I am absolutely determined to get into a Canadian medical school. Im from Ontario, and I go to school at U of Guelph. I am entering my 4th year of my Bsc. Microbiology (Neuroscience minor) this fall, and here is my current standing of GPA (Fall and Winter semesters, with the year average) so far:
First year: 2.24, 2.76 = 2.5
Second year: 3.12, 3.26 = 3.19
Third year: 2.66, 3.91 = 3.33
Fourth year: entering in September 2020
Fifth year: entering in September 2021
I know my grades are not good, you don't need to tell me that. However, I am on an uphill trend (aside from 1st semester of third year due to a SINGLE class that I almost failed.. I went to therapy, it was a whole thing). Im also doing my MCAT for the second time this summer (end of August), and I am aiming for a high 5-teens (516+). Other background about me: lots of volunteering/work experience including Pharmacy Assistant, lots of school club involvment including presidency, and I work in a research lab (1 pub submitted and another manuscript on the way).
I am absolutely determined to get a 4.0 in my 4th year, but I want to return to Guelph to do a 5th year as well. My question is about what kind of 5th year. I can either graduate as planned in 2021 and return as a Non-Degree student to do a full 5th year that way, OR I can just extend my degree and add an additional year into my BSc (therefore graduating in 2022). I don't know which one would help me more for GPA. If I do a non degree year, I'll most likely do a MSc. (thesis based) if I don't get in after. If I do an additional degree year, I might consider doing a 6th year, or MSc.
Please help! Any advice is useful!