I am a non-traditional applicant and have spend the last two years since finishing my undergrad working part-time (non-medical), shadowing, and volunteering with organizations personally important to me. I applied broadly and to rural-focused programs because I knew that is where I ultimately want to be. Because of my MCAT scores, lack of research, and lack of medically-related work experience, I never dreamed of getting immediate acceptances to MD schools the first time around. I am so grateful and indescribably happy. It really feels amazing to know so many complete strangers believe in me and my dream!