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  • kansaskid

  • Application cycles: 06/03/2011
  • Demographics: Female, 36, Caucasian
  • Home state: Kansas
  • Last Active: 04/13/2012
  • Brief Profile: Peace Corps Volunteer, post graduation in Benin, West Africa (2010-2012) as a rural community health worker (applied from abroad)
    -work with NGO in peer training development, mostly sexual and reproductive health related (sex workers, etc)
    -work at local health center assisting midwives and nurses with family planning, births, prenatal consultations, etc
    -help out at HIV/AIDS clinic in the lab and in counseling
    -see a wide variety of tropical diseases and poverty related illness in rural and village clinical setting
    -assist with maternal and children\'s health with vaccination campaigns, baby weighings, and formations
    -community development and cultural exchange are daily happenings
    -girls\' empowerment camps, sexual health session facilitation
    -science and engineering camp (ran the science classroom and projects for two weeks)

    Sexual Health Educator (SHE) on college campus (also member of executive board)
    -organized programs, developed trainings, helped manage the group

    Resident Assistant sophomore year
    -developed community and programming for 35 residents
    -part of residential team that lead the house council

    First Year Mentor senior year
    -primary academic and social contact for 15 incoming first-years
    -maintained close mentoring relationships throughout the year and beyond

    Worked 30 hours/week for campus police four years (as administrative assistant for last two)
    -hired and trained peer employees and their supervisors
    -acted as liaison between employees and the department
    -developed close relationships with the officers, have amazing LOR from my supervisor

    50 hours shadowing pediatrician in private practice and hospital settings
    Labor/delivery ward hospital volunteer experience-50 hours
    Two time post-Katrina clean up work
    Worked in 2 different research labs (evo-devo and organic lipidomics research) as basic lab assistant
    Independent research work in histology and breast cancer spring 2010 (not intense, just wrote compilation paper for grade)
    Special project/final research paper in social justice aspects of parental notification laws in minor abortions
    Women\'s studies departmental recognition for excellence in historical research paper on sexuality and childbirth in 19th century Kansas

    Black belt in Hawaiian Kempo (offshoot of Okinawan Kempo), awarded 2009
    -Proficient at hand to hand, weapons, and traditional kata
    -Recognition for superior form
    -Taught technique and form as sensei semi-regularly (2005-2010)
    -Practiced for ten years, competed successfully at state level for two (highschool)

    Ran the 114th Boston Marathon in 2010 to raise money for Children\'s Hospital Boston

    Highly involved in girls\' empowerment and youth development projects in Benin

    Prolific writer, working on middle grade fantasy fiction novel in preparation for publishing

    Proficient in French (Benin, Africa)
    Studying Dendi, my local village language

    Qualify for Fee Assistance Program with AAMC

    Strong PS, strong LORs

    Strong commitment to working with the underserved and interest in going into primary care, specifically pediatrics
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/03/2011

    • Undergraduate college: Wellesley College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 507
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 125, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.57
    • Science GPA: 3.56

    Summary of Application Experience

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

    January 2010: MCAT taken

    February 2010: Scores back (29Q). Very disappointed to not get at least a 30. I was pleased with my biology score, not surprised by the physics score, but really bummed about my verbal score. I had regularly been scoring 14s in Verbal during practice tests. Oh well, I can\'t afford to re-take it.

    May 2010: Graduation!

    July 2010: Move to Africa with the Peace Corps as Rural Community Health Volunteer.

    January 2011: Submit information to Wellesley College Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC). This process has officially started!

    March 2011: All LORs are complete and turned in!

    May 5: Begin working on AMCAS. This is going to be fun!

    May 28: Finish filling in AMCAS. Begin editing and re-reading process. June 1st is just around the corner!

    June 4: SUBMITTED.

    June 8: STILL waiting for my last transcript to arrive. GETTING FRUSTRATED.

    June 9: All transcripts have been received! Yay!

    June 15: Still waiting on verification. Only 2 days before the first wave goes out!

    June 16: Verified!

    June 21: Tulane secondary received...they don\'t honor the I\'ll be withdrawing my app here. That was a waste of one of my 14 free schools.

    June 23-30: Received secondaries from University of Nebraska, Baylor, Jefferson, Cincinnati, Rosalind Franklin, Pritzker

    July 1: Received secondaries from University of Kansas and Creighton

    July 9: Submitted secondary to University of Nebraska!

    July 10: Submitted secondary to Pritzker!

    July 11: Submitted secondary to Creighton! Waiting on the others due to computer issues, etc...and my committee letter is still in the works...grrrr.

    July 13: Submitted secondary to Kansas! Received secondary from Carver! Committee letter was uploaded to AMCAS! Woohoo!

    July 18: Rejected from University of Nebraska. First rejection. Wa-wa. There\'s an option to appeal, but I don\'t have the energy and I doubt it\'ll make much of a difference. Sigh.

    July 20: Received secondary to Mizzou and Stritch-Loyola.

    July 21: Submitted secondaries to Jefferson, Cincinnati, Iowa-Carver, and Mizzou. Considering withdrawing from Rosalind Franklin...the secondary is cheesy and long.

    July 21, later: Just rejected from Pritzker. This is depressing although not unexpected. Sigh.

    July 22: Submitted secondary to Rosalind Franklin (CMS) and appealed rejection from UNMC. We\'ll see how this goes...

    July 23: Submitted secondary to Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. Considering not finishing the Baylor secondary. I can\'t really afford it and the chances of acceptance are low...feeling dejected.

    July 25: Drexel secondary received

    July 27: Feinberg secondary received

    July 31: submitted Drexel and Feinberg secondary. Complete at CMS and Carver. All secondaries are submitted! It\'s out of my hands now.

    August 2: Interview invite request from Nebraska! Selected my three top choices for dates and submitted. Yay!

    August 4: Interview at UNMC scheduled for October 21st!

    August 25: Haven\'t heard from any other schools yet. Thinking about sending an update letter since I\'ll only be in the states from September 30th until November 8th.

    August 28: Sent a few in the area emails and checked on statuses of all schools. Officially complete everywhere (unsure about Mizzou but I emailed to ask)

    September 2: Interview invite for Drexel and complete at Mizzou!

    September 6: Interview invite for Loyola!

    September 16: Interview invite for Mizzou

    September 20: Happy birthday to meeeee!

    September 23: Interview invite for KU (best birthday present EVER)!

    October 1: Back in America!

    October 4: Interview at Mizzou

    October 10: Sent out my official \"in the area\" emails to all schools I haven\'t heard back from. Received responses from two, indicating that the interview season lasts until February. Well, I won\'t be here then so :/ oh well.

    October 11: Small pooled at CMS. Probably won\'t be getting an invite from them. And I\'ll probably be back in Africa by the time I do.

    October 12: Interview at KU!!!!

    October 21: Interview at UNMC. LOVED IT. Gorgeous facilities and amazing profs...but no instate status given even after one year...which means crazy expensive. Worth it? I don\'t know yet. I still have to get in first!

    October 24: Interview at Stritch. AWWWWWEEEEESOME. That\'s pretty much all I can say.

    October 25: Officially cancelled my interview at Drexel, withdrawing myself from there. It\'s just too expensive to get out there.

    October 28: Official notice of HOLD from Mizzou. Not rejected, but not accepted this month. Maybe in November. This definitely freaks me out a little, though. What if I get waitlisted everywhere? Ok, time to really think about plan B.

    November 1: I\'m going back to Africa in a week, which means it\'s unlikely I\'ll get an interview invite for anytime while I\'m still in the states. This means I can effectively consider myself withdrawn from all other schools.

    November 2: Officially withdrew from: Creighton, Jefferson, Cincinnati, and Rosalind Franklin. Still in the running at Northwestern and Iowa. Waiting for post interview contact from: Loyola, UNMC, and KU.

    November 4: ACCEPTED TO KU!!!! I\'m gonna be a doctor! AHHHH!

    November 8: Back in Africa

    November 18: Still on hold at Mizzou.

    November 20: Starting process to head back to America, end of Peace Corps service!

    November 22: I\'m like 99% sure that I\'ll be going to KU med. It\'s the best fit for me and I\'m pretty sure it\'s where I\'ll be the happiest and most successful. That\'s all it takes!

    December 29: Rejected from Cincinnati. C\'est la vie.

    January 20, 2012: Rejected from Feinberg. Dang!

    March 2, 2012: Finally officially rejected from Baylor...which is funny because I withdrew and never even finished the secondary.

    March 09: Accepted to Missouri! They have a banging rec center, but I\'ll be withdrawing to go to KU. It\'s just so much cheaper and not that different in terms of education.

    April 01: IN AMERICA. USA! USA! USA!

    April 10: GOT THE KMSL at KU! This is means med school is free. Decided!

    April 11: Withdrew from Mizzou.

    April12: Rejected from Nebraska. Ok.

    April 12: Waitlisted at Loyola. Withdrew.

    April 13: Rejected from Jefferson. I had kind of forgotten about them.

    Applied, Withdrew

    Tulane University
    Baylor College

    Application Complete

    University of Iowa

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Chicago
    University of Cincinnati
    Northwestern University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Creighton University
    Rosalind Franklin University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Drexel University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Nebraska

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Loyola University Chicago


    University of Kansas
    University of Missouri, Columbia

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