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Failing classes as a pre med student

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Replies to: Failing classes as a pre med student

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,650 Senior Member
    What college are you attending?
    Is your adviser a PRE HEALTH/PREMED adviser? Or just a random undergraduate adviser?
    Because that's seriously bad advice. basically you're being strung along. Yes, one bad grade won't sink your application, but you have several bad/failing grades and it's going to get even harder. Finding an appropriate health care profession now would save you a lot of time.
  • raclutraclut Registered User Posts: 3,771 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    A downward trend is a red flag to a med school admissions officer. They are more willing to forgive a freshman who has a bad first semester but then shows an upward trend. Retake a class and you don't get an A? You have just given them a reason to reject you. After taking a class twice you still haven't mastered the material. There are a lot of premed advisors out there giving bad advice. What you got was generic advice.

    "i spoke to my pre med advisor and they said that one bad semester will not guarantee me not getting into med school i just have to do amazing from here on out. "

    Did she give you the steps to execute that? My assumption is that you put your best effort this past semester with not very good results.

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  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    I go to a prestigious school in the north east actually i'm not going to disclose where but i did not post on this forum for negative feedback i posted for advice. @CottonTales
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    My advisor said if i do not get in the first cycle then i just have to build up my resume. Its a common misconception many people especially in this forum have, Just because you do not get in the first cycle does not mean your done and you will never get in. You can still take a year off and research and retake the MCAT and do amazing. This forum seems very negative and if i knew it was going to be like this i would have never came here for advice. There is a difference between giving good advice and just being straight up negative and doubtful toward my abilities.
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    @MYOS1634 Its my pre health advisor
  • CottonTalesCottonTales Registered User Posts: 946 Member
    edited May 2018
    Why would you want advice that would just sugar coat the truth? You said in your OP that you were getting a C- or worse in 2 classes. Not only would that be a GPA crusher, but there is no grade replacement when applying to med school, you would have to report those grades. Anything less than an A on taking them a second time would be disastrous. I am not trying to be negative, just realistic . Many of us that have been responding to you have kids that have gone through the med school process and know how difficult it is, even when applications don't have major dings as it appears yours will.
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    @CottonTales okay thank you i'm not asking for the sugarcoated truth but the demeanor some people have when typing comes off as rude.I know these grades are crap. Im not this type of students i got almost all straight As in my first year and a half of college. I transferred and its been a huge change on my life along with a whole plethora of financial issues. Its all resolved now but i know that i have to do phenomenal from now on
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,650 Senior Member
    Do retake the classes and make SURE you get A's. But keep other options in mind.
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    @MYOS1634 Thank you, I actually registered to take them over. Thank You for the advice i really appreciate it.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,650 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    The premed path is unforgiving. So, let's say you attend Amherst or Brown, take a glide year (like most students do), apply to DO schools... your odds might be a bit better than if you attend a random college and apply to 3 MD schools. But it's still a long shot.
    Also, be careful with sequences, ie., don't take Organic Chemistry as you retake General Chemistry 2. it has to be taken after Chemistry 2 and hopefully a strong A in Chemistry.
    If in a semester you haven't got straight A's you'll have to throw in the towel and find a new path. It's painful for all premeds. But NP, for instance, is an awesome job that pays well, so is PA. In short, there are plenty of healthcare professions in the US.
    Rest over the summer, volunteer/shadow, review or preview all your classes.
  • raclutraclut Registered User Posts: 3,771 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    There are actually some parents here that have gone through the process and their kids are now doctors. @Cottontales, @WayOutWestMom @MYOS1634 gave you honest and sincere advice. They have helped so many premeds and their parents in this forum. People take out time to share their lessons learned from their own experiences and sometimes the reality of premed life and the difficult journey to becoming a doctor is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. The sad part is many premeds are not able to tell the difference between good or bad advice. I see lots of posts by students here seeking validation for their choices. It is better to get sincere and honest advice that will be helpful to you even if it is not something you want to hear. There are also lots of frauds that pose as experts and all they are looking for is for subscribers and your money. Next time you have a question related to premed post it in the premed forum. You will get good advice there from those experienced in the process.
  • raclutraclut Registered User Posts: 3,771 Senior Member
    "I went to Hunter and transferred to Stony Brook. The courses here are more rigorous but so worth it. The faculty at Hunter was not really helpful and the guidance was no good. At Stony Brook there are more options for research and joining clubs that have good missions."

    I believe they provide a committee letter. You need to go through a committee evaluation process. I don't know if your advisor gave you this but you may want to read this document. https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/prehealth/docs/PreHealthGuide092616.pdf


  • Jugulator20Jugulator20 Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    Should I forget about being Pre med ?
    …i did not post on this forum for negative feedback i posted for advice.
    Sometimes when one asks a question one can get an answer that one doesn’t like. One can either find value in the answer or ignore it. Here several people who are very, very knowledgeable in this area offered answers to your question. Many of the replies you seem to not like. Perhaps in future it would be helpful to ask people to reply with only positive feedback. In any event, apparently you are leaning towards continuing down premed pathway as prehealth advisor suggested. Go for it. When you have your med school acceptances in hand please repost the great news. Good luck.
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Thank you to everyone for the advice. I'm just gonna try to do super well on my finals and move on from this huge mistake. If I do not get all As next semester i'm going to go into something else
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,650 Senior Member
    Oh. You're at Stony Brook. Then your adviser isn't the pre health adviser because you've not completed enough pre-requisites. And they do committee letters, which means that whoever saw you didn't tell you the truth but served you bromide rather than checking what SB does.
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