I've been reading SDN for a little while now and have finally gotten the courage to make a name and post... So here it goes... cGPA: 3.2 sGPA: 2.9 Hispanic, FL resident, disadvantaged socioeconomically, first in my family to aspire to go to any sort of professional/graduate school. ECs: -Hospital volunteering -Athletic tutor -2 years of research: 1 poster in which I went to conference to present, a publication pending for it (first author), and two other projects (I'd be the second author on both) in the works including one as a clinical study in which a microcirculation camera is used (only one other hospital in the country has this camera) -Camp counselor for a camp promoting physical fitness in kids with special needs -Started an EMS club at my school from the ground up, I am VP and Treasurer of it -Biology mentor for a year -Shadowing all kinds of doctors (~100 hours) -held various jobs throughout college to support myself, one including working for my school's college of medicine developing and putting to a work a diabetes health program -Volunteering at a homeless shelter LOR- I have many amazing recommendations including from the chief of critical care medicine who is my mentor and who has served on the admissions board various times. I know my GPA is abysmal but I have good reason for it. I have struggled all my life through school only to finally get diagnosed with a learning disability. Once diagnosed, my grades have improved significantly. For example, I took OChem II and barely scrapped by with a D, I'm taking it this semester with the hardest professor on campus (anyone at my school would agree) and I am getting an A in the class, scoring 20-40 points above each exam average. I want to know realistically, what are my chances, what schools are more open to my kind of application (bad grades, then some drastic change, etc), etc. I'm currently studying like a crazy person for the MCAT. I am well aware that I need to score very well in order to even have a chance. I will also be taking every science class possible throughout my application summer, fall and spring to keep updating schools and to prepare myself if I need to reapply. Any advice is appreciated.