Hello! I am a junior in high school at a private preparatory academy and I need to both vent and am looking for advice or feedback. First of all, I plan on entering college as a pre-med and majoring in neuroscience or biomedical engineering. What are your opinions on these two majors? I am looking at Georgia Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt as my top two schools. I am not sure which major I should chose though or which one would prepare me the best. I really am interested in both. I feel like biomedical engineering at GIT would be best because it's a technical school... but I also like neuroscience. I am not sure. I should graduate with 32-36 high school credits and I'm in the top 3% of my high school class I think. A run-down of my stats would be: 4.0/4.5 weighted Taking this year: Precalc and Trig, Honors Chemistry, Computer science, Spanish III (last summer), APUSH, AP Lang. Taking next year: AP Psych, AP Euro, AP Lit, AP Calc, Honors Physics (possibly something else?) Violin, symphony, choir, competitive debate, speech, (22nd in the state), starting fine arts program for inner city youth, History Club president, around 60 hours of volunteering at the hospital, and 20 hours of shadowing physicians so far (but will have a lot more over summer). I am also going to be involved in some leadership positions at my church over the summer. As far as volunteer hours go outside of a medical setting, I'm sitting at around... 15-20 hours so far? Not much I know. Test scores: These are absolutely embarrassing. I took the ACT October of my sophomore year (2017) and scored a 25, but I also had no idea what I was doing and didn't even study. I am taking the ACT this Saturday (please send me good luck) and hoping for a 30-32. I am making 31s and 32s on practice tests. SAT: 1230 PSAT/NMSQT: 1170 (?) I am a bad test taker, so any advice on learning how to test better.. please share. How do I look as a applicant going into pre-med? Or, having any chance at getting into Vandy or GIT. Also, I hesitate to go for Vanderbilt because their grading scale is rough... 93 for an 4.0 whereas GIT is 90=4.0. Currently in my classes in high school, a 93 is a 4.0, so I am used to that (though I work my ass off). I just needed to put all that down and hold myself accountable to keep working. I worry that I'm not smart enough to make it through a pre-med program because I test so badly. If I do this badly on high school standardized tests, I don't know if I would ever get through an MCAT. But that is also 5 years away. Any advice or encouragement is VERY appreciated! Thanks!