I realize this could be seen as a self-gratifying post, and it may be to an extent. But my main intention is to give a little hope to some of the pre-meds that may have made a C or two....or five, in pre-recs, and think they have no chance getting into med school. I went to a state university, majoring in engineering. i screwed around, trying to "get by" with studying just enough to make a's or b's, ending up with c's in many of my med school pre-recs. i finally applied myself my 4th and 5th years and did really well in tough classes. but i thought i had no chance getting into med school. i finally decided to give it a shot after graduation, and studied for the mcat for about a month before the august 1999 mcat. got a 24, with a 6 in bio. sci. yikes. decided to quit my demanding 40 hr/wk job to study, and waited tables to pay the bills. took the april 2000 mcat. thought i did better. got a 24, 7 in bio sci. yikes. thought my chances were totally blown. during this period i interviewed at a top 25 state med school and was told if i pulled up my mcat to a 28, i'd probably get in. i studied really hard for the august 2000 exam and ended up with a 31. while waiting for my mcat results i moved to another state, so my chances at the top 25 state school probably aren't very good now as an out-of-stater, but to FINALLY get to the point.........I JUST GOT ACCEPTED TO MEDICAL SCHOOL in my new state of residency. hope this wasn't terribly boring, but i just wanted to show that, yeah, i didn't have fifty f's and murder someone, but i definitely had some strikes against me. i stared rejection in the face for a year and a half, but now i'm in. don't let anyone tell you that you don't have a chance. just decide that you will overcome whatever obstacles there are. and the key, believe that you can do it. don't work expecting to fail. GOOD LUCK.