Ok so I am starting this whole application process and I have been reading a lot of the SDN threads...Can I just say that you guys are awesome? I am so impressed by how supportive and non-competitive and un-premed-y you all are! Congrats to all you 2002 applicants who got accepted and to all of you on waitlists, I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am sure I will be annoying you guys with lots of questions since it all seems so overwhelming right now... Here are my first 2: 1) Are there any disadvantages to applying to a bunch of schools? I know cost is one, but aside from that. Do the schools communicate? Would they be less likely to accept someone if they knew they were applying to a million other schools too? I am thinking about 20-25 (but i am a california resident so I know I cant rely on my state schools). 2) I just graduated and so I will be taking time off from school this year. Did any of you do this? If so, what did you do during that year? I hope i am not asking questions that have been thoroughly answered before!