On the Pre-Med Track | St. Lawrence University

On the Pre-Med Track

Matt Ramm

Contrary to popular belief, the typical pre-med student does not spend all of his or her free time in the library. We are not completely socially inept creatures. Our interests are existent outside of the realm of science. Alright, admittedly I should have placed more emphasis on the words "all" and "completely" in the first two sentences. We're pretty weird. And sometimes we do go an entire day without human interaction to study. And we're definitely a bunch of science nerds. 

Most of the energy of a St. Lawrence pre-med student, like other pre-meds around the world, is dedicated to performing well in the classroom. We have an amazing science complex, ranked one of the best in the country, and the education we receive is comparable or superior to any other school in the country. However, the stereotypical St. Lawrence pre-medical student is far different from the stereotypical pre-medical student. What makes us different is the amount of opportunities we get to be involved in extracurriculars. The average pre-medical student is involved in a lot more than their classes. I'll tell you about some of the things I do on campus, so you don't just have to take my word for it. 

Admissions Ambassador

My employment on campus involves working in the Admission Office writing letters to prospective students, writing blog posts, and (my personal favorite) giving campus tours. I love being in contact with my potential classmates and getting to communicate all the great things about St. Lawrence. Even though it’s the best job in the world, there are a lot of other employment opportunities on campus. If you want to combine work with clinical experience, the SLU EMS program is always taking applications and will pay for your EMT certification class, which takes place five minutes away at SUNY Canton!

Student Government

The Thelomathesian Society, or Thelmo for short, is the undergraduate student government of St. Lawrence University. I was a senator and chairperson my first year, and it was great to make positive changes to campus and always be aware of what’s going on. It’s a great way to get involved your very first semester, and looks amazing as leadership experience on a resume.

The Pre-Health Club

This one is great for volunteer activities. We plan trips to the local nursing home, participate in and volunteer for events like Relay for Life and blood drives, and set up our own on-campus events to involve the surrounding community. Other clubs dedicated to service include Campus Kitchens, H.O.P.E., Habitat for Humanity, and SLU Buddies to name a few, so finding one (or more) that feels fulfilling isn’t too difficult.

Club Soccer

There are dozens of sports at the club level on campus, but soccer is my game. Club sports are a great way of continuing to play into college without the commitment involved with being on the varsity team. If you’re a fan of a sport that doesn’t have a club on campus and you can find other people with the same passion for it, you can easily start your own!

The ways to get involved on campus are endless. One of the things I love about St. Lawrence is how easy getting involved is. For a pre-med student, this accessibility to extracurriculars is what can make you stand out to medical school admission committees. The things you do on campus outside of class will be the things that shape you into the person you will be after your undergraduate days. While school is definitely a large part of the lives of the pre-medical students at St. Lawrence, it is very important to us to be able to pursue our passions and discover new ones.