UNDERGRAD Volunteer at local clinic 100+ hours Shadow of an internist 50 hours Shadow pediatrician 20 hours (HS) Shadow opthamologist 50 hours Shadow urologist 20 hours (HS) Worked full time support myself while in school as well as help my parents out with their bills (disabled veteran father, high school dropout beautician mother) - gladly done Various clubs, no leadership SINCE GRADUATION Volunteer at local children's hospital 100+ hours Shadow pediatric heme/onc 20+ hours 23 hours post bac credit with 4.0 (PhD level classes) - non-degree seeking Helped found a USSF adult soccer league
2 years as an assitant at a biotech company doing research and development
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2008
Undergraduate college: Auburn University
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 522
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.40
Science GPA: 3.30
Summary of Application Experience
So this is my 3rd time to apply. I have never applied to more than 4 schools due to financial limitations. I am still helping to support my parents as well as myself as I do whatever I can to convince schools to give me a shot. My undergraduate GPA is low due to a year of 30 hours where I earned a C in 2 classes that comprised 11 hours of credit (sciences). This was due to a family situation that I don't really want to put up here but I can talk about in private if anyone is interested. In short, I was working 50+ hours a week (usually untill 3-4am 5 days a week) to support my parents while in my most difficult year in school (embryology, physiology, biochems, immunology, virology, etc).
My application is pretty solid aside from my GPA which isn't very indicative of my capabilities. I was on the Dean's List for my first 3 semesters but once things started getting bad at home my grades suffered (3rd year GPA was 2.78). I hope that adcoms look a bit deeper at my application and don't continue to dismiss me because of my GPA.
I am currently taking graduate courses as a non-degree student (out of pocket) as well as working 50+ hours a week and trying to try time to volunteer, have a social life, and survive.
I hope this is the last year but it might not be... of all the things I have learned over the last 4 years it is patience. Comment if you wish.
Loyola University Chicago
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
Secondary Completed: 11/09/2008
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
Chicago is cold... but it is also awesome. Can awesome keep me warm?