Hey guys! I'm a reapplicant for the 2009 cycle and I'd greatly appreciate any advice. Let's see, here are my number stats: GPA: 3.97; Science: 4.0 MCAT: 29S (10PS, 11BS, 8VR) <-- I'm retaking the MCAT (July 10) for obvious reasons. I hope to at least bump the VR to a 9 or 10 and I say this because I don't want to get my hopes up too high. Last year I took the MCAT on August 9. I wasn't able to finish secondaries until October. Perhaps my timing was off, but I did send everything to AMCAS at the end of June. At the end of the entire process, I only got an interview at UCLA, was placed on second waitlist, and now here I am! As far as EC's go: 1 yr hospital intern: ER, L&D, radiology, pharmacy 2 yrs rowing at school 1 yr newspaper editor 2 yrs EMT volunteer at school 2 yrs EMT at disaster medical group 2 yrs biochemistry research (poster presentation; oral thesis defense) 4 yrs tutoring 2 yrs of tutoring at disadvantaged high schools now half a year of free clinic medical outreach Various shadowing/talking to doctors experiences but nothing official I am hoping to do some more community service because I really enjoyed tutoring and mentoring, but I'm not so sure I'm going to have the time because I need a job to pay for this new application cycle! I am from CA, and last time I mostly applied to CA schools (applied to four out of state, no interview invites). I wondering if anyone has any advice as to what my chances of getting into out of schools schools are? I'm very interested in schools in NY and Illinois and also am interested in other mid-west schools as well (like Nebraska). CA schools are really competitive but I want to leave CA to experience another state. Any suggestions as to which schools would accept an applicant like me with my current stats or with an MCAT stat of 1-2 pts higher? Some things I'm going to do differently: I am rewriting my personal statement to be a little more... personal. I'm also hopefully boost my MCAT scores. Thank you for your help!