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  • User #10163

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Female, South Asian
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Brief Profile: Work:
    3 years - front desk of apt. building (part-time student job)
    6 months - Bilingual Surgical Assistant at Planned Parenthood
    2 years (still current) - Instructor, Kaplan Test Prep
    1 summer - Bilingual Abortion Hotline Counselor
    Current full-time job - designing/revising MCAT curriculum for Kaplan Test Prep

    Undergrad Extracurriculars:
    3 years- Counselor at peer counseling/crisis intervention hotline
    1 year - Peer educator, sexual health and reproductive ed. group
    1 year - research, regeneration in annelid worms
    1 year - English/Spanish interpreter & translator at campus health center
    1 summer - research on post-partum depression in latina women. wrote lit review on a topic related to pregnancy.
    Winterterm Study Abroad in Italy

    Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
    Alpha Phi Omega Chapter Leadership Award, 2005
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: University of Maryland, College Park
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
    • Area of Study: Foreign Language/International Studies
    • Degree Obtained: B.A.
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.62
    • Science GPA: 3.39

    Summary of Application Experience

    6/19: Submitted AMCAS
    7/8: AMCAS verified
    7/14-current: working on secondaries. busy with a summer program, planning to submit all the secondaries i've accumulated by 8/15.
    7/30: First interview invitation: Rochester! Scheduled for 9/22.
    9/11: Can't believe I'm still not done secondaries. New full-time job taking up a lot of my time.
    9/22: Had my first interview, at Rochester! Two blind interviews, one with a faculty member and one with a student. 9 other applicants (7 other females and 2 males) were there with me. Lots of down time throughout the day.
    9/28: Enough is enough, I'm getting burned out. Secondaries are going to be done by 10/12, no matter what.
    10/14: third interview invite - to Vermont!!!
    10/16: fourth interview invite - to VCU!!!
    11/6: Had my interview at VCU. Very well structured - I knew what time my interview was going to be and there was no sitting around. Had one interview with an MD/PhD student. 7 males and 2 other females interviewed that day as well.
    12/2: Interview at NYMC - really awful. Interviewer was disorganized and unprofessional. Wrote a letter of complaint to the dean of admissions. Wouldn't go there anyway - didn't impress me enough to top Rochester.
    12/4: Interview at Vermont - it was a really fantastic day. Interview itself was tough but fair. School is unbelievably amazing, I loved every bit of it. Really high-tech and eco-friendly, and it's obvious that they do everything they can to get you a good education.
    1/6: Waitlisted Vermont - crossing my fingers!!
    1/15: NYU Interview. VERY laid-back and comfortable. To be honest, the curriculum paled in comparison to Vermont's and other schools I saw that are clearly focused on primary care. Though that's a disappointment, I feel like I'd get a good education pretty much anywhere and having the diverse patient population of New York City is a major plus. And, I live in NYC now and love it so much, I hate the idea of moving from this city! So if I got it, it would be near the top of my list.
    1/23: got invites to Cincinnati and Rosalind Franklin! Really excited about Rosalind Franklin.
    1/27: decided not to go to the Cincinnati interview. I already have Rochester and I'd much rather end up there. I really don't want to be stuck in the midwest with their homogeneous communities (I know it sounds like I'm stereotyping but I looked up demographics) and super conservative laws against reproductive rights.

    4/8: haven't updated in a while! here's the summary:

    2/9: Washington interview. Did awful. Expected a rejection.
    2/24: decided not to go to Rosalind Franklin interview.
    3/6: GW interview. A little worried about their probation issue.
    3/19: Temple interview
    4/1: Jefferson interview - got put on the High Priority waitlist. I really hope that means I get a spot. I do not want to end up at Rochester - I need a real city!!!
    5/5: Have been talking to the Jefferson deans for a month. They keep telling me I'm doing great and that they are both working to get me in, etc.
    5/12: GOT INTO NYU!!!!!!!! THIS IS WHERE I'M GOING!! I

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    University of North Carolina

    Application Complete

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    Drexel University
    Howard University

    Application Complete, Rejected

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    UMDNJ - New Jersey
    Albany Medical College
    Brown University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Tulane University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Loyola University Chicago
    SUNY Upstate
    University of Chicago
    Boston University
    Columbia University
    Northwestern University
    Yale University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania State University
    Georgetown University
    Rush Medical College
    Tufts University
    Cornell University
    SUNY Buffalo

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Loma Linda University
    University of Southern California
    University of Louisville
    Stanford University
    University of Alabama
    University of Connecticut
    Creighton University
    Florida International University
    University of Central Florida

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Washington

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    University of Toledo
    Rosalind Franklin University
    University of Cincinnati

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Jefferson Medical College
    George Washington University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Vermont
    New York Medical College
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    SUNY Downstate

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Temple University
    New York University


    University of Rochester

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