Still Hope ?

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IS there hope ?

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  1. AlphaVaz

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    Hello I am a 16 year old boy who wants to become a doctor (radiologist).
    Im still in high school but heres where I need your help .
    I did terrieble in freshmen and sophomore year of high school .
    I am entering a 11th grade .I am planning to turn around my education.
    I will be looking for a 3.5 plus gpa and getting a least three letters of recommdation .
    I know I will not be accepted into a 4 year school even if achieving these goals. I know med schools do not look at hs grades but colleges look at them .I will probably only get into a community college .I read and believe its not over for my dream to become a doctor but heres the questions .
    How long will I have to stay at a commutiy college for me to raise my gpa to get into a four year university ? Will my time there be accounted for lets say I do 1 year at a cc then transfer to a four year university .Will I only need to do 3 years at the four year university also I hear people on here talking about med schools looking down upon students who attend a cc .Also they say not to do prereqs there ????? Whats a prereq ???? is a certain class you have to take as a requirement for med school (I think that's what it is ).Is there anyway I can skip these prereqs at the cc at take them at a 4 year university to ensure my education is vaulbe to apply to my mcat ?? But how would I raise my gpa at the cc if im not taking these classes .I don't want to take them at a cc I want to take them at a 4 year university to ensure my medical school accpacance . Is there hope ??????????????????????? This kills me to know that I could had it easier if I just worked normal freahman and sophomore year of h.s.
     
  2. doctorleospaceman

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    A 3.5 gpa by no means slams the door on a 4 year university assuming the rest of your application is up to par.
     
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    Since when is a 3.5 bad.... that's like half A's, half B's right....
     
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    The vote results :laugh:
     

  5. First off, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going to a CC. However, be very careful. Do your homework and only take courses which will transfer to your four year institution and only take courses which will count toward your degree. CC is becoming a smart investment to save money and transition into harder coursework at the four year school. It is true that some schools frown upon pre-reqs from a CC (courses required to matriculate into medical school). That said, 4 year institutions are not hard to get into. You'll have options. But you just need to chill out and enjoy your last bit of high school. Just focus on being a good student and this will come natural.
     
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    It's really early to be worrying about such things, but there is obviously still hope. I went to a community college for two years, waited to take my prerequisites until I was at a 4 year and I got into medical school. It's actually a route I recommend to plenty of people (med school aspirants and otherwise) because it saves money and provides a lot more attention for students who may struggle with the transition. It is also closer to home for many people. Nothing wrong with that route. Many schools also accept prereqs from community colleges now, but you can easily wait until you're at a university. It will make your last three years kind of regimented and science heavy, but it can be done.
     
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    I'm lost.. Why would a 3.5 NOT get you into a 4 year university?
     
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    People be trolling the poll, hard.
     
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    Thank you so what your saying is I can go to a cc and hold of my prereqs transfer ?
     
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    Could he possibly be talking about pulling a 3.5 this coming year?
     
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    He's saying that he had bad grades earlier in high school and now he wants to achieve a 3.5.
     
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    People much worse than this at your point can and do get into medical school. Just work hard and work smart.
     
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    " I will be looking for a 3.5 plus gpa and getting a least three letters of recommdation . "

    Just curious, which 4 year universities require LOR's? None of mine in my entire state required them.



    " I know I will not be accepted into a 4 year school even if achieving these goals"
    You are wrong, there are plenty of universities that accept stats far before a 3.5GPA. I don't understand why you are so bent on a 4 year university. The only reason I applied to 4 year uni. , is because I dual enrolled and finished 90% of my general education requirements.


    " How long will I have to stay at a commutiy college for me to raise my gpa to get into a four year university ?"
    When applying for transfer, at a state university at least, you just have to meet certain GPA requirements. If you are looking for a higher college, in terms of selectivity, then perform well(perform well in both cases, your grades will be seen by adcoms). My state university that I am attending, requires a 2.0 GPA to transfer, which is nearly impossible to not satisfy. But, that is for general majors. The biology program requires a 3.00 gpa. Then the molecular biology specialist major(as I call it) requires a 3.25.




    " Will my time there be accounted for lets say I do 1 year at a cc then transfer to a four year university ."
    Yes, actually there has been recent proposed legislation to ensure that all credits transfer from CC to 4 year. Just check the classes and ensure they do transfer to the university you want to attend after CC.




    :" Will I only need to do 3 years at the four year university also I hear people on here talking about med schools looking down upon students who attend a cc ."
    It depends on the number of credits you earn at your CC, before you apply to the four year. You are still required to meet a specific number of credits in order to receive your degree at the four year. It just depends on where you are credit wise, and how many credits you obtain during your four year degree. I know the stigma of CC, but the fact is, at least 47% of the people you meet will attend a CC. This is based on cost, and there is no reason to spend more money on a general education requirement. Do I believe that going to a CC will end your chances at Med school? Of course not.
    There are plenty of people who are accepted to medical school who transferred. I read the number of applicants who transferred is around 35%. However, I have noticed a negative correlation with transfer students from an overview of Chicago medical students. I want to read more about it, but have been unable to find consistent data with such correlation. SOS, please help.



    Also they say not to do prereqs there ????? Whats a prereq ???? is a certain class you have to take as a requirement for med school (I think that's what it is ).
    Well, a prereq is a relative term. It could be the prereq to your degree, or the recommended course work for the MCAT.
    This is something I disagree with, but have no evidence to prove that an ADCOM would disfavor, or favor. Mainly because CC courses are the same as 4 year courses. Not in every aspect, but generally speaking for BIo 101/102. You can't take a lot of the prerequisites at a CC. They usually do not offer them.



    "Is there anyway I can skip these prereqs at the cc at take them at a 4 year university to ensure my education is vaulbe to apply to my mcat ??"
    It depends on your major, and the classes you are trying to take later. This is because you might need to take a Bio 101 class, but it might require you to take Chem as a prereq or coreq. Therefore, if you stalled both Chem and Bio, you would be unable to progress in a biology sequence until you finished them. As I said, it depends on your major and what courses you want to wait on. If you are only staying for 1 year, it should not be a problem though.



    "But how would I raise my gpa at the cc if im not taking these classes ."
    I don't understand this question.



    " I don't want to take them at a cc I want to take them at a 4 year university to ensure my medical school accpacance ."
    If you take them at CC, it would not necessarily prevent or ensure your medical school acceptance.
    I don't know where these theories are coming from, can you enlighten me?


    " Is there hope ??????????????????????? "
    Yes. There is hope for you!You just need to use your most valuable asset, your brain.



    I am a current university student , and considered transferring at one time before I dual enrolled.
     
  14. md-2020

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    Alot of undergrads require LORs. I sent 2-4 for almost all of my apps coming out of HS.
     
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    Wow. Actually, they have an option for them(I just checked my applications). I never sent any in.
     

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