So I know I’ve touched on the fact that I’m BME in the past, and I’m sure many of you prospective BME’s would like to know what it’s like to be a BME having heard all the stories, so here’s my attempt at letting you know how it’s going. Here’s my shot at debunking a few BME myths.
- BME + Pre-Med = Impossible
This is by far the most popular myth. It really isn’t true. There are so many pre-med BME students (myself included) that are more than fine. In fact, some people are pre-meds with a double major/minor. Don’t be discouraged about pursuing pre-med because you think it’ll be a lot of work. Nearly all of the coursework is covered by BME requirements anyways (Organic Chem. 2 and Lab excluded, unfortunately </3 ).
- BME’s have no social life.
Again, absolutely not true. That’s not to say that BME should be taken lightly, but BME kids aren’t pariahs who spend their days withering away in textbooks (not always, at least). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wither away in my textbook.
Jokes aside, as a BME your social life will be just fine. Hopkins is a tough school, and regardless of what you’re doing, you are going to have your harder days and your easier days. That being said, if you want to be a BME, just be aware that it is a lot of work, but it’s also an amazing experience.
- BME is useless if you’re not pre-med
I know that some people believe BME is only good as a major for pre-med students. That’s not necessarily true. While BME is obviously related to the field of medicine, there are so many other avenues to travel with a BME degree besides med school. Research, business, or design are all other ways to go. Don’t be discouraged from BME purely because you’re not interested in med school. On that note though, if you’re not interested in medicine at all, then BME might not be your best bet.
Alright, there you have it. I hope I got some of the realities of being a BME across. Let me know if you have any other questions! For now, I’m going to go sleep.