predent909

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Right now I have a 3.0 (in bio, chem, math, so my BCPM is going to suck now too) and I had to withdraw from a class. I think part of the reason I've done so poorly is because I'm really far away from home, which I realized now does affect your performance. I'm transferring back to a school closer to home hopefully by next semester to see if that helps remedy this, but have I already messed up my grades enough to the point of no return basically for dental school? Is it already time for me to start looking at alternative careers before the fight even began for me really? I mean I have average grades with only 10 credits since my last class got dropped, my science GPA is a mess, so I'm really, really starting to worry.

I still have time to get my grades to at a max 3.7 this semester, but with the way things are going, I think I'll at most get a 3.4 with a withdrawn class, which is still terrible given that I withdrew from a class. I'm losing a ton of sleep, my parents are starting to get upset, so should I just drop any hope of getting to dental school? I honestly think in my heart of hearts I can pick it up from here on out. I'm now starting to understand/get a feel for how hard/how I need to study to do well, which is why I have a chance to bring it to at least a 3.4 this semester, but if I don't bring it up, have I been officially weeded out?
 

sks2286

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Dude don't worry, it's only one semester and you have the rest of college to improve. Plus you are not even doing that bad. 3.4 is a little below average but it's just one semester. Relax a little, keep studying hard, and maintain some kind of balance in your life.

I'm sure if you continue to work hard, you should be able to pull up your GPA to a level where you don't even need to worry about it when you apply.
 

jigabodo

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My first year GPA in college was a freaking 1.8. You will be fine if you do well from now on.
 

dentalmagnet

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Okay let me get this right..this is your first semester of college? You are not doing horribly and you have certainly not ruined any chances of dental school. You have to improve next semester and hopefully finish strong this semester. But a few B's, C's, and a W won't keep you out of dental school. Perhaps this was too heavy a load for your first semester. I think next semester you should lighten your load and then make sure to take summer courses to catch up. Start looking over the DAT by your sophomore year so that your DAT score will be solid and you won't have to count completely on your GPA. Don't forget about EC's. Make sure to start volunteering early, shadow, and join your predental society. Your GPA is not the only factor in your admission to dental school. Just get it above a 3.6 before you apply..I know you can do that with your current grades!!
 

dentalmagnet

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My first year GPA in college was a freaking 1.8. You will be fine if you do well from now on.
If you don't mind me asking, did your first yr include anything that was on the DAT? I only ask because you have an awesome DAT score. If you did poorly in gen chem I or Bio I, and then you did so well on the DAT, did you re-learn all that material? G
 

jigabodo

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If you don't mind me asking, did your first yr include anything that was on the DAT? I only ask because you have an awesome DAT score. If you did poorly in gen chem I or Bio I, and then you did so well on the DAT, did you re-learn all that material? G
I remember taking Gchem, some bio, and some math classes freshmen year. I think I got a C- in Gchem 1, C+ in bio, and those weren't even the ones I failed.

The only reason I was able to pull my GPA up to a semi-competitive range was probably because I maxed out my last 2 years. I did pretty much relearn all those material for DAT.
 

dentalmagnet

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I remember taking Gchem, some bio, and some math classes freshmen year. I think I got a C- in Gchem 1, C+ in bio, and those weren't even the ones I failed.

The only reason I was able to pull my GPA up to a semi-competitive range was probably because I maxed out my last 2 years. I did pretty much relearn all those material for DAT.
I really think that's awesome that you relearned all that material. Do you have a post where you discussed your study habits for the DAT? I am taking it in the Spring.ah..
 

chober

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You have nothing to worry about if you can handle your business from here on out. I madea HUGE mess of 5 years of undergrad. I graduated with a 2.3 cGPA and 2.1 sGPA. If you think your grades are hard to bring up, mine are pretty close to impossible. A 4 unit class with an A would barely move my GPA by .01 Schools are still looking at me so don't worry too much about it.
 

carbide

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Right now I have a 3.0 (in bio, chem, math, so my BCPM is going to suck now too) and I had to withdraw from a class. I think part of the reason I've done so poorly is because I'm really far away from home, which I realized now does affect your performance. I'm transferring back to a school closer to home hopefully by next semester to see if that helps remedy this, but have I already messed up my grades enough to the point of no return basically for dental school? Is it already time for me to start looking at alternative careers before the fight even began for me really? I mean I have average grades with only 10 credits since my last class got dropped, my science GPA is a mess, so I'm really, really starting to worry.

I still have time to get my grades to at a max 3.7 this semester, but with the way things are going, I think I'll at most get a 3.4 with a withdrawn class, which is still terrible given that I withdrew from a class. I'm losing a ton of sleep, my parents are starting to get upset, so should I just drop any hope of getting to dental school? I honestly think in my heart of hearts I can pick it up from here on out. I'm now starting to understand/get a feel for how hard/how I need to study to do well, which is why I have a chance to bring it to at least a 3.4 this semester, but if I don't bring it up, have I been officially weeded out?
i withdrew from Bio my fresh year in undergrad (while i had an B+ :laugh:). there is an adjustment period from HS to college. it took me my first semester to figure out how to study. I did get an A in bio when i took it soph year and realized that it was easy and I withdrew because I was didn't want to study for both G chem and bio at the same time. wow looking back i was being a pansy. anyways bottom line don't worry about the W i still got in with one on my transcript.
 

Sublimation

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Right now I have a 3.0 (in bio, chem, math, so my BCPM is going to suck now too) and I had to withdraw from a class. I think part of the reason I've done so poorly is because I'm really far away from home, which I realized now does affect your performance. I'm transferring back to a school closer to home hopefully by next semester to see if that helps remedy this, but have I already messed up my grades enough to the point of no return basically for dental school? Is it already time for me to start looking at alternative careers before the fight even began for me really? I mean I have average grades with only 10 credits since my last class got dropped, my science GPA is a mess, so I'm really, really starting to worry.

I still have time to get my grades to at a max 3.7 this semester, but with the way things are going, I think I'll at most get a 3.4 with a withdrawn class, which is still terrible given that I withdrew from a class. I'm losing a ton of sleep, my parents are starting to get upset, so should I just drop any hope of getting to dental school? I honestly think in my heart of hearts I can pick it up from here on out. I'm now starting to understand/get a feel for how hard/how I need to study to do well, which is why I have a chance to bring it to at least a 3.4 this semester, but if I don't bring it up, have I been officially weeded out?
I remember my first experience with college lol sophmore year of highschool i took comp I and i was so proud of myself for gettin an A+ lol. But come senior year and my first year of college i withdrew from comp II 2 times!!!!! lol. well 1 time i have no reason for it, but the first time was F***ed up on the part of my university (I hate USF). i took the class 3 times, and the last time i took it they charged me double. lol but thank god for brightfutures lol.