My GPA was terribad from 3 years of slacking/not beign a good student. I wasn\'t even constantly partying or anything. I just had a habit of procrastinating until the night before exams (worked well for me in HS, not so much in college) and I was too lazy to do anythign to change the situation (wasn\'t really thinking about the future). I did a ton of research in biophysics and pchem during college (not related to medicine at all) because I thought it was interesting. 2 posters. Zero publications. After three years of observing grad students and faculty, I realized that I didnt\' want that kind of career. In the winter of my senior year, I was given an intervention by my family. I really reevaluated what I wanted in life, and much to the delight of my parents, I decided that I wanted to apply to med school. Took the MCAT in April 2010. Studied my ass off for it from Jan 2010 til then using a friend\'s Princeton hyperlearning materials. The highest I ever got on verbal on practice tests was 12.
List of ECs: 600 hours volunteering in VA hospital during high school Taught a free SAT1 class to Berkeley area high school students for a semester Went to China in Summer of 2007 and volunteered at an AIDS clinic
The China trip is probably the strongest part of my app. I am aware that thanks to my gpa, I have less than a snowballs chance in hell at getting accepted. I figured I\'d compile a list of OOS-friendly bottom-tier MD schools to apply to, and when I inevitably have rejections from all of them, apply to some sort of SMP or gpa repair program. I am not considering DO because I am uninterested in treating patients using back massages and pseudoscience. The caribbean is also out of the question because I would prefer to have a residency match chance greater than 0.
Total cost of all applications/interviews so far (10/1/2010): $3000