nontraditional student

  1. marwalla

    What should I do?

    Hi, I’m a non-traditional Black student. I went to community college first and completed a good chunk of pre-med courses and later I transferred to a university. During my time in CC, I took on 12-19 credit hour course loads (with the permission of my institution), while also taking care of my...
  2. BC_89

    Purpose of Veterans' Benefits Forum

    Welcome and thank you for your service! On November 2018, the Veterans' Benefits Forum was created by the suggestion of many of our veteran non-traditional students. The purpose of this forum is to educate our student veterans of their "benefits" (housing, educational, VA updates) not offered...
  3. Frosty808

    Should I put my student loans on forbearance?

    Hi all, I need some input to make sure I'm making the right decision. Currently, I have run into the joy of having some medical bills and would like to pay them off before they go into collections. I am trying to focus on being a pre-med (volunteer and study MCAT) but worrying about bills and...
  4. Z

    Advice needed! Ex-pharmacy student with low GPA

    First of all, this post is kinda long, but please bear with me because I really need advice at the moment. I do know I have messed up a lot throughout school so please refrain from negative comments if you are not going to give me real advice. I have thought about going down this path many times...
  5. D

    HELP!!!! Which one is the right choice. MD,Pa,PT

    My life dilemma with career choices is that I am not sure which one would be the best choice for my current life situation(Med School, PT School, or PA School). A little background about myself is that I was a Corpsman for about 8 years(Mostly spent with the Infantry and finished off my contract...
  6. K

    Nontraditional Medical School Applicant Question

    Hello, I am a nontraditional student looking to apply to medical school in the coming years. I was originally undecided after highschool and decided to attend a local state university part time while I explored my options. After three semesters I withdrew. I completed 32 credits with an...
  7. F

    I need advice on my non-traditional path to Medical School.

    Hello all, I have a question on the path I am having to take to get to medical school. I am an adult student and had to start college at 24 instead of 18 years old. I started my collegiate career at a community college in my home state. I received mostly A’s and B’s but I did not finish...
  8. E

    I got a C in General Chemistry. At a Community College. Now What?

    I would like some real life advice on how the hell I make up for my C in General Chemistry, at a *gasp* Community College. I got a 78.7% in a course with no curve, no extra credit, no dropped tests. The instructor was new to the school, and was often befuddled by our book, and admitted openly...
  9. E

    Nontraditional Student- low sgpa looking for advice

    Hello SDN community, Could anyone shed some light on how admissions will likely look at my stats? I received my bachelors in science degree in 2009, and joined the Army shortly after. After 9 years of service, I am ready to pursue my long time interest in dentistry. The glaring issue for me...
  10. A

    Getting prereqs while working fulltime

    Hello :) I graduated UG in 2017 and recently finished my first year in a 2 year graduate program in religious studies. I unfortunately found myself in a financial bind this past spring and had to start working fulltime somewhere that pays well in order to start earning money to pursue my...
  11. BC_89

    Medical Evaluation Board (Army): Plan "A" or "B"

    Long time contributor but now I come for assistance: I have been told that by the end of the week an initiation for a medical discharge will take place after putting in a few years of active duty service as a pharmacy tech. This has come to a shock for myself but given the new guidelines for...
  12. silverqueen16

    Nontraditional student, needing advice re part-time work

    Hello, this is my first post so hopefully it's in the right place. I'm a bit of an older student (not ancient but at least 10 years older than my classmates) that went back to school this past spring. I've been a pastry chef since 2011, which has taken me all over the country. Now that I'm...
  13. S

    BSN, RN (Student) to M.D . . . Advice?

    How would you prepare for medical school?
  14. D

    Professional Soccer Player into Med School

    Hi everyone, I'm looking to start the process for applications. Here's a bit about my history, I'll give the basic rundown. About myself: Hispanic, adopted into a mixed family, step father was military, first generation to graduate college, from a small town, no one in my family knew a thing...
  15. M

    GPA

    Hello to anyone kind enough to read this, I'm new and this is my first post here (although I've read several posts by many of you). I graduated with a BS in Biology. I finished with a horrendous GPA of 2.4 and 134 credit hours. (I'd failed and retook a few classes, but was mostly a C student)...
  16. Frosty808

    Working to Save $ to apply to Med school - deadline?

    Background: Hi all, I'm going to be starting a new job (turning 30 this year) in a clinic-setting and I anticipate making at least a 2 year commitment. For now, I want this to be the last GAP YEAR JOB before I apply since all previous jobs either were only contract positions (leaving me to...
  17. M

    Got into medical school, not excited about the location. Does this really matter in medical school?

    Hello everyone, I recently got accepted into medical school and its in the middle of nowhere. I am honored to finally be a med student and excited to start my career in healthcare, but the only school I got accepted into is in a rural location. I would like some opinions from those who were/or...
  18. C

    Pre-Med Education in Trauma Counseling or Disaster Medicine

    Thanks for Reading! A little bit of Background: I'm an EMT, and I want to eventually be an ER Physician. In December 2018 I'll have a BS in Behavioral Health Psychology, and in December 2020 I'll have a BS in Nursing. The way my BSN is structured, I have a significant amount of space left over...
  19. M

    Taking Biochem 2 instead of Biochem 1 for the MCAT

    Hi everyone! I go to a small private school in Pittsburgh and unfortunately they only offer Biochem 1 in the Fall and Biochem 2 in the Spring. Since I have very little background in Biochem I would like to take a Biochem class before taking the MCAT. Do you guys think this is a good idea, or...
  20. M

    Notraditional Needing Advice

    I apologize for the lengthy entry so here it goes. Since high school I have been at crossroads as to whether to pursue engineering or medicine. Considering that my father was an engineer and that there was a field that combined both subjects (biomedical engineering), I decided to go to the...
  21. Dukakis

    Am I making a good choice? Would you do something different?

    I am a 25 year old senior in college graduating with a BA in liberal arts from a reputable state school. I struggled finding a career path to dedicate myself to but decided now that I want to be in health care. But I'm going to need a job with a living wage and benefits and I really don't have...
  22. D

    I need help/advice..

    Okay so I'm currently in community college because I dropped out of high school and got my GED. I have 12 credits completed so far since this next semester begins my 2nd year. I'm hoping to transfer after this next year and go to either a 4-year college or University for Pre-Vet because I want...
  23. palumacella

    NYC Post Bacc Recs?

    What are some great post bacc programs in NYC for DIY? I need mainly need to retake some upper level bio courses. Thanks.
  24. AspiringPA

    Online "Health Science" Degree

    Hello all, I've searched SDN and the internet over trying to find guidance on my current and somewhat unique situation. I have been working on General Education courses at an online institution (University of Maryland College University) and would like to transfer to Kaplan's online "Health...
  25. L

    Too old for medical school?

    I'm a nontraditional student about to start medical school this year. Sometimes I get down because I didn't start medical school right away; other times, I'm content because I think I've matured over the years. I worked at a hospital for over three years in clinical research, and I got...
  26. Mountain lawyer

    Personal statement ideas

    I am currently thinking about what to write for my personal statement. I am a practicing family law attorney and wanted to write about the "comorbidity" of legal issues and medical problems that my clients face. I represent a large number of indigent clients in a rural part of NC. My clients...
  27. RJmx393

    Is there even a slight chance?

    Ok, so I may be one of the the most unlikely candidates to try to get into medical school. I am a 26 y/o man who is married, has one child and a steady government job. I am 1 year away from graduating with a bachelors in Business Administration from a prestigious business school, a degree I...
  28. N

    Old nontrad, want to do research, can't find a a way to get experience

    So I'm on the old side of nontraditional (39), but my general stats are okay: 3.9gpa, LOR from the dean, assistant dean, and head of regional drug development center, plenty of "life experiences" and volunteering and 140 hrs shadowing in my favor, but the problem is that I've been thinking about...
  29. hs764

    Med school experience as an older student

    I would love to hear about the experience of some older students in medical school, particularly if there are not many other older students at your school. I'll be applying this spring and should I get accepted anywhere, I'll be 31 when I start. The info I have about the schools I'm applying...
  30. C

    Optometrist working with Ophthalmologists -- Risks of being in Optometry

    Hi, I'm 27 and currently working in ophthalmic oncology as a technician. Recently I have been pondering the idea of going back to school and pursuing optometry. I'm not interested in performing surgeries but am interested in helping people manage their vision. Ideally, I would like to help...
  31. C

    Psychology Grad w/o Premed Courses - Next step to MS?

    Hi everyone, I have completed a double major degree in Psychology and History in 2015, Bogazici University, Turkey. Because of the curriculum of my degrees I was not able to complete any chemistry, organic chem, physics of biology classes (so no pre-med preparation). I am willing to apply to...
  32. F

    MD Investment Banker Looking for Help

    Hello friends! I'm new here, and I've never been the type of person to post on forums, but I genuinely feel very lost right now and would appreciate any input from folks who are pre-med / have gone through the med school application process. My story in short: I'm Canadian and I went to an Ivy...
  33. L

    UCLA Extension Pre medical Certificate - Lets Connect! :)

    Hi Everyone, Just started the UCLA extension pre-medical and general science studies certificate this fall (2016). I feel a little lost and I am quite new to the area. I haven't met anyone doing this certificate program in my classes so far. This program is also not as structured as I thought...
  34. M

    needing some advice..please!

    Hey all! I just started browsing around here again recently, and I'm a bit confused quite frankly. I'm kinda just wondering what others advice would be at this point if I were to pursue med school (again), what the best way to go about it would be. Long story short, I started college off...
  35. C

    Nontrad Speech Speech going into Medicine

    Hello fellow readers! I'm here to seek wise counsel about a possible change of career fields into medicine. I'm a 24 y/o Speech therapist assistant with approximately 1 year of experience. I've worked in outpatient and private practice settings with mostly the pediatric population. I hated my...
  36. SG32

    Recent college grad currently taking prer

    Hey guys, I'm a 22-year old who just graduated with a BS from a four-year university. Unfortunately, it took me a while to figure out which healthcare profession I truly wanted to pursue until my senior year of college. I'm currently taking chemistry summer courses and am planning on taking...
  37. M

    MD vs PA, honest answers from all viewpoints please :)

    Hey guys! So bear with me, this may be a bit long... but I really would like some honest, thoughtful advice from several different viewpoints. I am 22, (often confusing it with being about 45), and began college at 17 after graduating high school early. I completed four years at a community...
  38. M

    Chances for Pre-Med with a B.A?

    Hello, I would appreciate any comments and advice for my situation. I am recently graduated with B.A in Sociology, and have not taken any sciences since High school. I didnt even take them in university, because I was debating on even going to medical school or law school during my last...
  39. D

    Million dollar question. What should I do?

    I know these types of questions are asked Millions of times on these websites but I just kind of wanted to tell my story and get some feedback. Be as brutal as needed, but have some facts behind it don't just say "you don't have a chance" then you just sound like a negative you know what...
  40. C

    Best way to Med School for Nontrad w/low GPA?

    Hello all, I am new to the forum, so thanks in advance for your understanding. I'm in a bit of a rough spot, as I went through undergrad as a transfer student in biomedical engineering; my GPA was 3.7 pre-transfer, but fell to 3.2 once I hit upper division. (My institution doesn't factor in...