I am a 23f graduating next June with a MA in history. I did my undergrad in history/anthropology at the University of Florida and graduated with a 3.91 GPA. The two years that I spent completing my master’s were especially tough because of the pandemic and a struggling program that is likely to close in the next few years. As such I am likely to graduate with around a 3.6 GPA for graduate school, a substantial drop from my undergrad GPA.
Throughout the pandemic, I lost about 2/3 of my older family members to covid and it really made me reconsider what I wanted to do with my career and I’ve regained a passion and interest for medicine. I am enrolling in an EMT certification program that will be from August until December. I am also planning on volunteering at my local planned parenthood and an AIDS community outreach program.
I have looked at post-bacc programs and I seem eligible for most of the career changers and in a few cases I will only need to brush up on my calculus. My high school GPA (4.0 unweighted/5.73 weighted) and my undergrad GPA (3.91) are competitive, but I am worried that the downward trend for my graduate GPA will hold me back.
Beyond that, I am worried about timing. Some of the post-baccs I am considering are very competitive to get into and expensive to apply for. Some of the applications for the 2023 entering class open as early as August 2022 and others have deadlines in March 2023. Most would like to see some evidence of clinical experience which I likely won’t start getting until August.
Is it better to apply early with limited clinical experience or apply later in the application cycle or even for the 2024 class instead?