I'm not a typical pre-med student. I tend to be more social and outgoing and I am much more involved than my pre-med peers. Something I've noticed is that most pre-meds back out of any and almost all extra-curricular activities in order to have more time to study for their core classes. Not surprisingly, the book worms get better grades than I, even though my GPA is still competitive.
As it becomes time to pick my major(s) and consider my career path, I have begun to wonder at what cost I am participating in life outside of the libraries. I do not want to be a typical practicing doctor. I would rather work in public health and eventually move into the policy sector. Is it more important that I experiment with more extracurricular activities to solidify what I want to do, or should I spend my time in the libraries buried in my books.
I guess this comes from an overall confusion at the process which tends to favor students driven to make money over students who actually want to help people and be doctors for the sake of personal fulfillment. As a member of the last class of students to take the old MCAT, I seriously wonder which applicant medical schools prefer. Would they rather have the narrow-minded bookworm or the worldly individual with 0.2-0.3 less of a GPA.
tl;dr Extracurriculars or Grades? What does this say about the system?