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  • andaluthina

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 37
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 03/03/2010
  • Brief Profile: Im doing this because there were not that many Cal profiles on here. MDapps can be helpful in getting you motivated to action, but keep in mind that what people post is unregulated. Averages of MCAT and GPA are skewed high (probably cuz MDapps is not a random sample) so dont get discouraged by seeing only ppl with amazing stats getting in. If you dont believe me, just check the websites of the schools, some publish their averages and you\\\'ll find its below what shows up on here.

    my profile:
    GPA ~3.7
    pretty good LOR\\\'s
    scholarship to set up an education center abroad
    scholarship for honors thesis
    grant to teach
    grant to paint
    worked in some labs (one pub)
    volunteer work abroad
    free clinic
    set up volunteer programs
    music, poetry

    my strengths were my MCAT and my volunteer/leadership experiences/scholarships.

    my weaknesses: GPA (and i always wanted to have contributed more in publications, but remember its quality not quantity)

    you can send update letters to schools while you\\\'re waiting. So just because you graduate doesnt mean you cant do interesting stuff. Keep being who you are - i think my update letters (letters detailing my pursuits after college) really helped me. Maybe they see what you do in your free time as an indication of who you really are outside of school.

    I had lots of help from some great people as i was applying, so feel free to message me and ill do my best to answer your questions. there\\\'s so much misinformation on these forums that it can do more harm than good, so be careful who you take your advice from.

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: UC Berkeley
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 0.00
    • Science GPA: 0.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Sooo much fun. Interviews were incredibly enjoyable - I partied at almost every school I visited. Interviews were chill and relaxed. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s a totally unique time in your life, so enjoy it. Plus, i think being relaxed can only help you. I did prepare though - I read SDN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s interview feedback, got a sense of what kind of stuff gets asked, and had lots of points swimming around in my head that I could use at will.

    Application Complete

    Harvard University
    Johns Hopkins University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Baylor College
    Boston University
    Stanford University
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Chicago
    University of Washington
    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Columbia University
    New York University
    University of Michigan
    Yale University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    University of California, Irvine
    Wake Forest University

    Attended Interview

    University of Pennsylvania
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Dartmouth College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Mayo Medical School


    Cornell University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Vermont
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco

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