i am new, i apologize if i am posting in the wrong forums or if this sort of question has been asked before. But i love these forums, great advice and very helpful pre-med students. Thankyou!! my Story: the problem is that i go to a semi decent college and i recently decided i wanted to go to medical school. But...i haven't done any volunteer work or have any extracurricular activities, except a few dean's list awards (3.4 GPA), i will be a senior next year. I have been studying for the MCAT this summer, and i am convinced that i can score a 30 or above on the MCAT. I also have 3 more semesters to go, have to stay an extra semester since i changed my major...maybe i will end up with a 3.5 and a 30 on MCAT and a semester of research + 100 hrs of volunteering + a few running competitions (0 wins, atleast i try). Well my questions is that if i take a year off and do volunteer work + research, will it help me get into a better medical school? (i live in a very competitive state when it comes to medical schools) I am afraid that the admission committee will look at my application and it will raise a red flag since i have pretty no activites/vounteering during my college years. Any advice would be helpful, i am totally freaking out! Thank you.