Hello SDN! Wanted to seek advice here. A little worried I might not get in this year because of my credentials… I am a woman hailing from Egypt with lots and lots of struggle trying to get the best education I could get growing up. I am blessed to have graduated from an ivy. I did not list myself as disadvantaged because I consider myself privileged compared to many. 3.1sgpa- upward trend, but not that drastic of an improvement 3.2ogpa 20AA/19TS/23PAT 50 hours shadowing 300 volunteering/community service hours 600 hours research, academic credit, nothing published or any of that fancy 4-year varsity athlete Great recommendation letters and essay I’m taking one year off (hoping I get in this cycle). I’ll be taking a few classes to fulfill microbio/biochem/a&p prereqs for some schools. What else should I do? Is it too late to get more shadowing hours in since I already submitted my application/got it verified? My dream school is Columbia (for research + clinical experience), but I know that’s a reach. I've applied to many schools where my stats meet their averages.