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    What age did you get accepted into med school?

    What age were you when you got accepted into med school? Did you have to go back to get your undergrad or another degree before applying? If so what was your age were you when you went back to college? What is your specialty?
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    Post-bacc Application Advice (non-traditional student)

    Hi, I've been a long time reader of these forums but this is my first time posting. After spending a long time debating whether to make a complete mid-life career change, I've decided to make the first step towards going to med-school, but as a non-traditional student I need to first get into a...
  3. surgfering

    Non-Traditional Applicant, What should I do?

    Hello everyone! I truly need help in what to do from now. I am a current applicant with 2 MCAT attempts (492, 502) who only applied to 4 schools this cycle (MD schools) for the sole reason that I meet their minimum requirements criteria, but I have not heard from any of them. Given the...
  4. Luna25

    What else should I be doing? Non trad premed

    Hi all, I’m trying to figure out if I’m on the right track. I’m 26 and was a project manager/consultant in IT for 4 years after I graduated college with a MIS degree. I quit my job and have been doing a DIY post bac this semester. Originally I thought I wanted to apply to Clinical Psych PhD...
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    Non-trad(27 year old) pre-dental looking for advice on pre-reqs

    So I’m just starting my pre-reqs and looking for advice on the best way forward. Currently, I have a bachelors degree in accounting from Western Governors University (online school). The downside is that through this university I have no gpa. I do have about 30 hours attempted from a community...
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    Non-trad engineer here. I think I have some potential but really need feedback.

    Hi all, I got by BS & MS from USC in civil engineering in 2016. I have been working in the field since graduation but decided to go to UCLA extension to complete my premed requirements in 2018. Fast forward 2 years, here are my stats: cGPA 3.74 sGPA 3.63 MCAT = 520 (131/129/131/129) Full...
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    Engineer to Physician.. what’s the best path forward??? Need advice

    Introduction Hi all, I have found myself in a bit of a predicament and would really (really) love some advice. Just to give a little background… Right now, I’m an engineer at a large aerospace and defense company (100,000+ employees). I studied mechanical engineering with minors in electrical...
  8. crazyotter

    Stigma of doing premed pre-reqs at a Community College?

    I'll keep things short: 27 year old male. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Political Science (arts). Got a 2.24 GPA. Worked in IT for 3 years, then went back to get a second Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Will graduate this year with an expected 3.78 GPA. Post-Bac CAS puts my...
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    Choosing DIY Post Bacc in CUNY

    Posting for the first time as I am about to officially start my journey to become a Physician as a 31 year Old Non-Trad. First step is to choose a college to take all the prerequisites. Looking for advice from current or former CUNY students as to which school i should choose. I am currently...
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    No advisor, MCAT studying length for a non-traditional?

    Hello, I’m a 26 year old non-traditional student and need a decent Mcat score for my 3.32 gpa. I have a science/bio background but need to do some serious content review for the MCAT and not sure about the timeframe I should leave for this. I’m starting a post/bac program end of August. Would...
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    Advice for student with several unofficial withdrawalss

    I’d like to start off by thanking the SDN and the network of people who give proper guidance to students like myself. Long story short, I come from a lower socioeconomic background where pursuing higher education isn’t a priority for many. Starting 2012 I attended three different universities in...
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    Non-traditional Undergraduate Junior Considering Medical School

    Hey all, After spending a substantial amount of time on SDN everyday, I've finally decided to make an account! Here is some background: I'm an undergraduate junior (19 y.o.) majoring in Computer Science at a public state school. For the past 3 months, day in and day out, I've been thinking...
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    Non-Traditional Student - Best Way to Overcome App Weaknesses?

    Twelve years ago I was a pre-med chemistry major, where I completed 1/2 year of Biology, 1 year of Gen Chem, 1/2 year of Physics, and 1 1/2 year of Calculus. I ended up changing majors and transferred to an art school where I earned a BFA in painting and drawing. After graduating I took courses...
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    25 years old. military spouse and mom

    I would 100% be considered non traditional. Ever since I was little dental school was the goal. I did think I wanted to do medicine because of my family who are mostly in medicine but really dentistry has been my dream. I graduated college in 2016 and applied to dental school right after. I...
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    Non Trad WAMC?

    Hi WAMC? I graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. GPA: 3.13 (fumbled freshman year but made deans list last couple semesters with GPAs of 3.6+ in 300 - 500 level bioengineering/science courses) MCAT: 503 (first take 490) Been working in tech consulting since graduation and...
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    Post-Bacc Courseload?

    I plan to take a DIY post-bacc and I am only missing the prerequisites for medical school. I am wondering what my course load should be? I am planning to take biology, general chem, physics, organic chem, and english. Obviously, general chem is a prequisite for organic chem so I cannot take...
  18. Zrb19

    Non-trad mom w/ intense analysis paralysis

    Im 23 and a grad with a B.S in pre med. I have a cGPA of 3.5 or 3.45 w/o grade replacement. My sGPA is 3.6 My GPA isn’t the best but I had to work full time throughout my undergrad Because I didn’t have help from my parents and didn’t want to rely too heavy on loans. At this point I thought I...
  19. Lnotoran

    Post-back or 2nd bachelors?

    So I graduated from Arizona State with a 3.0 as a Business Communication major in 2013, having completed 6 internships and steadily raised my GPA. Worked at some top PR and marketing firms, encountered major health problems, which inspired me to change my career. Was accepted into Loyola’s...
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    Math Requirements

    Hello! I'm a non-traditional student currently in a post-bac. My undergrad cGPA was 2.72 (sGPA - 2.63). In my post-bac, my cGPA is 3.84 (sGPA - 3.78). I currently have Colorado residency where there is a math requirement of 2 semesters. However, I will have lived in Massachusetts long enough...
  21. npgrdh

    Non-Trad Early Applicant, Please Help!

    Please help, I’m a non-traditional applicant with around 100-120 community service hours 5+ years of assisting, and 2 years as a dental hygienist! I applied broadly, but so far only have one interview from Midwestern AZ. It’s been over a month since then, and I’m starting to lose my patience...
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    Advice! part-time EMT or CNA jobs (postbacc student)

    Hey all! First post here! I'm a career-changing/non-trad applicant. I graduated 2 years ago with a business degree and have since realized - through volunteering and shadowing - that medicine is the field I want to be in. I was working at a marketing firm and taking night classes until a...
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    need advice pleaseee! Keck Graduate Institute- MS in Applied Life Sciences

    Hey everyone! I really need some advice as I'm completely confused on what to do:/ So to make a very long story short, I am a first gen, non-trad pre-med student. I have a pretty lowish undergrad and low science GPA but an upward trend towards the end of my college career. For what I lacked in...
  24. Wahoo1125

    Non-Traditional Student Long Term Plan

    Hello, I’m a recent Grad from UVA with a passion for medicine, but far from accomplishing my dreams. I found my love for medicine when I underwent brain surgery my second year and discovered what medicine was really like. I graduated on time after missing time for surgery, but ended up with a...
  25. SprinkleSerotonin

    HELP with explaining and remedying a low GPA from EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES

    Hey guys, so I'm in a pickle in terms of how exactly to go about writing my personal statement to help ADCOMs understand the truly uniquely horrible experience I had in college that severely impaired my GPA. I'll try and keep this short with just enough details to paint yall a picture of my...
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    Taking a gap year before transferring

    Hello lovely people. So I'm a junior transfer and due to my current situation, I may have to take a year off to earn money for my education. I recently came across Americorps and it would be the perfect opportunity to serve, make a bit of money and maybe even use any free time I have to study...
  27. wandering-yogi

    Engineer to Postbacc premed questions

    Hi, I am 3 years out of college with an BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and gpa of 3.15. Taken Chem I, and Calculus I and II. Over the past three years, I've been getting a pull towards medicine. It started my senior year of college with wanting my Wilderness First Aide (WFA)...
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    My Best Option...

    Hello all, I'm pretty new to sdn but I really like the community and a lot of you seem to be very knowledgeable about these topics. Right now I find myself in a predicament with respect to applying to schools, and I wanted to see what my best options are. I'll just give my stats straight away...
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    Advice on timeline and feasibility

    Hi everyone, I would like some advice/opinion on my plan for doing a post bacc. A little background info: I am a 22 year old female working full time as software engineer for a little over a year. I have a BS in Computer Science with a cGPA of 3.67 and sGPA of 3.17. My GPA trend (in order...
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    Marine Corps to Medical School Advice

    Hello Everyone, This is my first time posting in SDN forums after many years of browsing. Specifically I am posting in regards to receiving general advice on my current situation and the best route for me to apply to Medical School. Background I received my Undergrad degree in Biology in 2016...
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    WAMC 3.17sGPA 3.53 cGPA 500 MCAT(125x4) veteran non-traditional

    Might be late considering that I am applied already to 7 DO schools, of which 4 of 7 have asked for secondaries and 2 additional are evaluating for a secondary (have not heard from one school yet). Also, because of a SNAFU at AACOMAS, my primary was not certified for an extra 2 months. Submitted...
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    I am a nontraditional student who transferred from a 6 year pharmacy program after 4 years into a regular undergrad to finish a bio degree. Long story short, I was an immature student who only focused on having fun and getting extracurriculars because I wanted to get into pharma, but I started...
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    Questions for the older folks!

    Hey there, Non-trad incoming SPT here with 5 logistical questions mostly for the older folks on this board, but I welcome anyone to chime in. I'll list the questions below with some context, but I don't want to bore you with minutia. I'm 28 and will be packing up my house to attend UTEP, where...
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    Work/Activities and personal statement trade

    I think I have a pretty solid finalized list for my W/A section. I was curious if anyone would be willing to give it a glance over and comment on the activities and categorizations? Please let me know and thank you in advance! *EDIT* I should note, if other Premeds want to "Trade" PS and W/A...
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    Take MCAT before finishing courses?

    I am a non-traditional student and will start taking my pre reqs next semester and finish in Spring 2020 and apply the 2020 cycle. During the Spring 2020 semester I will take Physics 2 and Organic 2. I would like to take the MCAT but still leave enough time for a possible retake before/during...
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    Non traditional Texas Resident

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    Am I giving myself enough time to study for the MCAT? (non-trad Q)

    Hey all Hoping for some advice from seasoned vets around here, especially those who are/were non-trad applicants or can give good advice for folks who are. I'm trying to decide when to take the MCAT and, concomitantly, how to formulate a study plan. A little about me, objective facts/stats...