Success stories from others who did poorly in a prereq class?

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Apr 9, 2011
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I will be retaking gen chem II this summer after receiving a C- and not meeting the required C to take organic chem and cell physio next semester. Right now I'm regretting all the decisions I have made but am looking toward the future toward a new start...have any of you had a similar experience in nearly failing or failing a class but have still got into med school/ picked their gpa up?


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Not sure how much sucess your going to get on this thread, but heres my 2 cents.

I got a B OrgoI and then I wokred my ass off and I got an A for OrgoII.
And the semester I took OrgoI I took an upper level Bio course, and I got a C, the semester I took OrgoII I took 2 upper level Bio courses and I got A's in both.

Best of luck to you.


You'll be fine. Just knock it out of the park this time and do well in the rest of your pre-reqs. Be confident.


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Dec 7, 2010
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wow. i'm in this exact same situation.

I need to make a B in both my Bio and Chem classes in order to take my sophomore level classes in the fall.
So i'm working my ass off to get an A on the finals which will hopefully get me to the needed C average in both classes.
If I'm unable to make the C average, i'll have to retake 1 of the 3 parts and get a better grade, which will be this summer.

Best of luck to you mate, you're definitely not alone on this one. I'm actually really relieved there are others out there too.

(no success story here, yet..)

JHU Texan

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Decided to check out pre-allo for the first time in a couple of years and thought I would chime in:

Went to Hopkins, failed calculus and chemistry first semester freshman year, failed physiology second semester freshman year, C- in intro chem lab, C- in organic chemistry I, C in organic chemistry II. I retook calculus and chemistry sophomore year and got a C in both. I never retook physiology since my school stopped offering the course...

Subsequently had a strong upward trend, but still ended up with around a 2.8 science GPA (3.1 overall). I needed to take 9 semesters to graduate though. Got a 34 on the MCAT (had to check my past posts to verify that since I couldn't remember the exact number off the top of my head).

Finished a two year master's program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, doing well in all my classes and worked on a basic science research project.

I was accepted to 3 schools (Drexel, MCW, EVMS), waitlisted at 2 others (Case Western, Tufts) and ended up matriculating at Drexel.

Four years later, I have been elected to AOA (national honor society), was one of a handful of people in my class to honor all my clinical rotations 3rd year, and will be starting my radiology residency at a solid program in 2012.

Honestly, if I can overcome all of that to be where I am today, a C- in one class will not break you. It might seem like the end of the world now, but its not if you work hard to make up for it.


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Mar 27, 2011
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JHU, Thank you so much for sharing that. You just made me feel a whole lot better. I have very similar stats and am doing an SMP in the fall, I hope to be where you are in a few years!


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May 12, 2011
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Just take what you did in the summer and do the exact opposite! Then rinse and repeat until you apply!

Best of luck.
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