This section will spotlight a student who has come through the Health Professions Advising office at CSUF on their journey to professional school, and wishes to share his or her experiences and advice with current and future students.
Jun Kim- Future Physician
My initial step towards entering medicine began very early on in my life through various life experiences. When I entered CSUF and began to gain various experiences through clubs and internships this path evolved and solidified. My tenure always revolved around helping the underserved which played a significant role in deciding my classes and extracurricular activities. During my time at CSUF, I was the secretary of Flying Samaritans and the Director of Departmental of Operations for the Clinical Care Extender Program at Long Beach, California. Both of these programs led me to meet Dr. Fong, whom I am so blessed to have met and helped me tremendously in my pre-med career. I took part in research with Dr. Srinivasan and also did research over the summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of my favorite extracurricular I did at CSUF was Project Read. It is a program where you mentor and tutor local kids who resided in transitional homes, I highly suggest you check it out! I also founded a non-profit that was geared toward underserved pre-med students during my gap year. During my senior year at CSUF, I took a close look at my application and realized I needed to raise my GPA. I decided to do the Post Bac program at SFSU and got straight As doing full time all upper division science courses. As stated before, I had a focal point and reason for entering medicine. This helped me substantially when I was putting together my application. I was able to answer my application questions with ease because I chose my activities based on my personal passion and interest. I have met many people who approach extracurricular as a check list and in the end had a difficult time explaining why they volunteered for a particular organization or club. Don’t volunteer to gather hours, volunteer to get meaningful experiences that will help you grow and learn about the human condition. Applications are rolling basis, this is tremendously important! Make sure you get your letters in, MCAT scores in, entering your grades/sending in transcripts as soon as possible. There are some things you should prepare for interviews such as knowing the mission statement, application, and 3-5 questions for the interviewers. Some schools do Mini Mock Interviews (MMIs), I suggest you youtube them and get an idea of how it will be and what type of questions they might ask. When I got my first interview, I actually called nearby schools I applied to and told them I will be flying out on ___ week and was wondering about my application/interview status. Sometimes, schools will expedite your application or even offer an interview (or deny) you sooner. It is worth a shot. Also, many schools state it will take them weeks for them to decide after your interview. If you loved the school that you interviewed and don’t want to interview at any other school, just call them and tell them if they can expedite the decision so you can cancel other interviews (make sure you really have other interviews). This actually worked for me and I was accepted the day after my interview which led me to cancel other interviews and save me a ton of money.