Need advice to gain acceptance....Archived Message
Posted by Misha on December 28, 2008, 1:48 am
Ok, here's the deal...
I am currently seeking the best way to gain the competitive edge that I clearly lack (on paper, that is). I graduated in 2004 with a BS in Nutritional Sciences, but only with the bare minimum GPA to graduate (2.08 to be exact ... ouch!!!). This is in no way an accurate reflection of my capabilities as a student (I'm actually very bright); it's the result of a string of poor decisions made during that time. Sob story aside, it is what it is, and I want to get some advice on the best way to get accepted into one of the AA programs.
Since my undergrad years I've become a certified high school science teacher (certified to teach both Integrated Science and Chemistry), and I plan to shadow when I can from now until the time I begin applying (I want to start a program in 2010). I also plan to become CPR certified (per the advice of the admissions secretary at Nova). I know there is no way of changing my undergrad GPA, but I'm planning to retake (and ace) the pre-reqs along with any other courses that would look appealing to the admissions committees.
It would be naive of me not to consider the weight that my GRE scores will have on my application, but my concern about the GRE is negligible. I plan on acing it.
My first question is, how many more classes (along with my pre-reqs) should I take? Specific courses would also be appreciated.
Also, does anyone know if it matters whether the courses are taken at a cc? I'm registered at both the local university and cc, but I just found out that none of the classes are being offered after I get off work or on the weekends at the university.
One last question, what else should I add to my "To Do" list before applying to compensate for such an abysmal GPA?
Yes, an uphill battle it may be, but that's what will make getting to the other side that much sweeter! Your responses are greatly appreciated.