As a non-traditional premedical student, you already know how difficult it can be to get good premed admissions advice. Many non-trad premeds I speak with tell me that they feel a strong sense of isolation. “I feel like I’m on my own and have to figure everything out myself,” is one common statement I hear.
You can get admissions help from your school — even after graduation
I recently spoke to a group of premed advisors and I specifically asked about this issue. Many were surprised, because they said, “We provide help to all our students, past and present!
That’s great news, and here’s my suggestion: Email or call the premed advisor / pre-professional advising office of your alma mater and ask them if they are willing to help you.
One more point — many schools don’t discriminate between students who attended, and students who graduated. So just because you didn’t complete your degree doesn’t mean that you can’t get great, free help.
What to do if a premed advisor won’t help
I expect that not all universities provide this service, and sometimes these services are provide to members of the alumni association. So if you get a “no” from the premed office, don’t let that be the final answer, and check with your alumni office to see if they offer help.
Give this a try, then come back to this article and leave a comment like, “Yep, I can get help at [name of school].” I’d like to create a nice resource for the premed community on this topic, and this is how we can start helping each other.
What’s your next step? If you’re struggling to figure out what to do next, I recommend that you check out my Medical School Admissions Blueprint. It contains a section for nontraditional students that gives you action steps that are the most applicable to your unique position.