My first year of school I was a math major, very unfocused and uninspired, and received a couple Ds and an F, dropped some of my courses and was put on academic probation. I had some family problems at home and trouble adjusting to college. Since my freshman year Ive completely overhauled my study habits and have a 3.9 science GPA, and 3.94 nonscience GPA. I have humanitarian volunteer experience in soup kitchens and philanthropies, some time working in a hospital as a pharmacy tech, time shadowing a highly placed ophthalmologist at a private hospital, lots of international study experience, and a 33 MCAT. However, my cumulative GPA took a hit from my first year (only a 3.41), and my research experience isn't quite up to par. My rec's are extremely strong, and I have an aptitude for writing and would say that my personal statement is strong as well (in which I addressed my freshman year). I'd settle for pretty much any med school at this point. What are my chances, considering I have some blemishes on my record, but have had immense noticeable improvement since then? And how important is research to the application process? Feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks.