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Law Day
Thursday October 23, 1997
11:00 - 3:00 pm
Michigan Union
Meet with over 100 law schools from
across the country!
Some schools scheduled to attend include:

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By Heather Wiggin
Daily Staff Reporter
The words, "I'm pre-med" have
become a cliche that echoes through the
halls and classrooms of many
University buildings.
These words are easy to say, but
harder to follow through on. The
process of applying to and then attend-
ing medical school is a grueling one.
Aspiring doctors must first take the
Medical College Admissions Test, an
all-day ordeal. Applications and letters
of recommendation follow, and the
most fortunate receive an invitation to
interview at a prospective medical
school. The process occurs between
applicants' junior and senior year of
undergraduate school, and balancing
demands of classes during the applica-
tion process can be a challenge.
The first year of medical school gets
everyone from different academic back-
grounds on the same plane, said Medical
second-year student, Rex Wang. Classes
focus on basic sciences and the goal is to
"slowly ease students into their first
year," Wang said.
"When I first got in, I was wondering
'what am I doing here?"' said Medical
first-year student Victoria Jewell. "I was
nervous ... I worked myself into being
scared."
ButsJewell said she now feels com-
fortable with her classes and is used to
the work load.
First-year medical students do not
receive letter grades, but take classes on

a pass or fail basis.
"(The professors) don't want anyone
to fail - it looks bad on them," said
Medical second-year medical student
Amy Woznick.
Much of a first-year student's time is
spent in anatomy lecture and lab, where
medical students learn about the human
body in real detail.
Anatomy is the "orientation rite of
passage to medical school," said
Medical second-year student Lasean
Gill. Squeamish students must adjust
quickly to the strong scent of formalde-
hyde-preserved cadavers.
"Each body smells differently," Jewell
said. "I named mine Ben. Cutting into the
back of a person was scary, (but) once
you take the skin and fat off the body it
becomes less of a person."
Jewell said labs are helpful in learn-
ing detail and visualizing structures.
Anatomy also requires intense mem-
orization of vocabulary and physical
structures. The average medical student
begins their first year with a vocabulary
of 30,000 words, and learns 6,000 more
in anatomy, said Medical first-year stu-
dent Roy Belleville. "You try not to
save it up for the last minute ... I'm by
nature a crammer, but it can't be done."
Although the vocabulary can be intim-
idating, "after a while you get used to it
and want to know what's going on and
how everything's connected," Gill said.
But there is little rest for the weary as
students achieve second-year status.
The second year of medical school at

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the University is taught in a "systems
approach," Wang said. Sequences that
last between weeks and months focus
on different organs to familiarize stu-
dents with the systems.
Medical second-year medical students
share a similar routine - attend class all
day, go home, study, sleep, then do it the
next day.
"The biggest problem is time manage-
ment," Woznick said. "When I was an
undergrad I was in a sorority, having fun.
It's really busy trying to do everything."
The tremendous amount of informa-
tion in the medical school work load
can be daunting.
Wang said moving from undergradu-
ate classes to the rigor of medical
school caused serious culture shock.
"The biggest challenge is adjusting
to medical school," Wang said. "You
have to ask yourself, 'how much time
do I need to spend outside med school
to keep myself sane?' It's a personal
character development thing."
Medical students cite different reasons
for going into medicine, but "to do it, you
have to be dedicated and willing to make
the time commitment," Woznick said.

By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
They spend four years tasting the fruits
of Ann Arbor and the University, then
move on to fresher academic fields
where they pursue new environments,
and where they take their academic
careers to even greater heights.
Or maybe not.
Although most students who spent
their undergraduate years at the
University choose to pursue graduate
degrees at other schools, a few brave
souls choose to stay in Ann Arbor.
Graduate students admitted it was a lit-
tle odd teaching the same classes that they
took during their undergraduate years. "It
was most shocking with Bio 152," said
Rackham second-year student Aaron
Liepman. "It's everyone's first bio class. I
remembered a lot of the labs:'
The shock has worn off after a year of
teaching, Liepman said. But teaching
juniors and seniors raises other concerns.
"I don't know if they realize that I'm
only two years older than they are,"he said.
Graduate students also said relation-
ships with professors change. "When
you become a graduate student, you
become much more aware of what peo-
ple are publishing in,. what they're real-
ly doing," said Rackham second-year
student Linda Bailey of the linguistics
department.
Ann Arbor got mixed reviews from
the graduate students who have extend-
ed their residence in the city. .
"I like Ann Arbor, but like anyone
who's been here for four years as an
undergrad and is now here as a grad, I
would like to move on," said Rackham
first-year student Robert Caldwell.
But others said Ann Arbor's individual-
ity makes their stay in town worthwhile.
"It has a lot of things that big cities
have," Liepman said. Ann Arbor's
diversity and cultural events are partic-
ularly interesting, he said.
Bailey said her time here has made her

feel more like a part of the community.
"When I was a freshman living in the
dorms, I barely knew where anything
was beyond campus," Bailey said.
Bailey said these days, about half of
her friends are neither students nor pro-
fessors. Instead, they're normal citizens
with jobs that aren't attached to the
University. "They're a part of a much
more stable community," said.
Because of the graduation dispersal,
graduate students say they don't often
see many of the friends they had as
undergraduates. Liepman said there are
less than five friends from his under-
graduate days that are still in Ann
Arbor. Caldwell said all of his under-
graduate friends have left.
But $ailey said in the years she's
spent here, she's gotten used to the aca-
demic culture of people comingand
going. "There's a constant turnover"

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Bailey said. "Lots of people go, lots of
people come back."
University officials said most schools
prefer that their undergraduate students
go elsewhere for their graduate degrees.
"It's good to get a broader orienta-
tion," Marschke said. Having the same
professors narrows the scope of a stu-
dent's education, she said.
Regardless of where they graduated,
students expect to move on again when
they finish their graduate programs.
"Very seldom will your alma mater
hire you," Bailey said.

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