Sep 23, 2017
I'm a pre-medical undergraduate student and a sophomore at a state school. I'm a Hispanic female. I'm studying Business Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship. My current GPA is 3.87, which I'm reasonably confident I can raise in the next few years. As far as extracurriculars go, I volunteered last year with a Spanish-speaking kindergarten class. This year, I'm volunteering as an academic tutor for kids of immigrant families from South America. I do that 3-6 hours a week. I'm also involved in a sorority, which I hope to obtain a leadership position in. Additionally, I am a TA for three business courses. I also just joined the triathlon team, as a non-service hobby. I plan to maintain these extracurriculars throughout my undergrad years, while also adding a clinical volunteer position and shadowing hours starting next semester, as well as eventually an EMT certification with EMT work. I was also potentially considering Peace Corps for my gap year(s) before medical school, but that is definitely subject to change.

Next summer I plan on spending two months doing clinical rotations at a hospital in Bolivia. I will also study abroad in Chile for business my junior year.

It's probably important to mention that I genuinely have a passion for helping others, and plan on going into pediatric medicine. My extracurriculars to this point I believe reflect this.

I have a few questions: what should I be adding to make sure that I am competitive? What are my chances (assuming reasonably high MCAT scores, I'm a very good test taker) of getting into top tier medical schools such as Stanford, Harvard, UW, or any of the UC schools? Is there anything else I can do to set myself apart?

Thank you in advance!


Impossible is just an oppinion
5+ Year Member
Sep 4, 2012
You will need to get a great MCAT score for those schools. In terms of extracurriculars, what you do and how much of it you do doesn't matter. What you should be doing is selecting projects and experiences that interest you and that you will be able to apply to your journey and talk about at length during interviews. Nopbody will care if you have a bunch of meaningless experiences that are just there to make a checkmark in a subsection. Finally, those schools are very research centred and you might want to do some research.
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