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    REACHING for Medical School, but...

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    I'm worried that I am going to fail.

    As you can see I am a new member here, and I wish to be able to log back in - in a few years - to proudly announce that I've been finally accepted to a top notch U.S. Medical School like Stanford. I've always had these visions of grandeur. I want to make it despite my under par GPA.

    I noticed a general trend of members posting similar threads to mine, but I would appreciate the same amount of attention and above all complete honestly.

    I just completed my freshman year of college, and I completely screwed up. I partied way too much, I spent a lot of time with my girlfriend... I mismanaged my time. I had the wrong priorities. I neglected my study, and put fun over it; I wasted 40K of tuition. Words cannot describe how pooh poohty I feel. I messed up first semester, and inspired to do better - I crashed and burned. By the looks of things, I did worse.

    My overall first semester GPA: 2.8
    My overall second semester GPA: 2.5 (for now, one more class left to be graded). If it will be a "B," my overall freshman GPA will be 2.7.

    I am not stupid, or incapable of acquiring a 4.0. I just blew that, like I do with every opportunity. How the making babies can I even play soccer for my University?

    I am seriously burning with a desire to get back to school and take charge of those exams and papers. To do study and prepare for them ahead of time, to invest my time practicing soccer, and volunteering at the college hospital. I am willing to put that down.

    I have not taken a single science class yet. In fact, my major is "undeclared." I'm willing to change that, and do whatever it takes to get into medical school.

    Many of you are more experienced than I am in the medical school application process area. Please guide me. I am in desperate need of help.

    Is Medical School possible? Can I salvage my GPA? How can I ace the MCATs? Please... I think I am the worst case scenario on this board, and this thread can be used to educate and give other advice with similar problems as I do - though, I'm sure no one has done as poorly as I did.

    P.S. My undergraduate institution isn't Ivy League or anything. It's top 50 if that makes any difference, and Division 1 in soccer (would that help me for Med School?)

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    It's just your first year you screwed up. Do everything you can to get that 2.7 for your second semester. I've heard people have turnarounds from a year like that, and screwing up your first year is somewhat understandable. Make sure you do really well from now on. Prove to them you can handle the courseload with ease and laughing at everyone who fails.

    Get involved in some research, volunteering, school organizations (AMSA, etc), but above all show commitment. don't just join one for a week or so, show consistency. Do some shadowing, get some great LORs. Attack the MCAT with no mercy. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stateofequilibrium View Post
    It's just your first year you screwed up. Do everything you can to get that 2.7 for your second semester. I've heard people have turnarounds from a year like that, and screwing up your first year is somewhat understandable. Make sure you do really well from now on. Prove to them you can handle the courseload with ease and laughing at everyone who fails.

    Get involved in some research, volunteering, school organizations (AMSA, etc), but above all show commitment. don't just join one for a week or so, show consistency. Do some shadowing, get some great LORs. Attack the MCAT with no mercy. Good luck!
    You mean 3.7 for my second year, right?

    So, this is really possible? Getting into a top-notch university, despite makin loveg up my entire freshman year?

    I will get right on the extra-curricular. But, in terms of the academic: should I switch to pre-med, or just fulfill the requirements to qualify for med. school admissions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by valens View Post
    You mean 3.7 for my second year, right?

    So, this is really possible? Getting into a top-notch university, despite making babiesing up my entire freshman year?

    I will get right on the extra-curricular. But, in terms of the academic: should I switch to pre-med, or just fulfill the requirements to qualify for med. school admissions?
    Don't know about top-notch, but a US medical school is still do-able, you MAY want to spend an extra year as an undergrad and/or do a masters as well depending.

    In terms of academic, in which classes did you screw up? If they were in the pre-req classes, you will want to show them that you can handle the sciences and do well in them. So ace all your other pre-requisite courses, and take a few more advanced science courses and do well in them to strut your stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stateofequilibrium View Post
    Don't know about top-notch, but a US medical school is still do-able, you MAY want to spend an extra year as an undergrad and/or do a masters as well depending.

    In terms of academic, in which classes did you screw up? If they were in the pre-req classes, you will want to show them that you can handle the sciences and do well in them. So ace all your other pre-requisite courses, and take a few more advanced science courses and do well in them to strut your stuff.
    Yes, I only messed up my prerequisite courses. Stateofequilibrium, I will enroll in BIO next semester. Should I enroll in more sciences? Should I declare pre-med as a major, or should I just get enough science credits to be able to apply to med-school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by valens View Post
    Yes, I only messed up my prerequisite courses. Stateofequilibrium, I will enroll in BIO next semester. Should I enroll in more sciences? Should I declare pre-med as a major, or should I just get enough science credits to be able to apply to med-school?
    Take as much as you can handle. The bottom line is its a number game. Do the best you can in the most impressive way you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valens View Post
    Yes, I only messed up my prerequisite courses. Stateofequilibrium, I will enroll in BIO next semester. Should I enroll in more sciences? Should I declare pre-med as a major, or should I just get enough science credits to be able to apply to med-school?
    remember, being a Biology or even a science major is NOT a requirement for medical school. i've met a few English majors here and there who are now successful students. a lot of students were Bio majors, like myself, because the pre-med pre-reqs fit in with Bio curriculum.

    thus, as a long as your take your pre-reqs, you can major in anything you want. sometimes admissions comittees like to see a student other than the traditional bio major. just remember that your pre-reqs are IMPORTANT. if anything, spend more time on these classes in your course load.
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    Have to haves in school - your freshman - is not that important unless you toasted any of your pre-req's. You have to have A's and B's there to get in US schools. Spend the summer figuring out how to study and do better time management. Get counseling and help if you have to. Get tutors and question bank books and do tons of problems and reading.
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    Alright, so as long as I get my act together, and kick *** in school from now I'll be fine? I'll get my prereqs for Med. School, and I'll major in something I like such as Economics, History, or something else. I'll research what is required to get into medical school, and I'll plot out the classes I need and take them throughout my undergraduate years. I will work really hard to ace every class, and put time into it.

    If I do that from now on, I'm set? (Just recapping)

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    Quote Originally Posted by valens View Post
    Alright, so as long as I get my act together, and kick *** in school from now I'll be fine? I'll get my prereqs for Med. School, and I'll major in something I like such as Economics, History, or something else. I'll research what is required to get into medical school, and I'll plot out the classes I need and take them throughout my undergraduate years. I will work really hard to ace every class, and put time into it.

    If I do that from now on, I'm set? (Just recapping)
    It depends also in what classes you just screwed up in. If they were sciences, I would recommend taking more than the bare minimum to apply to medical school to show that that first year was just a fluke.
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