Thrillhouse, on 19 December 2012 - 03:02 AM, said:
OptionlessM, on 18 December 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:
realistically speaking... neither
Well, there is nothing stopping him from becoming a club pro if that's what he wants to do.
And while a 3.4 won't get you into any med school that I know of there are still plenty of things someone with a 3.4 can do, like find something else to do in the medical field as others have mentioned, or get a masters in something else should he want to.
A decent gpa and a military background looks pretty marketable to me to be honest.
With all due respect - GPA is one criteria for admission and an important one - but not nearly the only criteria. 3.4 PLUS meaningful or extraordinary experience = invitation for admission.
GPA merely demonstrates your ability to learn. Life experience makes you interesting and an asset to the community. I'd wager that a 3.4 GPA who is a war vet can be pretty special and interesting to the community VS a 4.0 with limited or boring experience.
Everyone is smart in elite professional schools - but not everyone is interesting or extraordinary. But you can be extraordinary without being "perfectly smart". Finally, this is the US - there are many ways to become a physician, you don't even need an elite program - no it's not easy - but far easier than you seem to think.
Edited by ChipDriver, 19 December 2012 - 08:31 AM.