(2nd Post - first was to answer a question).
Here’s the story in a nutshell:
- High School Valedictorian and generally full of promise and a future
- Decided to become a doctor
- Undergraduate Disaster… came out with a 2.3 GPA after taking all pre-med requirements except physics. D in OC, B in Bio, C in Chem. Grades progressively got worse. I held 1 - 2 demanding jobs and just didn’t care to study. Majored in Biology and Neuroscience. People I tutored in High School were getting better grades than I was because I was used to not studying and passing. Science GPA is even lower. D in Histology (after begging prof for a passing grade and her graciously giving it to me so I wouldn’t have to go back another year). It was a nightmare.
- Decided to NOT become a doctor
- Worked for a year at a community center helping people on welfare find jobs
- Got married, went back to school (a real business school) to complete MBA full-time… did not work part-time for first year. Got a 3.67 overall (without much effort…).
- Worked as a business analyst for last 2 years.
- Bought a house, had 2 beautiful children (boy then a girl).
- After attending a med school graduation, I decided to try again to go back to medical school… 5 years after my disaster… with the intent of eventually working overseas in a Doctors without borders environment. Wife is completely on board.
- Hopefully starting a job at local Medical School helping Researchers with statistical analysis of genetic data (within the next 3 weeks) with the intent to (1) have them pay for re-doing my pre-requisites and part-time masters degree, (2) Get some really great letters of recommendations from actual med school instructors and (3) get my name on a couple of journal publications.
100% of those who know me think that this is completely the right decision for me and the right career for me… and the one who matters most (my wife) is certain I’m making the right choice. It’s not a question of ability or intellectual capacity for me… but determination and stick-to-it-iveness.
How would you fix the undergrad debacle if you were me?
Another Undergraduate Degree?
I’m in the planning stages over the next couple of months on how I’m going to attack this. I welcome any and all advice… I’m sure that I’m not the only person in this mess.