My name is Asnat Yuabov, and I am an OMS-II at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am a first-generation American and an Orthodox Bukharian Jew. I’ll be talking about my journey to medical school! While at Queens College, I did numerous extracurricular activities. I volunteered at Northwell LIJ for three years. In addition, I served as the President of Future Healers of America; this allowed me to work closely with Health professional schools and their admissions team, as they would come and inform the students about their schools and requirements. Partaking in any of these activities show that you are a team player, have great communication skills, and are committed to the medical field. In addition to volunteering at the hospital and serving as President of FHA, I also did research. I worked in Dr. Richard Bodnar’s Psychology lab, investigating how pharmacological and genetic variance affects conditioned flavored preferences (CFP) in murine strains. I was named a co-author in several published papers and presented my research at the NEURON Conference at Quinnipiac University. While not required, doing research is highly recommended if one wants to get into medical school; Presenting an abstract or serving as one of the authors of a scholarly article is particularly impressive. During my first year of medical school it was difficult finding a balance between school and all my other responsibilities, but eventually you get the hang of it and learn to prioritize what is important! Any type of schooling requires hard work and dedication, so whatever your career choice is I wish you good luck ! As you see, there is much you can do to make yourself an attractive candidate for medical school. I suggest that every aspiring med student thinks about their motivation for pursuing this field; Follow your own dream. In addition, a committee letter is very important. I highly recommend that aspiring pre-med students make an appointment with the pre-health advising office at their university (if there is one) so that they can discuss the requirements for obtaining a committee letter My final piece of advice is: Ask for advice, reach out and talk to other medical students and doctors about their experience and journey. If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and feel free to follow me on Instagram @studentdr_ay.