I'm new at this, so I will make my post hopefully to the point. Forgive the verbose nature. As my moniker states, I am a Jersey native attending school in Maryland. I will graduate in May with an MS in Biology. I am applying to med school, but I have a few kinks I need advice on. NO SNOTTY "JUST GO VOLUNTEER" RESPONSES PLEASE. Let me explain. (1) I have taken the MCAT twice, and my scores were dismal at best. Funny. I got the same score twice. 8-V, 7-B, 7-PS, S-Writing. (2) I am a minority (AA) female, and as I hate to use that as a playing card, it may eliminate some rhetoric from repliers. (3) I did pretty well in undergrad, but well enough to be a zookeeper according to my undergrad advisor. GPA-3.4 (4) I am basically paranoid as hell. I realize I have to take the test over, because my scores are old AND suck. (5) I realize in a perfect world I could volunteer every day and feed the homeless, and give crackheads CPRs, and even suture up foot lesions on the elderly. But, some of us have to.....WORK FOR A LIVING. My job involves doing research, actually on diabetes. I'm fascinated by it, and I would one day like to become a family physician and work in particular with diabetic patients (On top of my interest, it runs in the family.) It's demanding and I am still in school full time. (6) Lastly, being a native of the Garden State, the REAL HOME OF THE GIANTS; this causes me to be an out of state student EVERYWHERE. So, some advices from NJ natives or people from states with no med schools at all who are in would be very much appreciated. To some of you pre-meds with your s**t together, more power to you. I would just like to know what I am up against. I am studying for the MCAT, however I'm going solo, because choosing Kaplan over the rent is not an option for me. I pursued my Master's degree for two reasons: (1) an option in case my application gets laughed at, and (2) I actually have liked science for a long time. I've been told get a MS in Health Science, or get an MPH. But, isn't the part of the game to stand out. I realize that I am up against the wall. I am a non-traditional student with shotty MCAT scores and not much longer to get it right. The point of pursuing an occupation is the attempt to have a niche in the world doing what you like, and not wanting to shoot your co-workers or yourself in rush hour traffic. I have wanted to do this since high school, and I am REALLY F***ING TIRED of people saying I can't do it, or it won't happen. (These are quotes from actual admissions offices I spoke to at various med schools.) "Your grades are too low. They are just too low. A PhD wouldn't help you."-RWJ "Your MCAT scores are below par. Have you thought about being a SCIENCE teacher"-MSU "Have you considered teaching high school?"-MCV "Nurses make excellent money"-Florida I wouldn't be embarrassing myself, according to many, if I wasn't serious. I'm not that proud that I couldn't use some POLITE help. I have read some of the posts from others like and unlike me, and some of the replies are boots to the neck I don't need. So, if you could add something positive to this thread that could help someone else as well as myself, come on down. Thanks for reading.