Use your resources

“Use your resources. This may sound obvious, but do not hesitate to ask upperclass premeds questions about what they’ve done and what they would do differently. Get to know your teachers and TAs and, for the especially hard classes, go to the office hours and optional recitations, even if you don’t have a question that day.  That way when the time comes that you don’t understand something (and it will), you already have the network and it’s easy to work your way through it. When you hear people talking about a club that sounds interesting or a workshop they found helpful or a study method that worked, don’t be afraid to walk up to them and ask about it. Remember that medicine is a team enterprise; you may as well start now by learning to make the most of everything Columbia has to offer!”- Eliza