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Currently, I am finishing up my spanish major and will be graduating this december with a biology degree with the intent to apply to podiatry school after school. A few things:
Male: 22
GPA 3.6, MCAT 19
EC: Pres. of Pre-professional club (120 students plus), lab TA for Physiology 3 semesters, 2 years as anatomy intern, Cadaver dissection team leader over 100 hours dissecting, independent study and complete dissection of the Vagus nerve, Tutor for Chemistry, Patient Family Advocate at the hospital 2 years, Raised $5,500 dollars to build water wells in Africa through an event I created at the university, Volunteered in Guatemala at a clinic for one month, Volunteer as a youth group leader, will be attending missions trip in Nic. and assisting with interpretations.

I am extremely displeased with my MCAT score and now I'm lost! I have so much going through my head as to what i should do.
Do i apply and see if i get in with my low score? Re-take the MCAT and apply "late?" If i do this, will handing my app. in late significantly affect me? Also, i have the opportunity to teach english in Brazil for one whole year, would it be wise to take advantage of this opportunity (i understand this is a question i can only answer, but i'm hoping to get an answer from those of you in school who might have regreted not taking time off from college) Also, what chances do i have of getting into some schools, especially Des Moines because i have family there?

The reason for this convoluted question is mainly because I had my life perfectly planned with College, activities, grades etc; however, when i got my MCAT score back i was crushed. I took it and i received an 18 my junior year. Well the next year rolled around and i decided to take it a few weeks after school got out and two days before my trip to Guatemala. The previous year i took 12 practice exams and averaged a 25, so i figured it was a bad test day and took it again with only two weeks of reviewing some material. Then i received a 19.

Half of me wants to not apply and ACTUALLY study for 3 or 4 months, take it in april and go from there, but i hate wasting time when i could maybe already get accepted.

Sorry this is confusing, but i'm confused...Please no comments on my past, i understand i had a few errors, but i'm trying to be honest and i'm looking for honest advice for my future.
A future "thank you"
 

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With all that you should be able to get in somewhere....apply to DMU and just see what happens!
 

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Currently, I am finishing up my spanish major and will be graduating this december with a biology degree with the intent to apply to podiatry school after school. A few things:
Male: 22
GPA 3.6, MCAT 19
EC: Pres. of Pre-professional club (120 students plus), lab TA for Physiology 3 semesters, 2 years as anatomy intern, Cadaver dissection team leader over 100 hours dissecting, independent study and complete dissection of the Vagus nerve, Tutor for Chemistry, Patient Family Advocate at the hospital 2 years, Raised $5,500 dollars to build water wells in Africa through an event I created at the university, Volunteered in Guatemala at a clinic for one month, Volunteer as a youth group leader, will be attending missions trip in Nic. and assisting with interpretations.

I am extremely displeased with my MCAT score and now I'm lost! I have so much going through my head as to what i should do.
Do i apply and see if i get in with my low score? Re-take the MCAT and apply "late?" If i do this, will handing my app. in late significantly affect me? Also, i have the opportunity to teach english in Brazil for one whole year, would it be wise to take advantage of this opportunity (i understand this is a question i can only answer, but i'm hoping to get an answer from those of you in school who might have regreted not taking time off from college) Also, what chances do i have of getting into some schools, especially Des Moines because i have family there?

The reason for this convoluted question is mainly because I had my life perfectly planned with College, activities, grades etc; however, when i got my MCAT score back i was crushed. I took it and i received an 18 my junior year. Well the next year rolled around and i decided to take it a few weeks after school got out and two days before my trip to Guatemala. The previous year i took 12 practice exams and averaged a 25, so i figured it was a bad test day and took it again with only two weeks of reviewing some material. Then i received a 19.

Half of me wants to not apply and ACTUALLY study for 3 or 4 months, take it in april and go from there, but i hate wasting time when i could maybe already get accepted.

Sorry this is confusing, but i'm confused...Please no comments on my past, i understand i had a few errors, but i'm trying to be honest and i'm looking for honest advice for my future.
A future "thank you"

You'll get in everywhere but a few may require an MCAT retake
 

czmayer

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But how late is too late for getting my application in???...i have it all done except for my personal statement, but i would rather do that after graduation in december. Also, i spent a really long time on my essay when i completed the AMCAS, so my question is how heavily is the personal statement viewed for podiatry?
 
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But how late is too late for getting my application in???...i have it all done except for my personal statement, but i would rather do that after graduation in december. Also, i spent a really long time on my essay when i completed the AMCAS, so my question is how heavily is the personal statement viewed for podiatry?


Uh, the personal statement is limited to 500 words (I think).

But, I dont think it's that important. They care more about grades.

Goodluck!:thumbup:
 

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Uh, the personal statement is limited to 500 words (I think).

But, I dont think it's that important. They care more about grades.

Goodluck!:thumbup:

I think youre right Zme.

I recall spending a ton of time on my 500 word personal statement thinking itd be a pretty key component of acceptance. then after interviewing 5 places i realized nobody brought it up even once.
 

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I think youre right Zme.

I recall spending a ton of time on my 500 word personal statement thinking itd be a pretty key component of acceptance. then after interviewing 5 places i realized nobody brought it up even once.

depending on your grades, the personal statment could be your make or break. I would suggest putting some time into this...
 

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... when i completed the AMCAS

Be prepared to explain this; you will be asked about your AMCAS application and if you want to go to medical school or podiatry school. I hope you aren't turning to podiatry because of a low MCAT. You can always apply to med school next year if that is the case.
 
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