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Hey guys, comment on this

bluedaisy1234bluedaisy1234 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
edited May 2006 in Pre-Med Topics
Hey guys, I kind of want your opinion on this. My friend just finished her junior yr at Rice and is ready to send out apps to med schools but she's genuinely concerned about her freshman yr. She messed up freshman year and ended with a C+ for one smester in both physics and gen chem. and 2.93 gpa. But she worked really REALLY hard and pulled that gpa to a 3.57(or somewhere around there). she got her emt basic license the summer after her frehsman yr and have a lot of clinical experience. i don't know much about her extra curriculars and research experience (i'm sure she has some) and I think she made above a 30 on her mcat and I tell her she's got a really good chance because at least she messed up her freshman yr but showed marked improvement and that should show med adcoms she can handle the work. For god sakes she made a A-/A in orgo. The reason I'm posting her situation is because I think there's a lot of people out there like her who are underrepresented on this thread either because they are not here or they're afriad to post their stats because so many people do well on this thread.
O another one of my friend who currently finished her freshman yr, made a D in calc and a C in one semester of gen chem. ok so both of their situations are not ideal but c'mon folks. Med Schools are competitive because they want to know a student can handle work. So for all you guys out there who messed up freshman yr or sophmore yr, just keep at it!
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Replies to: Hey guys, comment on this

  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    and plenty of med schools that aren't top tier also.
  • bluedaisy1234bluedaisy1234 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    exactly, who says you need to aim for harvard? i mean yes, aiming is great because it allows you to perform your best but med school is med school. it's a hell of an achievement and a little setback should not kill your dreams
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Definitely - one stumble, or even two, won't kill you. I have a C+ in organic chemistry myself, and med schools didn't seem horribly deterred.
  • urmytiyaurmytiya Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    u know its funny, because bluedevilmike said in another post that like only about 50% of ppl who apply to medical school get in. and yet in other posts he encourages ppl w/ one or two bad spots on their records to apply. it gets confusing after a while. i have a good GPA, but my application has a few bumps in it. so i can understand y ppl would be worried. i know ppl in med school who got in even though they had a 28 on the MCAT or a GPA below 3.5. Still, there are ppl w/ excellent GPA and MCAT scores who don't get in. Its all so very confusing and scary.
  • lomeg329lomeg329 Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    i know a person who went to ucsd failed her first o-chem class. She took the class again and got an A, and now she is at UCLA medical school which aint to shabby.
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    I mean, I stand by both the statements attributed to me.

    1.) More than half the people who apply to medical schools are not admitted to any of them. This is just statistically true.

    2.) People who have one or two bad spots on their records shouldn't worry too much about them - things will still be fine. This is in line with the personal experiences of many on this board. A blemish on an otherwise strong record isn't going to kill you.
  • bluedaisy1234bluedaisy1234 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    urmytiya :
    "i know ppl in med school who got in even though they had a 28 on the MCAT or a GPA below 3.5. Still, there are ppl w/ excellent GPA and MCAT scores who don't get in. Its all so very confusing and scary."

    ahh...and thus the meaning of life-confusion.

    a bad grade or two will just be a bad grade or two if you continue the upward battle, a bad grade or two will prove deadly if it is the start of a trend
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