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  • User #16394

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: Deans Honors every quarter
    Ochem tutor for two years.
    Shadowed three different doctors for various lengths of time.
    Some volunteer work.

    I am aware that my ECs are definitely the weak part of my app. I guess I was just hoping that my numbers would carry me further. (But I'm not complaining, very relieved to just be in somewhere.)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: UC Santa Barbara
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 132, C/P 130, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    It's still so early. But I have one acceptance. So now I just wait on word from other schools.

    It's not so early anymore. Expected a few more interviews, maybe some will trickle in later on. Possibly some waitlist movement still to be seen. Very glad to be in and wouldn't be at all upset to get all the rest rejections.

    Some quick notes about my interview experiences (compiled 1/30/09, 2-3 months after my interviews, except UCLA)

    Vanderbilt interview. First interview. Really liked the facilities (especially their brand spanking new penthouse anatomy lab). Well put together interview day. Lots of chances to talk to students and staff. Felt like the school would be a good fit for almost anybody. Nashville seemed pretty fun too.

    Wash U. Second interview. Had a pizza party and free board in Olin Hall. Pretty nice interview day. Liked this school too.

    Northwestern. Third interview. Almost overslept but got there just in time. Everything about the school seemed pretty awesome. Great location. Felt like a very open, supportive atmosphere. The students and faculty had a really solid rapport. And hey they accepted me, so of course I love them. C'mon.

    UCSD. Fourth interview. Totally different location than other med schools. (But I went to UCSB undergrad so the near the beach campus doesn't impress me... I guess I've already done that and am ready for something new.) Had one interview with a researcher and the second interviewer only mentioned research when I asked about the school's strengths. I don't think research is my game, so this school didn't feel like a good 'fit'.

    UCLA. Fifth interview. Coming up... too excited. Need to calm down. I already have my impressions of the school via a family connection. Just want to show them my strengths and hope for the best. UCLA is UCLA enough said. haha.

    Ucla interview went ok, but not as well as I had been hoping. the interviewer definitely wanted to know why I hadn't solved my weaknesses (why the lack of clinical exp. and research exp.?)

    Got the other interview results back. NW here I come.

    Application Complete

    Yale University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Harvard University
    Columbia University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pittsburgh
    University of California, San Francisco
    Cornell University
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    New York University
    Stanford University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Duke University
    University of Southern California
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    Emory University
    Baylor College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Vanderbilt University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego


    Northwestern University

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