Hello everyone! I am a third year student at the University of Virginia hoping to apply to a long list of DO schools next fall in my final undergrad year. I didn't do so hot my 1st year and had a gpa of 2.9. My 2nd year I had surgery on my brain and was out for the fall semester and returned in the spring with a new passion for medicine and a determination to make it into medical school. Last spring I took an upper level psych course, intro chem course, and intro bio course and made C's in all 3, but with other coursework my cumulative GPA is still around 2.79. I strongly believe I will do much better this semester as I finish my general chemistry and biology courses along with Anatomy and Physiology. I anticipate a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.1 with no less than B's in my science courses this semester. Other than my grades I have over 700 hours of patient transport in a rural hospital and around 50 hours of shadowing in a cath lab, along with holding a leadership role in a fundraising organization for my neurological illness. I am also in the process of gaining my EMT certification and plan to volunteer with a rescue squad, while being a scribe in my local hospital next summer. I also have some research experience in UVA's biology department. I plan to finish all prerequisites minus physics (which I will take 4th year) and take my MCAT next fall. I am seeking info on what would be best, post bacc or applying to a wide variety of DO schools. I also am wondering if UVA's prestige counts for anything when applying to the small, rural DO schools. Any advice for my future, along with any school suggestions I should look into, would be greatly appreciated!!!