..to quote aerosmith. i had meant to post this a while ago but i've been busy. just a quick note that there really is hope in the process for the biggest long-shot applicants. highlights from my ordeal: -- i earned two c's and a d my freshman year, the d being elementary college algebra. i went on to earn six more c's during college, another d, and two "withdrawn while failing" marks. -- during my junior year, my advisor told me that i "didn't have a shot" of getting in anywhere. -- i finished college with a science gpa of 2.9, including a c in basic physics II my last semester (so much for an upward trend!) -- i participated in no research of any kind during college, nor was i ever published anywhere (not even a letter to the editor in the college paper!) -- in five years at school, i was on the dean's list once out of ten total semesters (and had made deans list that semester by the slimmest margin.) -- on my first practice mcat, i scored a 16. -- i was rejected from my two state schools post-interview, both of which heavily favor in-state applicants. -- i was waitlisted from the final school that interviewed me, albany medical college. i was only accepted at the end of june and with one of the final waitlist spots being used to fill up the class. so.. yeah. keep hope alive. p.s. -- i'm not an urm. just an average white guy who ended up getting into a private allopathic school by the skin of my teeth. also, please don't flame me for pointing this out. thanks!