I thought I'd just mention my own two cents on something here, hopefully it's encouraging because that's my intent. Reading these forums and seeing so much criticism only reinforces the cynacism that exists around obtaining a med school acceptance. The fact of the matter is that most adcoms are well meaning people that are volunteering their time or else trying to steer the profession in the direction that they desire. Hence, they are trying to sift through the applicants and find the jewels out there. All too many people choose to focus on their low gpa/MCAT/etc. as a reason that some obtuse adcom member will shoot them down. Really, they probably got away with something when they were applying themselves or have outstanding colleagues that also didn't fit the mold that give them determination to look deeper into the picture. Instead of viewing yourself as a duck on the pond think of yourself as a diamond in the rough and maybe that attitude will be detected by the application reader/interviewer.