Hello SDN! A little backstory, I have always wanted to become a physician, but never really took the notion seriously. Hung by a thread the last 2 years of high school and this continued onto community college where I took classes, did terribly (2.98 GPA) but then moved away from home and did extremely well (was able to raise it to a 3.2GPA in less then two years for my school, but overall 3.1) and just graduated with a B.A in Psychology. This little victory (albeit small) awoke this confidence in me and I seriously started to take the notion of becoming a doctor more seriously. Looking back I should have stayed an extra year or 2 to take the necessary classes, but too late now! Moved back home and started researching post bac opportunities. I have no clinical / hospital or shadowing experience (have started researching, and applied to some programs) but have tons of leadership experience through work, but that probably wont count for much. I believe I have a compelling personal statement for my poor performance and or wanting to pursue a degree in medicine. So my question is, some applications are going to be opening up in September if I am not mistaken. Would it be wise to apply to these programs now with these minimal experience accumulated so far and take my chances that maybe I can get into a less competitive program and do well there? If I don't get in, take those next 6 or so months and gather as much experience as I can and possibly shadow (if I can find it) and reapply to the same programs later on? Would it reflect poorly on me to do so and it would be wiser to just not apply? Or will it not affect and or reflect poorly on me later on? I do apologize, ive done my best to research the topic. Any help in the matter is appreciated.