Hey all! So, after thinking long and hard, I've decided that it'd be in my best interest to apply next cycle rather than this cycle. (I figured that including my senior year on my transcript will only increase my GPA, having a year to study for the MCAT will only improve my score, and spending another year building relationships with my professors will only strengthen my LORs).
The problem that I have now is that I'm not sure how to go about finding things to do during my gap year. Because I'm using my gap year to strengthen my application, I'd like to do something clinically related or research related. As of right now, my extracurriculars aren't spectacular. By the time I graduate, I will have been a tutor for 2 years, a volunteer at a local hospital for 1.5 years, and a volunteer/intern at another foundation for about 1 year. I'll also have shadowed at least one doctor for about 40 hours.
Ideally, I would like to intern at another hospital during my gap year (and possibly continue my other volunteering experiences as well). I was also considering going into research because I haven't done any. I was even thinking of continuing with my tutoring, but focusing on tutoring high school students rather than my peers in college. I think they're all great ideas (and let me know if you think otherwise), but I don't know where to begin in terms of finding these opportunities. Also, I don't know when to start because I won't be a senior until fall of 2013. I figured I should start now rather than later, but let me know if I'm wrong in thinking so.