Desmondlug saidOK currently I am a junior at my college and a declared computer science major. I am thinking of changing my major to biology or chemistry and going to medical school. I learned that I didn't think far about computer science, until being within it I learned I don't care for it, I am bad at math. The only problem is that if I switch majors, it will mean even more years of college until I graduate, then I can go to medical school. I wanna make sure I think this through, anyone in medical school how is it? What is the best degree to take before going to medical school? Is it tough to get accepted to? To limit years of school I would have to take more than a load of classes a semester so I don't stay in school forever!....
Back to the OP, this is my take on it.
Currently I'm in my M1 (first year in medical school) year after graduating undergrad in 2009 and taking a year off of school to work. I can't stress enough, you need to FULLY think out your motivations for going to medical school and consider what you truly value. In life, there's more to it than work, studying, there's also everything outside of it. Spending time WORKING in a medical setting is invaluable, there is really no other way to put it, the closest feeling that you're going to get being a doctor is to work around doctors and other medical professionals, to ask questions, to observe cases, to see the good the bad, and the stomach turning. In my year off, I spent it working in a clinic, and to be honest, before that I wasn't so sure I was going to apply for medical school anymore. I'd shadowed in some departments at the hospital near my college, and felt completely depressed by it, people kind of ignored me, i didn't have a purpose being there except for watching and observing, and I didn't feel like I belonged there. However, once I was working in a clinic, with a set of responsibilities including patient care, I saw that I loved talking to patients and working with a medical team. You can never know how you're going to like something until you try it, and medicine is no different. You may have this idea of medicine being super glamorous, hot doctors hooking up with each other all the time (A la greys anatomy), and lots of drama and such, but the reality of medicine is so different, and before you commit yourself, and 200 grand of loans, to this type of education, you need to be as sure as you can that its going to be one you can stick with for the rest of your life.
As far as my medical experience thus far has gone, medical school has surprised me in one way, we party A LOT more than I thought medical students would. I hear that this is mostly cause we're in the first year, and just like freshman year in college, partying is going to happen, a lot. think after every exam, after getting every exam grade, every weekend where there isn't a test the following week, you get the idea. Though this is NOT a reason to go to medical school, its just a nice perk. I also find that medical school, unlike college, is like high school. College to me was a beautiful time where I felt like I could hang out with anyone and it was cool. Not sure if its my school or what, but everyone is super cliquey, don't get me wrong though, they're nice people, but there's pretty set groups.
In regards to years of education, if you are someone who is concerned about the number of years you're going to be in school, then an additional 4 years might not be a good idea. When considering if taking another year of undergrad is worth it for you, or a semester or whatever, think about what your goals are.
The thing about majors is, they're overrated when it comes to medical school. All that really matters when you're applying is that you took the required classes for entry into the school you're applying for (make sure you do an excel sheet or something so you can keep track of the different requirements, believe it or not, different schools have significant differences in required prerequisite classes. Like someone else said, do something you love to do. For me it was music, for you it might be something else. There's so many bio and chem majors in medical school, admissions committees see it as a plus if you have a different major. On the topic of admissions, what you've heard about it is probably true. It is very hard to get into school these days, while each year approx 50% of applicants actually matriculate into a given allopathic school, the acceptance rates for each school are slim, anywhere from 1%-8%. The 1-8% numbers daunted me so much when I was applying but that's why most people will apply to anywhere from 12-35 schools. So in a nutshell, yes, it is hard to get into medical school, and yes, the admissions process is inconsistant, confusing, and nerve-wrecking.
Hope this helps