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  • Application cycles: 06/04/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 30, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 12/17/2017
  • Brief Profile: I am not terribly anonymous, which is frightening, but I have decided to provide as much information as possible since I found many well done MDApps helpful. Yes I applied to a lot of schools, being from California scares me. Please ignore any typos, I am not perfect.

    Graduated in June, 2012 and in a gap year

    Extracurriculars

    3 years epidemiology research, not published*
    3 years free clinic volunteering, large leadership role*
    3 years small group tutoring
    2 years designed and taught 1-unit course
    1 year resident advisor*
    1 year volunteering at science center
    3 years public health club
    6 months theme park employment
    Some hospital volunteering & shadowing

    *Most Meaningful

    After the application cycle settles down I may put some of my activity descriptions on here since I feel like this is probably the most important part of your application.

    Disclaimer: Don't take anything as fact, this is all my opinion. I am just an applicant so I don't have any inside knowledge, but I think my experiences can still be valuable.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/04/2012

    • Undergraduate college: State School
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 132, C/P 129, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.94
    • Science GPA: 3.96

    Summary of Application Experience



    29 Complete Applications | 24 Interview Invites | 19 Interviews Attended | 11 Acceptances | 5 Waitlists | 1 Post Interview Rejection | 2 Post Interview Withdraws

    ------ Key ------
    SR: Secondary Received
    SS: Secondary Submitted
    C: Complete
    II: Interview Invite
    IA: Interview Attended
    W: Withdrew
    WL: Waitlisted
    R: Rejected
    A: Accepted

    ----- Timeline -----
    September 2011
    02 - Took MCAT

    May 2012
    02 - Requested transcripts
    08 - Transcripts received by AMCAS

    June
    05 - AMCAS Submitted
    07 - AMCAS Verified
    15 - Letter packet submitted
    19 - Letter packet received
    29 - Secondaries!

    July
    03 - PITT INTERVIEW INVITE!
    04 - UChicago Interview invite!
    11 - submitted wrong secondary essays to JHU [I think this process is getting to me..]
    12 - UVa Interview Invite!
    26 - UMich, UCSD, UCI Interview Invites!

    August
    03 - Baylor Interview invite!
    04 - Mayo Interview Invite!
    08 - Vermont Interview invite! Decided to withdraw
    09 - Stanford Interview invite!
    13 - SLU interview Invite!
    15 - Vanderbilt Interview invite!
    21 - UChicago interview attended <3
    22 - Mount Sinai Interview Invite!
    24 - University of Pittsburgh Interview Attended!
    27 - Cornell Interview Invite!
    29 - UPenn Interview Invite!
    31 - Yale Interview Invite!

    September
    07 - Harvard Interview Invite!
    10 - UVa Interview Attended <3
    13 - Emory Interview Invite
    14 - UMich Interview Attended <3
    17 - UC Irvine Interview Attended <3
    21 - Baylor Interview Attended!
    24 - Mayo Interview Attended <3
    25 - UCSF Interview Invite! + JMP Interview Invite!
    28 - UPenn Interview Attended <3

    October
    02 - UCSD Interview Attended <3
    03 - Stanford Interview Attended <3
    08 - Vanderbilt Interview Attended <3
    12 - Emory Interview Attended <3
    15 - Michigan Acceptance <3!!!!!!!!! Accepted to UCHICAGO w/ Scholarship! /faint Mayo Acceptance!
    16 - UCSD and UVa Acceptances!!! Mount Sinai Interview Attended!
    17 - Cornell Interview Attended!
    22 - Yale Interview Attended!
    23 - Harvard Interview Attended!
    26 - UC Irvine Acceptance!
    29 - UCB-UCSF JMP Program Interview
    30 - UCSF Interview
    31 - WashU Interview Invite

    November
    07 - Mount Sinai Acceptance!
    15 - Vanderbilt Acceptance!

    December
    10 - WashU Interview Attended! <3
    17 - Waitlisted UCSF :(
    26 - Withdrew from Baylor/Emory

    January
    23 - Cal/UCSF JMP Acceptance!
    24 - BU Interview Invite/Withdrew.
    31 - Waitlist/Withdrew from Pitt

    February

    March
    05 - Harvard Rejection.
    08 - WashU Waitlist
    11 - Cornell Acceptance!
    12 - Yale Waitlist.
    13 - Penn Acceptance!!
    14 - UCI Scholarship? What...O_O

    May
    15 - Holding one acceptance
    17 - UCSF acceptance from waitlist

    School Impressions

    I tried to be as honest as possible. No school is perfect so I tried to present my entire perception of the school based off the interview day. If you disagree with something I have said, please let me know in the discussion section. Please remember this is just one person's perspective, I encourage you to do a lot of research before applying to/not applying to any school. Schools are listed in order of interview attendance.

    University of Chicago
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Virginia
    University of Michigan
    University of California, Irvine
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Mayo Medical School
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of California, San Diego
    Stanford University
    Vanderbilt University
    Emory University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Yale University
    Harvard University
    University of California, San Francisco
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Applied, Withdrew

    Northwestern University
    Duke University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Application Complete

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Rochester
    University of California, Davis
    Columbia University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Saint Louis University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Boston University
    Dartmouth College
    University of Vermont

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Baylor College
    Emory University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Stanford University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Pittsburgh

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Yale University
    University of California, San Francisco

    Accepted

    University of Virginia
    University of California, Irvine
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan
    Mayo Medical School
    Cornell University
    University of California, San Diego
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University

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