I hope this doesn't neglect any rules about re-posting similar scenarios, but I really feel that my situation is a bit too specific to compare it with advice given to others in similar situations...that being said, I will start w/introducing my stats really quickly...(I have been a lurker here for quite some time but just recently made the decision that an MD is what I really want, not a PA or pharm, etc.) Anyway, I am a Junior at Indiana University, I am pursuing a Biology BS, and a Biochem BA, with 2 minors (though I know majors and minors don't matter much w/admissions anyway). My gpa is low at a 3.5...due to a C+ in orgo2, and a B- in a 5 credit physics honors class, and some other various B's...I have taken biochem1 and 2, with B's in both. I am trying to go with a lighter load this next semester (physics, biochem2 lab, intensive writing, religion class) so that I can focus on EC's and MCAT prep, however I am a bit concerned. I have procrasinated in my decision for med school based on a personal battle I have just fully overcome which has kept me from focusing on more than school and my recovery. A lot of my interest in the medical field stems from developing anorexia after a 120 lb weight loss from middle school to highschool, which I have just recently fully recovered from. My passion honestly lie in becoming a psychiatrist to help other girls overcome ED's, or as a reconstructive plastic surgeon, or anthestiologist for one. Anyway, this is probably TMI, but I want it to be clear why my circumstances exist. So basically, I am facing 3 options here, having no ECs (other than some academic organizations with are kinda worthless), no shadowing experience, and a full 3 semesters left to finish the two degrees I am going for. One is to just work my a** off prepping for MCAT's (I've ordered the books) and start volunteering and shadowing as soon as this semester starts, and taking MCAT in June to apply in late July. I also have emailed several prof's about research as well, so hopefully I will start doing that soon, if given the opportunity. Another is to do a 5th year undergrad (this all depends on if the FAFSA gives grants/loans to 5th year undergrads...anyone know?) and actually take one of those extra semesters this next year to go to Barcelona (or study aproad in some spanish speaking country) to broaden my horizons a bit, become fluent in spanish, and potentially develop my resume as well. My third option is to try for med school, (or just wait till later to apply) graduate as planned, then do a 1 year Master of Science pre-professional program offered at IUPUI to help prepare for medical school. I'd like to get into IU med school or a coastal school (I am absolutely in love with the coast and if I graduate from a coastal school I feel my likelihood to get a job there may increase?) As you can probably see, I am overloaded with options on what to do. I'd like to just hear your opinions/thoughts overall...I am not looking for the perfect answer, just some input. Sorry for the small novel, btw. lol.