I am currently a sophomore finishing up me first semester of course work this year...my first year of school, I struggled trying to balance collegiate football and a pre-med curriculum. after one year of course work at miami university, my cumulative gpa was a 2.7... this was due to the fact that even though my grades were A A A A B B B B C....and sad but true, an F in general chem II. My otherwise decent gpa took a shot to the balls with that F. I thought I could beat the system and pull out with a C instead of taking the W for withdrawal. But things didn't turn out the way I planned, so it really hurt me. Anyway, you'd think I would learn from my mistakes and get rid of the things that were weighing me down. I ended up transferring to john carroll university after I had gotten cut from the miami (division 1) football team. I still had the enthusiasm to play even though I knew grades should come first. After a semester here, and another semester of mediocre grades ( A A A A B C, the C coming in calculus, another important measuring stick to see who is med school qualified), I decided that paying the high private school tuition and giving up football was not something that benefited my family. The only reason I came here was to play ball, but I decided after this semester to give up playing in order to focus completely on making me a competitive medical school applicant. I have enrolled at the ohio state university due to its low cost, more opportunities, and great pre med prep program. This is the final stop in this long journey of mine. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I have finally realized that the road to medical school is going to require a lot more work that I thought before coming in as a ignorant and immature freshman. After a year and a half of course work, a few things stand out to me: 1.) My low gpa of about a 3.0 after 1.5 years of undergrad 2.) My F in general chem II 3.) My two transfers, making osu my third and final school as an undergrade, due to my desire to change schools to keep playing. All of the above I feel may have cost me any shot at medical school. I know that since I have given up collegiate athletics, my gpa will definitely be higher and I have no doubt I can raise it to a 3.3-3.5. I am just worried that the 3 points above will make me very unappealing to a medical admissions staff. I wish my realization of what I needed to do came 1.5 years earlier, but it didn't, so I have to deal with the cards I dealt myself... I have clinical experience, physician shadowing, and volunteer work. I'm hoping to add a 30+ mcat to that list. However, my three reasons above could definitely bury any chance I've had of med school. Is it too late for me? Or can I make up for my immature mistakes I made as a fresh/soph undergrad?