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  • katdacat

  • Application cycles: 10/09/2012
  • Demographics: Female, 36, African
  • Home state: New York
  • Last Active: 06/23/2014
  • Brief Profile: Actually, I did 3 majors over 2 degrees. SMP in progress post-'12-'13 app. Majorly non-traditional student.

    Overall GPA's rounded up to nearest tenth.
    Post-Bacc: 3.4+ overall, 3.4+ BCPM (app 1)/3.5+ BCPM (app 2)

    I was told by one advisor that med schools really only care about post-bacc grades...my experience in interviews was that the undergrad grades (in open-file interviews) were definitely questioned. Also, my post-bacc performance, though overall pretty decent, includes some grades below B, and I think that was pretty problematic (as one might expect).

    Activities listed under each application's summary.

    For '12-'13, I had 5 letters that I think were likely pretty strong (3 profs, 1 PI, 1 advisor). For '14-'15, I should have 3 of the 5 old letters and 3 - 5 new letters (1-2 work supervisors, prof/PI, prof, maybe another PI). Though my undergraduate school offers committee letters, I do not qualify for one, so I will just submit 3-8 individual letters to the vast majority of the schools and possibly a school-prepared letter packet to the 4 or so schools that seem to really want it.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 10/09/2012

    • Undergraduate college: Top 15 and Local Public School
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Mathematics
    • Institution: Local Public School
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: BA
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 517
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 2.90
    • Science GPA: 2.60

    Summary of Application Experience

    I put off the MCAT until August, hoping I could hit 40+. It took me a while to come to grips with my score. A few weeks after getting my score, I was finally ready to submit my application, and then the advisor mentioned above read my PS and said NO WAY. It took me another 10 days to revise the essay and submit. Secondaries were a nightmare, as all I could think was, this is *a lot* of money. That, coupled with an early rejection that suggested I needed to do some kind of formal post-bac or SMP, took me all the way out of my game. I second-guessed everything up to the deadlines, and pretty much all of my withdrawals were due to having to dump some apps to get others in by the deadlines.

    Looking back, I can see that I GROSSLY over-applied. I did it as a way to compensate for my late submission. However, I just came across a list of 33 schools that I had settled on for application. 8 of my 9 interviews were at schools on that list. So, there was just no need to stress myself out with even the thought of 45 applications. But, hindsight is 20/20 and all that...

    Among my post-interview results, I think the only one that truly shocked and disappointed me was Wisconsin. For one thing, it was the first post-interview rejection (until that point, I actually thought the worst I would see was a waitlist), plus I thought my interviews went pretty well. The places where I was waitlisted all had at least one interview that was quite good -- more conversational, or if it was a series of questions, I thought I answered pretty well. The last couple of places I interviewed, there was only one faculty member that interviewed me, and they made it pretty clear that they saw major deficiencies in my application. Thankfully, I did not have to waste good money traveling to those places.

    I couldn't dive right back in for the 2013-2014 cycle, but I am keeping myself well occupied as I gear up for 2014-2015. June submission, good updates...the next time around should be much, much better.

    ACTIVITIES:
    Yearbook photographer, 2 years
    Miscellaneous part-time employment while in school, 5 years
    Tutoring and Teaching employment, 4 years
    Top 10 school's summer internship
    President of school club, 1 year
    Full time work, 4 years
    About 200 hours non-clinical volunteering, 9 years (majority in 3 yrs before app; leadership in year of app)
    1 semester research in neuroscience lab
    3-week workshop in biological modeling, with publication
    Top 10 school's summer research internship
    ER volunteering started three months before application
    Dean's List
    Medical school preparatory program
    International travel, spanning a 6 year time period
    Community HealthCorps started a few weeks before app submitted

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Indiana University
    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Creighton University
    University of Maryland
    Boston University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Temple University
    UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
    Howard University
    Emory University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Albany Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    New York Medical College
    University of Rochester
    University of Cincinnati
    Columbia University
    University of Southern California
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Rush Medical College
    Wake Forest University
    Ohio State University
    Georgetown University
    Hofstra University
    Drexel University
    George Washington University
    Jefferson Medical College
    University of Miami
    Tulane University
    Harvard University
    SUNY Upstate
    Northwestern University
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    Baylor College
    Charles Drew University/UCLA

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Iowa
    University of Wisconsin
    SUNY Downstate
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Wright State University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    SUNY Stony Brook
    University of Missouri, Columbia
    University of Pittsburgh
    Case Western Reserve University

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