Med school still works out for many, so best wishes to your student. My medical lad graduates from med school this year and has done some interviews for his school. He tells me the #1 thing to be aware of is how many “other” things are needed - shadowing, volunteering, showing some sort of “devotion” in life. At least at his med school they want to know the candidate is a decent person as well as an intelligent one.
Here’s a profile they tend to put out each year:
If you read through the three, you’ll see it’s a template. They tend to look for the same thing year after year. Be someone they can write about. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something - and certain things everyone needs to do (shadowing, volunteering, etc). My lad was the juggler in the Class of 2021, but he also volunteered with Hospice, worked in research, went on medical mission trips, and shadowed a bit - along with his 2 majors/2 minors, TA/RA positions, dance, and ASL (American Sign Language) ECs. Honestly? We wondered if he slept! But he loved it all and did absolutely nothing just for the application.
Note that absolutely nothing in the profiles relates to high school. High school is just about getting that well rounded education which will prepare one for college (knowing that college level courses will count in the GPA). My lad only had 3 college level courses in high school, MicroBio, English, and Public Speaking - and just 2 AP tests (Psych, Stats). Calc and Bio were AP level, but he opted to skip the tests and take those freshman year in college. Didn’t hurt him at all. He did well in college and med school and relatively soon will likely be in a really nice residency program quite possibly one of the Top 20 (or 5) in his specialty. He’s still figuring out how to rank them and then the Match will tell in March.
Definitely don’t stress too much as a junior in high school. Get a decent education to get into college and figure out just “who” they are and want to be for the rest.