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So I am starting my senior year in college. I am not applying this cycle, because I am taking an year off for a great year long research opportunity. However, I am in a bit of a bind, and am looking for advice on how to deal with it. I took Orgo 1 at the end of my Sophomore year and ended up with a C+ in the class. Naturally, I took it again the following semester during the summer/spring semester. Nearing the final, I caught an extremely bad case of the Flu which caused me to not only miss the last exam, but also caused my final to not go so well (still recovering). However, my teacher was a guest teacher who has refused to answer my emails so far regarding this issue, so I ended up with a D+. Come Winter semester, I end up finding out that because of the D+, I am barred from taking any further Chemistry classes until I take it a third time. During my third time, a series of unfortunate events (car breaking down on the day of the exam, family troubles, dealing with a bout of depression and anxiety) led me to get an F in the class. Now, I only have three semesters left, and am missing a significant amount of Chemistry classes as Pre Requisites. (Orgo 1, Orgo 2, Gen Chem II).

As a result, I cannot even apply to medical school, let alone SMP programs, because I cannot take these three classes at my current school, and I really do not want forgo nearly 2 years of my life, as well as $3K-$6K because of these classes.

I cannot attend a different school, as I am already taking 18 credits this semester as well as 21 credits over the course of the next two semesters to simply graduate on time. Taking an extra semester or two will cause me to give up my once in a lifetime research opportunity, as well as set me back nearly three years of medical school.
 
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So I am starting my senior year in college. I am not applying this cycle, because I am taking an year off for a great year long research opportunity. However, I am in a bit of a bind, and am looking for advice on how to deal with it. I took Orgo 1 at the end of my Sophomore year and ended up with a C+ in the class. Naturally, I took it again the following semester during the summer/spring semester. Nearing the final, I caught an extremely bad case of the Flu which caused me to not only miss the last exam, but also caused my final to not go so well (still recovering). However, my teacher was a guest teacher who has refused to answer my emails so far regarding this issue, so I ended up with a D+. Come Winter semester, I end up finding out that because of the D+, I am barred from taking any further Chemistry classes until I take it a third time. During my third time, a series of unfortunate events (car breaking down on the day of the exam, family troubles, dealing with a bout of depression and anxiety) led me to get an F in the class. Now, I only have three semesters left, and am missing a significant amount of Chemistry classes as Pre Requisites. (Orgo 1, Orgo 2, Gen Chem II).

As a result, I cannot even apply to medical school, let alone SMP programs, because I cannot take these three classes at my current school, and I really do not want forgo nearly 2 years of my life, as well as $3K-$6K because of these classes.

I cannot attend a different school, as I am already taking 18 credits this semester as well as 21 credits over the course of the next two semesters to simply graduate on time. Taking an extra semester or two will cause me to give up my once in a lifetime research opportunity, as well as set me back nearly three years of medical school.

Man, that's some serious bad luck right there along with a severe grade decline. Well, i'm sorry this happened to you, but it's better to take at least a few years off and recover. Namely, get a postbac and score As in your prereqs. This can be done concurrently or after you're done with research. Otherwise, you are screwed.

Also, you shot yourself on the foot for failing to withdraw when you were in an unlucky stage. Considering your initial grade of a C+ followed by a steady downward trend, I'm not sure if you can succeed the fourth time. What makes you so sure you'll be able to deal with this type (or worse) situation in the future when you failed at second and third attempts?
 

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So I am starting my senior year in college. I am not applying this cycle, because I am taking an year off for a great year long research opportunity. However, I am in a bit of a bind, and am looking for advice on how to deal with it. I took Orgo 1 at the end of my Sophomore year and ended up with a C+ in the class. Naturally, I took it again the following semester during the summer/spring semester. Nearing the final, I caught an extremely bad case of the Flu which caused me to not only miss the last exam, but also caused my final to not go so well (still recovering). However, my teacher was a guest teacher who has refused to answer my emails so far regarding this issue, so I ended up with a D+. Come Winter semester, I end up finding out that because of the D+, I am barred from taking any further Chemistry classes until I take it a third time. During my third time, a series of unfortunate events (car breaking down on the day of the exam, family troubles, dealing with a bout of depression and anxiety) led me to get an F in the class. Now, I only have three semesters left, and am missing a significant amount of Chemistry classes as Pre Requisites. (Orgo 1, Orgo 2, Gen Chem II).

As a result, I cannot even apply to medical school, let alone SMP programs, because I cannot take these three classes at my current school, and I really do not want forgo nearly 2 years of my life, as well as $3K-$6K because of these classes.

I cannot attend a different school, as I am already taking 18 credits this semester as well as 21 credits over the course of the next two semesters to simply graduate on time. Taking an extra semester or two will cause me to give up my once in a lifetime research opportunity, as well as set me back nearly three years of medical school.

I don't think you have any option but to delay your medical school plans for at least a year or two and take the classes while working.

Lots of people do post-baccs in the evening while working full time. Hopefully your research job is in a city where there are options to do that. Try and see the silver lining--spending more time in research will strengthen your application.
 

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I'm sorry for what you have been through.. My car broke down so many times that I know how it feels to see how things happen out of your control. It blows..

Take all those courses as originally planned and graduate on time. I would look into taking those chem courses as a non-degree student and maybe take that concurrently with your research. I think that's what I would do if I were in your situation.. The good thing is, you will be in that research for 2 years so work hard and publish if you can!
 

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So I am starting my senior year in college. I am not applying this cycle, because I am taking an year off for a great year long research opportunity. However, I am in a bit of a bind, and am looking for advice on how to deal with it. I took Orgo 1 at the end of my Sophomore year and ended up with a C+ in the class. Naturally, I took it again the following semester during the summer/spring semester. Nearing the final, I caught an extremely bad case of the Flu which caused me to not only miss the last exam, but also caused my final to not go so well (still recovering). However, my teacher was a guest teacher who has refused to answer my emails so far regarding this issue, so I ended up with a D+. Come Winter semester, I end up finding out that because of the D+, I am barred from taking any further Chemistry classes until I take it a third time. During my third time, a series of unfortunate events (car breaking down on the day of the exam, family troubles, dealing with a bout of depression and anxiety) led me to get an F in the class. Now, I only have three semesters left, and am missing a significant amount of Chemistry classes as Pre Requisites. (Orgo 1, Orgo 2, Gen Chem II).

As a result, I cannot even apply to medical school, let alone SMP programs, because I cannot take these three classes at my current school, and I really do not want forgo nearly 2 years of my life, as well as $3K-$6K because of these classes.

I cannot attend a different school, as I am already taking 18 credits this semester as well as 21 credits over the course of the next two semesters to simply graduate on time. Taking an extra semester or two will cause me to give up my once in a lifetime research opportunity, as well as set me back nearly three years of medical school.

Sorry to hear about the problems you have been having, but what is the question? Are you asking what you should do? If so, you have to have the pre-reqs; they are not recommendations, they are requirements. You also have to prove your poor grades are a fluke by acing the rest of the Chemistry courses you still need to take. What is more important to you, the research, or getting into med school sooner? One of the two will have to give, unless you can manage to take the chem classes you are missing while doing the research. Just make sure you get As in everything you take from now on; any future poor grades will simply prove to adcoms that admitting you would be taking a big chance. Your academic record from now on needs to demonstrate you are a great student. You can also look into retroactively withdrawing from the D and F attempts if the university will let you do so....it would help your GPA a lot.
 
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