Nontraditional student - h/s drop out, went back to school as a single parent , worked fulltime all through college
- worked 40+ hours a week as an undergrad (plus a 4 hour commute - la traffic sucks, neve ever wish to re-live those years spent on the 10 & 405 freeway) - spent summer volunteering in Honduras at a nutrition center for malnourished children, and worked at an orphanage - Spent 2 months in West Africa (with my 5 year old daughter) volunteering at a free community clinic and woman’s- infant health clinic. Participated in several births. - 2 years of volunteer science/ math tutoring in my community - UCLA Black Latino Aids Project - Project Director 2 years - Community Outreach and Preventative Education volunteer- worked with kids in Venice, CA 1- year - 200 + hours of hospital volunteering - primary care physican shadowing at free clinic - black hypertension project volunteer - black pre health member
CURRENTLY working with psychiatrists on a mental helath team - mental helath case management
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 11/30/2009
Undergraduate college: UCLA
Total MCAT SCORE: 505
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.20
Science GPA: 3.00
Summary of Application Experience
I applied late, due to retaking the MCAT. Took them on January 29th, and didn’t get the results until March 1st. submitted my secondaries in January and asked the school to place them on hold until they receive my MCAT scores. Verbal went down, but PS and BS went up substantially.
I truly believe that in spite of my mediocre MCAT scores and poor GPA I am a great applicant. I truly believe that sacrifice, overcoming hardship, and determination to become a doctor stands out more than grades and standardized tests (although these things are extremely important). What every interviewer asked me is how I made such a huge jump in my MCAT scores, and how amazing and inspirational my Personal Statement was. Had I waited and applied for the next application cycle early, I believe that I would have been accepted into many more schools. Most schools did not even review my secondary, because their class sizes were already full. (Western, TOuro CA) and I didn’t bother to apply to Allopathic schools, because I knew it was too late. Nonetheless, I believe that I made the right decision by applying late; I’m so ready to start this next phase of my life.
My advice is, if you want to become a doctor, then put your heart and soul into it. Sell yourself in your interview. Don’t make excuses for weaknesses in your application, they interviewed you, they must like you. Don’t take rejection as failure, and never ever think that failing is an absolute.
Summary of Experience:
They didnt even review my secondary. Just sent a letter stating that the class was full. Called admissions, infomred that I wasnt even looked at. Was my first choice school, kinda sad intially, but i know that everything happens for a reason.
Summary of Experience:
full class size, waitlisted for an interview. Once i did more research on this school i realized that it would not be the best social environmnet for me. Happy i didnt get an interview