Spanish minor; studied abroad in Mexico for 6 weeks one summer EMT-B and leader of the county fire department's EMS bike team - 2 years Phone counselor at a crisis center/suicide hotline - 1 year Camp counselor at a camp for kids with diabetes Captain of a women's and co-ed intramural soccer team - 4 years Shadowed an internist for 2 months through a class at UF (MEL4012 - definitely recommended!) Research: Worked as a lab assistant in a plant molecular genetics lab for a year. I did learn a bit about genetics but since it was mostly manual labour I don't think it was worth much as far as my application was concerned.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2007
Undergraduate college: University of Florida
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 519
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.97
Science GPA: 3.95
Summary of Application Experience
So I had to apply to a ton of schools, because my fiance (now husband) was applying to law school at the same time. If I had the choice I would definitely apply to less - it was sooo expensive and time-consuming!
Other than that I would just advise everyone to stay with a med. student if the school offers a hosting program. It was the best way to get a feel for their quality of life and at some schools, the only significant amount of time we had to speak with them.