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  • FL1234

  • Application cycles: 06/21/2011
  • Demographics: Female, 31, African
  • Home state: Florida
  • Last Active: 12/02/2014
  • Brief Profile: Since I am giving my stats I\'m going to try to remain as anonymous as I can be until after the interview season is over
    I know I am not the strongest applicant in the world, but I really do trust that God has a plan for me... every invite is a blessing.. HERE WE GO!


    Extracurricular:
    Premed Org Director
    Volunteer Service Trips
    Did research in both Genetics and Medicinal Chem
    Med missions trip
    Work at women\'s clinic
    Public Health water quality trip
    Counselor at premed summer camp
    Shadowed MDs/DOs
    etc.

    Update 6/19/2012
    This year has gone by so quickly and this cycle ended up being more than I could have ever imagined.
    my cycle ended with:
    Applied to 22 Schools (DO+MD)
    Sent 19 Secondary\'s (MD Schools only)
    12 Interview invites
    Attended 10 Interviews
    Waitlisted at 3 schools
    Accepted at 5 schools

    I truly enjoyed the interview trail and visiting different cities and such. I withdrew all my waitlists because I had already gotten into the schools that I wanted. I wanted to share my pieces of advice to all those applying. I know these are probably things most of you have heard a million times before, but I they are really important!

    1. APPLY EARLY!!!! i can\'t emphasize this enough. I had already gotten my interview invites in early August and I knew some people who hadn\'t even submitted their applications or gotten verified yet!
    2. Apply Broadly.... plenty of instate schools (I feel they are more forgiving of lower GPAs), reachable private schools, and a couple of dream schools (which I clearly got rejected from...but a girl can dream..lol)
    3. Give yourself a 2 week limit for secondary\'s and SAVE all of them. You will repeat most of your essays. This was probably the most grueling part of the process. I am pretty sure I can write a book about myself after writing these. But after this is easy sailing.
    4. ACCEPT every interview invite until you have accepted and secured your seat in a class
    5. Read up on the schools and go through the interview feedback page on SDN to go over questions.
    6. Know your application like the back of your hand...both primary and secondary.
    7. Create questions to ask before you get there and while you are.
    8. Jot down any important facts
    9. BE YOURSELF in the interview...
    10. Send thank you notes. Try to do it as soon as you get back home so you don\'t forget
    11. At the end of each interview, write down the pros and cons of this school...be honest with yourself as to why you would and wouldn\'t attend the school. This really helped me in my decision making

    Ultimately I choose the school that made me most feel at home. I actually turned down a 50% scholarship, but i KNEW I wouldn\'t be happy at the school. When you know, you\'ll know. Just be honest with yourself and what is important to you. At the end at every med school, you have to memorize material and pass the STEP... so I would focus on other aspects of the school...but thats just my opinion. Feel free to message me with any other questions.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/21/2011

    • Undergraduate college: University of Florida
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Premedical Studies
    • Institution: University of Florida
    • Area of Study: Other
    • Degree Obtained: Public Health
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 505
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 125, C/P 124, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.47
    • Science GPA: 3.13

    Summary of Application Experience

    6/22/11- I submitted my AMCAS. My original plan was to submit it within the first week of June, but I was having a lot of trouble with my personal statement (writer\'s block, etc)...and with my relatively high verbal and writing score, I wanted it should be really good and I must admit: it\'s pretty awesome and it was definitely worth the wait.

    7/13/11- FINALLY VERIFIED... my goodness I almost had a heart attack waiting that long. I have realized that this is probably why its better to apply early.

    9/8/11- I tell you, I really underestimated the amount of time and patience secondaries would take. I am pretty sure I can write a novel about my life as a premed with all these essays. But its all good, I finally finished my last MD one today...I was honestly ready to throw in the towel after the 5th one..SO HAPPY I AM DONE WITH THAT! I going to wait on the DO ones for a little bit..

    Applied, Withdrew

    Chicago College of Mid. University
    Nova Southeastern University
    Touro University - Harlem

    Application Complete

    Loyola University Chicago
    Morehouse School of Medicine

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Emory University
    Georgetown University
    University of Miami
    Northwestern University
    Columbia University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Rosalind Franklin University
    Florida Atlantic University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Hofstra University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    SUNY Downstate

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    New York Medical College
    University of Maryland

    Accepted

    Florida International University
    Florida State University
    Rush Medical College
    Howard University
    University of Florida

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