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  • User #17685

  • Application cycles: 06/25/2009
  • Demographics: Female, 36, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/22/2010
  • Brief Profile: MCAT:31O

    AMCAS-
    -cGPA : 3.52, BCPM GPA: 3.96

    AACOMAS-
    -cGPA: 3.65, BCPM GPA: 3.88

    Background/Education:
    Former college drop out, originally a history major. (Absolutely intrigued by Holocaust and WWII history). GPA upon pursuing medical career: ~3.1. No science courses taken at that point.

    Currently fourth year chemistry major with 4.0 gpa in all science courses taken at current university.


    Research:
    -6 semesters student research assistant in bioanalytical chemistry
    -2 summers paid student research assistant
    -3 poster presentations at statewide symposiums, 1 poster at a national conference, 1 poster at a regional conference, and 1 poster presentation at an ACS western states conference, 2 oral presentations
    -1 first author publication.

    Clinical:
    -1.5 years (>1000 hours) of ER experience at a Level II trauma center working closely with physicians. As my job involves seeing patients with them, it\'s sort of like paid shadowing.

    Extracurriculars/Leadership:
    -3 year President of a volunteer club (Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and various other volunteer events)
    -1 year ACS student affiliates vice president
    -2 year PreMed club member
    -2 semesters teaching assistant for US history. Gave 2 self prepared 30 minute lectures.
    -1 semester teaching assistant for intro psych class.
    -3 semesters organic and general chemistry tutoring.
    -1 semester tutoring jr high/high school students enrolled in schools failing to meet state testing standards.

    Awards:
    2008- 3 scholarships
    2009- 1 scholarship, American Chemical Society Analytical Student of the Year



    Thoughts:
    -My obvious weakness is verbal reasoning. I scored better in all 3 sections on practice exams, averages were 34-37. Was ridiculously nervous during my MCAT and thought I failed physical sciences. As such, I almost walked out of the exam, but decided to finished. Ironically, physical sciences still ended up being my highest section, but my VR left much to be desired.


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    Abbreviation key:
    SR: secondary received
    SS: secondary sent
    C: complete
    II: interview invite (scheduled interview date in parentheses)
    R: rejected
    A: accepted
    WL: wait list
    H: hold
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/25/2009

    • Undergraduate college: Generic University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 3.52
    • Science GPA: 3.96

    Summary of Application Experience

    06/26/09- AMCAS submitted, transcripts sent mid-June


    06/27/09- AACOMAS submitted, transcripts sent mid-June


    07/17/09- AMCAS verified


    07/23/09-
    -I am a little apprehensive of all that may unfold. This is a scary process. There are so many qualified people. I hope my essays are making the cut. I am not that terribly great of a writer and hope that my eagerness and sincerity are showing through. :(


    07/25/09- Jefferson and U of Minn added. Cast a broad net right?


    07/30/09-
    -Jefferson sent.
    -UCLA received my application today, but has not extended me a secondary application request. Oh well. C\\\'est la vie! On a related note, I feel burned out with secondary applications and I have only completed 10. :-/. I am completely overthinking these prompts and as such, it is taking me FOREVER to finish each one.


    07/31/09-
    -UCLA secondary received today. I guess they didn\\\'t screen me out :)


    8/4/09-
    -AACOMAS verified (Finally!).
    -Took a few days off of secondary essay writing (amazing) and just worked.


    8/5/09-
    -Indiana state rejection. Oh well.


    8/7/09-
    -UCLA secondary sent-This was the longest secondary to date. I did enjoy some of the prompts though. :) I am learning so much about myself through this application process and rediscovering things I had completely forgotten about. I think my biggest weakness right now is my MCAT score and am thinking I should have done some of my AMCAS things a little differently. If I have to reapply next year (fingers crossed that I don\\\'t) at least I know what I have to improve upon.

    8/12/09-
    -I am getting poor. REEEAAALLLY poor. I have paid for almost all my allopathic applications and am beginning to receive my osteopathic ones. I can\\\'t believe how much I\\\'ve spent during this process so far. I have three MD secondary invites in my inbox right now and two DO ones. I am inclined to pay for the three MD ones first since the allopathic schools have a closer deadline (I am hoping since the DO schools have later deadlines, it means that the spots don\\\'t get filled as fast). I don\\\'t get my financial aid money for 2009-2010 until August 28th at the earliest so IDK.

    I don\\\'t know how much assessing the admissions committees have done on my file thus far, but I have been doing some extensive self-assessing lately. If only I knew at the beginning of my journey what I do now. I keep thinking about this, that, and the other. I guess that\\\'s life though. Hindsight is always 20/20 (As compared to my actual visual acuity which is progressively deteriorating, but that\\\'s another issue). I hope to get in this year, but have decided that if I don\\\'t, things will be okay. I\\\'ve lived a pretty good life so far and I really can\\\'t complain.

    On a different note, I can\\\'t wait until school starts for the fall. All my senior chemistry classes are here. Yikes. I remember being completely new to the major and seeing the seniors walk around talking about pchem or instrumental analysis and being completely freaked out by it. Now I am one of those seniors (if we were strictly speaking of units i guess i\\\'ve been one for quite some time) and look forward to being challenged.

    10/09- Interviewed at U of A- Phoenix. Absolutely loved it there! The dean, staff, students (everyone really) were all very nice and I just liked the feel of this school. I hope I get in here.

    Looking back at the previous things I have written, I just think, wow, what a nutcase I was during the summer. It\'s a stressful process, definitely, but I have decided to employ a more go-with-the-flow approach to this cycle. I can only do so much. The rest is out of my hands, so there is no use in fretting. I am going to take it one day at a time, finish up my degree, and learn some drums in the process. :)

    Applied, Rejected

    Oklahoma State University
    Indiana University

    Applied, Withdrew

    SUNY Downstate
    West Virginia University
    Meharry Medical College
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Pacific Northwest University

    Application Complete

    SUNY Upstate
    University of Illinois
    New York Medical College
    Drexel University
    Jefferson Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    Tulane University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Creighton University
    Temple University
    University of Southern California
    University of Oklahoma
    Albany Medical College
    Michigan State University
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Invited for Interview

    Arizona College of Mid. University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of Toledo
    Wayne State University
    Chicago College of Mid. University
    Loma Linda University
    Western University of Health Sciences

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Arizona

    Accepted

    Rosalind Franklin University

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