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  • Application cycles: 06/03/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 34, Caucasian
  • Home state: Connecticut
  • Last Active: 05/22/2010
  • Brief Profile: 36 > MCAT > 30

    4.0 > sGPA > 3.8

    3.9 > cGPA > 3.7

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    - Helped start a group on campus that resulted in over 1,000 high school students getting a comprehensive health education

    - Student gov\'t health rep

    -TONS of music...tons. Tons.

    -nursing home physical therapy

    -autistic center volunteer

    -brain research

    -hospital research (full time job) for year off
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/03/2009

    • Undergraduate college: top 15
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 1.00
    • Science GPA: 1.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    10/15 GWU & Buffalo acceptances. This is the day I have been waiting for :)

    10/16 In-state love-- & I think I\'m done! I really liked UConn and it just makes sense for me to go home.


    Advice to future applicants:

    1. Do apply early, I think this really helped me. I made myself return all secondaries within 48ish hours of receiving them (I worked out all the essays in advance based on the previous year\'s secondary questions and then just fine tuned everything). If nothing else, getting an acceptance by october 15th will take a lot off your shoulders.

    2. Do learn how to brag and spin (honestly) your experiences for interviews. Sell yourself! So many of my friends are bad interviewers and it cost them. Be comfortable and stay in the driver\'s seat.

    3. Do apply broadly....but not too broadly (like I did... I think)

    4. Do not apply to schools you don\'t want to go to.

    5. When it comes to decision time, don\'t overthink it / amplify the situation. It\'s a big decision, but it\'s not the \"biggest decision of your life ever omg omg omg omg.\" Choosing to attend med school is the big decision. Everything else is just fit and geography as far as I\'m concerned.

    6. Keep an open mind. You\'re first choice school pre-interview may end up your last choice school post interview (happened to me!). Prestige is important, but other things are important too. Make sure you are happy.

    7. Debt, Debt, Debt: this is not monopoly money. It\'s the real stuff. Minimize your debt if you can, especially if you are thinking primary care. HOWEVER... you will be making money years from now, and you will be able to pay this off. But debt sucks, and going over 200K scares the shi* out of me, and it should scare you too. I\'m luckily getting out with ~ $130K. I can live with that.

    Application Complete

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of Vermont

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Boston University
    Harvard University
    Brown University
    University of Illinois
    University of Virginia
    Yale University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Tufts University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Northwestern University
    University of Maryland
    Jefferson Medical College
    New York Medical College
    Pennsylvania State University
    SUNY Upstate
    Temple University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    New York University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Dartmouth College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Georgetown University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Rochester

    Accepted

    University of Connecticut
    SUNY Downstate
    George Washington University
    SUNY Buffalo

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