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Going into my first year of my undergrad/premed, what are some things I should accomplish this year to help with my chances of medical school?
 

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First and foremost get good grades. Don't tank your GPA to start out with. If you can handle it, some shadowing and volunteering would be good to get into.
 

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Just get a good GPA. At least a 3.7 or better. Worry about transitioning to college life first with 1-2 extracurriculars. Then, in the spring, start adding more with volunteering a few hours a week and finding a physician to shadow.
 

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Usually first year consists of ground-level/intro classes. If you're not pulling anything too crazy, volunteer a bit. If that's not your style, sit around in your undies all day and watch Netflix. Either works.
 

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listen to your gut, always. Not matter how painful.
 

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  • Maintain a balance between your social life and your GPA. Friends are important.
  • Of course, keep a schedule planner if you find it necessary as some people do.
  • I also recommend finding physicians to shadow early on; it can be quite difficult to find physicians who'll allow you to do so. I say this from a personal experience.