I graduated from a University of California with a horrible GPA, wanted to go to med school, and went for it.
It was a very difficult decision considering how many "stellar students" will look down on you and discourage you (even advisors). But there were those valuable few who were frank yet supportive, telling me that you have slim chances, but if you want it enough, you can get there. Posting my story because many others in my position have helped guide encourage me and I want to give back. I don't even know if I'll receive an interview, but I'll be updating!
1. Received a research position in a surgical department, worked there for 2 years. Led to 2 publications, 2 more manuscripts currently in submission, an abstract presented at a conference, and lots and lots of shadowing hours.
2. Took MCAT first because if I did not do well, I was REALLY in a hole and should realistically adjust my pursuit.
3. Took a year of post-bacc classes. Only 30 units because I was still working at my research position.
4. Got strong LORs and wrote a very personal PS.
So let's see how this plays out... I applied to about 40+ MD schools and 16 DO schools so I'm not going to list them all... I'll list the ones I receive updates from.