Hi everyone, I am applying to dental schools this June. However, I have a complicated situation and I really need some advice. The only negative aspect of my application is my GPA which is 2.8 and I know it's not competitive at all. Frankly, my GPA does not represent who I am and what I'm capable of! I went to school full-time as well as working about 50 hours a week due to some difficulties in my life. Basically, I've supported myself in a foreign country since I was 16 and I've always been struggling emotionally, and financially. But dropping out of school never crossed my mind! I have included my situation and what I went through briefly in my statement letter. On the other hand, everything else on my application looks good including my volunteer hours, research, and dental experience. I would say they're definitely above average. I am taking the DAT in July and I'm confident enough that I'll do fine. Realistically, what are my chances and should I apply this year or should I wait and bring my GPA higher? Unfortunately, money is an issue for me and I don't want to waste all the time, money, and effort into it knowing I absolutely have no chance of getting in. Please let me know what you think, I'm really frustrated and stressed out!!! Thank you!