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Typical Bad Freshman Year: First Semester... But more than that

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by VictoriaXxXROse, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. VictoriaXxXROse


    Sep 30, 2014
    I have several questions to ask, so please bear with me!

    Firstly, I had a horrible first semester my freshman year. I had some really bad personal family issues that really messed me up in school. I ended up with a 1.4 GPA and was put on academic probation. Next semester of my freshman year I got a 3.9 GPA, was taken off academic probation which evened out my overall GPA to be about a 2.6-2.7. My school has a good d/f repeat policy so if I retake the classes I failed, it will increase my overall GPA by a lot. However, I do realize it will still be on my record. Should I still continue to try to get into medical school or are my chances just completely ruined?

    Secondly, if I should continue, should I change my major? I am a health sciences major at the moment just because I love the healthcare field altogether. But I am thinking of maybe changing to a biomedical science major with a minor in chemistry (because my university requires a minor with a science major) because that also sparks an interest for me. Which major would be best to further increase my chances since I have already messed up tremendously?

    Thirdly, as I am very far behind on my science classes, would it look really bad to take an extra year to get all of my stuff together. I do not believe I can finish on time with what I have accomplished so far. All I have right now is a Chemistry Lab and am now retaking Biology I. So bascially in the year I have already been there I only have one Lab under my belt (which I realize also looks bad to not have a few sciences classes per semester).

    Lastly, does anyone have any extra advice because at this point I am open to ANYTHING. I realize what I have done and will do anything to fix it. Thanks!
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  3. docbsb2015

    docbsb2015 2+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    1). You are fine… many people mess up freshman year (myself included). You went from a 1.4 to a 3.9…thats awesome! Keep up your pursuit of medical school.
    2). Nope keep your major. You proved that you could handle it and if medicine is really what you want to do then I would keep the health sciences major.
    3). Many people take 5 years to graduate. Again, retake classes and do well in them and you will be fine. Keep it up!
  4. cabinbuilder

    cabinbuilder Urgent Care Physician Physician 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    I took 7 years to graduate. Not to worry OP.
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  5. gonnif

    gonnif Only 1021 Days Until Next Presidential Election Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    The Big Bad Apple
    The founder of OldPreMeds was kicked out his freshman year with a 0.67 GPA (yes, 0.67) as he majored in party and minored in frat. He went to DO school, allopathic residency and fellowship at Dartmouth in Anesthesiology and Critical Care and is now, I believe, deputy medical director of ICUs, something like 40-50 beds across 2 or 3 sites with 20 physicians and 40 midlevels (PA/NP).
  6. gonnif

    gonnif Only 1021 Days Until Next Presidential Election Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    The Big Bad Apple
    Obviously he went back to college after flunking out, did well, and as above recovered from a bad freshman year in college to go on and be a well respected doc.

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