There are TONS of options for how to spend your summer vacation. I think it’s really important to do at least one thing each summer to add to your extracurricular activities. Whether this means shadowing, volunteering, working, or doing research you never want to miss an opportunity to add to your resume.
After receiving a phone call from Robert Wood Johnson, I was overjoyed because of my first medical school acceptance. However, I had yet to realize I was at a significant disadvantage. I had no academic mentors, no physician family members, no one who could guide me every step of my medical education.