Tutor & Lead Instructor of the MCAT Lift Off Course.
Tell Us About Your MCAT Experience Studying for the MCAT was a pretty grueling process for me. I made a lot mistakes along the way in terms of finding a balance between studying and appreciating that life still goes on during the MCAT. The most frustrating part was that I knew I was competent in the material, I just had no idea how to use my content knowledge to answer questions. In addition to this, I had no idea how to use the AAMC material! I ended up taking the exam twice, the first time I took the exam, I knew I could do better so I voided my score. I took it again about two months later. During those two months I drastically changed the way I was studying, I only looked at AAMC material and I learned to ask people for help. Asking for help was the biggest thing that changed in my prep. I literally asked anyone I could talk to in the medical field - anyone who had been successful before me, haha. I don’t necessarily advise talking to everyone because I definitely annoyed a lot of friends and advisors, but seeking help was a big step for me! Going into the second exam, I was confident that my score was going to be what I needed to reach my goals.
Why Did You Start Sean Studies Rather Than Working For A Larger Prep Company? I actually decided to start Sean Studies as I was preparing for my MCAT Retake. When I was prepping for my retake, I quickly realized that it is a unique situation because most students have already gone through all of the material and they the know the content. When I was prepping for my retake, I felt abandoned by the prep company I used. Needless to say, there is a lot of uncertainty that comes with retaking the MCAT. If we do not alleviate this uncertainty, we set ourselves up for failure. I created Sean Studies to give MCAT Retakers the opportunity to learn from my experience and my research on successful MCAT Retakers. What Are Your Plans For Medical School? I was very fortunate to be offered admission to my top choice medical school on October 15th. It was pretty wild, haha. I was hoping to get in, but I absolutely did not think I would get in on the first day they were accepting students. It is a phenomenal feeling. Mentorship and community engagement are woven into the culture there. with that in mind, it was easy for me to chose it over other schools. I consider myself extremely fortunate and lucky to have been admitted to multiple schools on the first day.
What Do You Hope To Do With Your Medical Career? How much time do you have? Hahaha. I have a few goals that I would like to accomplish as a physician. Primarily, I look forward to helping patients in times of need by treating them like individuals, not symptoms.
What Experience Do You Have With Education? I think a big part of being a lifelong learner is being a lifelong teacher. It is extremely important to teach your peers as your learn new material; teaching reinforces your own knowledge and ability to articulate information. In addition to being a tutor, I am very privileged to work with educating students on an institutional basis. Before Sean Studies, I helped run a community organization that provided backpacks to over 1200 underserved students. Currently, I sit on the Board of Trustees at one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. I have been able to interact with education on many levels, taking both a broad and narrow perspective. I am a millennial so I believe that everyone should have a side hustle that they’re passion about, haha. As if I wasn’t a big enough nerd already, my side hustle is education. I could, and do, talk about higher-ed for hours - my friends hate it!
How Can Students Set Up Tutoring With Sean Studies? There are many ways to contact Sean Studies and set up a tutoring session. The process is easy. I require every student to meet with me before they start tutoring with me or any other stud. This initial meeting is a brief interview to ensure that Sean Studies will work well with the student. With that said, the easiest way to set up a time to talk is to email* me. I always try to answer within 24 hours, but I promise I will answer within 48.