First of all, this is not a what are my chances question. I am worried about being competitive for the upcoming cycle and my advisor has not been all that helpful, so I figured I would ask SDNers about my situation. So before I ask I think I should tell about my situation. I am a senior Bio major who, only about a year ago, decided that I definately wanted to become a doctor. I will be graduating from a State school with a 3.9 at their institution but I am a transfer student from a different State school and my GPA from that other school, along with credit from classes taken abroad, My GPA is going to be at a 3.4. Drastically different, I know. My cumulative BCPM is about a 3.6. I got a 30 on the MCAT. First of all, my EC's are sparse. I have hospital volunteering from this semester, I shadowed one doctor so far (but I plan on shadowing this summer). I have held leadership positions in a fraternity. I play alot of IM sports. I have been assisting around a Med Sci. Lab this academic year. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to improve my EC's before Applications go out in June? How should I spend my gap year. I think it is clear that I need to do something advantageous to my application, but what would that be? I am 5 weeks away from graduation and have no plan. I wanted to go abroad but I was thinking that I need to stick around here and improve my application. Does that mean a job in a laboratory? A job at a hospital, Like an ER tech? As for my personal statement: Should I address my poor GPA (ie. try to explain How I allowed myself to be completely unfocused at one school and remain incredibly focused at another?). Should I mention an upward trend in my GPA? Should I just keep it about my desire to be a doctor? Please give me any advice as to how I should go about improving my application.