I am a URM global biology graduate with sgpa of 3.38 and cgpa of 3.57, 513 MCAT. Due to many family circumstances [such as taking care of my brother who went through addiction and getting him back into school, my mother who has an untreated mental illness, experiencing a year of homelessness, etc], I have gone to 3 different colleges (due to needing to move to become closer to my family and financial reasons) resulting in 6 years of undergrad and receiving 11 C’s in main science courses such as chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, etc. In the last year of my coursework, I only took science courses in an attempt to boost my GPA. I had A+s in many of those science courses, such as Entomology, and an upward trend in my last 60 units. I have never received a C- or failed any courses. After that, I could not take any more courses for undergraduate, because I capped at 250 units.
I have very good extracurricular stats with:
-1,403 hours clinical [chair position at a student-run clinic, EKG technician, emergency radiology intern, front-desk for cardiology department]
-290 hours shadowing [cardiology, surgery, infectious disease]
-991.5 hours non-clinical [community service award at my university for my work with the URM community for empowerment and public health interventions]
-2,783 hours working [homeless shelter, and event planner]
-1,218 paid teaching [science museum]
-1,560 paid research hours [dermatology lab with 1 pub as second author, 3 poster presentations: 2 at an international conference and 1 at a cancer conference]
I understand I have an excess amount of activity hours, which is a red flag compared to my lower GPA’s and 11 C’s. However, I had no other option but to pull payroll for my family working full-time [many times picking up excess shifts on-top of that] and to be a role model for my brother [I really wanted to show my brother that if I could do it, he could do it too]. Disclaimer: I did beg the schools for financial help and even cal fresh but I was constantly turned down, so I just kept chuggin’
Right now, I am taking a gap year to work. When graduating, I did not have enough money for the application process and I did not qualify for fee assistance. Do you guys think I have a chance for this next year cycle? Or will I need to do a masters or post-bacc? When I talk to my school counsellors, they all laugh and tell me I have no shot because of my low gpa and many C’s. I am really crossing my fingers that this isn’t the case.
I know this is long, but thank you for taking the time to read and help! I really do appreciate everything and I am very thankful for this community. It continues to inspire me everyday