes upon return. I joined a lab in my sophomore year, left for a year, and now, I am working towards a thesis for graduation distinctions in the same lab. If lab commitment is a major issue, the professor will be more than happy to have you back in the lab, granted that you don’t break equipment worth thousands of dollars. For old James Scholar requirements, I was able to double up on my honors credit by taking the last IBH required ecology class as well as interning for LAS 122. If you opted into the new requirements, study abroad earns you enrichment points!! Also, employers on campus are more than likely going to hire you back if you were awesome at your job. I had a federal work study job since freshman year and I got re-hired again upon return even though I lost my federal work study because I was out of the US for 2 semesters (1 semester should be fine). My life may seem very hectic right now, but I still found time every week to enjoy playing billiards or binge on anime and new season episodes. If you’re interested in study abroad or on anything that I do, feel free to contact me. It might take a while for me to respond, but I’ll try my best.
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