Here's the problem. I just can't lie and say "My mother got sick, etc, etc, etc". I was a total ****up through my teens and twenties. As a thirty year old, I am where those devoted premed 20 year olds are, but I'm 30 with that history of multiple majors, lots of different jobs, et cetera. I know that I just won't be able to say the things that adcoms seem to want to hear. Where does that leave me? Anyone else here like me? In the end, all I can say is, that I really want to be a doctor, and that I always wanted to be a doctor but just didn't go for it. And now that I have decided to go for it, life is finally working - I'm holding jobs, getting through school, and everything else has fallen into place. In the meantime, I totally take responsibility for the way I screwed up in the past (failing classes [I have about 4 fails, though some are repeated] and dropping classes). I was a kid and wanted to have fun, not be serious. I didn't have any serious responsibilities. But now I'm ready to be serious.