Hi guys, it’s me again :).
Sorry for this long post, however I was planning out my courses for the fall and spring semester and really needed some advice and information on both course work and finances planning:
In summary, I am currently 27 years old, single, graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with a dual-major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I had taken Biology I, Physics I, Physics II, Chemistry I, and Chemistry II back in my undergrad years (1998-2000), however wasn’t focused enough due to personal matters and received the following grades in the main science courses back then:
Biology I: 3.0
Physics I: 2.5
Chemistry I: 2.5
Chemistry II: 1.5 (ouch!!)
Physics II: 3.5
Calculus I: 2.5
Calculus II: 2.0
The next three years I finally buckled down with my core Engineering courses and got my overall GPA to a 3.0 when I graduated.
Onto the Post-bacc program which I started in January of this year, I started to retake the above courses and have done this so far:
Winter 2009 (started this past January:)
Biology I (4 credits:) 4.0
Physics I (4 credits:) 4.0
Biology I Lab (1 credit:) 3.3
Overall GPA first semester: 3.92
I also have planned as follows:
Summer 2009 currently taking:
Chemistry I with Lab (5 credits:) 4.0 so far
Chemistry II with Lab (5 credits:) Planned for the second summer session
Planned for Fall 2009 (Sept. - Dec.:)
Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
Biology II (4 credits)
Planned for Winter 2010 (Jan. - April 2010.:)
Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
Organic Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
Genetics (4 credits possibly if time permits!!)
Plan to take the MCAT in April or early summer 2010 and try to apply for med school in summer/fall 2010 to try to gain admission for the 2011 year.
I just have the few following questinos:
1.) Is the coursework I have planned above enough to try and get into medical school, especially given my previous poor grades?? The above coursework more than fulfills the Medical school requirements I was looking at (Wayne State University,) on their website. However, I was worried since I read on many posts that higher level courses, especially such as Biochemistry and Human Anatomy, are highly recommended. My main concern is that Biochemistry is NOT offered at my Post-bacc university during the summer, and since Organic Chemistry is a pre-requisite for this, I would have to wait until Fall 2010 to take this course which would put me out-of-the-picture for 2011 medical school admissions.
Would it be ok for medical school admissions if I maintained this high GPA in the above coursework without taking Biochemistry or more higher-level coursework, and did exceptional (hoping to) on the MCAT?? What are your recommendations? Also, I am not planning on taking Physics II since I had already received a 3.5 gpa back in it back in my undergrad years. Is that a good idea?
2.) I was also worried about finances. Currently I've been ok as I was still working full-time Engineering while taking the post-bacc courses this past semester and have been lucky because my work allows me the flexibility to take these day-time classes (I pretty much make up my own hours.) I also have enough money saved to more than cover the needed tuition for the rest of the post-bacc courses.
However, there is a good chance I may be getting laid-off at the end of June (I live in Detroit and getting hit by the automotive market :....) I have already registered for the Organic Chemistry I and the Biology II classes in the Fall semester, which are both during the day/late afternoon, for a total of 8 credits.
I am wondering though, if I get laid-off in June, will I be able to claim Michigan unemployment benefits, because I am taking these classes part-time?? I have read mixed answers to this question online and was looking for a definitive response. Some people said yes because I was technically working full-time before the layoff and on taking part-time classes, however others mentioned that if any classes are during the day then no since unemployment benefits require you to be able to get a new job during the day that won't interfere with the classes. Do I have to report to the state that I am taking part-time classes inorder to claim unemployment benefits??
I had a friend last year who got laid-off and claimed 10 months of FULL unemployment while doing a road-trip/hitchhiking tour from North America ----> Central America ----> South America for the entire 10 months (he didn't even try to apply for a single job.) It would be RE-DICULOUS if he was able to claim full unemployment benefits while doing THAT, and they won't give me anything after getting laid-off for trying to further my career and help the economy in the future (I heard Michigan will have a severe shortage of physicians by 2020â€¦. :).)
Sorry for the many questions, but I would appreciate any advice on the two issues from anyone in similar shoes!!!! Thank you!!