Here are my stats, there's a bit more exposition below those if needed. Stats: Starting Senior year, applying for Fall 2017 entry. ORM (Asian male), graduating with BS in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry (I might also obtain an English Minor) Grades: Have straight A's in my last 29 credits. With grade replacement Cumulative GPA: 2.97 Science GPA: 3.22 Without grade replacement Cumulative GPA: 2.46 Science GPA: 2.42 MCAT Taken twice January 2015: 27 (7/11/9) June 2015: 80% - 509 (PS - 126/ CARS - 129/ BS - 125/ Psych - 129) Clinical volunteering/ Work experience Emergency Center Child Life Volunteer ~ 40 hours - Involves a lot of patient contact, basically help relieve stress in children brought to the emergency room. This includes bringing items such as books to read and DVDs to watch, but also includes interaction by playing with toys and games. Will probably have around 90 hours when I apply. Pharmacy Technician ~ 3 years - Not sure if this counts as clinical experience, even with LizzyM's "if you can smell them" guideline. Interact with patients, doctors, and insurance companies on a regular basis, fill medications, etc. Shadowing - ??? - I currently have 4 hours shadowing a D.O. physician (Family Medicine), I have more shadowing lined up with a D.O. that's a Neurologist (!!) and hope to have ~ 50 hours by the time I apply. Research Worked in a research lab with Drosophila melanogaster for a semester. Worked with my Professor and a partner examining effects of ethanol exposure to different mutants. Had a poster presentation and a final report. Extracurricular activities Buddhist Youth Association - >5 years - Learn about Buddhism, but it's also almost like Boy Scouts, lots of camping and fundraising for the temple, as well as for the less fortunate. Achieved a slightly high position, but now do not have enough time to go as often. Some leadership experience. Medical Service Organization - 2 semesters - Was involved briefly, didn't get much done though other than obtaining BLS/First Aid certification. Local Food Bank - 4 hours - Only just started volunteering, but it was interesting and plan to do more. Personal When I first started college, I was overwhelmed by the sudden freedom and my grades suffered. I slept a lot, and even failed a class because I did not attend at least 25% of the class sessions. After my first year I had a 1.28 (!!) GPA. Over time I improved, but ultimately still did mediocre in my classes. However, two semesters ago I changed my study habits, and how I approach school in general and improved ten-fold, achieving As in my last 8 or so classes. I repeated a lot of my old classes from freshman and sophomore year to take advantage of grade replacement though, but there are a few high level science courses in there (Genetics, Plant Bio, Phys II). I feel like I have matured considerably and hope my grades show that. Questions I have no illusions of grandeur, I understand that calling MD a long shot is as big as an understatement can get. I am on my 5th year and thus have a lot of hours impeding my ability to positively influence my GPA. Maintaining my current A streak, my cGPA might just cross the 3.0 mark. With that in mind, should I apply MD at all? Being a Texas resident and all it's not too costly to apply to all Texas schools, but I understand applying to UTSW and Baylor would essentially be donations. While studying for the MCAT as well as for school in general, I was employed full time. Will this be taken in consideration and improve my chances at all? Proof of time management and all that (although MCAT is mediocre). School list Would some advice on my school list as I just have Texas schools excluding Baylor and UTSW at the moment. I am not opposed to moving a far distance. I want to give thanks in advance to anyone that's willing to provide some advice or support.