I’m writing this today to hold myself accountable, but I’ll give you the backstory of this new exercise in stupid ambition.
My department has a big study room that some students have been using for the past few months to prep for the MCAT. And every time I walk by the room I look at their white board full of abstruse hieroglyphs and I wonder just how hard it is. I know it’s even more difficult than I probably think it is, but it’s been nagging at me.
There’s really no reason for me to study for, and pass the test that gets you into medical school. But I’m going to. It overlaps with enough of my interests that it’s certainly not going to hurt me, and I have nothing against learning just cuz.
The big problem
Go to Google and type in “How long should I study for the MCAT?” You’ll find people who have finished up their pre-med degrees in chemistry, physics, exercise science, biology, or various combinations or all of the above. Apparently they all prep from between 3-8 months.
Then there’s me. I did an English degree and my 101 science classes were a long time ago.
Yesterday I took an MCAT review book off the shelf, flipped it open, and laughed. Then I went and checked out Physics for Dummies, Biology for Dummies, and a comic book that is going to get me started in chemistry.
I spent the evening yesterday wrestling with standard notation and getting back on top of exponents and fractions. Heady stuff, yes?
But I don’t care. I’m going to do it. So my question becomes, for a guy at the For Dummies level in these specific areas, are we talking about a year of prep? Five years? Throw in the fact that I don’t have hours to study with every day and how does that change things?
I have no idea, but I am a curious bastard and I’m going to find out. By the end of 2011 I am going to take my first practice test and then we’ll see what’s what.
I’ll be tracking it here on the blog. I’m actually very excited about this. I do best when I have a big idiotic direction to go in, and this fits nicely.
Who’s going to join me? HAHAHAHAHAHA.