Hello to the non-traditional community,
I’d like to start some discussion about my journey to medical school so far. Maybe I can help some others and also receive some assistance as well.
For starters, I am a 27-year-old caucasian male. I come from a disadvantaged background which includes: low-income, first-generation higher education, previous intermittent homelessness, etc. I transferred from community college to a university in California.
My grade trend coming from my CC went from barely a 2.0 to a transferring 3.1. At the university, my graduating GPA was 3.2. Most of my grades at the UC were B’s and A’s with a few pesky C’s lowering my overall GPA. I spent at least 4 years at the CC before transferring for reasons I won’t get into on here. Just know I had to fight for my education and work to pay for it.
Back in May 2021 I took my first attempt at the MCAT and got a 502 through self-study. I spent about 4 months while working 3 days a week to prepare for my exam. I found my Kaplan 2018 MCAT review set by a trash can at my university. They were surprsingly in good shape. I plan on taking it again to try to get at least a 508. My downfall was the CARS section…
Currently, I work for a biotechnology company where I mostly do manufacturing and QC for COVID-19 extraction kits. While here, I’ve also done some clincial work taking nasal swabs for COVID testing and enrolling the patients in our system. I also volunteer once a week for the coroner’s office as an autopsy assistant alongside the forensic pathologist. I found this postion by just knocking on the door and asking if I could find oppurtunities. It worked!
In terms of community service, I have worked with disadvantaged children of my community teaching them ukulele and guitar through the recreational department. The program was my own creation which I presented to them and was approved for their community catalog. Another experince I partook in is that I recently worked for the county at the evacuation shelter when the fires broke out. I also did this when I was evacuated myself.
There’s a lot of details I’ve glazed over because the story is long, but please ask if you would like to hear more about anything I have said.
I was wondering what people’s opinions might be on my journey so far? And moreover, I just wanted to share my experiences with other pre-meds.
Thank you for reading