I do not think that I am going to pass my biology class, and I did not want to drop it. If I show improvement next semester and get all A’s, will it be enough to show to Med Schools that I am capable of performing well in school? Or will this grade completely compromise my future in med school.
Hi Drew, Thank you for your question! As finals season is upon us and final grades are coming out, I understand it is a very stressful time. I want to reassure you that one bad grade will not compromise your future in medicine. Medical schools are more and more taking a holistic view of applicants and one bad semester will not ruin your chances of getting in. There is a section on the AMCAs application that allows you to explain any discrepancies in your performance if wanted. If you feel that there was a specific reason you would like to explain, I would recommend including it in this section. By attaining good grades next semester, I think medical schools will be able to notice your improvements and understand that your one bad grade this semester was not representative of your normal performance. If you decide to retake the class, make sure to note what did not work this semester and how to improve and fully grasp the material next time. As we are still going through uncertain circumstances with the pandemic and other events, recognize that there is a lot of added stress on students. Keep up your extracurriculars and other grades and good luck with the rest of this semester! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to post again! Selina, PMH Advisor