7+ Year Member
- Oct 27, 2013
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I'm currently ending my junior year at a top-notch public university am wondering whether or not I should give up on being pre-med.
The bad stats are: physics 1: C+ (physics 2: A- at a local CC), O Chem 1/2: C+/C, Bio 2: C+
I think this semester I would have gotten another C in biochemistry if it wasn't for COVID letting me cover it up with a P.
The rest of my pre recs are B/B-s with a couple of A's in other science courses for a little boost. Planning to take pchem at my local CC.
So overall, sGPA probably around a 3.0-3.1 if counting research, and cGPA around a 3.5 and I'm taking the MCAT this summer after 4 months of studying.
I was planning on doing a Masters in Physiology or Biomedical Science or something after graduation, but even if I do well, I don't know if it's enough. It's definitely been a rough go because I go to a really competitive undergrad university and kinda went from being a big fish in a small pond to a minnow in the ocean.
I have really good ECs: really stellar leadership, great research with awards, conferences, and publications, TA'd for O Chem lab. I do need a bit more clinical hours, but I figure that's something I could worry about during my second gap year.
So overall, what should I do?? I really do want it, but every couple weeks or so I slip into this funk where I'm like should I just give up at this point?
Thanks in advance, don't be too biting.
Have you taken any steps to identify what was cause you to perform at the level performed in your sciences leading to mostly Bs/Cs with a few As?
Are you URM?
You're not in an impossible position. And it appears you're planning on two gap years from you statement re: clinical hours during your, well.. "second gap year." Are you planning to applying during the 2nd gap year, or after it's complete, thus 3 gap years? In either case, there is plenty of time, and since you're at/above 3.0 you still have a chance.
How many sciences have you taken in total? If you could provide a list of your sciences with grades, that would be helpful.
Since you've taken all of the pre-reqs already, plus additional sciences, you may not necessarily benefit as much from a post-bacc. Especially since it seems you're already considering a masters, you might want to consider an SMP with a linkage. These are difficult, more difficult that your undergrad classes. Thus the risk is higher re: performance. But with that higher risk comes a higher reward in that you're more likely to get a medical school acceptance with successful completion with a linkage than if you were to say do a post-bacc IMO.