Hi everyone, I’m a senior from GA that has had a rough time in high school. My little brother was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2 (the summer before my freshman year) and that really changed my trajectory/outlook on life. I had to move to Atlanta (originally from TN) so he could get therapies/go to school, etc, so my freshman year grades are really bad. I did great after that though, and took about 9 APs and got A’s in all of them (got 2 B’s my sophomore year in Spanish and after that all A’s). I’m on track to make all A’s my senior year as well and I’m a National Merit Semifinalist so I did some good stuff too!
Recently, COVID has impacted my family a lot so I haven’t been able to secure a good SAT/ACT score I’d want to show colleges, but I took the ACT twice before (in 7th grade and 9th grade) and got a 29 (7th grade) and 31 (9th grade). The problem is that these scores are very lopsided - my 7th grade breakdown of scores is: 35E, 34R, 24M, and 24S). My 9th grade was: 36E, 36M, 26M, 26S. These scores show that I’m very good in English/Reading Comp, but perhaps not as strong in Math and Science. That was the case back then (and my reading is still stronger than my math), but obviously from my National Merit SF I have improved my math.
I just don’t think I’m going to get into any competitive schools with my super low GPA and no (recent) high test scores to pull me out/justify it. I recently saw an article claiming humanities majors are actually doing really well getting into med school, and it got me thinking. I really want to stay in GA and go to a good school, so would my chances of getting in to schools like Emory/Emory Oxford, GA Tech, etc (not just these schools, schools around this caliber) be increased if I applied as a literature major rather than a biomedical sciences/engineering major? I wouldn’t mind doing that because I do love literature, but I want to know if it would A. increase my chances enough to make it worth it, and B. hurt my chances of getting into med school. I’m confident I’ll be able to do relatively well on the MCAT; I’m more concerned about the classes/courses. Thank you (in advance) for your time/patience/energy in reading this long post!