Freshman year - get into hospice volunteering (once a week, 3 hrs), serving breakfast for community members (once/twice weekly, 2/4 hrs), look for research (a few months in), obviously hobbies
Sophomore year - freshman ECs, Meals on Wheels (once weekly, 1-2 hrs), join clubs I’m interested in (maybe try to get leadership?)
Summer: take/study MCAT
Junior year: freshman and sophomore ECs, maybe look into mentor programs for upcoming undergraduates?
Summer: application stuff
Senior year: continue ECs
Note: for med schools I am hopeful to apply (and be competitive) at any med schools around T30s. As for focusing on tuning in my study habits since college isn’t like high school, I would say that I have streamlined studying through notes and making high quality anki cards. I also plan to keep on my anki for prereq classes to lighten the burden for the MCAT when it comes. For shadowing, I have a parent who is a doctor (unfair I know) so I should be able to do it over breaks.
tl;dr: I will shadow and study through anki.
Any thoughts/advice? Am I shooting too high? All of these things listed I am passionate about but not through a significant life experience just through interest I guess. I also thought my ECs would be more cookie cutter but wanted to show passion through long-term commitment.
tl;dr: these ECs I am passionate for.
Also, what about committee letters? (this is what my undergrad says)
(Like most large, public universities, there are far too many candidates at [college] for a central evaluation by a single advisor or committee. So, you should seek letters from people who’ve directly supervised you in the classroom and profession-related activities.)
What should I do?
Any advice for research (what do I need to know besides biology and statistics, advice for finding a good PI)?