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  • User #11246

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: Note to future applicants: School choice is huge in your success as an applicant. I added 5 schools about a month after I initially submitted AMCAS, and have been accepted to 2 of those. Don't use DO schools as safeties, just plan appropriately and you'll be fine.

    My mom passed away a few years ago which caused severe financial hardship for my family and therefore I've had to work my way through college. My grades suffered because of this.

    2.5 years research - 2 fellowships recieved for summer research
    Biology instructor for Princeton review MCAT classes
    Volunteering various places including California Science Center at the Body Worlds Exhibit
    Clinical shadowing at Childrens hospital
    Alternative Spring break
    Deans list
    Double major in biology and neuroscience
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: USC
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.30

    Summary of Application Experience

    Application Timeline:
    6/09 AMCAS Submitted
    6/10 Transcripts recieved
    6/16 AMAS Verified
    6/30 UVA secondary Invite
    7/01 Georgetown Secondary Invite
    7/11 USC Secondary Invite
    7/16 Boston U secondary Invite
    7/17 Albert Einstein Secondary Invite
    7/20 Tulane Secondary Invite
    7/22 USC, Albert Einstein, UVA and Boston Submitted
    7/23 UCSD Secondary Invite! My top choice!
    7/29 UCLA Secondary Invite! Yay California!
    7/31 Georgetown Submitted
    8/04 UCSD Submitted. Hope my life story is good enough...
    8/19 Tulane Submitted
    8/20 Panicked and added 5 schools to AMCAS.
    8/26 UC Davis submitted
    8/28 GW overnighted. (Took forever to print out a stupid picture)
    9/9 Sent out UT app but forgot to put the check in the envelope...

    8/6 Still haven't submitted Tulane (due to all the issues with the app) or UCLA. Working 2 jobs, volunteering, and applying is rough. I didn't think this process would be so hard...

    8/11 Still haven't accomplished anything else. I've been swamped at work and just have had zero energy. I'm starting to get worried about not hearing from schools. So far this process is wearing me down.

    8/19 So far so good. Submitted apps are complete (although I have no clue about Albert Einstein). Just have to finish UCLA and then wait to hear. I hate waiting.

    8/26 School started yesterday so I'm trying to get things wrapped up. GW is finished, I just have to mail it out. I'm trying to write U Toledo's stupid cultural competence essay and that is the last one I have. Still want to hear from UC Irvine and am discouraged and confused that I haven't. I really want an interview. I want to be a doctor so bad but am getting very discouraged!

    8/27 BU rejection has me down. I know they rejected tons of wonderful people, but I feel like its just one less chance to become a doctor.

    9/10 Well now I'm almost thankful that I don't have any interviews because there is no way I could afford plane tickets and a nice suit to wear... yeah right... I want an interview so badly, but realistically I'll probably have to wait until '09 before I get one

    9/19 Another week without interviews. Trying to put my focus on school but it isn't helping. I'm really losing confidence.

    9/26 Complete at all the schools I recieved secondaries from. Still holding onto hope for UC Irvine. I've been trying harder not to think about this whole process and to realize that, with my grades, I probably won't get interviews until December or later. Its still hard, but I guess there is nothing I can do about it now!

    10/28 FIRST INTERVIEW INVITE!!!!!!! I was seriously starting to get discouraged with all the talk of interviews that was going on in my classes. I really don't want to go back to the midwest (spent first half of my life there) but I'll go anywhere to be a doctor. Now I need a suit...

    10/29 Woooooo! I emailed UT saying I'd be in the area and they came back with an interview. 2 interiviews in 2 days and I'll have to drive 3 hours across the great state of Ohio. Thank goodness for family that will lend me cars and a place to stay. Now if only Wright State would offer me one as well...

    11/10 Tulane interview! This has been an awesome few weeks for me! Although, a little more than 3 weeks notice would be nice for some of these. Tickets are $600+ to go to New Orleans...


    12/18 Accepted to UT. Of the 3 schools I've been to so far, its definitely my favorite. I'm really happy abotu this one.
    Just called Tulane and accepted!!!! 2 acceptances in one morning. Wow. 3/3 for interviews. Not too shabby!

    1/14 Well 3 acceptances and 1 more interview to go. I'm still holding out hope for some UCs. I really want to stay in California, but I'm just not sure if I'm willing to take the cost of USC or stay here for another 4 years. But I'm pretty sure its over for everywhere else. UVA and AECOM have started sending out rejections so I keep checking my mailbox but nothing yet. Sigh... I wish this was over.

    1/26 Have been rejected from AECOM. UCLA came today which sucks. On the other hand, its nice to know and not wait.

    2/27 Holy crap UCSD. Dream come true


    $1699 Princeton Review
    $210 MCAT
    $640 initial AMCAS application
    $150 additional schools on AMCAS
    $1065 secondaries
    $17 LOR costs
    $38 mailing things (overnight, express, delivery confirmation)
    $269 plane ticket to Ohio - a great deal!
    $90 Ride to and from airport
    $0 hotels in Ohio - thanks to family and student hosts!
    $91 suit (but my boyfriend bought it as nice gift!)
    $78 Best shoes ever (some get a power suit, for me its all in the shoes)
    $70 Tailoring suit
    $0 Free ticket to Tule (Thank goodness for my cousin who is a flight attendant
    $0 Boarding (Stayed with Aunt for Toledo, and have student hosts for Cinci and Tulane)
    = $4327

    Applied, Rejected

    Indiana University
    University of California, Irvine

    Application Complete

    University of California, Davis
    Wright State University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Virginia
    Boston University
    Georgetown University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    George Washington University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Southern California


    University of California, San Diego
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Toledo
    Tulane University

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