So, I've got a bit of a problem - I was planning on applying this year to medical schools, but I don't feel like my application is strong enough this year. I'm considering waiting a year before applying, but wanted to get some advice from the people here on SDN (God knows my PreMed advisor couldn't actually advise her way out of a paper bag)... At any rate, here's my situation - 1. I only decided recently that medicine is the path for my life, and I don't have the awesome resume alot of schools expect. I worry about what I will do during my year off since I've got school loans to repay once I get out of school. 2. 20 y.l. 3rd Year Neurobiology major at University of Texas -- a fairly competitive school, but not an Ivy of course. GPA ~3.5 MCAT-- Take it in two weeks, but assume 30-33 I'm a Texas resident, and really would prefer going to a Texas school, assuming one will accept me. 3. EC's -- This is where is problem lies; I don't really have much. I've done some volunteering around campus, but nothing extensive and nothing at a hospital. I do plan on getting busy in this department this summer, and hopefully starting research in the fall. I don't really like joining clubs, so this area of ECs is pretty poor as well. It's not like I've done nothing in college so far, but my involvment in things types of things has been casual and not a product of membership in a club. 4. I'm white and middle-class, so I'm definitely not an URM and AA can't possibly help me. 5. Good stuff about me: I interview well, and think that this part of my application would be much better than average. I'm well rounded, have diverse interests and enjoy trying new things. I just got my SCUBA certification; I've enjoyed fencing; I'm an avid reader and a movie buff; I play serious poker at least twice weekly. 6. Letters of recommendation are going to be a problem. Our class sizes here are freaking huge, and I haven't made much of an effort to get to know my professors since I didn't know I'd be needing these letters. I've only got one prof in mind so far, and I'm especially worried about this part of the application. I feel badly that my resume is in such bad shape. I guess I'd like to hear some suggestions about what I can do at this point in the game, and if others agree that it would just be a waste of money to apply this year. I really don't have the resources to do two years of applying; that's a heck of alot of money for applications, secondaries, travel, etc. especially if I don't get accepted Summer plans - I'm taking at least 9 hours of summer school, and will probably be working in a psychology lab, and getting started on volunteering in the hospital. So, advice? What do I do? Go ahead and apply now or wait a whole year and try to improve?