Post-grad: -Middle school science teacher (3 years, Teach for America) -Science dept. head/ leadership within school -Volunteer doula (birth coach) at county hospital -Counselor at summer camp for children with HIV
College: -Sr. Honors Thesis Research -3rd author of published paper in peer-reviewed journal -4 year member and President of 100+ member service org -Biochem TA (1 quarter) -Free clinic volunteer work -Study Abroad / Internship
-Fluent in Spanish
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/06/2010
Undergraduate college: University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 519
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.83
Science GPA: 3.82
Summary of Application Experience
Things I have learned: 1. APPLY EARLY. Like primary ready to go the first week of June early. I\'m sure being so on the ball was one of the strongest parts of my app. 2. If you are at a point in your life where you can make this decision, take some time off between college and med school and do something completely new for you. I feel much more prepared to tackle the emotional and academic rigor of med school thanks to my experience teaching during my time off. Many people recommended not to take 1, let alone 3, years. I think it was the best decision I ever made. 3. A suit in an interview is a non-negotiable. As is knowing something specific and intelligent about the person who is about to interview you. As are thank you cards. 4. This process is completely unpredictable. 5. Do not drive to a UCSF interview.
Summary of Experience:
Put it this way, interviewer was less than pleasant. I don\'t care if you discovered the gene therapy for Parkinsons, if you answer text messages during the interview and are flipping through my AMCAS trying to piece my application together in front of me, I\'m not having it.
Summary of Experience:
An incredible school. When it came down to the wire, I had to say no. This was the hardest decision I\'ve made in a long time and I stressed for weeks. In the end, there weren\'t quite enough opportunities for underserved medical education and doctoring and the small class size actually deterred me. I so wanted to fall in love with Mayo, but in the end SF has my heart.