Being a 15-year-old girl intrested in going into medicine, I have researched every possible senario that I could encounter to better prepare myself if the senario happens.
"Will I be able to raise a dog through out this process"
"How many times a year would I be able to come home and visit family?"
"Do I get summer vactions during medical school?"
"When will it be the best time to start a family?"
The answers are.. yes, at least twice a year, not the typical summer vacation you're use to in high school, and well there's never a good time...
I have always been an over-thinker. I always say that it's best to over-think and be prepared for a situation rather than under-think and feel hopless. But with the topic of when I'll be able to start a family, I just feel like it's a lose-lose situation.
The transition from high school to college is bad enough now add a crying infant in the equation while studying for your MCAT and trying to keep a competitive GPA of at least 3.6.
If you're lucky enough to have family living in the same city as you who'll be able to take care of the baby when you need to study or go to class then it's perfect. If not, child care would cost you a pretty dime. Don't forget about the medical bills and cost to actually keep the baby healthy and well cared for, that's well over a part-time salary.
Gap Year Between College and Med School:
If you want a baby young, taking a gap year between college and medical school is probably your best choice. With this, you'll be able to take care of yourself (by not being so stressed out) as well as the baby before and after birth. You'll be with the baby for the first few months of their life which some may believe is the most important. Having a gap year to have a child is much simplier when it comes to maternity leave. Down side? You'll be a year behind your goal of being in medicine; this means a year behind training and a year behind a physican-income, you'll have to find a source of income to support your family (most likely working part time), you'll apply for medical school during your fourth year, and most would argue that having to take care of a baby full-time means losing the "student" mindset and going back to school (especially into medical school) may be difficult to adjust back into the student life.
Rianne Del Carmen
My biggest goal in life is to just live it. To enjoy every moment and find the beauty in all things. So I write to inspire others. Not to just enjoy life but to better themselves. To become a better student, a happier person, and a more loving human. With tips and stories, I hope to help you through all the rough edges.