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: 37R 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:
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.