Sep 14, 2015
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Hey guys! I've been following this forum for awhile but this is my first time creating my own thread. I've seen a lot of good advice being given on here so I figured I'd give it a shot - I'm desperate!
I'm currently in my senior year as an undergrad with a Speech Language Pathology and Audiology major. Over the past few months, I've discovered my passion for medicine and have decided I want to pursue med school. However, I feel a little lost as what to do next.
I screwed up a little bit my freshman year and got mostly B's with 2 C's. Since then, I've gotten my act together and have received pretty much straight A's. I'm estimating that I'll be graduating with ~3.6 undergraduate GPA. I know this is a relatively low GPA for med school, but I'm confident that I can keep up the hard work and earn good grades in whatever classes I need to take in the future.
I haven't taken any of the pre-reqs for med school yet. I have taken intro classes such as bio, chem, anatomy, & physics but none of these had a lab section so I'm assuming they won't count. I may have space for a few electives next semester before I graduate, but I will definitely need to either attend a post-bac program or take the pre-reqs somewhere as a non-matriculated student.
I live in NYC and I know there are a number of post-bac programs here, but I'm not sure if my grades would qualify me for schools such as NYU. Even if I did manage to get in, I'm not sure I could afford the ~$60k a year tuition. Hunter or another CUNY school would probably be my best bet tuition wise, but again I'm not sure how likely it is that I get into Hunter's post-bac because I've heard it's pretty competitive.
I've got a decent amount of various community service under my belt and I'm going to try to start shadowing/volunteering in a medical setting ASAP. Also, I'm not sure if this is accurate at all but my advisor told me that my Hispanic background (Puerto Rican, specifically) could possibly work as an advantage for me when it comes to applying to med school.
Should I just start taking the pre-reqs at a CUNY school after graduating or is it worth it to invest so much money into a school like Columbia or NYU? Would I even have a chance of getting into these schools?
Is there anything else I should be doing right now to make myself a candidate for med school?
Any advice would be VERY much appreciated!!! Thank you so much!
 
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Sep 14, 2015
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Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Sorry guys, I just realized the "nontraditional students" forum probably wasn't the appropriate place for this thread. I'm new here so I'm not sure how to delete it or move it somewhere else!