It's interesting to me that at first glance, medical school doesn't seem all that hard to get into. After all, roughly 50% of applicants get in. And especially on these boards, you rarely ever hear people talk about failing as a premed, or not getting in somewhere. It's sort of disillusioning; it makes you forget that, by far, the vast majority of people who were ever premed have failed. I don't mean to be insensitive, or anything like that. I believe I'm trying (and hopefully succeeding) to perhaps draw attention to a world that many of us, who I'm sure are incredibly thankful, don't have to experience. I personally know 2 people who, after receiving their MCAT score, decided not to apply to medical school. It's almost morbidly funny the way we talk about a 30 on the MCAT as an average score, when in fact, it's near the 75th percentile. 75 out of 100 premeds would have loved to get a 30 on the MCAT. Do you think it hurts any less if you quit before applying? Or is it compounded by applying and not getting in anywhere? I myself have lurked on these boards for near 2 years; I was always afraid that if I got too involved in the premed community that I might jinx my chances of getting in. I'm trying not to be pessimistic/optimistic/humble/patronizing... I think I just find it interesting. I mean, for every one person on this board that asks the seemingly normal question of, "which school should I go to, x or y?" there are probably 100s if not 1000s of failed premeds who have dreamed of being able to ask such a question. Alas, sorry for the long post. Hope I gave you something to ponder.