I was home-schooled for a year before starting college, and I skipped 11th and 12th grade because of it. Mind you, I never took Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, or even World History before college. To my father, I was Einstein’s heir, but in reality, you don’t have to be a prodigy to skip a few years of school; the minimum requirements might not be too strenuous.
I found out skipping wasn’t a good idea after all. When I started college, it kicked my butt. It was so hard. I failed Career Planning – wow. I didn’t have any background knowledge to get a head start in my first year science classes. I didn’t have the experience or talent to be on any sports team either. I struggled, and my first semester GPA was a 2.87. It was rough trying to get my GPA up from there on. All of my classmates had at least heard of the topics we were learning in college before they began college. It was all fresh news to me, and thus, I was the underdog.
In addition, I was ill advised. My advisor told me a C+ or above will transfer and not affect my GPA; she did not tell me that the 15 medical schools I would apply to would get transcripts and a cumulative GPA derived from every school I have ever attended. Even though I met with her every semester, her only words were, “So what kind of classes do you want to take? *big grin* … Okie dokie then!” She never told me there was a pre-health committee who could have written some nice things about me and whom I should have been getting to know all along. Sorry if I’m whining, but I don’t think these unfortunate events increased my chances of getting into medical school.
I have never been much of a good test-taker or a top-notch student, but you don’t have to be in order to get into medical school. That is what this website is all about. I am writing to share knowledge on how to get into medical school without getting that 3.99GPA or being best friends with the surgeon who invented the hip replacement. I am writing to give you resources and point to external sources so that you can make your dream come true. I am doing this because I know what it is like to feel like medical school is a distant and foreign dream and nothing else, but I know that is not the case any more, and I wish I had the experience and advice I’m about to give you when I was in your shoes.
I ended up graduating with a degree in Biology and an excellent GPA. I did extremely well on the MCAT, beyond any expectations, and in the end I got a lot of medical school interviews and acceptances. Let me tell you how. This is a succinct yet thorough website to give you all the information you need in one place. I am here to give you the advice I wish I had when I was in your shoes.