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  • User #11318

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Brief Profile: Founded a philanthropy that has raised over $42,000 for medical care.

    Volunteered on a five-month medical humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania. Surgical technician and 'field optometrist' work.

    Extensive shadowing experience in multiple fields.

    One summer spent working as an EMT.

    Alpha Epsilon Delta Co-Founder and Co-President on campus

    Student Government Vice-President

    Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Executive Board, former scholarship chair and recruitment chair

    Student Representative to University Foundation Executive Board

    Order of Omega Vice-President

    Presidential Ambassador

    CRC Freshman Chemistry Award for top freshman chemistry student

    Won President's award for top student of more than 10,000 at University

    1 year of biochemistry research, 2007-2008--no publications

    Spending Fall semester of 2009 doing full-time paid research at NASA

    Former Supplemental Instructor for General Chemistry II

    Involvement with Special Olympics, Red Cross, North American Food Drive, and other philanthropies

    Intramural Sports

    Dining service committee, University Studies Committee, and more

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: Southeast Missouri State University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Well, it is now mid-august and I am very surprised and excited to have six interviews when I get home from overseas. I am definitely ready to begin the interview process, and I hope to receive more interviews in the coming months. It should be a fun year.

    10/30/2008 I have been offered 16 interviews so far and have attended 11. I turned down the remaining five interviews for reasons associated with money, sanity, and my acceptance to University of Chicago Pritzker. Yay!! Pritzker is an amazing school! I should be hearing from a few schools the first week of November. It's too bad Harvard and Yale don't let you know until March...

    11/13/2008 Acceptance from Northwestern!!

    12/18/2008 Awesome Christmas present! Substantial Merit Scholarship from UChicago Pritzker! I am completely blown away. :)

    12/27/2008 Wow, I received an acceptance from UCSF today. As an out of state resident this was quite unexpected. UCSF is an amazing institution; I hope to hear good news from their financial aid office.

    12/30/2008 It seems that choosing a medical school is going to be a bit more difficult than I had once imagined...but I'm not complaining! :D I am so thankful.

    Late January: Turned down an interview at WashU and decided to make a few application withdrawals.

    3/16/2009 HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE!!!!! Woooohoooo!! So excited about this wonderful opportunity. I am so honored to have been chosen. Making a decision about where to attend school had previously seemed impossible, and within minutes of the HMS acceptance the fog seems to have cleared. I cannot wait for second look! I'm anxious to see the financial aid award too...thank God for the middle-income initiative!

    3/19/2009 Yale School of Medicine Acceptance!!! Woot! I can't believe my luck this week. I feel like I should play the lottery just this once...haha. I loved Yale, and the students I met were definitely some of the friendliest and happiest. This acceptance complicates my decision a bit, and unfortunately the second look is the same time as the HMS second look. If things don't feel right at the HMS I may end up at YSM!

    4/30/2009 It's official, I'll be attending Harvard Medical School. Today I mailed withdrawal letters to all of my other accepted/waitlist options. Sending withdrawal letters to Yale, Pritzker, and UCSF was pretty tough. It's kind of like breaking up with a girl you really like and whose feelings you don't want to hurt.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Stanford University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Wake Forest University
    Emory University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Baylor College
    University of Central Florida
    University of Miami
    University of Illinois
    Case Western Reserve University
    Mayo Medical School
    Vanderbilt University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of California, San Diego
    Johns Hopkins University


    Harvard University
    Saint Louis University
    Indiana University
    University of Chicago
    Northwestern University
    University of California, San Francisco
    Yale University

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