I've always been quite stressed out about getting references. I've never been the type of person to pursue an extracurricular or activity just to benefit from it, but it seems like no matter how involved I think I am, all the current extracurriculars I am in, seem to give me no options in terms of references. A lot of these come from my involvement in university-supported clubs that are made up of exec and members in undergrad.
Anyways, I just wanted to see whether or not any of you could let me know which options I should choose for references in the next admission cycle for next year.
1) Worked as a research assistant for 2.5 years, will be 3.5 next year with my supervisor (Dr.). She knows me very well and I work weekly for a random amount of hours (usually 4-6).
-Also worked with another assistant (not an accredited physician in Canada) and he knows me well too.
2) More work with another research assistant, this one I've only just recently gotten however, and it's at a different location and different department. Not a lot of engagement with my supervisor in person but we keep in contact via email as I get a lot of work done in person.
Both positions entail different work. I am usually in contact with both my supervisor's research coordinator/assistants - I would say for #2 the assistant knows me a lot better, but I'm not sure if either has ever written a LOR for med students.
3) Worked full-time at Walmart in the summer last year, was in decent contact with supervisor, and department head gave feedback to her routinely so I think it would be okay, but again, I don't know if this is considered a great one since it'll be a full year of me being gone and I'm not sure if she'll remember me or the work/skills that I had? But she was quite young and very friendly.
Aside from these options, I honestly can't think of any places I could get a good reference from considering most of the EC's I've been a part had student leaders and I don't think that's allowed. I can name some of the positions I took on but I don't see myself getting LOR from these EC's. I did volunteer a lot in HS and did a co-op in HS, but these seem super outdated. I also participated in a case-competition, but again I don't think anyone could speak about me personally or about my skills.
I don't really have the opportunity to engage super well with instructors of classes, but I may be able to get one if I engage with one of my facilitators this semester or possibly in 3rd year (but that would only help for 4th yr applications).
Kind of stressed because I was planning on doing the MCAT this summer, and I probably have no other options which would not allow me to apply to med this year. What do you guys think? Again, I'm not looking to seek an opportunity just for the sake of a reference but I did find some things I'd be interested in, but they'd be during the school year. Still looking to see if I can find anything to do in the summer that won't kill my time.
Other then that, I feel like having two references from research supervisors doesn't seem the best, but I also heard only UOFT looks at each reference carefully. In that case, maybe the references I choose wouldn't matter as much?
What do you guys think I should do? Any help would be appreciated!