Hey everyone, I'm about to start my sophomore year of college with a very subpar gpa. However, I have not given up hope on my dream of becoming a physician. I plan on using this thread to detail my journey leading up to that point. So, to start off, let me mention that I did awesome in high school. School came very easy to me and I didn't have to study much. I graduated in the top two percent of my class, which had around 400 kids in it, and managed to get into a prestigious college. I thought I'd be able to get through my first year the same way I got through high school. I only studied a few days prior to my exams, didn't attend all of my discussion classes, and didn't take full advantage of my professor's office hours. Here are the results of my first two semesters: Semester 1 gpa: 2.71 Chem: C+ Chem Lab: B Writing Seminar: B+ Intro Psych (as a natural science) : B Ecology and Evolution: C- Calc 1: B Semester 2 gpa: 2.25 Chem: D Chem Lab: B Literature: B+ Intro Psych (as a social science): B+ Molecules and Cells: C+ Calc 2: D+ Cum. gpa: 2.479 When I got back my second semester grades, I was devastated. The grades didn't come as a surprise, really, but reality hit me hard. I was depressed for a week or two. But after assessing my situation for a while, I decided to pull myself back up. I know I want to be a doctor. I've been wanting to be one since elementary school. And I know I have the will power and work ethic to achieve my dream. Since this was my first year, I figured if I manage to do a complete turn around for my last 3 years, I still have a chance. I've been volunteering at my local hospital all summer to get clinical experience. I plan on continuing this into next year. I also plan on shadowing a few doctors and re-taking chemistry next summer. As for this school year, I plan on staying on top of things and to start studying for exams well in advance. In short, I plan on being a comeback kid and turning my gpa around. I decided to make this thread because I spent a ton of time in the beginning looking up underdog and gpa turnaround threads. I decided to document my own experience to (hopefully) give others hope. Any comments, support, suggestions, or questions would be welcome. I'll post updates whenever I can. Thank you.