Hey everyone, So here is my brief story. >I applied for the 2007 cycle late. My primary application was submitted October, and was reviewed and verified by the end of December. Paid for 32 schools, 12 schools got application (missed transcript deadlines) and got 3 interviews (1 rejected, 1 waitlisted, 1 waiting to hear back soon). >Biological Sciences major with GPA of 3.85 cum (3.97 science) from a UC (University of California) school. >Took MCAT twice: First time I took the MCAT, I got a 9P 6V 8B (23P), while my second attempt was 10P 7V 10B (27Q). I am currently signed up to take in August 2007 CBT MCAT. Each time I took the MCAT, I was doing other things with it (research or excessive volunteering). First time I took it, I took Princeton Review. Second time was Kaplan. If I take it for the 3rd time, what do you recommend? >Have very good extracurricular activities. 2 yrs of research, clinical volunteering for 2 years and various leadership roles in clubs/organizations. Currently doing trips to Mexico each month as part of an organization. So ..here are some of my questions: 1.) What can I do to make myself a better candidate for the upcoming 2008 cycle this June? 2.) Should I retake the MCAT for August (If yes, do you have any tips or advice)? Or should I focus on other things? I am currently signed up for August 20th and plan to apply this cycle. I will finish my revamped application and submit it by the end of June. 3.) What activities should I pursue in the year off? Any ideas? I was planning to do some medical missions to 3rd world countries, learning Spanish and shadowing a DO. I was also planning to do either EMT or CNA experience, and pursuing research. Thank you all for your advice. I greatly appreciate the constructive criticism!