[font=Times New Roman:3h93eubr]Hello all!
I have received mixed opinions about the age of my volunteer and clinical experiences, and that much of it “isn’t relevant, anymore”. I am 24 and in my second year of university.
At 16, I began volunteering with my local fire department and ambulance company until about age 22. During that time I became a certified firefighter and EMT-B and volunteered a part-time job’s worth of hours. I am an Eagle scout and continued to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a few years after my 18th birthday, as well as a few other hobby clubs.
I married at 19 and worked full-time as a CNA/EMT at the local hospital which covers emergency, acute care, nursing home, and hospice. I was fortunate to have the flexibility to work in all of those settings, on both days and nights.
At 22, two-years ago, my spouse and I bought land, quit our jobs, and have been homesteading since. Shortly after the move to a homesteader/off-grid lifestyle, I started classes at the nearest university. I am taking double-time course loads to make best use of my tuition dollars (more credits = less money/credit on our fee schedule). I will also be graduating a semester early (3.5-years vs 4-years) saving a semester’s tuition. My spouse and I have started a home-business off of our land selling produce and other goods, which occupies the rest of my time. MCAT preparation fills in any time gaps.
At the time of medical school application, my most recent volunteer experience will have ended 3-years prior. The bulk of my volunteer and clinical experience hours will be 3-6 years old.
Is this too old to be relevant, anymore? Do I need to make it an imperative to get more volunteer hours, or will the admissions committee likely be understanding and recognize the aged experiences?
I intend on spending much, much more time volunteering in the future. My current priorities are finishing my house (winters are cold in Montana!), developing our food-systems to support our family and sustain our community’s need for local, reliable produce, and maintaining good grades and getting the most out of university. At this time and until after application, I would nearly classify any additional hours a week reallocated to volunteering a “hardship”.
Total volunteer hours – about 2,000 (no records on most)
Total clinical hours – about 5,000 (full-time job, CNA/EMT)
GPA – 3.80 overall
Research – one project, soon to have one paper submitted
Expected application – summer 2018
Thank you all for your thoughts, opinions, and guidance!