Hello, I am a premed student (last year of undergrad) who plans on taking the MCAT in April. I plan on investing a couple hours a week into studying this fall semester to help get my brain adjusted to the different topics, and then because I will only have 5 credits in the spring, I think I can realistically devote 30 or more hours a week in the spring semester to studying from early January to mid April. As a senior I know there will be lots of social pressures to go out and have fun with my friends. I'm worried about caving into these pressures but I'm even more worried about their repercussions. I've had friends who have studied for the MCAT and been successful, but they essentially locked themselves in a room for the 3-4 months and never saw the light of day. Not having studied for the test before, I am wondering if anyone else has found a way to successfully balance their social life with their studying. For example, if I don't have classes Monday Wednesday or Friday, why wouldn't I be able to spend time with friends on a Thursday night after 6 hours of studying if I know I can be awake and alert by 10AM the next day and able to devote another 6-8 hours of studying that Friday? Thanks for the advice.