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  • User #11006

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, Hispanic
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: I did a lot of community service in college, as well as other extracurricular activities (cultural, dance, political, etc). I now work for an NGO that does public health in a developing country.

    It has been really hard to find time to study for MCAT/apply to medical school because I work 60-80 hour weeks and my job is very demanding and stressful.

    Despite my low GPA I graduated with honors b/c it was mostly my pre-med courses during my first two years that pulled my GPA down. I came from an under-performing high school so I was shocked by the amount of work college entailed.

    I am happy with my MCAT scores but I am not sure if that will be enough to make me competitive at top schools. Any advice/suggestions are welcomed as I try to decide how broadly to apply.


    2 Non-science Profs that know me quite well
    1 Science - unfortunately I did not ask for letters from science profs when I was an undergrad so now I am paying the price, but this letter should be good
    1 Director of NGO I work at
    1 National AIDS Program Director cosigned by two doctors

    I know I am taking a risk by only sending one science letter since many schools require 2, but I hope I can explain this on a case-by-case basis
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: Ivy League College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: History/Humanities
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 0.00
    • Science GPA: 0.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Columbia P&S Class of 2013 :-D

    Its going to be a tough choice but it will probably come down to the best financial aid and where I'll be happiest.

    First interview invite 9/4/08!

    Verified 8/22/08 - I'm really happy that it took less than 3 weeks to get verified. Now I have to try to submit all of my secondaries before the end of August.

    Submitted AMCAS 8/03 - I'm hoping that applying this late will not put me at a significant disadvantage...:-/

    I know I am a bit behind but having to work long hours has been limiting the time I can spend on my application.

    I'm trying to pre-write my secondaries. As of now I have only officially received Columbia's secondary and I am in line to be reviewed for verification.

    I am also worried that applying from abroad will be difficult once I get to the interview stage.

    I am interested in global health and working with medically under-served populations/groups so any tips on which schools have strong focuses in these areas would be greatly appreciated.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania
    New York University
    Harvard University
    Georgetown University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    University of Southern California

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of California, San Francisco

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University


    University of Pittsburgh
    Cornell University
    Northwestern University
    University of Chicago
    Stanford University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Yale University
    Columbia University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Irvine
    Baylor College
    Vanderbilt University

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