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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by jace's mom, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. jace's mom

    jace's mom Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    I'm working 60 hours per week teaching school, taking OCHEM this semester, volunteering at the hospital, shadowing, etc, plus I'm married with a family. I study every day for the MCAT (at least one hour and one chapter/practice set per day), but I'm still going to be very proud of myself if I pull off a 30. (I haven't taken physics in almost 8 years, for Pete's sake!)

    My latest practice score (AAMC 3R, taken under "actual conditions") was a 26, and I'm pretty sure I'll earn at least that on the real thing. I would be quite happy to go to a DO school; in fact, my top pick is TCOM. I guess my question (plea, hope) is whether or not there might be even the slightest consideration for everything else I have going that prohibits me from studying all-out for the MCAT. My undergrad GPA is 3.9, grad is 3.8...all I want is the interview...I can rock their socks off at the interview. :cool:

    I really do know that it's going to be okay, but I live and will apply in Texas, which is SO competitive. I think I'm just getting discouraged. Could we just wave a magic wand so that May 31st will already be over...and I could earn a 43? ;)

    Any uplifting comments you might have for an old, tired (but extremely driven) nontrad would be helpful!
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  3. DrBowtie

    DrBowtie Final Countdown Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    The good thing is Texas actually isn't all that competitive. Good Luck!
  4. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    from what I hear, a 26 should be no problem for D.O. schools
  5. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Those stats are good for DO schools, which also tend to be more sympathetic to non-trads. I seriously admire you for being able to juggle so many balls at once. You situation is something you can talk about in your essays and in interviews to help explain a lower MCAT. Aiming for just one med school is a risky gamble. I don't really know how sympathetic Texas MD schools are going to be towards your situation. If you apply broadly to a bunch of DO schools, I'd say you have a good shot.

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