Hopefully this thread will help out those who are just starting or are about to start. Those of us about to head to med school, or who are finishing ugrad and moving to the next step should explain (a) what we did and (b) what we would do if we could do it over again. (A) What I did I started out at a large (30,000+ student body) 4-year college as undecided, which I was until the school forced me to pick something. I chose Psychology and worked on this degree for a year. I decided I liked chemistry and switch to that. Realize I would have to take 12 hours of stuff on top of my requirements, so I switched back to psychology. My last year I realized I really enjoyed philosophy and did really well in it. Did the typical volunteering yadda yadda, then graduated -- and didn't get into med school my first time. Now I"m stuck with a crummy $10/hr job while trying to pay bills and reapply and try to finish my phlebotomy clinicals. I also have $40,000 in ugrad loans. (B) What I would do I would have started out at a 2-year college. Here, I would have knocked out my gen ed courses and most of the pre-med requirements (because it's CHEAPER). While at the tech college, I would have completed some sort of medical training, either EMT, Phlebotomy, or a diploma in Surgical Technology. I would have started working in whatever field PT and transferred to a smaller 4-year college. I would have double majored in Philosophy/Psychology while taking some upper-level science courses to fulfill elective requirements. I would have done this while working PT in whatever medical field I chose. I feel doing this would (a) have greatly improved my undergraduate experience and (b) made any lag years while applying to med school much easier to handle. I also would have come out with around half of my current undergrad debt.