I have been considering medical school forever. My grades are good. My expired MCAT (which I am now retaking) was good. But I am also all over the map with my interests. I majored in anthropology and neurobiology in undergrad, and nearly had enough credits for a philosophy major. After undergrad, I went to live in a rough area in a major city and did work with a prominent anthropologist. I wanted to do some kind of medicine and medical anthropology. Well, I decided I did not like anthropology. So I decided to do lab work. I am 26 and have been in a laboratory that does pain research for the last two years. In my free time I study languages and philosophy. I promised to myself I would give myself a few more years before med school, so I could keep reading and finish up getting proficiency with the languages I have been studying; leaving things halfway done seems very bad. But I have been volunteering a lot, and I am itching a bit to go to med school. The more I volunteer, the more I realize how much I love medicine and how much it fits my personality and talents. Neither academia in the arts nor sciences seems to suit me as a profession. Well, I am studying for the MCAT currently, and I am being told by many people that I should just apply to med school. But I am considering doing a Masters in neuroscience in Germany (I am applying for a Fulbright), and hopefully, working with a top pain researcher there. I could really broaden my horizons, finish up studying the languages I really like, learn a lot about neuroscience, get a real taste for German culture (which is magnificent), and perhaps make some contribution to science as well. I feel like I will never have a chance to do this again, and sowing my last of wild oats might be a good idea. I also felt that I lacked maturity coming out of undergrad, and while I have gained an enormous amount since, I think a bit more slow-paced civilian life (as it were ) might be of great benefit to furthering that development. Would doing such a thing be foolish? Should I just buckle down and start a career? Above all, am I wasting my time? Might I regret doing all this flailing about when I am older? I would like purely subjective opinions; it seems that objective ones on this kind of situation are difficult. Whimsical/arbitrary ones are absolutely solicited as well. I am trying to get feedback from as many people as possible.