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  1. I'm currently finishing up my 2nd year at UC San Diego. I will be going to school all summer and all next year in order to finish my undergrad in 3 years. I plan to take a year off after undergrad to accrue some HCE (leaning towards CNA), shadow doctors and PAs, and to take a few prerequisites that my school doesn't offer and then I will apply (2018-2019 cycle). My issue is that because I've been rushing school, I have hardly any extracurriculars. My current GPA is a 3.92 (science GPA is about the same) and I don't expect it to move much beyond that in either direction. I've been a part of a few clubs, have a few random days of volunteering and I will be volunteering in the burn unit of a hospital starting in a few weeks and continuing all year (I expect around 150-200 hours). My targets are Southern California schools like Western, Marshal B Ketchum, Southern California University of Health Sciences, etc. A few questions: 1) Will not having any research (especially coming out of UCSD) have a negative impact on my application? 2) Is a good GPA, a good amount of HCE and some volunteering enough to land me an interview specifically at California schools? 3) Is a shorter undergrad time looked at any differently? Either positively or negatively? I would love to do more volunteering and get involved more and even do some research but I just don't have enough time with my really heavy course load and keeping up my GPA is my first priority. And before it is suggested, slowing down and taking an extra year for undergrad is not an option in my case. I'm just trying to stay on track and make sure I can pursue my dream career! Thank you in advance for any and all advice :)
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