Hi all, newbie here. I've looked through the archives to see if someone else has asked this question before, but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so here goes... I just graduated college this past June (English/East Asian studies major), and after some prolonged soul-searching that I won't delve into here, I've realized I want to apply to some premed postbac programs and be a doctor. My GPA was 3.77 and my SAT scores were 800/740/800 (V/M/W) so I think my stats are decent, and I haven't taken any of the premed requirements. So I'm wondering: what exactly are programs looking for in the essay besides motives for applying? I'm currently flirting with pursuing psychiatry; is it necessary to mention this interest, even if there's a chance I'll change my mind down the road? Also, I was a research assistant with my school's psychology department for two years, but I have no relevant medical/scientific research experience. Would this hurt me in the application process? Thanks for the help.