Bkv11

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Dec 20, 2008
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Florida
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Pre-Medical
First Undergrad Semester (Spring 08)
Music Appreciation: B+
Physical Geology: D
Physical Geology Lab: F
College Algebra: F
Intro to World Politics: D

I'm still amazed at how bad I did with such a lightweight courseload, but I feel I learned from the mistakes of that semester.
I got straight A's this semester which included a retake of the physical geology class and lab. I'm going to start on the prereqs this semester (Bio I and Gen. Chem I + labs), and I'm confident that I'll continue getting straight A's, the only B's I can possibly forsee are maybe Calculus and possibly Physics.
I'm planning to join some health and non-health related clubs this semester and do volunteering and shadowing during breaks and off weeks during the summer.

Is there anything else I should plan on doing before I start applying (spring/summer 2011)? And will my first semester (planning to retake the D's aand F's) significantly hurt my chances in 2011?
 

229141

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10+ Year Member
Oct 21, 2008
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Status
Pre-Medical
First Undergrad Semester (Spring 08)
Music Appreciation: B+
Physical Geology: D
Physical Geology Lab: F
College Algebra: F
Intro to World Politics: D

I'm still amazed at how bad I did with such a lightweight courseload, but I feel I learned from the mistakes of that semester.
I got straight A's this semester which included a retake of the physical geology class and lab. I'm going to start on the prereqs this semester (Bio I and Gen. Chem I + labs), and I'm confident that I'll continue getting straight A's, the only B's I can possibly forsee are maybe Calculus and possibly Physics.
I'm planning to join some health and non-health related clubs this semester and do volunteering and shadowing during breaks and off weeks during the summer.

Is there anything else I should plan on doing before I start applying (spring/summer 2011)? And will my first semester (planning to retake the D's aand F's) significantly hurt my chances in 2011?
This is not optimal obviously :D

However your first semester will often be forgiven if you show great progress...even if you went 2.5 your first year and then got a 4.0 from there on out I feel you'd still have a great chance since you showed amazing progress
 

Mobius1985

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Apr 4, 2007
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Is there anything else I should plan on doing before I start applying (spring/summer 2011)?

And will my first semester (planning to retake the D's aand F's) significantly hurt my chances in 2011?
Don't forget you'll need a leadership experience. Also, research is desirable to increase the number of schools willing to consider you. Your volunteerism/clinical experience will be looked at more positively if you are able to do a few hours a week regularly, as opposed to huge chunks of time in the summer, if you can find a way to make it work.

If your academic record continues on its current uphill climb, and your GPA recoveres into the competitive range, your first semester will not hurt your chances.
 
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