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  • User #10478

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Female, 36, Caucasian
  • Home state: New York
  • Last Active: 04/26/2014
  • Brief Profile: -Took the MCAT twice: got a 26 on my first attempt, then raised it to a 31 on the second try
    -Received dual-degrees in Psychology and Nutrition
    -President of the gymnastics team, VP of AMSA senior year (with other leadership positions other years)
    -Research for 3 years w/ 2 poster presentations: psychology research, not basic science.
    -200+ volunteer hours-hospital and other various activities
    -Shadowed 3 different types of doctors:100+ hours total
    -Tutored 1st graders in math
    -Various scholarships, honor societies, awards: phi beta kappa, summa cum laude, dean\'s list every semester, dean\'s schoarship
    -Worked as an RA sophomore year
    -Worked a few hours a week at school as a gymnastics coach for kids; worked full time as a waitress when home on breaks
    -Took a year off and worked as a nanny
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: Virginia Tech
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.93
    • Science GPA: 3.87

    Summary of Application Experience

    Advice for applicants:

    Before applying:
    -MCAT: Don\'t take it until you\'re ready and scoring what you want on practice tests! You do not want to take it twice. Also, this is not a test you can procrastinate for, even if that\'s how you\'re use to studying in undergrad-prepare to study 10-20 hours/week for at least 2-3 months in order to get it all down.
    -APPLY EARLY!!!! Have everything ready to go-LOR\'s, transcripts, etc well before June, then submit AMCAS in early June and submit secondaries as soon as they\'re available. It makes a huge difference in receiving interview invites and acceptances,

    While Applying:
    -Don\'t worry if you don\'t get interview invites right away-try not to let SDN drive you crazy when others seems to be getting invites and you\'re still waiting.
    -Try not to analyze why you didn\'t get an intervew or got waitlisted/rejected from particular schools-it\'ll make you nuts! Sometimes you just need to accept that this process is random and at times makes no sense.
    -Letters of interest and letters of intent really help, especially at certain schools. If you\'re waitlisted and really want to go somewhere, keep in touch every month or two. Try to be hopeful yet realistic about your chances at the same time.

    My application season:
    Key Dates (If you\'re interested in a specific school: click on the arrows, all dates are accurate):
    -6/11: Submitted AMCAS to 25 schools
    -June-Aug: Submitted secondaries to 23 schools, tried to do them asap after receivng them
    -8/12: First inteview invite! Wake Forest
    -Received 13 invites total from August-Dec, declined 3 of them
    -Went on 10 interviews from Sept-January
    -10/26: First acceptance!!! Penn State
    -11/24: Second Acceptance!!! EVMS
    -Early May: Withdrew from all waitlists except Georgetown and Dartmouth
    -5/19: Accepted to Georgetown!!!! SO excited:D

    Application Complete, Rejected

    SUNY Stony Brook
    University of Maryland
    New York University
    Boston University
    University of Rochester
    George Washington University
    SUNY Buffalo
    Jefferson Medical College
    Tufts University
    SUNY Upstate

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    New York Medical College
    Albany Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Dartmouth College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    SUNY Downstate

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Temple University
    Wake Forest University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    University of Vermont

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Georgetown University


    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Pennsylvania State University

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