1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Download free Tapatalk for iPhone or Tapatalk for Android for your phone and follow the SDN forums with push notifications.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Getting discouraged, need advice on gpa and situation

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by jason12345, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. jason12345

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2011
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    My situation is as follows, I enrolled in a cc in 2006. My first semester I was on academic warning, and the semesters after I was on probation/suspension. I took a few years off, retook most of those classes with A's. I transfered out and am in my senior year at a uni with a 3.9. I have all the typical ecs shadowing etc. But as I came to lurk in these forums the more and more I see about things that could disqualify me. For example, I have two class c misdemeanous, which I think I can get sealed. But now I just stumbled across "institutional actions" and I guess my academic warning probations/warnings/suspensions count as those actions. Should I continue, I will have the grades and ecs, but I feel like those two things will lower my chances alot. Any advice/stories/encouragement?My misdemeanours and actions were almost a decade ago, im a nontrad.
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. DrWily

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    They will be red flags, but since they were a long time ago, and you have proven your commitment to getting your grades up and volunteering, I think you can talk your way through it. Just talk about immaturity, how you've grown since then.. changed person, etc. Never know until you try. Have you taken the MCAT yet?
     
  4. jason12345

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2011
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, I plan on studying for the mcat the semester after I graduate like its my full time job. In hopes to get a super high score to offset my horrible start.
     
  5. Goro

    Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2010
    Messages:
    45,129
    Likes Received:
    63,174
    Status:
    Non-Student
    Lots of applicants make mistakes when they're young, immature, and unfocussed. Your 3.9 bodes well. Naturally, you should be prepared to talk about your mistakes, and, more importantly, what you learned from them.

     
  6. PJ meowerton

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2010
    Messages:
    12,669
    Likes Received:
    5,834
    might as well give it a shot, I think it hurts you worse if the misdemeanors/institutional actions were more recent. Plus you could address all that in your personal statement, maybe not directly but you could say something like how you overcame a rough patch in your education blah blah blah.
     
  7. Postal

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    449
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Better to apply, than to never have applied at all
     
  8. scummie

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2009
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    160
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I had a terrible semester in college and ended up going on academic probation.

    The important thing is you retake the stuff you did bad in, you disclose how you've changed your ways and this situation isn't going to happen again. Upward trend in grades will help you. Get a reaaally high MCAT.

    There is no shame in admitting you made mistakes, but rather not learning from them.

    Anyways, I got into med school just fine.
     
  9. md2b111

    md2b111 Above and Beyond!!!!
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    Hi scummie, how was your gpa ad how many classes did u retake? im currently retaking classes and prepping for mcat. thinking about taking it in jan. as i will be applying next cycle. i would really appreciate your advice. thanks.
     
  10. scummie

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2009
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    160
    Status:
    Medical Student
    My GPA was a 2.something on the AMCAS side. With grade replacement, science and cumulative were somewhere around 3.0/3.1. Not pretty.

    I retook 16 hours the summer before I applied on top of a full research job and studying for the MCAT.

    At the very minimum, you need to retake classes you got D's and F's in. I also retook classes that I got C's in as well.

    You'll really need to get a decent MCAT score (~30) to offset a low GPA. Make sure the other parts of your application aren't lacking.

    Focus on your personal statement how you've changed blah blah, won't ever happen again, blah blah. No one ever asked me about it in my interviews.
     
  11. md2b111

    md2b111 Above and Beyond!!!!
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    Thanks scummie! i got two more classes left and my gpa will be about 3.2 ish with the grade replacement. so basically i have to do well on the mcat and go from there.. thanks again!
     

Share This Page