Post # 1
I just need to vent. I have been planning on applying to Physician Assistant programs for the past two years. I have worked my ass off gaining medical experience, shadowing, taking classes, etc.
FINALLY, I have pre-requisites done, and submitted my applications. I finally just got word back that the centralized server just calculated my GPA, and I am so, so saddened. When I was younger and just graduated highschool, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I meandered through college completely destroying my GPA. I also struggle with Chemistry and received a C in one of my pre-requisite courses (I am retaking it now).
My science GPA is a 2.98. Basically I’m not really even competitive at all for any programs. I feel like such a failure. I’m going to be 28 in October, and want to be further along in my life than I am. I feel like I contribute barely anything to our household. I work part time and go to school full time…and have spent so much money on school related things such as application fees, tuition, books, the GRE, etc. DH is so supportive, but I just feel so down.
I just needed to vent. 🙁
Post # 3
I’m sorry, hon. My FI went through the same thing–he was on and off in college for several years, switching majors and so on. He didn’t have the greatest GPA and was rejected from the program that he wanted to get in to several times. He’ll be 32 this year, and he is definitely feeling the way that you are.
Does your school (or another school around you) offer a Respiratory Care Practitioner program? That’s what FI is in. He had no trouble getting in, and, while almost no one knows about the program, it pays well and there lots of places that you can work.
Post # 4
@nixietink: We could be the same person.
I was denied entrance to a PA program for this starting fall semester. I’m super bummed. I’m going to retake some classes and HOPE I get in. If not…I’ll be majorly discouraged.
Keep your head up and remember that as long as you have your health, shelter and the ones you love around you – you have the best of the basics covered.
Post # 5
@nixietink: I had similar issues as you but when I applied to grad school they only went by the GPA of my last sixty credits (thank goodness)! I got in to an extremely competitive program. I had a friend that also applied into my program and twice he was denied. He failed a course in his last semester thought he graduated and then ended up having to go back to school for another semester and didn’t have strong letters of recommendation. However he did get into a master’s program, it just wasn’t his favorite school. Send in your application, if you get denied get some feedback and see if you can improve on it. My cousin applied three times before getting into her program.
I am 31 and starting my masters. I was 28 when I went to get my bachelors.
Post # 6
I’m sorry you are going through this. I really hope you get into the program you want! I applied for Dental Hygiene last year and was not accepted. Someone must have dropped because I received a letter a few weeks after that that I had gotten in. For those few weeks thoguh I was a wreck. I regeretted and relived every mistake I had ever made during my years in college. I really beat myself up over it so I know what you are going through. You just need to rememer that there is always room for improvement and that hard work WILL pay off in the long run. Some of the girls in my program had to apply 2 or 3 times before they got in. Persistence is key!
As for feeling bad about working part time and spending money on school well..I can feel you on that one too! I don’t work anymore and my DH pays for everything. Whenever we are struggling I feel so terrible. He remind me that someday I will be making enough money to make up for our struggle snow and it will all be worth it in the end.
Keep working on your dreams and someday they will be yours!
Post # 7
I just wanted to update that yesterday I was invited to interview at my top choice program! I know it doesn’t mean I’m in, but at least I am one of the 100 (out of probably 1500) to be considered.
Post # 8
I know this is kinda old but I have been feeling the exact same way today. I’ve been in school since I was 18 and am now 24. I too started college right out of high school and got a bad gpa not knowing what I wanted to do. Then I transferred and started my photography program and told myself it would only be about 2-3 years before I graduated. But a bunch of my credits didnt transfer so that set me back and every time it seams like I started getting ahead, there would end up being like other electives or stuff I would have to take. I’ve been at the new program going on 4years part time now and finally thought I was all ready to graduate next semester when I found out I was missing three elective credits. I would have to take 18 credits next semester to graduate now which i was prepared for but I talked to my advisor today and she was not perceptive to me taking all those classes and pushed on me graduating in the fall which will be another 6 months more than I thought. In the grand scheme of things I know it’s not that big of deal and its a long life so I got plenty of time to get this done but still it’s super discouraging to know its taking this long :/
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@ash064: I know exactly how you feel. I started college in Fall of 2009 and I’ve been full time ever since. I studied microbiology for 3 years and hated it. It made me discouraged and it dragged my GPA down. I’ve been studying my new degree for about a year and a half now, and I love it. However, I’m so burnt out that I have to only take about 2-3 classes a semester, and they’re hard. I don’t know when I’ll graduate (I have 8 classes left), but I’m trying to keep it up. It’s just hard, and now I’m considering graduate school. I’m only 23, so I’m trying to tell myself that I have plenty of time, but it’s hard to convince myself lol.