I\'m a somewhat non-traditional student - I took about a year off of school to work full time in politics between my sophomore and junior years. I majored in journalism, but I\'ve taken way more than the required number of science courses. Here\'s a summary of my extracurriculars:
Activities -Office Aide - Health Communications Research group -Medical Scribe - Emergency Department -Blogger - Cooking and public health blog -Volunteer - Science education outreach for rural schools -Shadowing - ~20 hours, various specialties -Senior honors thesis - Journalism -(former) Intern - Lt. Governor\'s office -(former) Membership Director/Office Manager/Interim Finance Director - Democratic Party of Wisconsin -(former) Document Conversion Coordinator - Disability Resource Center -(former) Volunteer - Emergency Department -(former) Student/Faculty Liaison - Honors Biology -Various volunteer service trips over winter/summer breaks
Honors and Awards - Scholarship equivalent to semester tuition through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (2010) - Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (2010) - Senior Achievement Award through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (2011) - Dean\'s list (Seven semesters)
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/02/2011
Undergraduate college: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
06/03/2011 - Submitted the AMCAS today. Let the anxiety attacks begin. 06/08/2011 - AMCAS verified. Still waiting to add last two LoRs. 06/17/2011 - All LoRs received by AMCAS 07/10/2011 - First Interview Invite! University of Chicago sure has a speedy admissions staff. 10/14/2011 - Rejected from UCSF pre-secondary today. Silver lining: I am now officially done with secondaries - have been for a while. 10/21/2011 - One week later and I got a voicemail saying I was accepted to the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am going to be a doctor and I am so thrilled! 03/01/2012 - Accepted to Northwestern! I\'m still waiting to hear back about financial aid, but I\'m really happy with my options at this point. 04/05/2012 - Rejected from Rush (no interview) today. Now the only school I\'m still waiting to hear about is University of Chicago. 04/25/2012 - May 15th is coming up quickly now. I\'m still deciding between Northwestern and my state school, UW. Northwestern\'s Second Look was really great and the new curriculum sounds awesome. This is really just a decision about cost at this point. 05/14/2012 - Officially withdrew from UW. I\'ll be attending Northwestern in the fall!
First Interview! 10/22/2011 - Received a letter in the mail notifying me of my continued status. Happy to still be in the running and still eagerly hoping for an acceptance. The admissions staff here is so friendly and helpful!
I love that the medical school is on the larger university campus. And the Scholarly Concentration program sounds really well thought out. The curriculum is traditional/lecture-based but I could definitely see myself here for four years.
Summary of Experience:
SR: 6/17/2011, SS: 6/19/2011, C: 6/21/2011, Small Pooled: 8/22/2011, II: 9/7/2011, IA: 10/14/2011, A: 10/21/2011, Withdrew: 12/16/2011. First acceptance!
MCW has some really great clinical opportunities, most of which are located right on the campus. The campus has a very suburban feel. All of the students seemed really enthusiastic about the school and it sounded like there are a lot of extracurricular opportunities here. I just wish the campus was closer to downtown Milwaukee.
Fantastic interview day! Everyone was really friendly and the Case curriculum sounds great. Plus the hospitals in Cleveland all sound pretty impressive. I really liked the integrated block structure to the pre-clinical years.
Summary of Experience:
SR: 7/26/2011, SS 7/31/2011, C: 8/1/2011, II: 9/6/2011, IA: 9/30/2011, A: 3/1/2012. Attending!!
11/3/2011: Decision deferred until March
Northwestern is updating their curriculum next year and it sounds amazing. The new curriculum will be very integrated, tying early clinical experiences in with lecture material. I really liked the emphasis on problem-based learning and treating students as \"adult independent learners.\" And of course, I love Chicago.
Accepted! So very excited. This is definitely a top choice for me.
The UW has a great emphasis on public health integrated into the MD curriculum. All the students seemed very conscious of big picture issues pertaining to health care. Everyone was friendly and laid back.