So, I am at a crossroads in planning my activities for next semester. I am a re-applicant to medical school and chose to pursue post-bacc work while applying this cycle. I took endo, osteo, physio, and neurobio. I got an A in each and a 4.0 for the semester. These grades contribute to a strong upward trend. During this time I have also been volunteering at a local urban clinic for the underserved and doing independent research in a lab working on muscular dystrophy. I just interviewed (only interview thus far) and will hear a result in ~8wks. I am asking this question because this school often asks students about their activities before making a decision. My dilemma: do another post-bacc semester OR work -I quit my job before this semester to focus on school and applications. However, this has left my bank account drained. -I cannot afford tuition and would like to avoid taking out any loans before medical school.---Plus, as a non-matriculated post-bacc student, there are no/very few loan options. -I would be working in a lab at a biotech firm and working as a nurse's aide on the weekends, per diem. This would also allow me to spend more time researching and volunteering at the clinic. Concern: Should I contact the dean at the school I am waiting to hear from for advice? Do you think working would negatively effect the decision? Here are my stats: Note- the GPA does not include my recent 4.0 or my recent research. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=532509 THANK YOU and good luck to all!!