Does anyone else out there have any experience with the McNair scholars program? The program is designed to help under represented undergrads get into graduate school. I'm a junior physics major who just started the program this fall, and I am already begining to question if the benefits that I will receive from the program will outweigh the amount of work I am putting in. We read about 4-5 essays per week, write a 3-5 page essay per week, free write in our journals etc. All of the material has a heavy liberal arts/sociology slant and is not really relevant to my studies. The purpose of all this work is transform students into well rounded scholars, but the program (at least at my school) is really geared more towards the liberal arts/soft sciences and less towards the hard sciences. The problem is that I feel like I am wasting valuable time (8-10 hours) a week on this program, when I could be using this time to learn more physics. When I have to write in my journal, all I do is rant about how much I hate reading these essays and that I would rather be studying physics. I plan on entering grad school, and everything that I have learned about graduate physics admissions committees indicates that they are only interested in my abilities in physics, and not interested in how "rounded" I am. So should I drop out of the program to and use the time to improve my knowledge of physics? Would being a McNair scholar improve my chances for graduate admissions into physics in any significant way? Thanks for any advice.