So basically, I go to an Ivy League who is known for actual grade deflation. All science courses are based around a B-/C+ average, so if you get average, you're getting a 2.5 (imagine the below average gpas!) Anyway, when I got accepted my freshman year into a really competitive science program at the university, I over-extended myself and took too many classes that I wasn't prepared for all at the same time, so at the end of freshman year, I ended up with ~2.5 GPA, which is ridiculous, I know. This year, I tried to redeem myself by taking a similar courseload, but just trying harder, and I think I might be getting ~3.3, it could be higher or lower. BUT my problem is is that I have many C's from freshman year -- Physics I: C- Physics II: C+ Math II: C- Math III: C- I don't know if I should even retake these because they would only change the letter on my transcript and not influence my GPA at all, so I really don't know what to do about that. Also, are there any tips for making up such a terrible first year? And what about when it's application time? I really just want to be an MD, not DO or Caribbean, and I don't know what I'll say in an interview when they ask me what happened freshman year. I'm afraid like I'll sound like I'm blaming everything on the university I went to.