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Hi everyone,

I am just posting looking for perspective. I am a second-year pre-med/pre-do student. I didn't choose this path until near the end of my freshman year, so I have a bit of an untraditional schedule. I am a little concerned right now, just looking at my stats and I wanted to get opinions on if I should keep powering through and if I should take a gap year.

Education:
Currently earning a -
B.S. in Neuroscience from the Ohio State University (graduating SP 2023)
Minors in Spanish & Global Public Health

Major GPA: 4.00
Non-Science GPA: 3.95
Science GPA: 3.4

1st Semester: 3.43
2nd Semester: 3.78
3rd Semester (Summer): 4.00

Pre-Req Grades:
Calc 1 - B
Chem 1 - B
Chem 2 - B
Psych - A
Sociology - A
English 1 - A
English 2 - A

Currently taking/Will take:
Bio 1 - Projected B+/A-
Bio 2 -
Orgo 1 - Projected anywhere from a C to B
Orgo 2 -
Physics 1 -
Physics 2 -
Biochem -
Anatomy -
Stats -

Extracurriculars/Volunteering: (150 hrs of volunteering for two semesters, projected 600 hrs at time of application cycle)
  • Volunteered at UH Cleveland Med Center (two semesters)
  • Donor Ambassador with the American Red Cross (two semesters, current)
  • Mentor for at-risk youth through university club (one semester, current)
  • Public Health Project Lead for another university club to organize local community health screenings (one semester, current)
  • Pledge Class Vice President for my sorority (one semester, current) - will be running for exec position within next year
  • Volunteer at the local food bank (one semester, when I can)
  • Member of a Kindness club at my university where we spread positivity and mental health awareness (one semester, current)
Experience:
  • Will be starting a job as a patient safety aide in a hospital at the end of this month
  • Completed some virtual shadowing through Club Med, Web Shadowers, etc.
I am very passionate about public health, especially raising awareness about mental health in my community, so I have thought about taking a gap year to work at a nonprofit or earn my MPH. However, if I can avoid taking a gap year I would like to do to the financial burden for me. Additionally, I know my science GPA is not very good, so I thought the gap year could be beneficial to take some more science courses, improve my resume, etc.

Thank you for all the help!
 

Damson

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if you're first semester sophomore, you still have more than enough time to get your prereqs done

i recommend two med prereqs per semester so you can maximize your performance in each prereq

study hard and get those A's. take a gap year if you have to. study for MCAT over summers, but don't let it take up much time during your semester period
 
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Hi everyone,

I am just posting looking for perspective. I am a second-year pre-med/pre-do student. I didn't choose this path until near the end of my freshman year, so I have a bit of an untraditional schedule. I am a little concerned right now, just looking at my stats and I wanted to get opinions on if I should keep powering through and if I should take a gap year.

Education:
Currently earning a -
B.S. in Neuroscience from the Ohio State University (graduating SP 2023)
Minors in Spanish & Global Public Health

Major GPA: 4.00
Non-Science GPA: 3.95
Science GPA: 3.4

1st Semester: 3.43
2nd Semester: 3.78
3rd Semester (Summer): 4.00

Pre-Req Grades:
Calc 1 - B
Chem 1 - B
Chem 2 - B
Psych - A
Sociology - A
English 1 - A
English 2 - A

Currently taking/Will take:
Bio 1 - Projected B+/A-
Bio 2 -
Orgo 1 - Projected anywhere from a C to B
Orgo 2 -
Physics 1 -
Physics 2 -
Biochem -
Anatomy -
Stats -

Extracurriculars/Volunteering: (150 hrs of volunteering for two semesters, projected 600 hrs at time of application cycle)
  • Volunteered at UH Cleveland Med Center (two semesters)
  • Donor Ambassador with the American Red Cross (two semesters, current)
  • Mentor for at-risk youth through university club (one semester, current)
  • Public Health Project Lead for another university club to organize local community health screenings (one semester, current)
  • Pledge Class Vice President for my sorority (one semester, current) - will be running for exec position within next year
  • Volunteer at the local food bank (one semester, when I can)
  • Member of a Kindness club at my university where we spread positivity and mental health awareness (one semester, current)
Experience:
  • Will be starting a job as a patient safety aide in a hospital at the end of this month
  • Completed some virtual shadowing through Club Med, Web Shadowers, etc.
I am very passionate about public health, especially raising awareness about mental health in my community, so I have thought about taking a gap year to work at a nonprofit or earn my MPH. However, if I can avoid taking a gap year I would like to do to the financial burden for me. Additionally, I know my science GPA is not very good, so I thought the gap year could be beneficial to take some more science courses, improve my resume, etc.

Thank you for all the help!
Looks good so far!
 
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