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 three different cities, and though my circumstances were less fortunate than others, there’s no one else to blame but myself for making bad decisions. Due to financial reasons I dropped out of all three schools without notice and enrollment was about two years in between each school. I’m guessing I will receive unofficial withdrawals for full-time credits at those schools for every class. I have yet to contact them. However 4 years after my last enrollment I recently had a change in circumstances hence I moved to a different state and within three semesters, I have received an associate of applied science with a 3.5 GPA. I recently matriculated into a biology program at a four year university and I plan on making straight A’s. I have prior healthcare experience which I accrued during the past three semesters. Before going back to college I had my own retail store, but now I’m focusing on shadowing doctors, studying for MCAT, and pursuing research opportunities etc. After reading some forums on here, I learned that to apply to medical school we use an application called AMCAS. Will this application factor in the unofficial withdrawals from the previous colleges? If so, even if I maintain my GPA it will be brought down significantly, so I’m worried I won’t even be able to make it to the interview portion of the process due to screening. I always had the intention of finishing a pre-health track but never had guidance or financial stability to achieve it. This does not excuse me for my decisions, but should I continue to pursue my dream, or will grad schools turn me down because from what I read ADCOM does not like to hear excuses. So far I have completed most of the pre reqs required for the medical schools I want to attend. A quick rundown of my grades bio 1- C, bio 2- A, A&P 1 & 2 - B, gen chem 1 - B, statistics - A, Calculus 1- A, Physics 1-A and the rest of my degree is all A’s except a C in US history 1. Also, I don’t know if this matter but at this point in my academic career I am 27 years old. I sincerely thank you if you took the time to read my sob story and any insight is appreciated. I hope you are all safe during these times.