Hey everybody, I am facing a difficult decision and am not sure what to do. I have been planning for a long time to apply to med school this June. I am in my final term of classes for my BA in English, but I still have to write an honors thesis to graduate which I will probably finish this summer. I have a good GPA (3.75, BCPM ~3.5) and took the MCAT last Aug scoring a 29 (BS 10, PS 7, VR 12). Because of the breakdown of scores on my MCAT, I have been trying to prepare to retake the MCAT this April hoping to improve my PS score, but all the stress from full-time classes, part-time work, trying to write my thesis, and studying for the MCAT has kind of made me miserable, especially in the last couple of weeks since I realized that I needed to get my butt in gear about the MCAT and have been studying hard (2-6 hrs/day, on top of work and school) to do that. Since about Dec., worrying about my thesis and the MCAT on top of everything else started getting me down, and I wasn't getting much done with either as a result. Then I decided I needed to prioritize and put the thesis on the back burner while I focused on the MCAT, but I still don't feel adequately prepared to retake it in ~2 weeks. I could still apply and retake in Aug, but this puts me at somewhat of a disadvantage with my app since schools will probably wait to consider me until they get my scores in Oct., and this would only be slightly less stressful anyway as once I complete classes I will begin full-time work, will still need to finish my thesis, and study for the MCAT over the summer. I feel ready to apply, I have worked hard to get to this point and would like to have something to show for that. However, all the stress lately has made me fairly unhappy and since I have been such a psycho stress case it is also affecting my relationships with others. I don't like feeling so worried all the time, there's more to life than the MCAT and school. I could wait to apply until next June, this would allow me plenty of time to prepare to retake the MCAT a year from now as well as relax, travel, volunteer, and enjoy life a bit. I don't like the idea of waiting and being almost 26 when I start med school, and I feel like sort of a slacker for not being able to handle all of this better, but the thought of not dealing with school or anything school-related for a whole year sounds nice and would allow me to do other things. Basically I like the thought of applying this year and think I would be ready to start med school fall 2005, but I don't like everything that would go along with it (studying for the MCAT this year along with doing my thesis, not getting much of a break between finishing u-grad and starting med school). Should I just bite the bullet and do it now, or take my time and apply next June?