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Seriously lost

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Alexa356, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Alexa356

    Jul 27, 2011
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    Psychology Student
    Hey ya'll,

    I'm a psychology major, just finished up my second year.
    My GPA is f+cked up, lots of stress and lost parts of my family.
    LAst summer that I spent in Europe my GF died, that's why I left
    country and went overseas, my mind wasn't really set on studying at that time.
    I'm originally from Europe and study in Canada, so
    there was a language barrier at first and lots of financial issues,
    noone of my fam lives there, it's just me.
    I was actually on probation and almost got kicked out due to bad grades.

    So my question is, should I, or can I even start fresh on a Canadian university.
    Or should I try to get my GPA up in the next 2 (3?) years at my University?
    I absolutely want to go for medicine, it's my dream and i don't want to give it
    up just because of my first 2 years. I was offered a spot for medicine
    here in Europe, but I want to go back to North America, speaking
    a different language is a good therapy sometimes...

  2. centrigeugle

    centrigeugle less qq, more pew pew
    5+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2011
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    Medical Student
    They're going to ask for ALL your post-highschool grades on AMCAS.
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. isoquin

    isoquin Allopathetic
    5+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2007
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    Medical Student
    First, keep in mind that med school will NOT be therapy, regardless of the language. Many people have been in your exact spot, and I people similar things.

    What you need right now is a turning point. A spot to say "everything that came before now was bad and immature, and everything from here on out is going to provide definitive proof that I can succeed as a medical student." You can't just say it though, you have to show it. Trying to salvage an undergraduate GPA is usually tough. It's actually easier to just hit up grad school and start with a fresh GPA. Some grad schools afford you the opportunity to take med school classes, as apart from or with med students. You should jump at those, and demolish them. This is the way to prove you have what it takes to succeed in an academically rigorous setting, because that is what every admissions committee is going to be wondering.

    Keep in mind this could take a few years and tens of thousands of dollars to get into a US MD program. If you have a spot to become a doctor there, I'm unsure why you wouldn't just take it instead of fighting upstream to get back here under the vague reference of "speaking
    a different language is a good therapy." You may want to elaborate on that.

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