Some of my premed friends are doing clinical work or research work. However, an equal number are "studying for the MCAT" or "applying to medical schools" ? How do medical schools perceive this choice? I mean the last time I checked, preparing for the MCATs or applying to med school (except for this year) does not really constitute a full-time job. I took the MCAT last summer while working 40hrs/week because I needed the money and because I didn't want to seem lazy. I am working full-time in research again this summer. So I guess my question is: Do med schools even care if you work and attempt to support yourself or can you slide by having fun all summer while Mommy and Daddy support you?