I've seen way too many threads lately asking dumb, easy to answer questions (most of which that have been answered 1000x before), so I thought I'd create a thread where these questions can be asked and answered without judgment. The rules are simple, as long as someone posts the question here we avoid flaming/sarcasm. Think of this like claiming sanctuary in a church, free from criticism that the question you are about to ask is really, really stupid. Post these questions outside of this thread and there's a 100% chance of getting flamed. NOTE ON HOW TO READ THIS THREAD: Browse through the questions below and see if the question you are asking has already been asked. If it has, click on the Answer link. If it hasn't post it here on the thread and I'll add it to the list above. Reading the thread all the way through will likely be unhelpful since I have created redundant posts to help me organize the information better. SDN's most commonly asked stupid questions: 1) Will 1 C/F/bad semester ruin my chances of med school? Answer 2) What is an acceptable MCAT/GPA for applying to med school? Answer 3) What is a letter of intent? Do I email it or mail it? Answer 4) Should I write thank you letters to my interviewers? Answer 5) Its February and I have no interviews yet... what do I do? Answer 6) Which specialty will get me laid the most? Answer 7) Is there time to work out/get drunk/build pirate ships when in med school? Answer 8) Is taking 28 units of all science classes next semester too much? Answer 9) What ECs are med schools looking for? Answer 10) Does the name of your undergrad matter? Answer 11) Tell me about x and y specialty. Answer 12) What is the difference between MD/DO? How will this affect my residency options? Answer 13) I'm still in high school. What can I do to get into Harvard Medical School and be a neurosurgeon? 14) While in the 6th grade, I was sent to detention... how will this affect my chances? Should I include this on my PS (as an example of hardship to triumph story)? How will I explain this to the interviewers? Answer 15) How should I study for the MCAT? Answer 16) Should I retake the MCAT? Answer 17)Why are there so few fat doctors? Answer 18) How hard is it to get loans to pay for medical school? Answer 19) I have dreadlocks and a thug life tattoo on my neck. Will the admissions committee hold it against me? Answer 20) I am currently doing bad in one of my classes. Should I stick it out or drop and take a W? Answer 21) What field has the hottest doctors for ladies? For men? 22) Do medical schools only want to know about extracurricular activities that are involved with official clubs and organizations? Answer 23) How do I figure out my GPA? Answer 24) Are more people applying to medical school every year? Are there more reapplicants every year? Answer 25) Should I pre-study the summer before matriculating in to medical school? Answer 26) Do surgeon couples have a more freaky/intense love life than average couples? 27) What's wrong with going to a Caribbean Medical School? Answer 28) If you have multiple acceptances to different med schools what factors should you weigh? How can a person tell a good school from a not as good school? 29) What should I do during my gap year? 30) What questions should I ask on a medical school interview? Answer 31) When do I ask for letters of recommendation, and where do I have them sent given that the AMCAS application doesn't open until June? Answer 32) My major is (insert non-science major here). Does that mean I won't get into medical school? 33) My major is (insert hard major here). Does that mean adcoms will know why my GPA is lower than some, easier majors? 34) Does it look bad to take prerequisites at community college? 35) Do I HAVE to do research to get into medical school? 36) Since I'm interviewing late (Feb, Mar, Apr), am I interviewing for a waitlist spot only and not an actual acceptance? Answer Etc.... So, fellow SDNers - please help me by refraining from using sarcasm/flaming people who post in this thread since by doing that they are helping clear up the minefield of idiocy that is the pre-allo front page. Also, anyone who has answers to these questions please post them and I will include them in the links up above.