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Am I competitive for T30 schools?

BigBoi4545

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I'm planning to apply next cycle, and I'm in love with a T30 school. I am planning out some more ECs to pursue next year, but I may not have time to improve on them as much as I want to. Are there any glaring holes in my app, or any ECs that I need to do before I apply? This is what I have so far:

GPA: 3.86 (2Ds in freshman year, straight 4.0 since).

MCAT: Took a practice FL, got a 518: hoping to emulate this on the actual exam.

Background: White male (North African) from CA

LORs: Should be great: I set the curve in several of my classes, and my professors know me fairly well (I spent WAY too much time in OH lol).

Research: Should have ~800 hours (2 REUs), w/ 2 poster presentations.

Volunteering: 200 hours of clinical volunteering in the US (plan to get another 50ish next year), and 100 hours of clinical volunteering in a clinic in my home country (North Africa)

Shadowing: Planning to do 50 hours of shadowing docs in various specialties during the next year

Work: Summer Mentor for under-served high school kids (all first-gen and low-income) to convince them to apply to college, and help them navigate through the college application process. 400 hours.

Worked as a tutor for various programs at my college (~100 hours)

Planning to work in the AmeriCorps during my gap year in a clinical capacity

ECs: I started a website to track the BLM protests that are currently happening around the US with some friends (including somebody that is fairly high-profile), with the intention of helping protesters stay safe and informed. The website has been featured by several news sites.

Currently leading a chapter of an org that is dedicated to delivering food to senior citizens, although it isn't a huge operation (6 volunteers).

Volunteering at my mosque doing various tasks (such as food distribution) during the pandemic (70-100 hours.)

Planning to volunteer for a homeless shelter for the entirety of the next school year (hopefully around 150 hours)

Working on creating a college-matching website with some friends during quarantine. I love helping high school students with college applications, so this was a natural outlet for this passion during quarantine.

Captain of intramural soccer team for 1.5 years (we suck, but it's a lot of fun to have something to do that is non-academic)

Founder of Chemistry Club at my school (mostly centered around tutoring other kids in my OChem class with a fellow student)

Vice President of IT for AMSA at my school (1 semester)
 
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I'm planning to apply next cycle, and I'm in love with a T30 school. I am planning out some more ECs to pursue next year, but I may not have time to improve on them as much as I want to. Are there any glaring holes in my app, or any ECs that I need to do before I apply? This is what I have so far:

GPA: 3.86 (2Ds in freshman year, straight 4.0 since).

MCAT: Took a practice FL, got a 518: hoping to emulate this on the actual exam.

Background: White male (North African) from CA

LORs: Should be great: I set the curve in several of my classes, and my professors know me fairly well (I spent WAY too much time in OH lol).

Research: Should have ~800 hours (2 REUs), w/ 2 poster presentations.

Volunteering: 200 hours of clinical volunteering in the US (plan to get another 50ish next year), and 100 hours of clinical volunteering in a clinic in my home country (North Africa)

Shadowing: Planning to do 50 hours of shadowing docs in various specialties during the next year

Work: Summer Mentor for under-served high school kids (all first-gen and low-income) to convince them to apply to college, and help them navigate through the college application process. 400 hours.

Worked as a tutor for various programs at my college (~100 hours)

Planning to work in the AmeriCorps during my gap year in a clinical capacity

ECs: I started a website to track the BLM protests that are currently happening around the US with some friends (including somebody that is fairly high-profile), with the intention of helping protesters stay safe and informed. The website has been featured by several news sites.

Currently leading a chapter of an org that is dedicated to delivering food to senior citizens, although it isn't a huge operation (6 volunteers).

Volunteering at my mosque doing various tasks (such as food distribution) during the pandemic (70-100 hours.)

Planning to volunteer for a homeless shelter for the entirety of the next school year (hopefully around 150 hours)

Working on creating a college-matching website with some friends during quarantine. I love helping high school students with college applications, so this was a natural outlet for this passion during quarantine.

Captain of intramural soccer team for 1.5 years (we suck, but it's a lot of fun to have something to do that is non-academic)

Founder of Chemistry Club at my school (mostly centered around tutoring other kids in my OChem class with a fellow student)

Vice President of IT for AMSA at my school (1 semester)
No you are not competitive until you get a MCAT score
 
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