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feeling pretty discouraged...

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Nasem, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Nasem

    Nasem 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Lansing, MI
    I usually have a positive outlook on things but today was just a bummed out day for me….

    I just got done calculating my undergrad science GPA (only math and physics courses), came out to a whooping 3.15 (totally sucks)…. Right now (doing post-bac on my own) I am planning to finish all my pre-dental bare minimum requirements (Inorganics + organics + biologies) by May of 2008. Even if I get straight 4.0s, My science GPA is stilling bairly going to move to around 3.3-3.4 ish…. Which makes me pretty sad

    I am planning to apply for 2009 cycle (15-18 schools) but man with today's competition, I highly doubt my 3.01 undergrad cum GPA and a potiential 3.3-3.4 science GPA is going to get me anywhere :(

    Oh well I guess that's what I get for screwing around in my undergrad.
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  3. qtlilkitty

    qtlilkitty 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    All i can say is rock the DAT and you'll get some interviews. I was in the same boat, but got some interviews from pretty competitive schools. Hope it helps!
  4. Snahster

    Snahster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    improvement is key. If you can pull out those 4.0 semesters they will take it as a sign of goal direction. You are not screwed. GPA is not really isn't. Sure it helps but honestly if you are a total go-getter (Shadow, volunteer like crazy, leadership exp. etc.) you will be fine.
  5. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    it's not everything, but it is a vital component of your application. Make sure you get it to at least 3.3. I just know too many people who had bad GPA with good DAT and solid ECs, and they didn't get in anywhere. Most schools love to play around with high numbers. Just my opinion...
  6. shamrock2006

    shamrock2006 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Nowhere and Everywhere
    Do well on the DAT, get experience, LORs, etc...also, as has been said, improvement really looks favorably. Hell, my sci GPA was sub 3.4..but i got interviews and acceptances b/c I rocked 5 straight semesters to pull it up from a 2.9...they like to see dedication...TRUST ME!
  7. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    you sure deserve your spot in dental school...that's some hard work pulling a 2.9 to around a 3.4. :D
  8. LNinlove

    LNinlove Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2004

    The same thing happened to me yesterday...I have about the same GPA as you and it really hit me "I have gotta get something going!" I sat down today and figured out how I can possibly get a decent GPA for the semester. It's frustrating! I sit back and know I can do MUCH better, yet I am just soooo lazy! I am worrying about the DAT, but if I don't do well in class, the DAT won't even matter! Keep it up, we are almost there!
  9. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    what's with the harsh words?
  10. Regmata

    Regmata Member Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    I was pretty much the same, except my first time around in undergrad i didnt take any sciences to lower my bcp...

    I got interviews at 9 of 10 schools I applied to (the one i didnt get invited to i withdrew my application early) and i got in to both of the schools that i actually went to the interview for.

    Don't get discouraged...academic improvement and life experiences go a long way
  11. burton117

    burton117 The Big Kahuna 10+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2004
    I think it was meant to be a compliment.:)
  12. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    You can't change the past. I did really well my first 2 years of undergrad even when I was working... everything was GREAT until I started my medical fraternity and my time was stolen out from under me. I didn't realize it until the damage was done. I still had above a 3.0, but my GPA was not stellar by any means and it actually decreased towards the end of college which I guess would look pretty bad. I went through a masters program to pull up my GPA when I was more serious about school work and not trying to impress ADCOMs with my extracurricular success (big mistake.) I pulled off a 3.6 taking courses through the medical school... didn't cost a lot bc I got a full scholarship and stipend my second year, received some interviews / acceptances and was accepted with fairly average DAT scores to my #1 choice Dec 1. It is possible...though I took the long route = B.S., M.S., and 2.5 additional years of research at a cancer hospital. Great experiences though. I wouldn't change a thing. Good luck to you. :)
  13. supraman

    supraman Boston Celtics 7+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2005
    Why dont you try and do those 4.0s (3.8+) and do well on the DAT, and they will see that you truley are up for it
  14. polarnut

    polarnut Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    Los Angeles
    study hard for schools wont close door on you because you enjoyed college life for awhile. what matters is what you do from now on.
  15. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    uuuuu you got me wrong buddy. I said it with a good intention.

  16. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
  17. seansk

    seansk USC Dentistry Class 2010 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    are you kidding me? a 3.3 3.4 is not a sad score!!! and about getting straight A's, it is possible!!! I DID it for two straight quarters. Anything is possible...and from what I see, you still have a good shot at dental school. It's true competition increases....but not so much to blow you out of the well on the DAT's, Do your best regarding your classes, even take extra classes to boost you gpa...take as much classes as you can (preferably easier classes until your college caps you!!!!!...and be motivated about getting in...really show schools your are determined...

    You can do it...I know so!! I did!

    good luck
  18. Safado

    Safado 5+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Keep your head up Nasem. I was in a similar situation, and I got in. Do your best and the rest will take care of itself. No use worrying about the past. Good luck!
  19. blue_moon01

    blue_moon01 2+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    No sweat!
    My GPA is a 2.9 ish . I applied to 5 schools, got 4 interview invites I went to only 2 cause I got into the school I wanted on Dec 1st. I got one rejection.

    I do have DAT scores in the 98 percentile so.. I think if you can rock your DAT.. you got high chances. So dont be discouraged
  20. Fuji

    Fuji 2+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    A GPA like that is not going to prevent you from getting into dental school. Work hard to bring it up, round out your application with the DAT, your letters of recommendation, and good extra curriculars, and you'll have as good a chance as anyone.
  21. Nasem

    Nasem 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Lansing, MI
    Thanks guys for all your posts. and belive me, I was NO WHERE near giving up, I just had a low day yesterday, from today (and on forward), I will push my self even harder (I don't know how much harder I can push lol, I am taking Gen Chem I along with lab, working 40-50 hrs a week as a software developer, and self studying Organic chemistry as a preparation for september semester which is going to be WorldWar III for me due to General Chemisty II + Ogro I + Bio I + Bio lab + Gen chem II lab).

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