With any luck I'll be completing my bachelor of science in physics this December. It will have been 6 years from start to finish, with several academic gaps, low research experience, and an abysmal GPA (from a combination of chronic illness, poor high school preparation, and overambitious course loads). I'll be very happy to have achieved my degree, but it seems like I've eliminated my chances of admission to graduate programs in at least physics, if not many other fields of interest (I obviously love physics, but I'm also interested in fields like quantitative biology and applied mathematics). What, if any, are some non-traditional means of admission to competitive schools? After graduation I'll be seeking any relevant work I can to help support my partner through her own MS, and I want to position myself to make the absolute best use of this time.