Might I be able to get some advice on a personal dilemma? I graduated this past May with the intention of taking two years off and entering Medical School in 2008. My MCAT score, however, is good until 2009. Right after I graduated, I moved to Hawaii to work in a hospital, surf, and travel. I really do love working with patients and am excited about the personal rewards that entering a career in medicine offer! But... I'm also not in a rush to obliterate my 20s with the rigors of a medical education (at the advice of many, many doctors at my hospital). I just landed a job at Google, which was to initially be a filler between this summer and Aug 2008, but I am beginning to have second thoughts on when I should matriculate. Google is a fun and young company to work for, and my job seems very interesting and involves a great deal of analysis using scientific style methods. I could tell during my interview that pretty much everyone there loves their jobs and the people were highly intelligent, interesting, and friendly. It's really an attractive place to work and the benefits are insane. Accordingly, my choices are as follows: 1.) Enter Medical School in 2008 as planned, only working at Google for 1 year 2.) Apply only to "choice" schools for 2008, saving money and time, and if I didn't have any luck, simply apply again the next year (to more schools). 3.) Work for two years at Google and apply for entrance in 2009 Right now, I favor option number two. I've been doing a lot of research on medical schools I'd like to attend and am thinking of applying to just 3 or 4 schools, and then if that fails, try again next year with more. Is this a stupid decision? I've gotten opposing views from many people. Or, should I just go to med school asap? Thanks so much for any input you might have. It's very appreciated!