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  • User #16360

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Female, Hispanic
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: three summer research fellowships. presented research at 4 conferences. senior honors thesis. graduated cum laude highest gpa for human biology. summer clinic volunteer in costa rica. 3 years of research in undergrad. worked for non profit clinic near us-mexico border. solid letter of rec from prof that i worked with for 3yrs.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: UCSD
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.73
    • Science GPA: 3.75

    Summary of Application Experience

    most schools sent secondaries or automatically allow you to fill it out. I had to do the schools whose deadlines were first, not by which ones i really wanted to go to. I took my time with the secondaries because i wanted to make sure they were a good representation of me. the hardest part was getting people to read my essays and waiting for their feed back. so i accidentally sent in some with typos etc.


    being rejected by irvine hurt since i want to stay in CA, but i felt better once Stanford gave me an interview invite. Fingers crossed.

    12/4 Michigan State- My first Interview!
    the student interview was cool relaxed, but the MD interview was OK. he didnt read my App, so while i talked he read my App. Kinda annoying.

    12/5 Univ of Mich- interview #2
    Awesome. Both people read my ENTIRE App. The sugeon i had said he enjoyed reading my App and wanted to see me again so he could convince me to be a surgeon. the student interview went well, we talked about art and obama. I really liked the program and hope i get in.

    12/9 I'M IN! I got accepted to Mich State. It's not so much that i am excited about Michigan. I am just excited that i got in! this means Im going to be a doctor. This time last year I was hoping I wouldn't have to go out of the US. This time last year i was so worried and confused. It's a relief. I am truly blessed and grateful.
    12/16 sweet i got an interview at Hopkins! This was a confidence boost but i realize i can still be rejected from all these schools. I'm thinking about not going to Albert Einstein, even though my friend is there. when i open my wallet moths fly out.
    This friday im gonna hear back from Univ of Mich. I wannna know now!
    12/17 Thank God! I got into UMich. I really liked this school and my interviewers. more so now that im in. yay! relief.
    12/22 I Turned down Albert Einstein interview. that was hard to do, but i cant afford to fly all over.
    1/8 So my first time in Palo Alto/Stanford, its a nice area. the campus is beautiful. my alarm didnt go off so i was late but i still made it to my interviews on time. i was expecting more applicants. there were only 4 of us interviewing.

    the student interview went well. i liked the doc and student i was matched with. the doc asked me ethical questions with abortion and assisted suicide. i answered honestly. i took a stance against performing an abortion and refused to refer the fake patient to a doctor that would perform the procedure. i made my reasoning clear and made it clear that i would be empathetic with the women. my stance was clearly not his, but i had to be honest. if the school does not want me because of my stance then i know its not the right school for me.

    the interviewer may not have agreed with me, but i dont think i shot myself in the foot, and in the end he told me he didnt care what i thought he just wanted to see how i would answer the question.

    i encourage every applicant to be true to who they are and what they believe no matter what stance you take. Dont pretend to be someone you are not, they need to see the real you in order to see if youre a fit for the school.

    1/9 WOOOOOOOO!!!!!! finially UCSF interview invite.
    1/12 ok tomorrow i have my harvard interview. today i went to harvards main campus and looked around, its nice, the whole city is pretty. and cold. coming from southern cali i havent seen buildings like this (i dont get out much).
    1/13 at harvard i interviewed with a dermatologist and a student. the derm guy asked me about my research in detail and the student was cool we talked about everything; family, art, faith, work, research.

    i realize the top skools really like the fact that i did research at the same lab for 3 yrs.

    1/27 I just withdrew my application for creighton. That was hard, but im running low on cash. I really like that they are a Catholic School. The Catholic Church is in desperate need of doctors that will fight for that their rights to refuse to perform abortions and prescribe birth control.
    2/6 Oh Hopkins. the Doc i interviewed with told me that they reject people with perfect MCATS and a 4.00. he said that they are looking for doctors that want to do more than just be a doctor. i think he is talking about the students that have a passion to make a difference.
    2/11 dang. waitlisted for stanford. oh well God's going to take me where i need to be.
    2/19 liked LA! Liked SF! please like me too.
    3/16 God totally made my day. Harvard was a long shot. sweeeeet!!!!


    University of Southern California

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Hawaii

    Application Complete

    University of Central Florida

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, Irvine
    Georgetown University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Kansas
    Loma Linda University
    Baylor College
    Drexel University
    Charles Drew University/UCLA
    UMDNJ - New Jersey
    University of Chicago

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Loyola University Chicago
    SUNY Buffalo
    New York Medical College
    Creighton University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Stanford University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Yale University
    Johns Hopkins University


    University of Michigan
    Michigan State University
    University of California, Davis
    Harvard University
    University of California, San Diego

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