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  • User #17462

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 33, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 08/19/2010
  • Brief Profile: Note that while my GPA isn\'t as ridiculous as everyone else\'s on SDN, it was good enough to get me Summa Cum Laude thanks to rampant grade deflation. Boston U :(

    I also don\'t really see the point in anonymity -- I\'ve posted nothing here that the admission committee couldn\'t see on my application, except the other schools I applied to, which I doubt they held against me.

    Awards and crap:

    Awarded a half-scholarship to my school
    Dean\'s List all semesters
    Tengo la habilidad a conversar en espa?ol, pero no soy fluido.

    Work/Hobbies:

    Worked as an official for intramural sports (Sept 2006-May 2009)
    Official of the Month (three times oh boy)
    Promoted to supervisor (May 2009-April 2010)
    Participated in Edinburgh Fringe Festival (July 2006-Aug 2006)
    Participated in an improv comedy troupe (Sept 2006-April 2010)
    Participated in intramural sports and adult hockey leagues (Sept 2006-April 2010)
    Organized a gaming club for huge nerds like me (May 2008-Aug 2008)

    Volunteer stuff:

    Worked at a Norwegian Hall and cooked/waited for the homeless (December 2006, 2007, and 2008)
    Secretary/Webmaster for Alpha Epsilon Delta, which involves a bunch of scattered volunteer experience (January 2008-present)

    Clinical experience:

    1500 hours of experience as a veterinary technician - Work with animals translates to human medicine. I swear. (All breaks from school, including one spring break -_-)
    200 hours of shadowing an anesthesiologist/pain management specialist (May 2008-Aug 2008)
    275 hours as a research assistant working with Schedule II opioids (May 2008-Aug 2008)
    Lots of hours as an undergraduate researcher in a psychology lab. Worked on my own project, presented a couple of posters, submitted a paper for publication, but it never got through and I gave up. It sucks when a year of research ends with inconclusive results. (Sept 2008-March 2010)

    Other:

    I got a fine and a short stint of academic probation from my university for getting caught with a fake ID in October of 2008. I suppose it\'s better than actually having a criminal record, but I imagine this came back to haunt me.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: Boston University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 132, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.78
    • Science GPA: 3.84

    Summary of Application Experience

    2/10-5/3 - Took The Princeton Review\'s MCAT prep class.
    5/26 - AMCAS received transcript.
    5/28 - Took the MCAT.
    6/9 - Submitted AMCAS to USC.
    6/19 - AMCAS verified.
    6/30 - MCAT scores received (36S). Submitted AMCAS to all other schools.
    7/1 - Michigan and Pitt secondaries received.
    7/6 - Virginia secondary received.
    7/8 - BU and Maryland secondaries received.
    7/9 - UCLA secondary received.
    7/10 - UC Davis secondary received.
    7/15 - UPenn and UCSD secondaries received. Letter of evaluation received by AMCAS! Submitted Michigan secondary.
    7/17 - Complete at Michigan; submitted Pitt secondary; individual letters of recommendation mailed to AMCAS.
    7/20 - UCI secondary received; Pitt interview invite! September 21st.
    7/22 - NYU, USC, and WFU secondaries received.
    7/23 - All individual letters of recommendation received by AMCAS. Submitted BU secondary.
    7/24 - Decided not to finish Georgetown\'s $130 secondary. Applied to Cornell instead (yay longshots). Submitted Maryland, UC Davis, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, UPenn, and UVa secondaries. Damn that felt good. Complete at Maryland and UCI.
    7/27 - Cornell and Penn State secondaries received. Complete at UCLA and UVa.
    7/28 - Submitted Cornell and Penn State secondaries (quick and simple ones). Complete at UPenn and Cornell (wow).
    7/29 - Submitted NYU and USC secondaries. Complete at UC Davis.
    7/30 - Complete at NYU.
    7/31 - Submitted WFU secondary. Complete at UCSD.
    8/1 - Complete at USC.
    8/6 - Complete at BU (finally).
    8/7 - UNC secondary received.
    8/8 - Submitted UNC secondary.
    8/14 - Complete at UNC and WFU. Miami secondary received.
    8/16 - Submitted Miami secondary.
    8/17 - Rejected by Vandy. I hate everything about this process.
    8/21 - Complete at Miami. UCSD interview invite! October 19th.
    8/31 - Rejected by BU. WOW. JUST. WOW.
    9/4 - UCLA interview invite! HELLS YES! October 12th.
    9/8 - Finally complete at Penn State.
    9/14 - Maryland interview invite! November 2nd. UVa interview invite! November 16th. WHAT A DAY!!!
    9/15 - On hold at Penn State. Six weeks to complete my app; one week to decide they don\'t like it. Kay.
    9/17 - Miami interview invite! October 9th. Rejected by UCSF. Thanks for giving me a chance, jerks.
    9/21 - Interviewed at Pitt. Fell in love.
    9/23 - Found out that I\'m on hold at UCI.
    10/9 - Interviewed at Miami. It was all kinds of awesome.
    10/12 - Interviewed at UCLA. Also awesome.
    10/15 - ACCEPTED AT MIAMI! It\'s only been six days! SWEET SASSY MOLASSY I\'MA GON BE A DOCTA!
    10/19 - Interviewed at UCSD. Incredibly relaxed and pretty awesome to boot.
    11/2 - Interviewed at Maryland. It was a lot more impressive than I had expected.
    11/4 - Waitlisted at Pitt. This process is the worst.
    11/16 - Interviewed at UVa. Smalltown, Virginia is surprisingly fantastic. I\'d love to go there.
    11/17 - Accepted at Maryland, but waitlisted at UCSD. Fuck.
    11/18 - Rejected by USC. Lol.
    11/20 - Waitlisted at UVa. If it wasn\'t for Maryland, I\'d have forgotten what good news was.
    12/1 - Rejected by UC Davis. Lol.
    12/7 - Rejected by Cornell.
    12/10 - Rejected by UNC.
    1/8 - Rejected by Michigan.
    2/2 - Scholarship offer from Miami!
    2/3 - Rejected by UPenn.
    3/1 - Rejected by NYU.
    3/12 - Waitlisted by UCLA. Sigh.
    3/29 - Rejected by WFU.
    4/7 - Rejected by UCI.
    4/16 - Withdrew from Maryland. I can\'t spend $70,000 a year.
    4/17 - Rejected from Penn State. My last post-secondary, pre-interview rejection.
    7/19 - Accepted from the waitlist at Pitt. Too late and too expensive.
    8/5 - Started orientation at the U!!!

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University
    University of California, San Francisco

    Applied, Withdrew

    Georgetown University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Southern California
    University of Michigan
    University of California, Irvine
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of California, Davis
    New York University
    Boston University
    University of North Carolina
    Wake Forest University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Cornell University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Virginia
    University of California, San Diego

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Pittsburgh

    Accepted

    University of Maryland
    University of Miami

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