ambitious212

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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!
 

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Your GPA (while on the low side) is definitely in the acceptable range especially coupled with a 36S MCAT. Without a doubt, your upward trend WILL help your application. Apply broadly and you should land an acceptance somewhere.
 

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yeah sach's right. try to do well the next two quarters and bump up that GPA and you'll be fine. good luck. i'm also hoping for MSSM :)
 
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Mobius1985

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I think you've addressed the grade issue sufficiently with the information you've given us. Many med schools' secondaries will give you the opportunity to elaborate on "difficulties in your academic journey".

Your high MCAT score and upward grade trend will compensate for the low GPA. I can't say whether it will be sufficient for you to attract attention from top research institutions, but who knows. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their altruism through service to others. Most do this via volunteerism, but helping to support your family is sufficiently altruistic that I don't feel you need to do more along those lines. You don't mention a leadership experience. If you don't have this, I'd work on it. Depending on what your clinical service entailed, you might consider some physician shadowing before you apply. This need not be an extensive experience. Spend 8-10 hours each following 1-3 types of specialists around. One usually meets these docs during the clinical experience.
 

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I think your stats are good enough to get in somewhere. Plus, you can prove disadvantaged status, which will get you some leniency.

I would do shadowing if you have not already.
 
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