From someone who is currently working through her gap year, I can share my experience with you. I played a collegiate sport in college and did not have time to hold a job, go to school, and play. I decided to take a year off because I needed HCE and wanted to work/save up money for school. Since you have two more years left, you have tons of time! I agree, relevant coursework is going to look great. I wish I would have had another year to take classes like immunology or embyrology. Since most schools require a large amount of HCE, I would focus on building up your hours as much as possible. Do you have a job right now that allows you to give hands on care to patients? If you can't work during school, volunteering during summer breaks is also beneficial. Since I was free in the summer, I volunteered at a local hospital in the OR and ER transporting patients, observing surgeries, etc. Shadowing PAs is also something you can start to do! Try to shadow as many different specialities as you can! Showing PA schools that you're into a lot of activities and active in your community definitely cannot hurt. As for school, focus on getting the best grades you can (that should be pretty obvious). and if you have any thoughts about what particular PA schools you would like to attend, research them and see what letter grades they require. Clearly you want to shoot for A's in every class possible but don't freak out if you get a B or even a C. I applied with a 3.67, which is a solid GPA, but is on the average/lower end when applying to PA school. All of my biological science classes were A/A-'s while I received mostly B's in my chemistry courses. I applied to 8 schools, received 5 interview offers, and was accepted to my first two interviews. I actually cancelled 3 because I figured I wouldn't choose them over the two I had already been accepted into. It just goes to show you that you do not need a 4.0 or 10,000 hours of HCE to get into a PA school. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do until the beginning of my junior year and I just worked my butt off and did everything in my power to make my application as strong as possible. Getting the interview and standing out on paper is the hardest part... the interview lets the PA school see who you really are. Don't stress out about it too much yet because you still have a decent amount of time! I think that gap years can't really hurt, especially if you are a little worried about your GPA/classes/HCE. Anyways, that was a book. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about anything and good luck with the rest of your undergrad!