Hello, I'm still pretty green to the information about med schools and I just had a few questions about applying for them. I'm about to finish my 3rd semester of college, I'm getting a 4.0 GPA for this semester but my cumulative gpa stands at around 2.95 (I messed around too much the first year) so I should be able to keep up the pace on bringing up my gpa, but what gpa would I want to shoot for before I even think about applying for med school? I've had the opportunity of working at a homeless shelter for the past 1.5 years. I'm going to start volunteering some weekends and also an hour or two of my workday and should have no problem reaching a few hundred hours of volunteer work by the time I get my associates. What I was wondering is how positively medical schools would look at my time working at the homeless shelter since the majority of my time there is for pay. On top of working with homeless people I work with mentally disabled people as the homeless organization has a division for that also. Would talking about my work with mentally disabled people also be beneficial? I have absolutely no experience in a medical environment. How many hours shadowing in a medical environment is usually considered to be in the "good" range? Also how does one go about shadowing a doctor, would I just enter a doctor's office and ask if they allow shadowing? Thanks in advance for the replies!