Hey I'm new and I'm seriously considering a career in dentistry...however I'm afraid that I'm far from the ideal candidate. I totally wrecked my freshman year in college due to some emotional trauma I experienced my senior year of high school (I had three people who were close to me die of cancer, suicide, and heart problems over a course of nine months). I decided to seek some help so I took a medical withdrawl to get treatment for my depression and took classes at a local community college where I did well (I think 3.5 total and all A's in my general bio and chem classes). After a year and a half at the community college I decided to go back to my university and went back only to promptly fall back on my face when my father had a heart attack and I was afflicted with a painful skin disorder where I had lesions/rashes cover a large portion of my legs and arms). I think right now overall alltogether with my university and comm. college altogether I barely have a 3.0. I'm going to take physics and organic chem this upcoming school year and than I planned on applying to dental schools the year after that but my question is do you guys think that with my problematic academic record I should even try to get into a dental school or should I wait to see how I do this following year before deciding anything? Furthermore will the fact that I took some of my requirements at a community college hurt my chances....and if you guys think it would depend on the school can anybody recommend a school thats more flexible in the admissions policies. (Sorry about the lengthy explanation but I like to give as much background as possible when I ask people for advice).