*** A BIT LONG, BUT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ AND HELP!*** I didn't really want to post for fear of jinxing myself out of any possible interviews that may be lurking in the mail for me this month, but I need to be realisitc as well... I may not get any interviews and may need to reapply. So I'm posting for some advice on revamping my app for next cycle. Here is my story in a nutshell: -Graduated college with Sociology major (after switching from Bio and doing AWFUL my freshman year b/c of getting involved with wrong crowd and not studying). Decided not to do the med school route just yet, and explore other options. -Went into working in mental health for 2 years - got a Masters in Literatutre and creative writing (strictly as a hobby and something to do for fun -- not as a career path) - went in to teaching special ed for the past 7 years (teaching high school kids with severe behavioral problems) I teach science -- got a teaching credential because I had to - finally decided 3 years ago to get back on track with med school (as I had originally planned before college). Did post-bac and finally applied this year -- may not get any interviews. Here are my stats: I have A LOT of different GPAs b/c of all the different schooling I went to Here are my AMCAS GPAs: Post Bac BCPM: 3.67 Undgergrad BCPM: 3.11 Graduate BCPM: none Post Bac Overall: 3.69 Undergrad Overall: 3.23 Graduate Overall: 3.8 I'm taking Microbiology this upcoming semester to boost up my GPA a bit more (I got all A's in my post-bac classes except O-chem because I had sudden health problems and surgery in the middle of o-chem -- this dropped my GPA b/c I got a B and a C.) E/C's -- I have all sorts of good things on my app -- lots of volunteering, 1 1/2 semsters of research (recent), 1 1/2 years of hospital volunteering (recent), triathlete, creative writer, involved in my church, etc. I think this section is really good. I have really good letters of rec. My MCAT is another story -- took it twice -- got a 26Q, then a 28S. For any of you with wives/children/families, on a personal note, I had two miscarriages within a year (this is the healht problem I'm referring to above) -- the second one was right before my MCAT and I had surgery 10 days before the test.... retook it a month later and my score went up, but it was TOUGH times for me emotionally and physically. I'm SUPER proud of my 28, but schools don't really care. They want a good number. I studied like crazy, but obviously my mind and heart were elsewhere. So that's my brief (sorry, not really) story in a nutshell -- here are my questions: 1) Should I retake MCAT again??? I live in an area with 6 med schools around me (one DO). I DO NOT want to move away from here for med school b/c it would be just so hard for me and my family. I am 4 1/2 months pregnant again and we have both sets of parents foaming at the mouth to watch the baby when it's born. I just want to stay here... I know I can bring up my score, but is it worth the risk? (By the way, I know I could/should apply to more schools, but my mind's pretty made up... it just doesn't make sense, sorry) 2) With my background, what direction should I take with my personal statement -- I didn't really dwell too much on my teaching experience for too long in this year's and I'm thinking of really playing that up... also should I talk about my losses and how they've impacted me (a GREAT deal) in the past year, and how they affected my scores? My advisor thinks it's a bit personal, but it's life, and it happened, and I can't deny it. What do you think? 3) I work full time and volunteer monthly right now at a food bank, and will be taking one class next semester... I'm pregnant and have to be careful, so I can't overdo it... is there anything else I should/could do between now and July to get my e/c's looking better? My AMCAS E/C section is pretty good, in my opinion, Anyway, thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to read this and help out in any way you can.... Thanks!