and i have nary an acceptance letter in hand this just plain sucks. okay the first time around my main problem was applying to east coast schools with under a 30 mcat...ha yeah like this midwestern gal was getting in there. but this year i have discovered some thing. i knew i was a long shot with what happened at the smp at franklin last year and having a grad gpa of 2.88, and indeed it was an issue. no i did not fail a class i passed them all but when you put me against someone coming from a traditional grad school who would have had a higher gpa i was at a disadvantage....i knew it needed to be above a 3.0. and then apparently my volunteer experience was a problem. i worked as a volunteer with a womens and childrens shelter as an on call advocate who repleid to hospitals for cases of domestic violence and sexual assault. apparently i found out this year from an admission rep i talked with about what i could do to improve my chances next year that although this was semi related medically wise they did not view it the same as if i had volunteered at the hospital itself. so i have taken steps to remedy these two things this year. i have been taking grad classes and after this semester will have my gpa above a 30 grad wise...so one obstacle out of the way. i also started volunteering recently at the local hospital so the other obstacle out of the way. i am thinking i may take kaplan up on their offer to come back and teach starting this summer...so that would be yet anotehr change to my application. the only question is whether or not i retake the mcat again. my most recent score (which would all that would count since the first time i took it was three years ago and was only good for this past application cycle) was 28 P (12B 10V 8P). i think if i concentrated on just teh physical sciences i could get that up a few points and i could manage at least a 30 if i took it again but i have to weight that against it being the third time an whatever that score was or would be is/would be it. i am unsure about the computer version though as i have no experience with that yet. as scarlett ohara would say..."tomorrow is another day"