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  • User #17551

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Female, South Asian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Brief Profile: Neuroscience and Spanish Major
    -Captain of a competitive dance team
    -Thesis Research in a Neuroscience laboratory for 3 years by the end of graduation. Involved a supporting semester stipend, summer fellowship, submission of an abstract for the national meeting at SFN in 2009, and name on poster at SFN 2008. No publications. Senior thesis is impending.
    -Organic Chemistry TA
    -Volunteered for over 100 hours at UPMC Shadyside HELP program.
    -Shadowed Neurosurgeon (20 hours), pathologist (12 hours), Pediatric cardiologist for a day, and internist for one day
    -Not really important, but I did a lot of shadowing in high school. Saw almost everything: births, C-section, angioplasty, cataract replacement, laproscopic procedures, etc.
    -Study Abroad in Spain for one summer
    -Collegiate Challenge: Spring Break volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
    -Several generous scholarships, including full-tuition, amounting to a total of about $110,000 (to soften the blow that will be medical school), Dean's list and all that jazz
    -Seasonal employment
    -Other volunteer jobs
    -Having fun!!!!!!!! Ok, not really an EC :)

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: University of Pittsburgh
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.99
    • Science GPA: 3.99

    Summary of Application Experience

    6/22/09 - had meeting with pre-med advisor and committee letter has recommended me as 'outstanding' candidate, yippee! I hope the medical schools agree with them :)

    6/14/09 - Greetings! AMCAS sent the 'processing complete' email on 6/8/09 after a 6/3/09 submission date. I'm assuming that means it's been verified. They're just waiting on LOR's

    I know it's not the most impressive app, but hopefully med schools will like me enough to ask me for an interview :) Right now, I have a decent MCAT score, but I know I could have done better and I'm re-taking. Hopefully it'll boost my chances with the schools I applied to (most of them have ~35 average).

    I'm aiming at staying close to family in IL, but in researching some schools I might have changed that hope. Well, I can only make choices if I get in so I'll figure it out at that point.

    Just want to wish everyone best of luck this cycle. Just try your best and that's all you can do!!!!


    Yale University
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Illinois
    Rush Medical College
    Tufts University
    University of Chicago
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Loyola University Chicago
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Emory University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Boston University
    Northwestern University

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