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November 27, 2012 7:05 PM Subscribe
Another "Where should I live" question. Looking for a beautiful, relaxed place to go for a couple of years to take medical school pre-reqs. Details inside.
posted by carolinaherrera to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So, in further planning my possible switch to medicine, I'm thinking that I might want to move somewhere to take my medical school prerequisites. I am looking at post-bacc programs but also want to explore the possibilities of doing it myself.
Assume that I have no ties where I am and can move anywhere in the US. I can move in advance if necessary to get state residency. I'd like a place that has
- A slower pace of life, natural beauty, and a kind culture. I'd like a fairly noncompetitive atmosphere (as much as possible for pre-med classes!) and a relaxed lifestyle to balance the stress of med school preparation
- A state school nearby (prefer 4-year, not community college, just because that's what people tell me is better for admissions) with a less competitive atmosphere
- No long, dark winters; no hot dry deserts
- Some culture - either a quirky intellectual college town type vibe or a distinct and interesting culture that will be a broadening experience for this Left Coast city girl. Not a land of shopping malls.
- Some sort of agreement that in-state residents get preference for admission to medical school would be awesome (I know there's something for western states like Montana, Wyoming, etc.)
- Lower cost of living than NYC, Boston, San Francisco
I'm thinking something like:
(Caveat, haven't been to any of these places for more than a couple of days.)
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Aspen, Colorado
- South Florida
- New Orleans, LA
- West Virginia (where?)
- The Carolinas (where? I was in Charleston once and really liked it, but don't know much else)
Do you live in a town that would be awesome for this?