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  • User #17978

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 02/16/2011
  • Brief Profile: I have an upward trend in GPA, with a 3.96 senior year. I feel that at most schools if you have decent (somewhat around average for their school) numbers you are on an even playing field with just about everyone who interviews. For what its worth, I just tried to connect with my interviewers as people, not trying too hard to impress them or give them perfect answers.

    Here are the EC\'s I talked about in my AMCAS.
    Research
    International Volunteer Work
    Shadowing
    Leadership in Student Fellowship
    Medical Assistant
    Hospital Volunteer
    Translator for Free Clinic (speak Spanish)
    Academic Excellence Award (UCSB Honors Program)
    Lifeguarding
    Water Sports
    Fantasy Reading
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.69
    • Science GPA: 3.65

    Summary of Application Experience

    I\'ve been fortunate with the whole process, especially in not having to suffer waitlists. I worked hard on my personal statement, which I think helped me get a lot of interviews. Also, I submitted everything as fast as possible, ie AMCAS in on the first possible day and an average secondary turn around of 2-3 days. I wouldn\'t recommend the latter unless you are confident in your ability to write well quickly, and you have an intelligent good friend or loved one (in my case wife) to edit your endless, repetitive essays. Here is proof that having an average GPA or going to a state school won\'t stop you if you have the rest! God bless and good luck to you all.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Michigan
    University of California, San Francisco
    Stanford University
    Mayo Medical School

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Wake Forest University
    University of Southern California
    University of Colorado
    University of Miami
    Oregon Health & Science University
    George Washington University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of Virginia
    University of California, Davis
    Tufts University
    Loma Linda University
    Boston University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Accepted

    Harvard University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Irvine
    Loyola University Chicago
    Case Western Reserve University

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