I recently got my MCAT scores and I am more nervous than ever. I was consistantly scoring a 29 on the practice tests but I ended up with a 26Q on the real thing. This wouldn't be so bad except for my overall GPA. When I first started college I had no interest in medicine. My freshman year I dropped out in the 3rd quarter for financial reasons and because I was young and stupid I didn't formally withdraw leaving me with all Fs. I took a year off and after getting pregnant I realized that I needed to get my act together. I enrolled in community college and did ok but not amazing. It was in those two years that I gained a serious interest in medicine but I wasn't sure I was ready to commit. After my second year in CC I transfered to a CA state university and that is when I made the decision to work on the pre-med reqs and after joining a research assistant program in an emergency department I knew I was going to go for it. I have averaged a 3.7 every quarter for the last 2 years (taking difficult science courses). Unfortunately that only leaves me with a 2.8 overall (3.1 science). I have heard so many different things but looking at the charts on the AAMC website I see that 6% of white applicants with my GPA and MCAT get in. So I am thinking it is possible. But under what circumstances? I am now the Lead research assistant (been an RA for 15 months; Lead for 4 months) and an author on two publications one of which has been presented at two national conferences. I have significant experience observing in the emergency room. I also volunteer experience as a tutor throughout my community. I am a single parent working 2 jobs with a full school load. I am proud of all that I have accomplished but I fear that my efforts wont be enough because of the mistakes I made several years ago. Any advice or information is appreciated! BTW I am currently applying.