Hey guys, my name is John. Nice to meet you all! I've been a lurker on StudentDoctor for like 6 months ago and have learned a lot of things about how to more or less secure a spot at med school. What prompted me to create an account is I just need some guidance for my relatively unique situation. I am a sophomore in Texas credit-wise (34 credit hours, if I'm correct) and have been doing okay so far. My grades so far have been in A/B in Hist 1/2, A's in all gov classes, and B's in Bio I/Chem I. I started college at CC after 3 years of graduating HS so I was placed into "College Algebra" because I forgot all my math and really I have never cared for it. I ended up getting a C in that class because trying to do that crap after all those years really kicked my ass. Anyway, my main dilemma is that I took a summer trig class because that was the prereq to take precal and from there calc I (my actual prereq). That was the worst mistake of my life. Apparently to take Precal at the uni im transferring to, the prereq is only college algebra (according to an advisor). But the prereq at the CC for precal is trig. In my defense, HCC and U of Houston are usually very linked so I assumed it would be the same? But I guess not. To make matters worse, I got an F in that class. But the thing is, a week before starting this class, I was fired from my very adequately paying job. My mom practically makes peanuts so she can handle the rent and utilities, while I handled my car note and insurance (both unaffordable for her). Without the extra income, almost every day I would come home to a new dilemma about how we don't have this or that or how we can't pay this. Losing my job was traumatic and depressed me for several days (especially since it's the first time I've been fired) Our lack of money was always being discussed and it was very stressful to me. Not to mention, my laptop broke during this period of time so I was basically cut off from the computer at 5pm every day which is when the computer lab at my school closes. I know it still might've been possible to do okay in this class and that failing was my fault, but I really wasn't strong enough to cope with the burden of life and the burden of school at the same time. Sorry to make this post so long-winded, but my question is what should I do about this F? In a class thag I apparently didn't even need? Should I retake it? Is med school a far off dream for me now? Or should I prepare my tropical weather clothing and say "Hey mon, I'm goin ta med school" ?