1) I Just got a new job at RWJUH as a unit clerk on a trauma floor. I have a lot of interaction with doctors and of course nurses but not the patients. I have another job at a smaller hospital in NJ as an escorter and though I was paid less there it seems that I get more experience with patients through that job. The smaller hospital is due to close as a primary care facility sometime this month so after a few months should I try to transfer between departments at RWJUH so that I can have more contact with patients? Also, I've seen it mentioned before, but will it give me a boost by the time I apply to RWJMS (2 years from now) to have been working at their facility for so long? 2) Aside from work, I don't know what to do for extracurricular experience. I had an oppportunity to do research at UMDNJ this summer but I had to pass it up in order to take a class that I must have so that I can take the MCATs next summer. My school, Rutgers, offers research opportunities but I know another kid that's pre-med who actually got rejected when he applied to do it. The only thing I can think of now is to go to schools from my hometown and have a talk with kids about how school is important and all that... I figured it was a good idea because no one ever came to talk to my class when I was in elementary school and have the kids now grow up to be in gangs or pregnant by the time they're 15. What else can I do though? 3) I hope to be able to speak Spanish fluently in the next year or two. I also plan on taking 5 years to do my undergrad work instead of four and in that 5th year I was thinking of studying abroad in Mexico or Costa Rica. Does studying abroad count as good extracurricular experience or no? Also, how can you be different with your EC's? It seems that everybody has the same things on their apps: volunteer experience, doctor shadowing, research, etc. If they are truly extracurriculars then shouldn't everybody have different things to offer. It seems that these types of things have become more of an additional requirement than "extra" work that improves your chances and shows your character. So for EC's is it more important to have all of these things that pretty much every applicant has on their app or is it acceptable to have some other form of extracurriculars that show you're dedicated in some way?