Hello, my name is Jonathan and I wanted to ask some of you more experienced people a few questions. I graduated highschool with a 2.0 and a permenant red mark on my forhead from the desk lol.....anyhow before I entered College (University of New Orleans) I realized I wanted to become a Doctor. I have always been pretty bright, but I never utilized it. Anyhow the first semester or two was naturally a bit rocky because I went from doing nothing at all to having to do real well. My first semester I got a 3.0 then I got a 3.3 in the second semester followed by a 4.0 in my third. I am now a Junior going into my second semester and my current GPA is cGPA 3.5 and sGPA 3.7. I think my GPAs are not to bad, but Id like to get my science to a 3.8 if not 3.9 and my cGPA to atleast 3.7. I actually plan on starting to study for the MCAT sometime in January, when I will take it is another story. First Question! Should I study for the MCAT a lot now and take it in the beggining of the summer incase I need to retake it at the end of the summer or should I use the extra time to better prepare and take it at the end of the summer as my first attempt. I am fairly well at test taking and I took a Kaplan free practice test this past semester and scored a 26 I believe with no preperation at all and no study of Physics ( I got 10 in Bio 10 in V and a 5 in Phys.) Next Question! I am really worried about my resume and how empty it will be. I am in no clubs at all, I have never seen an advisor yet, I am not to close with any professor I have taken even tho I did well in their classes, I have no volunteer experience. This has been the one aspect that has stayed true to my old bad habits. I am wandering if it is too late to get all these things on there? I did however work 40hrs a week alongside 16hr + each semester so it's not like I was doing nothing lol. Is it too late....? How do I go about asking for a letter of rec. from professors? Can I ask them of previous professors who prob. don't even remember me or should I try to focus on getting them from upcomming professors? I plan on asking for one from a professor I took this semester for Genetics and will be taking for Molecular Bio next semester....I figure I get As in both courses she should write me a nice rec. letter. Sorry for the essay guys, but you know as well as I do how important this is to me and I want to make sure every aspect is covered!