The University of Pittsburgh, my own damn alma mater, rejected me for graduate studies without an interview. I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the GPA requirement.
I entered school thinking I was pre-med and that I'll just "get through" these science classes to get to the $$$. At around my sophomore year of college, I was thinking of switching my major to - get this - creative writing. Because I was good at it, and not "good" at "science". Intro to Neuroscience got my head on straight, thank goodness. At some point, it just clicked. I wish that point had been much earlier in my career, but... you live, you learn, right? And I eventually brought my GPA up to a 3.1, which is impressive considering my starting point (no I will NOT tell!), but still 0.3 lower than Pitt's requirements for Ph.D admissions. Pitt's neuro program is bomb, so I'm really not too surprised they have such high standards, but still. Damn.
So I will be moving... somewhere else! In six to eight months!
Since I'm bitching about my alma mater (which I actually love, no lies) I'd also like to point out that Pitt has no secular student groups.
I'm sure Eugene, or Tampa, or Philly will have those. So, one bonus of me moving Somewhere Else, right?