So i recently met with an admissions counselor at UIC and she pointed out something on my app that threw me off track. My medical exposure includes volunteering at a hospital for a semester, shadowing a doctor as part of a mentorship program, and working at a plastic surgeon's office for the past three years. The plastic surgeon's office is where i have absolutely learned the most because she involves me in every aspect of her life. I am called into the room whenever there is an interesting case, I interact with patients and scribe for her during procedures, clean instruments, fill out billing, learn how she deals with raising kids and family life, learn about the doctor patient relationship, etc. She is truely amazing and has become a great mentor and a wonderful friend. SO...point being...the lady at UIC says "is this experience paid?" and i said yes. and she said "unfortunately bc its paid it doesn't have that much weight. You should be doing more volunteer things.".... Uhhh, okay...let me explain that i originally began this experience as a volunteer. My doctor said she wouldn't let me just come in and volunteer all the time and wanted to pay me at least a little. So I am getting paid bc she felt bad, but i am seriously getting paid minimum wage. It's nothing. I'm not there for the money, bc if i really needed money i would find a full time job that paid me much better! ....So I started up some more volunteer work (i have done many things in the past, but took time off the take the MCAT, got my scores, and now have to retake). I am now mentoring/tutoring underpriveladged kids (which i have been wanting to do for a while) and love it. I also wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter once a week bc i did it for a long time at school and absolutely love being with dogs. MY QUESTION IS: Should i skip the volunteering at the animal shelter and volunteer at a hospital instead?? I am not sure what looks better...i would def enjoy volunteering at the animal shelter more bc last time i was a volunteer at the hospital, i was stuck answering phones and seemed like i got in the way of the nurses on the floor. So is it better to do more hospital volunteer work even though i enjoy volunteering at the animal shelter more??? Thanks so much for reading this long message!