Rachel Cross ’21

Princeton MCAT 510 Ultimate Class, Professional Development Course

Over the summer I prepped for the MCATs through an online course offered by The Princeton Review. The course covered the subjects of biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology/sociology, and the critical analysis and reasoning section (CARS). Assignments were given that needed to be completed before the class, such as readings and questions to prime your brain for what you were going to learn. There were also post-lesson assignments to reinforce the material that was just taught, including free standing practice questions and passages. There was also the option to sign up for topic-focused sessions when a particular topic wasn’t as clear to you.

I found that these courses were extremely beneficial to learning the material necessary for the MCAT. While my Williams education has done a great job preparing me for the testing material, this course was helpful in learning topics that I haven’t yet taken, namely physiology (which is very high yield on the MCAT). The course not only taught the topics in the detail necessary for the MCAT, but also provided ways to ensure the material is engrained in your memory.

This professional development course was tremendously helpful for me to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. Coming into Williams I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do post-graduation; however, I knew that I was interested in biology-related fields. Through courses I took my freshman year, various experiences (largely injuries), and reaching out to Williams alumni through the alumni network, I realized that I wanted to become a physician. I’ve always enjoyed helping people; pairing this with my interest in biology made becoming a doctor the perfect fit for me. I have taken many pre-med classes at Williams and after graduating, I plan on taking one to two gap years to get medically-related job experience before applying to med school.

This summer I was planning on doing research to get a jump start on my biology thesis that I will do at Williams this coming year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and all work being moved remotely, like most of my peers, I had to pivot. I am very grateful for this opportunity to take this MCAT prep course; this summer ended up working out perfectly because of it.

Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible, especially the Estate of Bruce C. Davey and the ’68 Center for Career Exploration. It has allowed me to continue down my career path towards becoming a physician. Once I become a doctor, I hope I am able to give back to those around me in the ways that I was gifted through the support system around me at Williams.