I graduated having just turned 20 y.o. I had had a dismal first year, leading to a 3.14 overall GPA. My MCAT score is 33R. For the past year, I have been doing biomedical research full-time and applying for Fall 2007 matriculation only to DC area schools. I also gave birth in 2006. The application season has been very disappointing for me, with one waitlist only. I have been told by one admissions office that, to be considered competitive, I should do a graduate program or post-bacc. However, it would not be financially feasible for me to do this and THEN cover high med school costs too. My pre-med advisor suggests that adding another year of full-time work and "substantially updating" my application will yield better results if I reapply to the same schools. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how I can "update" (read improve) my application, what I can do... I usually take care of my baby during the day, and work afternoons/nights and weekends. I am taking one class (one night/week). I am also taking Driver's Ed for the next 2 months, and doing some promotional work on the side. I have been reading and studying on my own, but I clearly can't get grades for that. So, this schedule leaves very little free time. However, I am still younger or as young as the average applicant at 21 y.o., so time is definitely on my side, but I cannot see myself waiting more than 2 years to start medical school. I have been getting extremely discouraged, and I am reconsidering going to medical school at all. Another consideration is whether I should mention being a parent if I reapply. I feel that becoming a parent has changed me completely for the better - I am so much more efficient, living more healthily, more caring and compassionate. It seems to me like it would be a lie to skip that part of my experiences. At the same time, it would inevitably lead to doubt about my being able to handle motherhood and medical school at the same time, considering my first undergraduate year's academic results. Does anyone have any advice for me, or a similar situation to mine that they overcame? Thanks so much!