I am currently in a ‘gap year’ per say after completing a health science degree. I realized later in my undergraduate career that I wanted to go to medical school and although my major sounds pre-med-like, I still have a couple of chemistry labs to finish in order to have prerequisites complete. I am hoping to apply this cycle and am taking my MCAT in 10 days. However, I am struggling with how medical schools might see me. I am not sure if my route is nontraditional or traditional - if my taking 5 years to finish these prerequisites and a later start on clinical/shadow experience will come across as an unprepared traditional student or more nontraditional. With this, I am wondering if it is smarter to wait until the next cycle to have more experience under my belt.