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Trust Me, Your Premed T-Shirt Makes You Look Like a Tool.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

Trust Me, Your Premed T-Shirt Makes You Look Like a Tool.

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Audio Transcript

Hey Premed Nation. I’m Ben Frederick from Premedrevolution.com. Today I want to talk to you about your premed t shirt. Did you know that it probably you look like a tool? I had a good conversation with all the Neurotic Premeds over in the Premed subreddit on reddit.com. I’ll put a link in down below.

Here’s a few shirts that other’s have seen.

“Keep calm I’m almost a doctor.” “Stay safe at night. Sleep with a doctor.” “Trust me I’m almost a doctor.”

KyleCrysCologne says, “Ours was ‘Sleep? What’s that?’ I still hate it.”

I think the problem is that most people design premed shirts to impress people. “Hey everyone! I’m doing something that sounds hard because you have to be premed to be a doctor. I’m only a freshman, but that’s pretty much a doctor.” When you get into medical school you’ll realize that you don’t know jack. It can be very overwhelming at times.

When people know that you are premed or in medical school, they’ll start asking you all these medical questions. At first you’ll answer them because hey, that headache sounds sorta like a migraine. But you’ll slowly realize that medicine is rarely an exact science and rarely has just one answer based on the limited information you get from these “quick medical questions.” Could be a migraine, tumor, subarachnoid, meningitis, sinusitis, normal pressure hydrocephalus, etc. I’m getting off topic. But my point is that the further along in your medical career you get, the less you’ll feel like bragging. Premed shirts should be like a secret handshake between premeds. Not an attention grab.

Here’s that link I mentioned in the audio clip. Premed Subreddit: Thread On Premed T-Shirts

Have a Seat. We need to talk…

So you’re excited about being premed. That’s great! I think it’s important to embrace premed life. Having your eye on the prize will help you be more successful. But we need to talk…

You know that premed t-shirt you have? You know the one I’m talking about. I understand that you think it makes you look cool. You probably imagine people walking by whispering, “Look at her t-shirt, she’s premed. I bet she’s really smart and fun. We should be BFFs!”

Well… It’s not cool. It makes you look like a giant tool.

Tool  – a fake person. someone does things to impress people

 

“Trust Me, I’m (Almost) a Doctor.”

This is the most common and most serious offender. It makes you look like a know it all AND you’re the only one that thinks it’s funny. Nobody is that impressed that you’re premed and nobody is going to trust you because of it. Trust me, I AM a doctor and I don’t even trust myself.

I think we are missing the whole point of premed t-shirts. Business majors, art majors, and all of them in between have no idea what it means to be premed. Premed t-shirts have a habit of screaming at people, “Hey, look at me! I’m premed and that’s really impressive! Be impressed!” Unfortunately that just comes off as desperate and toolish.

You know that you’re premed, so why does your shirt have to scream it from the mountain tops. The real goal of your t-shirt should be to keep you motivated and to help you connect with your peers. Premed t-shirts should be like a secret handshake. It should say, “Hey dude. You get my t-shirt. You know what I’m going through and that’s cool.” Fist bump.

A Better Premed T-Shirt.

I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and create a Premed Revolution t-shirt that fit the “secret handshake/fist bump” model.  Notice the lack of the word “premed.” Only you and other Premed Revolutionaries will really know what it means. And that’s the way it should be.

You can order them (or not) HERE.

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