If you're planning to attend this university for medical school, conduct research early. Find out average GPAs (both cumulative and science) and MCAT scores. Above everything else, I would strongly prioritize doing well in all of your science/pre req. courses. Take time to shadow and volunteer over holidays or on weekends. If you can, obtaining a license to work in the medical field can showcase your interest and dedication to the career field. Most importantly, you will gain useful insight for yourself.
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to get into an undergrad program, go to your local university and ask them what they require for you get in? (or the university where you are most likely to go). you will have to take certain classes in high school and get a certain GPA. once you are in an undergrad program, you can increase your chances of getting into medical school by getting a job (part time is ok) as a medical scribe. you will learn what doctors do and get paid! (this will help you find out if love it or hate it. it's a great time to know if you hate it because you have not invested much and can change your major! this happened to a kid i know. he found out he hated it and didn't waste any time or money on this major). i know they really like seeing scribe work on the university of arizona medical school applications. plus i volunteer at the outpatient homeless medical clinic in tucson as a nurse practitioner, and there are tons of premed students volunteering there so they can put it on their application. plus you get some practical experience. plus there are loads of volunteers there that are already in medical school and you can ask them advice about how they got in. and there are doctors and nurse practitioners who volunteer and you can pick their brains about how they like the field etc., also med schools are looking for well rounded people so get involved in other activities you enjoy that do not have a medical focus. the most important thing is be yourself! every med school applicant has done something amazing. ask yourself what makes you different than the rest? how do you see yourself having an impact on medicine at the micro and macro level that is unique and different from everyone else? that's what admissions boards want to hear. good luck!
Grades and test scores are important, but volunteer work and other extracurricular activities including sports, journalism, music, art, hobbies etc are important since they show you are a well-rounded person not just a bookworm. You don’t just need to be impressive ‘on paper’. Some great volunteer opportunities are working for Habitat for Humanity, food banks/pantries, rescue squads, local ERs, homeless outreach, cooking in a shelter, etc. These will show your compassion. Make sure you commit to whatever you settle on - a one-time volunteer gig won’t be as impressive as a consistent commitment. Also brag about your hobbies or sports involvement because this also shows what you have to offer as part of a team and having interests is always a positive on applications. This is true all through your education, especially for med school and residency applications. Hope this helps!