Any comments or criticisms will be truly appreciated: my gpa is a 3.42 and I have a 36s mcat. For the first 2.5 yrs, I had many personal problems which resulted in me working 30-40 hrs a week to support my family. Thus I accumulated about 8, yes 8, C/C+/B- grades with 70 credits. After I realized that medicine was what I trully wanted to do, I retook the science classes that I got C grades in, and got a 3.9-4.0 gpa in 110 credits. At 180 credits, I have a 3.42 gpa. As I have been low income/lived in public housing for the majority of my life/qualified for food stamps, etc/ I will be applying as disadvantaged. In regards to ec's I have about 1.5 years of research and about 500 hours of clinical service. I also have a variety of jobs as I had to support my family. Additionally, i was planning on applying to teach for america, but am deciding whether to hold out until after i get into medical school? How do you suggest I address these grades? Furthermore, as I am from New York, my ultimate goal is staying in New York, preferably NYC (MSSM or Columbia?)...do you think this is possible? What should I do at this point to improve my application? I would really appreciate the advice as I am very worried and nervous. Thanks again!