One time I wanted to go to medical school... and here I am.
College: First two years were not so great academically. I was undisciplined. I also managed to get in some trouble for underage drinking. Looking back, it might not have been worth the bad boy factor. It seems less and less cool after explaining it like 82 times on the primary transcript and over half of my secondaries. (That\'s sarcasm. I am ashamed of my stupid behavior in the past. I am a lot more mature now. Better late than never amiright?)
Second two years were much better academically. I got some discipline. I went out less. I quelled my stupid behavior. Too bad I waited until after I was 21... (Joking again).
MCAT: I\'m pretty satisfied. I kinda wish I had taken my Junior composition class earlier (got an N on the writing section). My advice is to prepare well. I studied during a 6 week break between classes. Once you get there just stay relaxed, it\'s too late to start doubting yourself. That will only hurt your score.
ECs: -Senior thesis. I spent a lot of time staring in a microscope...Those were the days. I actually enjoyed my research, I learned a lot, and I became a better writer in the process.
-International Research. An awesome experience that gave me a lot to write about. Win/win :-P.
-Learning Community Leader. Led Intro to Zoology learning communities during my junior and senior years.
-Shadowing. A psychiatrist and a family practice doc. 50+ hours (don\'t feel like counting).
-Volunteering. At a psychiatric hospital. I don\'t necessarily want to be a psychiatrist. The psychiatric hospital was easier to volunteer at, had more hours available, was really interesting, and I got to interact a lot with the patients.
-Currently working a job at that psychiatric hospital. - Taught a Kaplan MCAT Advantage class over the winter.
If I get recognized: Please choose one of two options:
A) You are not a medical school: Hi. Are you stalking me? (fingers crossed it\'s a beautiful woman)
B) You are a medical school: I DARE you to interview me. What are ya... chicken? *bawk* (This trick works every time.)
In all seriousness... you will not regret it. I just like to take the opportunity to joke around if you are gonna mine this site for info about me.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 07/01/2011
Undergraduate college: is in Ohio
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 519
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.64
Science GPA: 3.58
Summary of Application Experience
Although it costs a lot of money, apply to more schools than I did. Apply to a lot of the more selective and/or private medical schools than I did.
Secondaries had difficult questions, but it\'s important to get them done ASAP. I think quick turn around and good answers are both pretty important.
Interviews were not bad, but I have decent social skills. Just be confident (a.k.a. pretend you\'re really cool) and follow social etiquette. Send your interviewers or the school a thank you letter afterward.
Do a letter of intent to your favorite school if you get waitlisted. You can do letters of interest to other ones.
I did not send thank you letters to OSU and I still got in. That being said, they are easy, polite, and unlikely to hurt your chances. I sent them a letter of intent, and I think that helped.
Wake Forest University
Applying for combined PhD/MSTP? No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
I always liked them in NCAA tournament, its close to UNC and Duke, and they are a good school as far as research funding goes. No secondary... It ranks below UC for twice the cost
Summary of Experience:
In state. Interview attended. It was pretty laid back. My interviewers said I interviewed well. I\'ll know what they really thought in 4-6 weeks if I get accepted, rejected, or waitlisted... Students were friendly. The group interviewing was small, about 10-12 people (should\'ve counted...).
Rejected... One of my interviewers gave me advice for interviewing at OSU hahaha
In state school. High MCATs and GPAs, but I\'ve heard a few negative comments. Hopefully, I\'ll get to see the school for myself and draw my own conclusions.
Interview day was great. The facilities, faculty, and students were amazing. Still have a few questions about the new curriculum, however. It seems like everything was headed in the right direction at OSU.
Deferred... I don\'t think forgetting to bring a picture and the syllabus of my anatomy course helped. Hopefully they get over it :-P Accepted, will matriculate