Q:Hi, I'm a human development major premed at a top tier california public university and I screwed up big time. I had too much fun and distraction during my freshman year and hit the booze/weed too hard and I ended up with two withdrawals (Ws in calculus 1 which I made up with A- and other in chemistry 2 which I plan to make up), a P/NP class (I passed), and low units. I ended the year with a 2.9 GPA. I have done no clubs or organizations either. Besides grades, how should I make up for my year?
Well you definitely need to be active. Join what ever pre-med club you have at school. I would also recommend finding a good place to volunteer and maybe a research group to join. In the end, grades aren’t everything. You made a mistake which you have admitted, the only thing you can do is make it better. And, as I have said time and time again, make this a selling point on your personal statement. Explain how you screwed up or struggled with your first year of school, only to over come and succeed. I don’t know if you wanted more specific advice than that. If I provide any other info let me know.