I'll be starting at AUC in August...which I'm very excited for!! August 28th is the first day of my med school career. Since so many people have been asking me, I figured I'd post why I'm going to AUC (instead of somewhere in the US) here.
To make a long story short...I did bad my first year and a half of college, very bad! My GPA was somewhere around a 1.2. Before second year, second semester, I dropped out to get a job as a paramedic. I figured this is what i'd do with my life. 3 years later, I realized that dropping out of college to be a paramedic was not a great idea and not even close to being a doctor. So, after a brief stint at the Naval Academy Prep School, it was back to UMBC.
This time around, I did substantially better, getting anywhere from a 3.2 to a 4.0 per semester. However, no matter what I did and how many classes I re-took, it was never going to be enough to bring my cumulative GPA to where it needed to be for the US. The bastards over at AMCAS believe that if you re-take a class, you deserve the averaged grade, not the new one. So, my GPA (according to them and therefor all US medical schools) was about a 2.9, even though UMBC thinks it's closer to a 3.4. I got a 27 on the MCAT which is not bad, but not outstanding either. I decided that it was good enough though and would never take it again (fortunaely, AUC agreed).
So I applied to AUC and a couple US med schools, mostly the ones close to home. I got into AUC, but none of the US schools. Maybe I could have applied to more US schools and had a shot, I could have gotten into a DO school, or I could have tried again next year, but I just didn't want to. Now, I'm content with my decision and excited to get started!