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1 Interview / 1 Acceptance (3.2 GPA)

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by killinsound, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. killinsound

    killinsound Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    So this is a little tale that I hope will give people in a situation similar to mine a glimmer of hope.

    I had a 3.0 GPA going into my third year of college in a major that I was not interested in. As a result of my father's cancer, my own research experience, and my continuing interest in the sciences, I decided to switch to a biology major, and studied my ass off. It took me 2 additional years to graduate (5 years total) and in those two years I managed to maintain a 3.95+ GPA, leaving me at a 3.52 cumulative. I also buckled down and did fairly well on the MCAT (35+).

    However, a couple of community classes that I had taken when I was 12 (forgotten until this application cycle), destroyed my GPA, bringing it from a 3.52 -> 3.22. Somehow, I decided I would apply anyways. As the application cycle surged forward, I was getting zero interview invitations, while my roommate was getting invitations from Columbia, Cornell, UCLA, so on, and so forth.

    These past few months, I was invited to interview at what turned out to be my only interview. I went, and was placed on waitlist. I was ready to succumb to the fact that perhaps my GPA had kept me out of medical school this cycle, and proceeded to plan to strengthen my application – I applied to multiple SMP programs. Today, I got a phone call from the admissions office saying they would offer me a place in the Fall 2008 Class.

    The moral of this story is to take the advice on SDN with a grain of salt. If you are determined, hard-working, and sure that you want medicine to be your future career there are many paths that will ultimately allow you to achieve your dreams of matriculating into a medical school.

    My advice to people in this situation: Never give up, always press on, but have realistic expectations and ALWAYS have a back up plan. Apply early, and apply broadly.

    Good luck everyone who is applying this coming cycle, and more good luck to those in situations like mine!
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  3. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    Gee, that sounds familiar. Congrats on the acceptance!
  4. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    Congrats. A low GPA definitely isn't the nail in the coffin everyone says it is, but there are other factors that play into it.
  5. Angel Wings

    Angel Wings 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2008
    Go you and Congrats:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:!
  6. dienekes88

    dienekes88 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Congrats, killinsound!

    Congratulations to you too, MilkmanAl!

    I have to agree with the advice to take "SDN with a grain of salt." There is a lot of bias and superficial analysis. On the other hand, there definitely is some good advice.
  7. ChristianJames1

    ChristianJames1 5+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    San Diego
    what a heart warming tale! suck it sdn.
  8. paradocs we are

    paradocs we are In love with you 2+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    The Falls
    Thanks for sharing your story. Even if we have heard this before, reminders are important. In fact, sometimes we need reminders to keep us moving forward.

    CONGRATS on your acceptance!

    I love hearing stories like this because I, too, share a very similar story. I know how hard, frustrating this process is and I want to commend you for staying hopeful.
  9. BlackDr2b

    BlackDr2b JESUS DID IT, NOT ME!!! 5+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Chocolate City!
    Congrats! That's wassup
  10. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    I honestly think this needs to be said every once in a while. :thumbup:
  11. thejonqproject

    thejonqproject Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    yeahhhh boyyy!
  12. bozz

    bozz 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Dude you were my hero in the MCAT forum I remember... you and that other SwiftFox dude or something like that. You guys kept motivating the rest of us by utterly destroying those practice tests and gave great advice about what prep materials and stuff to use.. I remember very well.

    Congrats! you really deserve it.
  13. flaahless

    flaahless 10+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    I remember you from the MCAT forum too G. I'm glad you were successful this cycle. Congratulations on your acceptance and go and be a light unto the world!

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