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Hey everyone,

 

So I've just finished third year of my BSc with a crappy cGPA and have applied to another university to start fresh. I didn't think too much of it as I haven't heard back from them in a while so I have already planned my next year (perhaps splitting the last year to two so I can leave room for some easy courses and bring up my GPA)

 

However, recently I just found out that I got accepted to a BA program at another university, they gave me third year standing meaning in two years I can basically finish a BA and I'll also be starting fresh in terms of my GPA.

 

So now I'm stuck...I've already basically planned out my next year at my current uni (found a house, applied for OSAP, registered for classes...)

 

Option 1: Finish my BSc Honours in two years by taking easy courses that will bring my GPA up. And perhaps apply to Queen's/Western that will look at my best two years.

 

Option 2: Take the BSc General degree I have so far and do two years at another uni to get a BA Honours in two years. Problem with this is I will need to start fresh (find a place to live, register, move really far) and I'm not exactly sure how well I can do with Arts courses as I haven't written an essay in years...the only good thing is I'll be starting fresh in my GPA

 

So the question is, which is better?

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Hey everyone,

 

So I've just finished third year of my BSc with a crappy cGPA and have applied to another university to start fresh. I didn't think too much of it as I haven't heard back from them in a while so I have already planned my next year (perhaps splitting the last year to two so I can leave room for some easy courses and bring up my GPA)

 

However, recently I just found out that I got accepted to a BA program at another university, they gave me third year standing meaning in two years I can basically finish a BA and I'll also be starting fresh in terms of my GPA.

 

So now I'm stuck...I've already basically planned out my next year at my current uni (found a house, applied for OSAP, registered for classes...)

 

Option 1: Finish my BSc Honours in two years by taking easy courses that will bring my GPA up. And perhaps apply to Queen's/Western that will look at my best two years.

 

Option 2: Take the BSc General degree I have so far and do two years at another uni to get a BA Honours in two years. Problem with this is I will need to start fresh (find a place to live, register, move really far) and I'm not exactly sure how well I can do with Arts courses as I haven't written an essay in years...the only good thing is I'll be starting fresh in my GPA

 

So the question is, which is better?

 

lol its not so easy to get rid of your past grades...

 

med schools (or grad schools) want you to send them all your transcripts and yes all grades (both from your current and past degree) will be included in your cgpa!

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It partly depends on what your back up plan is and what you are interested in - there's no sense in running around aimlessly completing (or bailing on) degree after degree - you have to have a realistic plan for your future and what you will do WITH the degree, particularly what you will do with it if it becomes clear that you need to find an alternative to medicine.

 

Your GPA will follow you wherever you go - med schools aren't going to just ignore those first years if you start a new degree. Personally if it were me and my interest in both degrees and their impact on my career were equal, I'd try to finish the first one strong - as you said, there are weighting schemes that might help you out there.

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Indeed your earlier marks will follow you around no matter where you run and hide like some abusive stalker ex-boyfriend.

 

So 3 crappy BSc years + 1 year of awesome year BA marks equals semi-crappy marks overall .... sorry thats how it works.

 

You'll need to look at the 2nd degree policy of some more forgiving med schools or Best 2 years/last two year policies of some med schools. But in effect you have eliminated some med schools from ever considering you because of your 3 crappy years. There are too many excellent med school candidates who started strong from day one of university for them to waste their time with people that screwed around for 3 years. But there still is hope but it will take more years and an excellent work ethic to get a reasonable shot at the golden ticket.

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