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    Non-traditional applicants

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    Folks please help me...

    I'm an applicant with unorthodox background. I've got stellar result in my high school years (one of the top students). I did extremely (yes, extremely) bad in my first year of Uni (didn't even sit the finals owing to illness), failed most of the first-year subjects. However, now that I'm fully recovered, I'm getting almost straight 90s again in my 2nd year at Uni.

    Does anyone of you know of any schools (US or non-US) that are more receptive to students like me who failed one year due to medical reason? I've proven myself capable by doing well in the next year (straight As). If I do well in the MCAT, do I still have a chance of being selected?

    I'm willing to study overseas, anywhere in fact, whether it be a 6-year undergrad program or a 4-year postgrad one. Please advise and thanks a lot!

    I've heard that certain US schools actually like students with interesting backgrounds...like those who've suffered in their childhood and later become success...just as an example.

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    please help

    Does anyone know? Can anyone help me?

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    Re: Non-traditional applicants

    There really isnt much that i can say that you havent heard before. US schools are highly competitive, so why would they consider someone with some inconsistencies in academic performance over someone with perfect grades. I am sure that you are probably well qualified, but it is a dog eat dog situation; pure competition. I have to say that your chances dont look pretty good, but who is to say that you wont get in? Doing well in the mcat will greatly improove your chances. anything is possible. My friend got in with a 3.75 gpa and a 23mcat, with lots of extra curriculars and great LORs so I wouldnt give up hope. And on the aspect of realislm, I would consider applying to some DO and/or caribbean schools (what ever you prefer) as a back up. If medicine is what you really want, go for it

    Good Luck

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypochondriac
    Folks please help me...

    I'm an applicant with unorthodox background. I've got stellar result in my high school years (one of the top students). I did extremely (yes, extremely) bad in my first year of Uni (didn't even sit the finals owing to illness), failed most of the first-year subjects. However, now that I'm fully recovered, I'm getting almost straight 90s again in my 2nd year at Uni.

    Does anyone of you know of any schools (US or non-US) that are more receptive to students like me who failed one year due to medical reason? I've proven myself capable by doing well in the next year (straight As). If I do well in the MCAT, do I still have a chance of being selected?

    I'm willing to study overseas, anywhere in fact, whether it be a 6-year undergrad program or a 4-year postgrad one. Please advise and thanks a lot!

    I've heard that certain US schools actually like students with interesting backgrounds...like those who've suffered in their childhood and later become success...just as an example.
    Peace out
    Envivany
    SGU
    Class of 2009

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