Talk to your upperclassmen

“Connect with pre-med upperclassmen. Regardless of whether you were great or horrible at pre-med courses (like bio, orgo, physics, etc.) in high school, there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to Columbia’ pre-med track. Getting advice from upperclassmen who have already taken some of the pre-med courses is a good way to get ahead. Among other things, you can often find out what professors to take, how intensive the workload is, and what to expect on the exam. Being prepared and informed about these kinds of things is a must for succeeding at Columbia, so when people who’ve already experienced what you’re going through are willing to help you, definitely take advantage of the opportunity.”- Kaleel