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  • galen174

  • Application cycles: 07/28/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 36, East Asian
  • Home state: Unknown
  • Last Active: 07/30/2011

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 07/28/2010

  • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 129  
  • Overall GPA: 3.95
  • Science GPA: 3.98

Summary of Application Experience

I agree with the advice of finding the school that fits *you* the best. Do you need to go to a top 20 school to be happy? Then go to a top 20. Is debt your biggest concern (perhaps true for everyone)? Then follow the money. Good weather? Go to CA. Ask yourself, when the going gets real tough, what will keep you going? And don\'t be ashamed of your answers. Of course, you can\'t tell what med school will be like for you until you start, but you can imagine your worst days in undergrad and start from there.

Also, if you are like me, you likely won\'t know what you\'re looking for when you first submit your application. So apply broadly. Then hang in there for the ride. The process tries to be objective but in the end a sizable amount of luck is involved. Don\'t let a rejection bring you down too much.

In retrospect, things I wish I could\'ve done differently:
1. submitted primary even earlier (i.e. when AMCAS opened)
2. gathered my recommendation letters before AMCAS opened (two great letters of mine came in September and October)
3. reduced the level of self-importance in several of my secondary responses; you\'ll soon realize that you\'re not special

Applied, Rejected

University of California, San Francisco

Application Complete, Rejected

University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan

Application Complete, Withdrew

Emory University
Baylor College
Wake Forest University

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

Oregon Health & Science University
University of Vermont
Tufts University

Attended Interview, Rejected

Harvard University

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

Duke University
University of Pennsylvania


Stanford University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis

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