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  • Application cycles: 07/14/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 36, South Asian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Last Active: 09/17/2011
  • Brief Profile: Started college at Illinois Wesleyan University. Left after a year with a GPA of 2.16
    Transfered to Benedictine University to start sophomore year. Finished with a GPA of 3.51
    I\'m a re-applicant. I applied really late last year (January!) and only completed two secondaries.

    200+ hrs. shadowing experience between U.S. and Bangladesh: Darien Medical Clinic, Edward Hospital ER, HomeCare Physicians, Naperville Surgical Center, Midwest Heart Specialists, BIRDEM Hospital, RIHD
    280+ hrs. of volunteering in two different hospitals with extensive patient exposure.
    400+ hrs. 2 yr. research experience-with publication!
    Have held leadership positions in 3 different clubs on campus
    100+ hrs. volunteering at a food pantry over a yr.
    Dean\'s list for 3 semesters.
    Recipient of Edward Hospital Physician\'s Scholarship

    cGPA: 3.15, nsGPA: 3.29, sGPA: 3.08
    yr.1GPA: 2.16, yr.2GPA: 3.40, yr.3GPA: 3.78, yr.4GPA: 3.29

    1st MCAT: B9, P7, V10, N
    2nd MCAT: Voided. Re-take in January! Hah.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/14/2010

    • Undergraduate college: Benedictine University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 502
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 125, C/P 124, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.15
    • Science GPA: 3.08

    Summary of Application Experience

    I\'m going to try and be as detailed as possible because I know the anxiety that I\'m feeling right now going through the entire process with my mediocre GPA. I can\'t stop thinking about what is going to happen and where I will end up next year. Anxiety has essentially consumed my life and I doubt it will change until I have an acceptance letter at hand. I hope the details I provide can ease future applicants\' anxiety and help them be successful.

    My rankings:

    7/15/10 - AACOMAS Submitted
    7/26/10 - AACOMAS Verified
    7/27/10 - AZCOM secondary received
    7/28/10 - PCOM, ATSU-KCOM, ATSU-SOMA and CCOM secondaries received
    7/29/10 - LECOM-E, LECOM-B and NOVA secondaries received. LECOM-E and LECOM-B supplemental application sent.
    7/30/10 - NOVA supplemental application sent.
    8/02/10 - UNECOM secondary received.
    8/04/10 - DMUCOM secondary received. DMUCOM supplemental application sent. Recommendation Letters sent electronically to DMUCOM, NOVACOM, CCOM, and AZCOM via. Interfolio.
    8/05/10 - PCOM supplemental application sent. Recommendation Letters sent electronically to PCOM via. Interfolio.
    8/06/10 - CCOM and AZCOM supplemental applications sent. TUCOM secondary received.
    8/08/10 - Signed up to re-take MCAT on Sept. 3rd. Will work on rest of the apps. after MCAT is done.
    8/10/10 - Put on hold until MCAT scores released by DMUCOM.
    8/16/10 - ATSU-KCOM supplemental application sent. Recommendation Letters sent electronically to ATSU-KCOM via. Interfolio. I fail at MCAT studying. Evidently, I\'d rather be working on my applications.
    8/17/10 - TUCOM supplemental application mailed. Recommendation Letters sent by mail to TUCOM via. Interfolio.
    8/18/10 - Wow. I have done next to nothing for my MCAT... :( I\'m starting to feel the pressure. This sucks. An interview invite would really take some stress off right about now. Oh well, I perform better under pressure anyways. 15 hrs everyday for the next 15 days = 225 hrs. Let\'s pray that\'s enough! Also, from reading all the posts on Touro NY from SDN, I\'m starting to realize that receiving a supplemental app from Touro NY is an automatic interview. I applied to Touro NY the last app. cycle and got a secondary, but I never turned it in because of the $200 app. fee. Needless to say, I\'m regretting it now.
    8/20/10 - LECOM-E updated my status...but I have no clue what it means. I\'ll update as soon as I find out for sure. Called AZCOM today...waitlisted. Decided to submit my primary to Touro NY. I gotta do something, I\'m desperate.
    8/24/10 - Touro NY supplemental application received...INTERVIEW!!! TouroCOM emailed to say that my app. is complete.
    8/25/10 - Rejected from LECOM-E via. snail mail. Received confirmation of my application from ATSU-KCOM. But it shows that they haven\'t received my LOR\'s! I sent my LOR\'s through Interfolio nearly 10 days ago! Ahhhh! I have to call ATSU tomorrow.
    8/26/10 - Touro NY supplemental application mailed. Called ATSU-KCOM today...they told me they received my LOR\'s. App. was on hold for MCAT score though, so I told them to go ahead and review w/o MCAT score. I don\'t feel like I\'ll do much better. Actually, I might do worse considering my lack of studying this time around... :(
    9/1/10 - Waitlisted at WVSOM.
    9/3/10 - Voided MCAT, probably would have gotten a lower score than my original...this sucks! Received e-mail from Touro NY saying app. is complete. Fingers crossed for an interview w/ Touro NY anyways. Also started to consider applying to St. George\'s U. Med.
    9/4/10 - Rejected from LECOM-B via. snail mail. E-mailed A.T. Still KCOM, PCOM, DMUCOM and WVSOM to inform them not to wait for my 2nd MCAT score...because I voided it.
    9/15/10 - Got an e-mail with interview dates for TUCOM-NY interview!!!!! Dates are Nov 2nd, 3rd, 9th or 10th. Just sent an e-mail to Admissions. I chose Nov. 2nd.
    9/16/10 - Nov.2nd is filled...crap. Fingers crossed for Nov. 3rd...Nov.3rd is closed too! Trying for the 9th... Interview with TUCOM-NY on Nov. 10th...Confirmed! (Lesson learned today: reply right away to interview invites!!!) E-mailed CCOM and TUCOM-CA today to check on the status of my application...apparently, my app is complete but still under review.
    10/04/10 - Second interview invite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy crap!!! TUCOM-CA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AhhhhHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    10/05/10 - TUCOM-CA Interview date confirmed for November 16th.
    10/09/10 - Booked flight and hotel for TUCOM-NY interview. Flight on ~ $210. Aloft Harlem on ~ $280 (expensive-yes, convenient-definitely yes!). Bus ride on the M60 from La Guardia to Harlem and back: pocket change.
    10/16/10 - Booked flight and hotel for TUCOM-CA interview. Flight on ~ $350. Courtyard Marriott in Vallejo: ~ $110. Bus ride from SFO to Vallejo and back: ~ $60.
    11/04/10 - Rejected from ATSU-Kirksville.
    11/10/10 - Interviewed at Touro-Harlem. I don\'t feel good about the interview. High wait list if I want to be optimistic.
    11/16/10 - Interviewed at Touro-Mare Island. I could be happier about the school and how my interview went. I find out in two days! Everyone please pray for me...

    Updated ranking:

    11/19/10 - Medium wait-list at TUCOM-CA.
    11/23/10 - High wait-list at TUCOM-NY. Trying to remain optimistic...will be sending in two more letters of recommendation to both Touro NY and CA, will be writing a letter of intent/interest to NY and CA, and will be re-taking my MCAT soon to get my score up to 30+
    12/20/10 - Recommendation from Dr. Smith (my research mentor of two years) delivered via. Interfolio to CCOM, AZCOM, TUCOM-NY, and TUCOM-CA. Preparing for April MCATs and trying to look for a better job! Student loans are a fricking pain! I need more $$$!
    1/17/10 - Registered for May 7th MCAT.
    1/18/11 - Rejected from CCOM.
    2/28/11 - Accepted into Midwestern University (Downers Grove) Masters in Biomedical Science (2 yr. program). Fairly solid backup for now, but still praying for TUCOM-NY acceptance!
    4/26/11 - Rejected from PCOM.
    8/11/11 - Interviewed at ROSS U.
    8/17/11 - Rejected from Touro-NY after staying on the high wait list for nearly a year.
    9/16/11 - Accepted. Ross University class of 2015...January 2012 start.


    A.T. Still University - Mesa
    University of New England

    Application Complete

    West Virginia (D.O.)
    Nova Southeastern University
    Arizona College of Mid. University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Lake Erie College - Erie
    Lake Erie College - Bradenton
    Des Moines University
    Philadelphia College - Philadelphia
    Chicago College of Mid. University
    A.T. Still University - Kirksville

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Touro University - Mare Island

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Touro University - Harlem

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