Im 25yrs young have a Degree in Criminal Justice and absolutely hate what I am doing. I graduated in 09' with a GPA around 2.2. At the time I had a lot going on in my life (mother sickness, immaturity, etc) and didn't focus much on school at all. Well like many on this forum I really regret my decisions to do so poorly in school overall and to choose CJ as a major. So recently I have decided to take steps to reach my goal of being a MD. I am caught at a few cross roads and hope the great individuals on this site could help point me in the right direction.
1) Due to my extremely low GPA is it best that I go back for a second bachelors? (If so, will I be accepted into another program with the low GPA)
2) Is it possible to just take the mandatory pre-reqs and still have a chance of getting into med school?
I am open to all opinions and any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks...I am looking forward to sharing my journey with all of you and hopefully helping others along the way
1) generally, a second bachelors is not typical path, even to though with low GPA. While it will be difficult to bring up your overall GPA, you post-bacc grades with show up on a separate GPA calculation on the application.
2) Taking the needed post-bacc courses, and perhaps a few additional advance bio courses should be enough to show the ability to do the work. If you do that and a good MCAT, you have a shot
3) I'm thing out loud here. If your will be doing a DIY/informal post-bacc, you can position yourself for a possible second bachelors. It will take you 2 or 3 years part time to get the preqs. Lets suppose you take a few advance bio courses as well. If you apply at that point and get rejected, finishing a second degree may be a good showing of commitment, especially if you graduate with honors. If you do not get in on second or third try, you will have completed the degree and that at least will help get into something other than CJ. Used to be that med school interviews often asked about your plan B.