First off, thanks for taking your time to read this thread...I'm going to be honest about where I am now and I wanted some honest feedback too. I'd rather take all the criticism now and improve. So here's my scenario: I'm ending my sophomore year with a 2.5 gpa as a Molecular Biology major. Winter Quarter I failed my ochem class so I retook it this spring quarter and only got a C+ but I'm going to move on because this is my first upper division class. I still have all my major classes to take in the next two years so there is definitely room for improvement. My LD prereqs aren't too hot either and I have to retake the one's I got a C- in. But other than the gpa, all other things I'm doing pretty well in. I volunteer at a pharmacy, I research at a lab and recently received a scholarship to continue the research, I'm involved in leadership, and etc. To be honest (don't laugh ...) I'm aiming for CA schools. I plan to take a year off after I graduate and either continue my research at the lab or try something new and go abroad for a year. Am I being too idealistic by considering CA schools like UCSF, USC, UOP, Western? I know I'm currently out of the running for pharm school, but I don't want to give up. It's definitely what I want to do and I'm going to keep at it. Also do any of these schools give a bit more weight on the last 45-90 units that the student has completed because I heard UOP does. Thanks so much for your time and I appreciate your advices/comments/etc.