It’s been quite awhile since I posted and I’m feeling the need because I’m just not comfortable making a decision between my available paths.
So many years ago I started college in the midst of major depression and anxiety. I tried when I felt good enough but unfortunately that motivation only lasted a few weeks at a time. Needless to say my transcripts are riddled with "W"s, "D"s, "F"s with a few decent grades sprinkled in. I have a 127 credit hours attempted with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. It’s quite embarassing. Anyway, I discovered that I have two options…
- There are a few schools near me that do “grade replacement.” For those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s pretty simple. If you retake the same/equivalent course, your GPA is calculated using the higher grade. However, both grades still show up on your transcript.
- Apply for academic forgiveness or administrative withdrawal. The former means that my old transcripts are wiped clean and I start over. The latter means that all of my old grades are changed to "W"s. In order to apply for this I need to write a letter to the school along with documentation of my diagnosis from my former psychiatrist - which I am able to provide. It’s then up to the dean to either grant me the “forgiveness” or the “withdrawal.” As far as I can tell it’s a crapshoot but I suppose that all "W"s would look better than what it looks like now!
So anyway, I had to wait quite a long time to get in to see my former psychiatrist (My appointment isn’t until the end of November), so I thought I might as well get started on school in the meantime. I took two intro courses in the summer and got "A"s and I am currently taking three courses.
So here is my dilemma: If I could be reasonably sure that there are a fair amount of medical schools that will separate my old grades from my new ones in the sense that they view the older ones to be an aberration, then I would retake the courses that have "C"s or below and then leave the "W"s. I do have a hell of a story behind all of this that I suppose I could tell but I just don’t know if the medical schools would even care. But to further complicate this scenario, I have many courses on my transcript that I would not want to take over since I was a business major then and certainly don’t want to be one now. So that would entail having to take those courses over just to tidy things up. Additionally, this might even further put me behind since by the time I finish all this I will be left with science courses that might need to be taken in succession, which could mean less credit hours I can take in a given semester later on.
I just turned 32 and I really don’t want this to take longer than it has to, but if my path needs to be longer (i.e. I am able to get my transcripts wiped) in order to give me the best chance to be granted admission into a medical school, then I am absolutely willing to do that. I have no doubt in my mind that this is what I want (and dare I say need) to do with my life). Any advice would be cherished.