To anyone who reads this: I will tell you that I almost gave up on my dream of wanting to become a doctor, but reading stories of those of you who were brave enough to tell how despite your struggles, you never gave up until you made it, has reinspired me to continue to want to pursue my dream as well. I started out my freshman year with the intent of being nothing but a doctor.I love everything they did and stood for, and I knew it required hard work and perserverance, but I knew NOTHING about the application process.I thought I could handle lots of hard pre-med courses as well as volunteer for the student ambulance service, work in a kitchen part time, volunteer in the child day care center, and the list goes on.Well, my freshman year G.P.A. disproved that theory.I was LUCKY! I only ended up with a 2.8 or so.But, I lost all confidence in my ability of wanting to be a doctor.I decided that summer I wanted to explore other arenas of the health care system, so I did volunteer work in a local nursing home, and discovered Occupational Therapy.I loaded up on prereqs the next year,(I didn;t have that many left)incl. Physics, Abnormal and Developmental Psych, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Statistics, and Sociology.Thouhgh my GPA was not so great, by a miracle I got into 2 programs, both at excellent schools.And here I am ever since. In learnign about O.T., I began to discover that medical professions tend to forget that when they treating patients, they are not treating just illness, they are treating a living, thinking human being. The wholistic philosophy of O.T. introduced me to the belief that humans are healthier when they are active, and also that the power of the mind is so strong in determining a person's health status and ability to fight disease. I know someone who goes to NYCOM and this person taught me about the philosophy of osteopathy.It is very similar to the wholistic philosophy of O.T., and I want very much now to become a D.O. My G.P.A. since starting O.T. school has been excellent. Not just that,but my views on life have changed.I thought that because of something as silly as my GPA, that I was not "smart enough" to become a doctor, and that's not true. If you work hard,you can achieve anything, and getting into med school isn't just about numbers-it's about people,what kind of person you are, and how you interact with others. Thanks all for your stories b/c you really inspired me.It's really comforting to know other people have been in similar situations as me, and that we are not alone in this world in our experiences and feelings. To those of you being interviewed and applying this year, good luck.I hope in a couple of years when I finish OT school and take my MCATS, the admissions committee sees in me what they saw in you-a person, not a robot or a number.