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I thought that my journey to being accepted into medical school would provide hope to someone with a bad gpa in their first year or two of university.

 

After graduating high school I went to University without any real direction, so I partied a lot and as a result had a pretty horrible first year. I took 9 courses that first year and I got:

1 B+

2 B's

2 B-'s

1 C+

1 C

2 F's

 

On UVic's 9.0 gpa scale this works out to a gpa of 3.22.

 

A pretty bad start. Obviously I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I took a year off and went traveling for 6 months to Central America. I guess I didn't do enough soul-searching on this trip because when I came back to UVic I took three courses and I got:

1 D

2 F's

 

This is a sessional gpa of 0.33 on UVic's 9.0 gpa scale. I was required to withdraw (says this on my transcript) from university and go to a community college if I wanted to come back.

 

So, I worked and traveled again. Throughout the course of this year off I decided that I wanted to be a doctor. So I enrolled at Camosun College for two years and did exceptionally well. I then transferred back to UVic for two more years and continued to be near the top of my class.

 

I never thought that I would get to post this but I have been fortunate enough to receive offers from 3 of the 4 schools I applied to. Including UBC.

 

I hope my story can provide hope to someone who didn't graduate from high school knowing they wanted to become a doctor or to someone who had a crappy first couple of years

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I thought that my journey to being accepted into medical school would provide hope to someone with a bad gpa in their first year or two of university.

 

After graduating high school I went to University without any real direction, so I partied a lot and as a result had a pretty horrible first year. I took 9 courses that first year and I got:

1 B+

2 B's

2 B-'s

1 C+

1 C

2 F's

 

On UVic's 9.0 gpa scale this works out to a gpa of 3.22.

 

A pretty bad start. Obviously I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I took a year off and went traveling for 6 months to Central America. I guess I didn't do enough soul-searching on this trip because when I came back to UVic I took three courses and I got:

1 D

2 F's

 

This is a sessional gpa of 0.33 on UVic's 9.0 gpa scale. I was required to withdraw (says this on my transcript) from university and go to a community college if I wanted to come back.

 

So, I worked and traveled again. Throughout the course of this year off I decided that I wanted to be a doctor. So I enrolled at Camosun College for two years and did exceptionally well. I then transferred back to UVic for two more years and continued to be near the top of my class.

 

I never thought that I would get to post this but I have been fortunate enough to receive offers from 3 of the 4 schools I applied to. Including UBC.

 

I hope my story can provide hope to someone who didn't graduate from high school knowing they wanted to become a doctor or to someone who had a crappy first couple of years

 

Truly one of those happy ending stories, brought a smile to my face. I am glad that you got into the career path you wanted to. I share a similar situation with yourself, but mine was due to personal reasons rather than lack of direction.

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great story man, thanks for sharing.. I would have imagined it would have take you quite a few years however.

 

Yes, I did put in 4 solid years with good grades. The point I am trying to make is that if you do well enough medical schools can see past a rough start. I mean it can't get much worse than getting kicked out of university for having such poor grades.

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Did you ever change your major through the process? If not what did you major in?

 

Congrats!

 

Yes. Initially I was in the faculty of social science with no declared major, and then upon returning to school I switched to the faculty of science and majored in microbiology.

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Yes. Initially I was in the faculty of social science with no declared major, and then upon returning to school I switched to the faculty of science and majored in microbiology.

 

Ha! I figured out who you are! I can't believe that number man a perfect 9.0!

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