anyone here retook orgo, still got in on first try

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  1. scrubswannabe

    scrubswannabe Junior Member

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    Has anyone here retook orgo (either term 1 or 2) after getting like a C- or D
    and then on second attempt lets say you got an A- or B+

    I know its possible, obviously
    I just want to know if theres definitely people out there that got into A US allopathic school (after 4 years of college) even after doing poorly in orgo and having to retake it

    basically I'm just worried I ruined my chances drastically this year and would love to hear from people that have been in my situation.
     
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  3. scrubswannabe

    scrubswannabe Junior Member

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    i hope the lack of responses isnt my answer...
    theres gotta be someone
     
  4. Isoprop

    Isoprop Fascinating, tell me more

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    Many people I know, including myself, had to retake either orgo I or II (II for me). At the time I was worried too so I spoke to my advisor. He made told me I would have a tough time and I wound up in tears. Two years later, I withdrew multiple acceptances and will be matriculating in August. One W is nothing as long as there isn't a downward spiral after that.
     
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    Took a W the first time. Ended up with 2 A's in Orgo over the summer at my state school. It was never even mentioned on my interviews or anything. If I were you I would take a W if you are looking at a C- or a D. If you can manage a B you are fine.
     
  7. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . .
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    got a D in second semester organic. retook it last summer while i was applying and got an A.

    i got asked about it at interviews, but i don't think it was that big of a problem considering the amount of invites i received.
     
  8. MWK

    MWK Over-represented majority

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    O1: B (didnt learn ANYTHING)
    O2: W (knew nothing, had like a 40% in there, which was a C)
    summer: retook O1: 97%
    Fall: 'took for the first time' O2, 95% (highest in class).

    Was never asked about it. They saw that I got my life in line and went from a 3.3 first two years to a 4.0 and OChem fit into the trend.


    My advice is that if you're doing bad, DROP the class and retake. a W is INFINITELY better than a C
     
  9. st0w

    st0w plasticperineum syndrome

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    Orgo I: C-
    Orgo II: D
    Orgo I Lab: F (long story)
    Orgo II Lab: F

    Retook them all, got all A's, was invited to TA Lab and had my lab prof write one of my LORs.

    Was accepted to a number of places this cycle and waitlisted at two of the Ivies. It definitely can happen, but my story is far from traditional/typical. Also keep in mind that while I was successful with those awful grades (for which I did have an explanation, albeit not a "good" one), I was explicitly told by several schools that those grades alone kept me from interviews/acceptances.
     
  10. bodonid

    bodonid Dr. Spaceman

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    I got a C, never retook, and still got in.
     
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    bioteach MSIV

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    W in Organic I the first time. A- second time. B in Organic II. Into a med school on first attempt.
     
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    Many successful applicants have repeated a class. I'm retaking one right now. (Yay for 8 am summer school!)
     

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