What do you like to do in your free time, outside of studying? - What is a good response? As a non-trad, preparing for a career in medicine IS what I do during my free time. The only other thing I do when I'm not working, volunteering, going to class, studying, or doing homework is literally NOTHING. I take pleasure in just doing nothing after running at a million miles an hour for weeks on end. I go out with friends and socialize at restaurants/bars, sit around and totally veg-out in front of my computer and watch movies/shows, or clean up around the house. I'm not saying that I don't have hobbies or interests. Granted, I love doing the things I used to like working out, running, mountain biking, snowboarding, etc, but don't have time for them right now. How does one answer these types of questions in this type of a situation? What non-academic book have you read recently? Why? - What if I haven't read a non-academic book lately? I barely have time to keep up with the reading for classes. Honestly, I don't like reading for "pleasure", at all. I do like reading the text books for the classes I'm in because they interest me. I don't see it as a chore to read about genetics/biochem/cell bio/etc. These subjects interest me. Autobiographies/memoires/fiction/etc books don't. Will this make a terrible doctor because I don't like to read for pleasure? What other career would you consider if medicine is [absolutely] not an option? - Is it a nail in the coffin if you say that you'd just keep working at your current career? I mean, what if you tried over several cycles, improved your app, and just kept getting shut out. Do you HAVE to say that you'd leave your career regardless of becoming a doctor? Yes, you'd rather be a doctor than a [insert profession], but would rather keep doing what you're doing instead of whatever else. I'm probably just stressing out and over analyzing these types of questions. I'll shut up now. Thoughts?