I guess I'll just dive right in. I graduated from college in May of this year with a 3.85 cumulative and a 3.84 science GPA. I majored in biochem and minored in dance. I had some pretty serious personal stuff going on during my junior year and wound up getting a handful of B+'s (which I know is no biggie) but without that year my GPA would be nearly 4.0. I plan on addressing those goings-on in my PS or elsewhere in my application. MCAT was 13PS 12BS 10VR Q. Not quite what I'd dreamed of, but I'm not going to risk it and take it again! For ECs I have LOTS of volunteering: taught conflict resolution to 5th graders in Harlem for a year, then taught health classes to 9th graders in NYC public schools for 3 years. I was also active in my school's environmental group and in lots of random Jewish stuff on campus. I danced with two different troupes and was artistic director of one. I've TAed intro biology and chemistry labs and lectures and I've tutored individual students in these subjects. I did research for a summer at Dana-Farber in Boston in a melanoma lab and ended up getting published, which was exciting I also did research on enzyme kinetics in a lab at school for my senior project. I've done some shadowing, both with my PI from Dana-Farber (he is a pediatric oncologist) and with an endocrinologist this past summer. The plan is to take a total of two years off (apply for fall 2010). Right now I'm doing a one-year service program so I'm working full time for a non-profit doing Medicaid advocacy for people with mental illness (and I lovelovelove it). I think the major weakness in my app is lack of clinical experience, which I'm working on getting some more of this year. Any other gaping holes you guys see? Here's my tentative list of schools: Columbia Cornell Einstein NYU Mt. Sinai Downstate (can you tell I'm desperate to stay in NYC? ) NYMC UMass Tufts Harvard BU Penn Yale UVM and maybe UMD, UCONN, Stony Brook, UMDNJ... I don't know. I'm also struggling with whether I should apply as a MA (where I grew up) or a NY (where I went to school and where I live now) resident. Sorry for the long post! Any thoughts are appreciated.