Well…‘confused’ may not be the word…new? Yes.
I have never joined a forum before and knew I had to join this one after reading all the great advice. Plus, there seems to be quite a few people in a similar situation to my own.
With that being said, allow me to introduce myself…
I am a 27 year old female who graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Photography and a Minor in Art History. I know… a BFA in photography -and now med school? Really? The answer is yes, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m not the first.
I will not bore anyone with details, but letâ€™s just say my story is very similar to quite a few on this forum;
Mediocre undergraduate career and have experienced a significant change in drive in these past years (some may call it maturity or finding â€˜ones wayâ€™). However you want to put it, I know now I am ready for the challenge of premed and med school.
27 years old
2.9 GPA (ugghâ€¦)
out of school for more than 3 years.
27 years old - My age has allowed for quite a bit a real world experiences. My academic potential has greatly increased.
Significant travel and â€˜relief workâ€™ - Studied abroad in Europe early in my undergrad career. In 2007 I traveled to Ghana post graduation as an ambassador of Sister Cities. I photographed and documented local health care clinics and local surgeries.
Current career in healthcare field - I now work for a wound care and Hyperbaric Medicine company.
I have always been interested in the Humanities of Medicine and until recently have never taken myself seriously enough to even entertain the possibility of Medical school. I lost my confidence somewhere in my undergraduate career and I finally feel I have gotten it back.
My plan is to return to school in the Spring as a second degree senior and major in Biology. I may or may not complete this degree depending on my acceptance into Med School - all pre reqs completed of course.
SO MY QUESTIONS ARE:
- What should I expect from ‘starting over’ with a second degree? What are the general rules when it comes to my previous GPA? Do I select the previous grades that I want to transfer?
- Should I complete this 2nd undergrad degree - or does this generally matter with Med Schools?
- Should I take college algebra again before pre cal and then cal? I havent had a math class in almost nine years -and I dont remember anything from it. maybe a little about balancing equations…
- I was thinking that I should get my math our of the way first as this will help with CHEM and PHYS. Is this correct? Or can I begin to take Chem I while I take pre cal?
ANy suggestions and guidance would be greatly appreciated. I dont know much of what to expect in the coming years but I am realistic enough to know that this task will the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Im up for the challenge!!
thanks. Im excited to hear what everyone has to say!