I am new to this forum and was hoping for some advice on my current situation. I am starting from scratch as I’m still working toward my undergraduate degree at age 33.
To make a long story short, I had a rather turbulent teenage/early adulthood and the result was a disastrous 2-3 years of college right out of high school (I attended GMU, VA). I am embarrassed to admit that my GPA before dropping out of college was in the 1.x range. Since then I went into the workforce, experienced life and built myself back together. Two years ago at age 31, as a parent of two young children, I enrolled in Penn State’s distance learning program to complete my BS in Psychology (currently have approximately 75 credits with 26 credits transferred from GMU). My current GPA is 4.0 and I am confident that I will be able to complete my undergraduate while maintaining this GPA (not factoring in my previous GPA from GMU since PSU transcript does not show it). I have also just enrolled in Georgetown to start premed required courses which I plan to finish within the next two years. With the assumption that I will do well in my premed courses and on the MCAT, will my past life haunt me in my pursuit of a career in medicine?
I am extremely motivated and fully aware that this fire will have to burn for a long time. I have already mapped out my plans for financing, scheduling, and juggling family and work obligations. Although I do not yet have any clinical volunteer experience, I currently work as a member of the technology management team at a well known hospital in the DC metro area and I am very knowledgeable in operations at health care institutions as well as the technology aspect of patient care (i.e., EMR).
My questions are:
- Do I need to provide my GMU transcript during the application process? If so, will this be a deal breaker?
- Will admissions view my undergraduate degree via distance learning negatively? If so, approximately how much?
- Do I have a sound plan in general?
- Am I forgetting anything? Anything I should be considering for someone in my situation?
Thank you very much in advance for your comments, feedback and advice.