I am a 27yo African-American woman in Boston, MA applying to medical school. I have 3 degrees all in Science (AA in General Health Science, Dual AA/AS (private 2 yr) in Biological Science and General Education (Comm. Coll.), and BS in Health Science (Northeastern University). I have worked in the health care field all my life. I am currently a Clinical Research Assistant for one of Boston's prominent hospitals. I have scrubbed in with surgeons and assisted (yes we are a teaching hospital) with the surgeries (CABG's, BPG, Stents, etc). The situation is in my senior yr at NE...I made the Dean's list (in the Spring), received a scholarship and had a GPA of 3.7. My mom got sick starting the summer semester. I ended up finishing my BS in a yr (overlapping in classes) and graduated in August of '07....to make a long story short....my GPA dropped from 3.7 to 2.8....I started to miss a ton of classes to help with my mom....I ended up with 2 D- in lil dinky classes (training and Development and another) that mean nothing and a C in Calculus I and II. The two professors that gave me the D- wanted to really give me an F but I fought it just so I can walk across the stage. My other grades (General Chemistry I & II, Organic. Chem. I, II, & III, Physics I, II, III, Micro Bio. I, II, & III and Statistics I & II, I have straight A's)...I am very good in Math and Science but my mom's health took the best of me in the end. So my mom ended up passing on Easter Sunday from Ovarian Cancer at the age of 56. I didn't want to go on. Eventually, I snapped back into reality and said okay let me prepare and make due with what I have...I enrolled in Kaplan (paid over 2k) and started taking the course. I registered for my MCAT and just when the Devil gets started...my aunt got sick....here we go all over again....not to hold anyone up...my aunt (who is a yr younger than my mom) ended up passing from Breast Cancer in Sept of '07 at the age of 56 also. I was devastated. I did poorly on the MCAT (I couldn't focus)....got a 8O (Please don't judge me)....I know I am fit to become a physician but stuck as what to do now.... I applied to 31 schools and received 16 invites for secondary's....I am stuck as what to do now...should I just focus on applying to the 3 Medical Schools in my state or what? I have heard of some people getting into their state schools with very low GPA and MCAT Scores....can someone please help me (but be gentle).