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Is a D in Calc 1 gonna kill me???????

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by beckham, May 17, 2007.

  1. beckham


    May 17, 2007
    I got a D in Calc1 in my first yr with A's and a B in other science courses. Is it just the end of my hopes for med school? And I plan to take it again soon so I can take calc based physics.... Any advise will be greatly appreciated
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  3. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    From what I've read about people who had similar grades, it is definitely NOT a deal-breaker. Can you pinpoint the reason why you got the D? Just struggle to get acquainted to college atmosphere, maybe other extensuating circumstances? Can you learn from your mistakes this year and use that (along with working your tail off) to do better from here on out... maybe even turn "that single early D" on your transcript into a decent growing point for adcoms.

    And GPA-wise, being a freshman your GPA number hasn't soldified yet.If you pulled mostly A's and some B's from here on out I think you'd still be fine.
  4. IceMan0824

    IceMan0824 Holy crip, he's a crapple 5+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2006
    Calc 1 doesn't kill people, bad people with Calc 1 kill people.

    Why not retake and get a better grade?
  5. EMDream

    EMDream 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2004
    No, Just retake it and get an A then it'll average out to a "2.5" and that will help your gpa a bit and well it'll look better tha nyou retook it and proved you can do it. also nail physics.
  6. beckham


    May 17, 2007
    Well. I had to work 2 jobs to support my family but I dont think med schools care about it. right?
  7. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Hmmm, that sounds like a pretty good reason to be stressed out your first year in school! I would think that adcoms would be at least a little lenient to your circumstances (as long as you can show subsequent improvement). You might consider retaking like the others above said.
  8. Vanguard23

    Vanguard23 5+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    um, yeah. Put that in your essay or personal statement to explain the D.
  9. Nyu2004

    Nyu2004 5+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    Winston-Salem, NC
    It won't kill you, but a lot of schools require that you pass the pre requisites with a grade of C or better. You should find out and retake if necessary.
    Good Luck
    Albert Einstein class of 2011
  10. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Take fewer credits next time, and drop a course if you can see that you'll be doing poorly in it.

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