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Hi everyone. I'm new here. I am currently a postbac student wondering if I am delusional about my chances of entering grad school in the next year. I graduated from my state school four years ago with a 3.1 gpa. I have some research experience. I spent one summer doing research abroad, one full year working part time in a research lab and have been working full time in a research lab for the past year. I don't have any publications yet but will have to positive recommendations from my research experiences.
I haven't taken the GRE yet. I just started studying. I plan to apply to biomedical sciences/translation biology programs. I have spent quite a bit of time researching schools and am worried I don't have a shot at any of the top programs. I've taken one graduate course so far and done well but don't know what else to do to maximize what I'm working with. Any suggestions on what else I can do to help myself out?