SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

How did your freshman year go?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by hopefulmed195, May 2, 2007.

  1. hopefulmed195

    hopefulmed195 2+ Year Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    First semester:
    Calculus I: A
    Elementary French: A
    General Chemistry: B+
    General Chemistry Lab: C+
    Criminology: A-

    Second semester:
    Calculus II: A
    Sociology: B+
    Chem II: B
    Chem Lab: B+
    Philosophy: A

    First sem: 3.57
    Second sem: 3.57
    Overall GPA: 3.57
    BCMP: 3.38

    Does it look bad that I didn't improve in second semester? How did you do in your freshman year? Did you do better or worse in second semester than first semester?
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    I had 2 As, a C+ and a C my first semester. I never got below a B- again. And actually, my last B- was first semester of sophomore year, too.

    I had gone to a super-intense private high school and thus spent most of my freshman year having a life as opposed to studying.
  4. Corndog67

    Corndog67 Second Job=Garden Gnome 2+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    I win

    First Quarter
    Chem 2a: C
    Calc 21a: D
    English (remedial): F

    Second Quarter
    Geology 3: F
    Poli Sci 1: F
    English (remedial): No work submitted (just needed to take the crappy test at the end.

    Third Quarter
    History 10: W
    Poli sci 3: W
    Soc 3: W

    Summer School
    Statistics: C-
    Physio for non-science majors: C+

    First year around 0.7
    Overall: 3.25
    BCPM: 3.5
  5. tredici

    tredici Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    2.9 at the end of my first year, overall and bcpm
  6. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    im not trying to patronize here, but I'm curious--for those who ended up with lower end gpas after freshman year, what happened? did you guys have a difficult time adjusting to college life or did you just not take classes seriously?
  7. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    I dunno, hon, that's pretty much last summer for me....3 Ws, albeit the courses were different.

    I have to say, in my upper years, I covered my ass by withdrawing from all the courses where I had a high likelihood of getting B- or below.:laugh: A W is much better than a crappy grade.
  8. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007

    I never expected to actually be challenged by classes. I skated through high school and was just high and mighty.. thought I was some kind of genius. I also skipped class as much as I could and never studied. I also like to use the excuse that no one in my family had ever done a bachelors before, so I had no idea how rigorous college would be. I was ill-prepared.

    First semester: 2.5 GPA (15 hours)
    Second semester: 2.62 GPA (12 hours)
    Overall: 2.55 GPA (27 hours)

    Sophomore year: 3.25
    Junior year: 3.5
    Senior year: 3.9
    Overall: 3.31
    Thought it was a nice trend
  9. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    That's a solid freshman year. Don't worry, just keep working hard.
  10. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    I think I studied and went to class less as the years went by and my gpa remained the same all throughout college.

  11. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    Well, I posted a bit of an explanation above. Since I had gone to a very rigorous private HS, two things followed. First, as I mentioned already, I simply wanted to have a life. Back in HS, I couldn't do the simplest things such as get on the city bus on my own and go to the grocery store - we had to go as a group (which meant I couldn't go because I never got along with the lacrosse-playing WASPs that comprised 95% of the school's population) AND required special advance permission from whichever faculty member was on duty. And let's not talk about dating....since I couldn't do much of it in HS, I really sowed my wild oats freshman year.

    Second, I had done well on my APs and very well on my standardized tests (95%ile on the SAT, 99%ile on TOEFL, highest SSAT score of all applicants to my HS). Naturally, it went to my head, so I thought college was gonna be a breeze after and didn't apply myself in my first semester (though I realized my mistake by the time second semester rolled around). Honestly, it could've been a breeze, but I DID take some very hard courses my 1st and 2nd year, as I was an Econ major. If not for Econ, I would've graduated with a 3.7-3.8 cumulative instead of the 3.5 I have now.
  12. tinkerbell10

    tinkerbell10 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Augusta, GA
    I had a 2.7 my first semester of college and by the time I finished second semester I pulled my GPA up to a 3.2. I went through a really tough time during the previous summer, losing my grandmother and cousin back to back. But I got back on track.
  13. Corndog67

    Corndog67 Second Job=Garden Gnome 2+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    I had a few things happening in my family at that time, but I never fall back on that excuse. Realistically, I was immature and did not care which is what I've told my interviewers. I haven't been rejected post-interview yet:beat:
  14. Stversko

    Stversko 2+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    1st semester:

    Chem I Lec- B+
    Chem I Lab- A-
    Pre- Calc- A-
    Greek Latin Roots of English- A-
    Pre- Calc Lab- A
    Freshmen Seminar- A-
    English I - A-

    overall 3.65 (16.5 credit hours)

    2nd Semester:

    Chem II- C
    Chem II Lab- B
    Calc I- C+
    Eng 2- B-
    Eco 100- B

    overall 2.54 (14.5 Credit Hours)

    I have been having an upward trend ever since that brutal 2nd semester.
    Do you guys think it is wise to mention i was working 35 hours a week and taking 14.5 credit hours in my second semester and considered dropping out of college and enter the real world but quickly reconsidered?
  15. patrickd223

    patrickd223 5+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    spring 05 - 3.33
    fall 05 - 2.5
    spring 06 - 3.6
    fall 06 - 3.2
    spring 07- 4.0

    I like my up, down, up, down, up pattern.
  16. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    this pretty much sums it up.

    though I told my pre-med advisor that and he was really upset that I said something like that. I don't know what other explanation he was looking for.
  17. ssquared

    ssquared Member 2+ Year Member

    Adjusting to college is quite difficult for a lot of people. You have these high expectations of "having the best time of your life" and then you realize that you're in a place full of people you don't know, aren't the smartest anymore, and it's really stinking lonely for a whole slew of people.

    I had around a 3.3 freshman year, myself. But I was struggling with the aforementioned things in addition to losing two family members. Crap happens. :(
  18. thegymbum

    thegymbum Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2005
    My freshman year wasn't much to brag about. First semester I ended up with just over a 3.0, but second semester I ended up with a 2.5. Oops. Which left me with approx a 2.8... ever since then I've had a 4.0 though so apparently the one "not so hot" year didn't matter too much, since I "made up for it". Don't let the lack of improvement worry you, especially since you still have a pretty solid GPA :) Good luck!
  19. On3H34rT

    On3H34rT Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Bio I-A
    Chem I-A
    Honors Core I-A

    Semester two

    Bio II-A
    Chem II-B
    General Psychology-A
    Honors Core II-A

    overall.. little over a 3.7..

    30 Hours
  20. Neil45

    Neil45 Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2005
    Semester 1

    Bio 1- B
    Chem 1- A+
    Calc 1- A
    Sociology I- A+

    Semester 2

    Bio 1- B+
    Chem 2- B+
    Calc- A
    Sociology II- A+

    My school uses the 10 point GPA scale system. So, overall, I got 8.36 out of 10. Which is around the A- range on the 4.0 scale (3.6-3.8).
  21. DreamyKid

    DreamyKid 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    thats a 3.34
  22. el aye

    el aye O_o 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    first semester (fall 06):

    4.0 with: gen chem I, analytical physics I, chem lab I, phys lab I, bio lab I, calc 2

    I haven't gotten any grades back for this semester yet.
  23. twick121

    twick121 5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    I had pretty much the same stats as the OP my frosh year and I have a choice of schools to attend:

    1st: 3.843
    2nd: 3.143
    overall: 3.529
    and science (only gen chem that year): 3.334

    My second semester I had things to adjust trying to learn how to balance studying and the travel necessary for an in season athlete.

    But everyone on here will try to make you think different with their made up/inflated stats. A 3.5 is just fine to get into med school!!! It is nothing to be ashamed of. Now, you don't want to drop much below 3.5 though, then you may run into issues.
  24. nabs86

    nabs86 2+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I didn't do very well my freshman year either. I skated through high school with a 4.0 and was shocked when I actually had to study in college. Plus I met a whole bunch of new people and basically wanted to have fun. Things get better once you adjust though because then you know how much time you have to study and play. OP--you still have a good GPA, just try to get better grades in the years to come and you should be fine. Good luck!
  25. RowaH

    RowaH 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Here in Canada, 3.7 isn't even enough :(
  26. Neil45

    Neil45 Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2005
    :eek: How did you calculate that? According to my school, 8.36 is in the A- range. So, shouldn't that be around 3.6-3.7 range?
  27. jojocola

    jojocola Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    May 19, 2006
    I got 3.34 too.
  28. phEight

    phEight fate, not a pH of 8 7+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    Thanks for giving me some hope. My GPA was a 1.6 at the end of my first semester of my sophmore year. It's only going up from here on out, hopefully I make it.

    Plain and simple I didn't try as I should have. I'm not sure what my problem was, I was hardly "immature" but I slacked and did not know responsibility, nor did I see myself failing that badly until one day it finally hit me. Then I remembered about this entire doctor deal. I'll be in medical school some day, won't stop till I am. :)
  29. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I felt a lot smarter in college than I did in HS. I went to a tiny high school (graduating class of 21), and I ranked 9th, with several other people very close behind me. I got to college, and then I felt like I was actually doing fairly well. And then med school came along.
  30. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    How in the world are you people calculating this? Even if you make an A+ into a 4.0 (same as A), his first semester is (4+4+4+3)/4 = 3.75 and his second semester is (3.3+3.3+4+4)/4 = 3.5x (don't have a calculator handy for the decimals). Where in the heck did you find a 3.34 yearly average in there?:confused:
  31. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    quarter 1
    multivariate calc - B
    physics - B+
    modern art - B
    GE - A-

    quarter 2
    GE - A-
    physics - B+
    differential equations - A
    honors chem - A

    quarter 3
    GE - A
    physics - A
    honors chem - A
    linear algebra - A

    don't start college with a cocky attitude.
  32. Aynsl156

    Aynsl156 2+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    I got a 3.65 my first semester, so not too horid, but nothing to write home about either. College was very lonely and isolating at first, until you find your friend group. I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, but it got better.
  33. MirrorTodd

    MirrorTodd It's a gas. Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Fall semester-2.75
    spring semester-2.76
    2 A, 4 B, 2 C, and 1 D.
    I underestimated college completely. I was entirely unprepared to be self-sufficient. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life. Took some pretty crappy classes that I skipped a lot and did the minimal amount of work. The A's were Latin. That was a fun class and very interesting too. The D was a music theory class. I don't think that I could've cared any less about the origins of music than that semester.
  34. eeyorepluto

    eeyorepluto 5+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    1st semester:
    Bio I- A
    Chem I- A
    Honors Core I- A
    Oral Comm- A (stupid pointless gen eds)
    FYE- A

    2nd semester:
    Bio II- A
    Chem II- A
    Gen Psychology- A
    Honors Core II- A
    World Hist I- A

    So I have a rather tedious question: I have AP credit for Cal I, but am not sure if I should take the credit or just go on ahead and take a Cal class in college. I would like to save myself the stress, but I don't think med schools will look favorably on just the AP credit (I don't plan on taking any other math classes)
  35. JJMrK

    JJMrK J to the J Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    I'm going to assume you meant AP Calculus. Some schools are alright with AP credit in Calculus. Some are not. However, you should note the following: Many schools require at least one year of Math, which can include statistics. A few require a full year of calculus.
  36. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Two full 18 hr semesters- Calc I, Chem I + lab, Intro to Microecon, and two "basic engineering" classes; then Calc II, Chem II, Phys I + lab, Intro to Macroecon, and an intro ChE class

    A's across the board. I was some kind of fiendish, animal-like robo-student freshman year, plus I think my high school prepared me well. Not to say I didn't do the typical freshman things like drink/party way too much... I just religiously punished myself with all-nighters (much like I'm doing right now!)
  37. eeyorepluto

    eeyorepluto 5+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Yes, I meant AP Calculus and I also have credit for AP Statisitcs. That would give me a year of math, but I am still debating which AP credits to accept and which classes to take.

Share This Page