<p>I really appreciate the replies from you all (ranza, Brown, bluebayou, miami, etc). </p>
<p>Now, regarding my first question:
I think I'll be able to fit all of my classes into four years; it'll just mean that I'll have to work a little harder. Since it's perfectly possible, I wouldn't want to stay back one extra year if I don't need to.</p>
<p>@bluebayou: I definitely agree to not take pre-med classes over the summer. I'm also aware of the volunteering/shadowing/extracurriculars; I've already started doing them. I know time might be an issue, but since I won't be working I think I'll have enough time to fit those activities into my schedule. One question: why take chemistry sophomore year?</p>
<p>@MiamiDAP: Thanks for your input. I was thinking about doing a business minor, but I didn't think it was worth it. Here are a few reasons why I want to major in business instead of doing the typical science major:
1. I'm interested in learning about business, so I figured I should major in it during my undergrad while I have the chance. In medical school, I would only be stuffing myself with science courses.
2. It would make a decent backup plan in case I don't get into medical school. I think a business degree can give more job prospects than say a biology degree can. I'm also interested in pursuing an MBA as well, so it only seemed natural.
3. Learning about business could be beneficial to me if I end up starting a private practice. I read that medical students don't take any classes that teach them about anything business-like.</p>
<p>A business major at the college I'm going to is not too challenging compared to a biology major. Taking an extra course each semester shouldn't be too much of a problem...</p>
<p>Please correct me if anything I said is wrong. Any other advice or input is greatly appreciated.</p>