So it looks like I will have to repeat first year. I have a firm grasp on material from the first semester, but second semester I failed a class by a little more than half a point and I barely passed a second class. The admins think that because of that I need to repeat the entire first year or else I'll be constantly swimming upstream second year and possibly bomb Step 1. The thing is going into the final exam for the class that I failed I had a passing grade. Family problems that have been occurring for years now really started snowballing on me the week I was trying to study for that final. I used to be good at compartmentalizing and juggling everything and making things work, but this time it didn't happen and I ended up shaving a couple of points off my final grade and failing the entire class. I know I should have put more of a distance between myself and the passing line, but I thought that what I was doing was at least good enough to help me pass and move on in the end. I'm wondering if I should appeal, maybe ask for an exam retake, and try to push to get on to second year or just give in and give it another go and trust that the admins are wise in their decision.