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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by pbehzad, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. pbehzad

    pbehzad Faddayy

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    I finished up my freshman year at Emory University. I have a 3.72 overall gpa. I did really bad in genetics, i got a C+ in it. My other premed classes i did pretty well in it, i got an A both semesters in gen chem., i got a A- in gen bio (i have ap credit for the other semester), and i got an A in calc 1, and an A- in calc 2. I took genetics the second semester, so my gpa really slipped the second semester (from a 3.93 to 3.52). Will that be a big deal?
    how bad does the C+ look for medical school admissions? Will it be calculated in my science gpa, or is there like a upper science gpa?
    thanks for any of your help.
     
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  3. CalBear

    CalBear Senior Member

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    it doesn't matter. one "c" your freshman year will not screw you over. just don't make a habit of it.
     
  4. Intrepidation

    Intrepidation I wear PASG underwear

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    Don't worry.

    Count your blessings, anyways.

    I totally blew my first year:

    1.7 GPA

    Failed Chem I, Bio Lab II, English I, And CompSci I.

    Got a D in Algebra, And two other C's.

    Taken 20 sem hours since then, have a straight 4.0. Retaking failed classes next year to replace GPA (at least cum will be fixed, med schools will still see failures.)

    I'm convinced I will make it, come hell or high water. I am shooting for a near 4.0 the next 3 years, and graduate work if neccessary.

    Ace the MCAT, and be an all-around good person. Volunteer. Do those things, and your GPA won't matter (to a reasonable extent).
     
  5. Perseverant 1

    Perseverant 1 Senior Member

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    Intrepidation, wow looks like our transcripts are identical. I too failed a few classes and retook them. It is funny how we could fail basic algebra classes and then ace classes like advanced molecular genetics. Two words: priorites and motivation. Hoping the Ad coms will notice that! Have you applied previously? What has been the general concensus about your application? My premed committee said not to worry too much about my undergrad grades since i did VERY well in grad school. What do you think?
     
  6. PrincessCKNY

    PrincessCKNY Crown Royal Member

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    I think you are trippin over nothing. So your app isn't flawless...so what? As long as your GPA shows a positive slope over the years you are OK. They expect for people's grades to drop during their first or maybe even second year. Relax.
     
  7. Acro Yali

    Acro Yali Senior Member

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    I am in medical school and I have a glaring C- in my undergrad transcript. Most interviewers didn't even glance at that grade. That is not to say that C grades are acceptable. One C won't kill you but it doesn't look good either.
     
  8. Intrepidation

    Intrepidation I wear PASG underwear

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Perseverant 1:
    <strong>Intrepidation, wow looks like our transcripts are identical. I too failed a few classes and retook them. It is funny how we could fail basic algebra classes and then ace classes like advanced molecular genetics. Two words: priorites and motivation. Hoping the Ad coms will notice that! Have you applied previously? What has been the general concensus about your application? My premed committee said not to worry too much about my undergrad grades since i did VERY well in grad school. What do you think?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Well, I have only taken a few advanced courses, although I aced them. Unfortunately, I am only a sophomore-level student, so I am going to wait until the may 2005 to apply.

    I have talked to several adcom's already though, and most said that if you had a stellar 3 years and adequately explained your first year, you should be okay.

    I can assure you that your success in grad school almost outweighs yur undergrad record: It shows your priorities.

    I wish the best of luck to you.
     
  9. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    Now it is 50%/50% <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  10. UCLA2000

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    I had ONE C+ on my transcript. It was from my first year calculus class. I also had ONE B- on my transcript from a bio class.

    I will be attending Penn in the Fall.

    That being said here's the catch. I got straight A's for the last two years of undergrad, and my science GPA was strong.

    I don't think that ONE C+ will make or break you, but if you have numerous then it won't look good.
     
  11. Cerberus

    Cerberus Heroic Necromancer
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    I wouldn't worry much about it at all. Do everything else to the best of your ability and try not to overload yourself again (What where you thinking taking all those science classes your first year :confused: ). People have done much worse than a C fresh year and still got in so don't worry and enjoy your summer :)
     
  12. reesie0726

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    One c in your freshman year is no big deal.
     

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