Hello! I was just wondering what people think about my chances. It's really tough to gauge how each person will fare given the craziness of the entire process. I started out with a 3.1 my freshman year and made my way up to a 3.96 in my final semester. Overall, I ended up with a 3.55 overall and a 3.45 BCPM. I'm going to be working with AmeriCorps in the fall while applying to medical schools, but does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should apply? I already have 20 schools listed, and I'm not really sure which are reach schools. I thought my numbers were competitive except for my MCAT score, which turned out low because of an unfortunate tragedy a few days beforehand. Needless to say, being grief-stricken doesn't give rise to a great score (PS: 11 VR: 7 BS: 10 WS: R). I'm not sure that anyone going to medical school likes to hide behind some sort of excuse or reason, whether it was out of his or her control or not. With all of that being said, I plan on taking the exam again in August. I don't really know how to prepare for the MCAT this time around, as it seems that I've exhausted all of my resources (Kaplan...PR...AAMC practice exams.) I sympathize with everyone who did not do well on the MCAT, despite scoring highly on the AAMC exams available online. The same happened to me...but does anyone have any experience with taking it a second time as far as what resources they used? I'm planning on using the princeton review books and kaplan books and retaking the AAMC exams that I took online. I'll be applying as an under-represented minority, but I'm not really sure how true that is. I met with an adviser and she said that for the most part I will be at most schools (I'm filipino/spanish). Does anyone think my EC's will compensate for my lower GPA? I refuse to lose hope after all of my hard work and I accept that some kids are just better at school than I am. But it's no longer about that... I know a lot of you will say "wait and see what happens on the August MCAT"...but apart from this, please let me know what you think! Thanks!