I'm a junior and have pretty much been planning to apply to all of my dental schools this summer since I was 4 years old but am now thinking I may actually have a better chance if I take a year off. I have kind of a low bcp gpa, 2.87, and it won't be improving significantly at the end of this semester. I haven't taken the DAT and have not even begun studying for it. Finally, I have not really discussed any letters of recommendations with my professors. The only thing I feel like I am exceptionally strong on are extracurricular activities. I have over 100 hours shadowing and have volunteered at 6 free clinics. So, my dilemma is do I rush and try to get in the pool for this upcoming admissions year or do I sit down and concentrate on improving my gpa, getting a high DAT score, and maybe get some kind of internship in a gap year. If you were in this situation, what would you do?