I was just accepted to Pepperdine for undergraduate studies in Biology and I plan on enrolling there. My life's dream since age 11 has been to become a surgeon, and as such, I'm prepared to do whatever I need to to get into tier 1 medical schools.
It goes without saying that my GPA needs to be above a 3.6 at least. Preferably a 3.8+ (so I've heard).
Also, MCAT scores need to be as high as possible.
In terms of extra curriculars/achievements, I know that doing undergrad research, shadowing doctors, and volunteering at hospitals are all very desirable.
But what else is there? What else can I do to help seal the deal? I know that no one is ever really a shoo-in for top tier medical schools,as the competition is extremely fierce and there are tens of thousands of other kids who want it as bad as I do, but I want to get as close as possible.
A friend of mine who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago was just accepted to UCLA medical school(which absolutely amazes me, he's a very bright guy, but I never though someone with an art degree would be able to get into medical school, let alone one as good as UCLA), and what he told me was "It's not where you went, it's who you are"
So what else can I do to set myself apart?
Med students: Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you had done as an undergraduate?
finally, I hope this thread doesn't come off as arrogant. It's not meant to be, I'm just trying to stress how badly I want to CRUSH my undergraduate studies, and how hard I'm willing to work for it.