I'm sorry, but I'm going to use this opportunity to clear the thoughts running around in my head. Feel free to ignore most of my thoughts and jump right to the bottom, when I actually ask the questions. I've been considering taking summer science classes, because of scheduling conflicts with my major and minor classes. If so, I'd be taking two semesters of chemistry and two semesters of physics over two summers. I would like the classes because they'd be smaller and provide more personal attention. But there are several problems. First, these summer science classes are so time consuming that I would have little time for clinical research and a job. Second, I hear that adcoms take these classes with a grain of salt, for whatever reason. Third, they're incredibly expensive, and I'm not sure I could get financial aid over the summer, even though I receive it during the school year. So there are several options: 1) Drop my drama and dance minor. I REALLY don't want to do this, as theater is something that I like very much. But I know that people pursuing medicine have to make sacrifices, and Tennessee Williams will be of no help to me if I get rejected from medical school. At the same time, I've sacrificed so many other potential interests, as well as personal time, to concentrate on going premed. Should I sacrifice this one, too? 2) Take five classes per semester. This is a normal courseload, I know, but if two of the classes are science classes, and one is a 15-hr/wk internship, should I do this? 3) Double up on the sciences, but take some of my major requirements during the summer. (I'm a clinical psych major). The psych classes would be less expensive, since there's no labs, plus they're not as time-intensive. Wow...I guess I've come up with my answer. Now, one question. Which of these classes should I double: chemistry, orgo, and physics? Should I leave orgo to senior year? I'm planning on taking a year in between college and med school, so I am applying second semester of senior year. I guess I can do orgo in senior year, since that way, the difficult material will remain fresh in my mind as I take the April MCATs. Sorry about all of the junk above. Typing out my thoughts helps clear my head, so that I can make a clear decision. Here are some of my legitimate questions: Will volunteering on a sexual assault hotline be considered clinical experience? Or would clinical experience have to be related to hospitals, hospices, etc.? If so, would clinical experience at a psychiatric hospital qualify? I'm just wondering if adcoms are looking for exposure to the hospital environment, or for exposure to ill people of any kind. Also, I've heard that some medical schools initially screen out candidates who do not have a certain GPA and/or MCAT. I'm assuming that these numbers vary, depending on the school, but approximately where would these GPA cutoffs lie? Since a 3.5 seems to be average, I would assume the cutoff would lie slightly below this for most med schools. Is this true? And would a good MCAT score compensate for a mediocre GPA if the reputation of the undergraduate school is good? Thanks for any imput.