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GPA question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by chocolate_queen_md, May 4, 2002.

  1. chocolate_queen_md

    chocolate_queen_md Junior Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    I have a question for a collegue of mine. She has become really depressed and feels her situation is hopeless after speaking with a very discouraging undergrad professor at GW (this is where she attends) <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> . Her situation is that just like me she attended a 2yr institution about 8 years ago and did poorly (her overall gpa 1.2 mines was like 2.1) she did 4 semesters before withdrawing (probably instead of getting put out). We both decided to start over. She was told that her GPA would be low even if she started all over because AMCAS will add the old GPA to her new one and since she attend for 2 years it will count for both fresh and soph year GPAs she doesnt want to waste time going back to a 2 year college and she's on the same plan I am on to go year round and complete in 3yrs. and matriculate in 05. What do u suggest and do you think this can be done.
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  3. dynamic02

    dynamic02 Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002

    i was a little confused by your post, so maybe if you could clarify the situation a little bit more in another post, that would be helpful..

    however, from what i got, this is what advice i would give to your friend--

    i think first, ask your friend-- do you want to go into medicine and why? what is your collegue's motivation? was it from family, friends, professors, a specific experience, etc? Then tell your friend-- Hold onto that goal and motivation...

    Also, another thing you should tell your collegue-- you are always going to have folks discouraging and second guessing you-- unfortunately that's how some people are sometimes, but you have to have the motivation that is way above that... i certainly had it when i went through this process, even i was doing well in my undergrad and i'm going to med school next year. if this is something your collegue really wants to do, then regardless of whatever anyone says, he/she should go for it.

    And then thirdly--come up with a good plan... i would recommend talking to other people and getting a lot of advice and help. i'm not sure how AMCAS adds up gpas in the situation of your collegue, but i do that someone out there is bound to know... also know that med schools look at improvement and the upward trend... also i'm sure somewhere in your friend's personal essay, they could mention overcoming whatever difficulties, situations, and how they still have persevered and kept that motivation to go into medical field...
    also, if your collegue is having trouble in classes, maybe look into getting a tutor or some other resource, so that he/she can do well for the remainder of their undergrad years.

    So overall, be positive, but also be realistic as well. Get different perspectives and advice from different people, come up with a plan, and don't let what one person says get you or your friend down. :)
    hope that helps! :)
  4. FLY

    FLY Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Umd-College Park
    If you or your friend haven't transferred any of the previous classes to the 4-year institution, then it will not show up on their transcript and thus you don't really have to send that (2-year college one) to the AMCAS people.

    My pre-med advisor told me that.
  5. Amy B

    Amy B I miss my son so much Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    I'm sorry but this advice is totally incorrect. When you fill out your AMCAS application it asks for ANY AND ALL schools where you have taken any classes at any time in your life. You must write down them all.

    They won't be on the transcripts from the school you are in now if you don't transfer the credits, but you will in the end have to have them on your AMCAS application. Don't risk getting thrown out of med school by falsifying your application in any way!!!!!!!! You must disclose all grades.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by FLY:
    <strong>If you or your friend haven't transferred any of the previous classes to the 4-year institution, then it will not show up on their transcript and thus you don't really have to send that (2-year college one) to the AMCAS people.

    My pre-med advisor told me that.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
  6. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    You can take FLY's advice, but if you get caught not reporting any post-secondary classes (ie. from the day after you graduated high school), i can guarantee you'll never become a doctor. Suck it up, accept the fact that she had messed up and came back with avengance. While that low overall GPA will keep her out of some schools, having the opportunity to explain and show a "new you" will help you to look more favorable in the eyes of the admissions committee. --Trek
  7. rpames

    rpames Optometrist 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Oshkosh, WI
    A friend of mine's father(an MD) told me there was a guy in his class that was doing great and one day he wasn't there anymore. It ended up that he did not put all his undergrade schools on his application and they found out and kicked him out. DON'T RISK IT!!! There is a lot to show if she has an rising trend the next couple of years.. Maybe not Harvard, but many will consider her, there are 127.
  8. Mr. H

    Mr. H 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2001
    yeah, your case seems like it would be a little extreme to say that you never attended that institution. But it would be a completely different matter if you took a technical college course and decided to drop, or withdraw. In that case, not giving them the trascript is not an issue, since 1)no grade was given 2) its a technical college 3( its just one class.
    But for somethign serious like a 2 year college, the school can really kick you out for it!!!

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