So I used to consider myself a traditional applicant, but recently I realized I am really not. Little background on myself, 23 y/o M, working on BS in Emergency Medicine from Pitt this is my third undergrad institution sub-par academic career with ups and downs in GPA taken a few science classes, not done great. Did better in retakes at CC lots of leadership experience non-science research that took me to Asia some volunteering 2 yrs in EMS, Current Paramedic Paramedic instructor and Preceptor CPR instructor Various ECs I spent a lot of time trying to decide what I wanted to do. Got in relationships and couldn't deal with the aftermath. Was definitely not mature enough when I left for school. Now that I am SURE I want to be a doc (DO probably) I am trying to get my rear in gear. I will be 24 or so when I apply and 25 or 26 when I start. No big deal. Anywho, I had some thoughts I'd like to share 1. Compared to 20 y/o applicants with a 3.8 gpa and 36 MCAT, how do you think you will act? These applicants are generally characterized as being ego driven and look down on all but other physicians (and even that isn't a guarantee). 2. Are you happy you are applying with life experience compared to when you were 20? Have a good day!