So I'm currently a sophomore in my undergrad at the moment and I've been interested in pharmacy school for a little while now and currently have a shadowing opportunity arranged. This brings to mind, what is the relative importance of shadowing as well as volunteering for pharmacy school applications? Further, how do schools weigh one's experiences vs. scores and GPA? I am sure this likely varies on the school, however, I was curious if anyone could provide some general advice. (I intend on shadowing a lot to see if this profession is fit for me, I've been aware of the drama surrounding oversaturation and the ominous rhetoric on these forums). Also, aside from a competitive science GPA, PCAT score, as well as shadowing and volunteering experience, what are some other things that are important for one's applications? Additionally, what might "volunteer" experiences consist of? To my knowledge, and according to those I've asked so far, this is fairly general and can range from volunteering at a hospital or having invested time in some sort of extracurricular club. And If you are especially gracious, would anyone here offer general advice to me, an anxious and existentially confused undergrad? As far as I know here are some reasons I'm interested in pharmacy (as well as some general personality characteristics): I like the idea of helping others, but I am not into physical contact Helping others is an inherently productive, meaningful endeavor. Money Look, I'll be honest, I think the salary of a pharmacist is a nice bonus. We live in a real world with real issues, pure passion won't feed me or any future children. I would be more interested in being an independent pharmacist or working for an independent pharmacy. I wouldn't mind making less, I'd rather be a valuable asset to someone's community in BFE. I am a fiercely independent person. I don't want to work for others my whole life. My grandfather ran his own veterinary practice, my father runs his own dental practice, so it would appear it runs in the family. I like chemistry, biology, and anatomy. I'm currently a microbiology major (I may switch to chemistry). If pharmacy is meh, I'll probably work in food safety or something. Or water treatment, someone's gotta get the lead out of the water, right?