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    Crossroad and Depression.. Need Advice!

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    Hey all, (this is long so I apologize in advance)

    As some of y'all know I have posted my abysmal scores a few times on here to gauge my chances at medical school. I'm currently at this major fork in the road in my life. I graduated back in December with my BA in History. Since then I have had no had in luck in finding employment so I've been living at home. I've determined that an MA is history will not help me with what I want to achieve in life. I've been discussing with my parents about going back to Tech and getting a second bachelor's degree. Right now I've been discussing Engineering with them because I love science and it's kind of applied science. It's a good practical degree with many job opportunities, however I cannot get excited about it... and I suck at calculus lol. My dilemma is that I frequently visit this site and read all of these forums and I get sad. I miss my premed days! I cannot hear the words "medical student," or "physician," or even "anatomical terminology" without getting depressed. I don't know what to do, and I definitely know that my parents are getting sick of me always going back to "I want to be a doctor." I'm really depressed tonight, like borderline tearing up because I feel like the dream of becoming a doctor is pretty much dead or at least on life support. I know people say if you want it bad enough you'll find a way to make it happen, but I just don't think that will happen. My AMCAS gpa is a 2.7 and my sci gpa is a 2.5, AACOMAS gpa is a 2.85 and my sci gpa is a 3.05, no MCAT yet, not to mention the 12 w's. I also have not finished the pre reqs. How the heck am I supposed to persuade an adcom to take a chance on me when there are so many qualified applicants? I've thought about finishing my pre reqs this year and taking my MCAT next summer, but I don't even know if it's worth the money if I going to be in the exact same position that I'm in now. I've also considered doing an SMP after the MCAT, but I do not have that kind of money to spend... I feel like the dream is dead and it is tearing me up on this inside. Screwing around in undergrad is the worst decision that I've ever made in my life . Has anyone suffered through this type of torment? Sorry for the lengthy rant, but I have no one left to turn to other than the good folks on ValueMD. I want to be a doctor so freaking bad! I'm the son of an RN and the grandson of a physician, medicine is all that I'm interested in, literally there are no other fields out there that peak my interest like medicine... I don't what to do... I need a time machine... I have to make a choice to either to go back to school or abandon medicine forever.
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    Hi red_raider1,

    I am sorry to hear about your predicament. I can't imagine your dilemma. I had some struggles during my undergrad. If this is truly what you want to do, then I believe that you shouldn't give up. Maybe you can do a second bachelor in Nursing and then try the MCAT. I believe that where there is a will, there's a way. Have a plan, stick to it, study like crazy, take the MCAT and apply for medical school if you think your application is weak. You cold try those other medical schools. Don't give up if you cannot see yourself doing something else than medicine.
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    I don't know how many premed classes you have done. If you are about halfway or less than that you can raise your gpa to a decent one (over 3.0) with GREAT effort. Two more years can change your life if you are determined. You have a strong desire, but you just need to get up and make it happen. Look for tutors if you are weak in Calculus. Many colleges have free tutoring places for English, Math, and physics. Bio and Chemistry need lots of self studies. But definitely take advantage of professors' office hrs if you have questions. I don't think you are weak; the situation you are in makes you feel weak/depressed. Remember YOU can change it. Just avoid the mistakes and learning styles that make you ended up with many Ws and Cs. Good luck!

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    A little tough love here - You said you haven't even finished the pre-reqs or taken the MCAT yet so I think it's a little premature to be getting sad about not going to medical school when you don't even have a complete application yet! If you kick butt on the rest of your pre-reqs you can get your GPA up (I got MERPed with a sGPA of 2.7). Take some post-bacc upper level science courses. Take a Kaplan review course to study for the MCAT. Consider a second bachelor's in nursing or becoming an EMT. Volunteer at a hospital. Find doctors to shadow. Get your GPA as high as you can and make your resume as strong as possible!!! If this is the ONLY thing you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life step up to the plate and get it done!

    Basically, you need to forge ahead in getting the rest of your science requirements and getting at 25+ on the MCAT. You need to believe in yourself and not get depressed when you don't even know what the outcome is going to be yet. Own the mistakes you made in undergrad and don't make the same ones now. If this is what you truly want, you will find a way to make it happen.

    I just think you're stepping in to what is going to be a really tough road (don't fool yourself - medical school is HARD) on the wrong foot. Don't concentrate on all of the negative. Concentrate on turning the negative into positive (or at least as positive as you can!). If you are telling yourself you can't do it then that is what is going to happen.

    Bottom line - IF YOU WANT IT GO GET IT! Good luck with everything
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    I agree with the above posts. If this is your dream then make it happen. Get into a masters program or a second bachelors and raise the gpa. Do not take the MCAT until all of your prereqs have been completed. Rock it.

    Simply said if you let this slip away because you are sad and dont feel worthy then it will haunt you. Toughen up and get to work.

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    Def need to get a hold of the reality of the situation. That reality is you haven't even finished the pre-reqs or taken the MCAT, you have much much more opportunity to be a doctor. I have to question you're mental health in terms of why are you so sad and defeated when you know full well you can still be a doctor at this point? What makes you think you can never be a doctor? No you might not get into a US school, but there are many more options. You need to look inside and see if you have the will power and determination. Wanting to be a doctor isn't enough, it takes a solid mind and dedication. If you give up 1/2 way through pre-reqs I question if you will give up when med school get's tough. I'm playing more of a devil's advocate in hopes it spurs some realization to you and you can succeed. I wish you the best in whatever you do...good luck.
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    so the BA in history was a good idea to accomplish the pre-reqs for med school because...

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    Let me start off by saying....if you are feeling very depressed and have feelings of hurting yourself or someone else...please go to the nearest ER.. I would hate to think anything drastic happened bc of these feelings

    Ok, so I read part of your post and you don't have an MCAT score or all your prereqs right? Well With the 12 Ws I would say its not looking pretty. US MD/DO is almost crossed out. As far as carib schools, you can get in if you do well on MCAT and prereqs left. By this I mean, applying to the lower tier carib schools, they are much more forgiving. If you apply to Ross, you would likely be shooting for MERP.
    The real question shouldn't be medicine or not. You can do a lot of things in medicine, tech jobs (radio, US etc), nurse, nurse assistant, home health aid, PAs, nutiritionists, social workers, researchers, pharmacists.... the list goes on. You don't have to be a doctor to go into medicine. Being the doc is probably the most stressful one and the one that is responsible for the most.
    What you should be asking yourself is if you have the energy, dedication and character to endure 4 years of medical training with all the associated stresses. Im sure most, if not all students, have wondered at one point in their medical career what they have gotten themselves into. No matter what you hear and read, you have no idea how stressful and difficult it is to go through 4 years as a carib student. So the most important thing I would recommend is you first sit down and think if you have the ability to handle this and deal with it. If you are willing to do whatever it takes and jump past any hurdle placed in your way, then go ahead and finish up your prereqs asap take the MCAT and apply.
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    I know you're confused but it's pretty simple if you think of it this way.

    Do you want to do something you're "okay with" for the rest of your life and not even try for your dream with the possibility that you will regret it for the rest of your life?

    Or do you rather spend some extra time, money, and effort to pursue your dream and maybe reach your dream or maybe fail but will have the satisfaction of knowing that you put your whole effort into it?

    Like everyone else said, you just need to do well on the pre-reqs, show an upward trend, do okay-decent on the MCAT, get a couple good reference letters, and you will be set for a caribbean school.

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    You can do it. It might take a little while but it can work out.

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