WHY CAN'T I APPLY NOW AND NEXT YEAR? I REALLY THINK I HAVE A SHOT AT GETTING ACCEPTED THIS YEAR. I don't want to waste it.
You can. No one is stopping you.
Tons of people get accepted after their second application, and if they had to reapply in the first place, it is likely they weren't competitive enough to begin with. So, given that they start weak anyway, if reapplying was a significant disadvantage then there would be very few who got refused the first time but accepted the second time (which is not the case).
Well. No, actually. Tons of people don't
. Is being a reapplicant a death knell? Hardly. But this is not a process that is done half-*****edly (which you are doing), and any successful reapplicant will confirm that they made some major change to their application (re-working PS, boosting a score, applying months earlier than the prior cycle).
Other people have told me to apply. No offense, but without being given reasons I'm confused. Thanks for your help.
Well, let's see. ::cracks knuckles::
You have a subpar GPA.
You have a mediocre MCAT (with an application-killing VR subsection).
You will have a rushed, and therefore poorly written primary application.
You will have rushed, and again, poorly written, secondary essays.
You have little clinical experience.
Your extracurriculars are not as good as you think they are. (SDN members tend to suffer from the Lake Wobegon effect
And, AND, you're application is incredibly late.
I have an amazing PS score (12, 95 percentile) and astonishing extracurriculars. English is my second language. I think they'll be more forgiving on VR for me. Why not just apply? It won't hurt me that much?
Again, if you want to apply, apply. It's your life (and probably your parents' money). But what I see is a young applicant who shows the exact kind of immaturity and lack of long-view thinking that would make me wary to admit a 20-year old in the first place. But hey, I'm just here to
distract myself from secondaries
offer you advice. Look, I understand that it seems like you lose nothing if you just shoot some apps in now, but the time you are committing to you application this cycle could be used to bolster you clinical experiences, improve your GPA, and drive forward goals of the organization you lead. And if you think you can do all of this and commit to applying this cycle, you vastly underestimate the amount of time/effort necessary to apply.
Best of luck.