Previous MCAT, 8VR, 10BS, 10PS (28Q)
Dual degree student, B.A. Foreign Language and Culture (Spanish degree)/B.S. Zoology class of 2012
Upward trend in GPA since sophomore year.
Study Abroad in Guayaquil, Ecuador summer of 2011
Total hours of community and volunteer experience: 1182
Semester by semester GPA:
Freshman: 3.73 (15 credits), 3.53 (15 credits)
Sophomore: 3.23 (16 credits, including C+ in orgo 1), 3.71 (18 credits)
Junior: 3.72 (18 credits), 3.68 (13 credits)
Study abroad summer 4.0 (9 credits)
Senior: 4.0 (18 credits), 3.93 (16 credits)
This page is modeled after paul411's and NickNaylor's mdapps pages.
This personal statement is my own and is meant to show you what a personal statement might look like. While you may read it, please refrain from using any part of it in your own personal statement. It is exactly like it sounds like, personal. These events all touched my life in a way that I felt were important enough to put down on my medical school application and I hope you have unique events too that you could use. Do not copy and paste any part of the application because medical schools can use Google and have the essay traced right back to here. If they find you plagiarized your personal statement expect to have your application thrown away.
Take the MCAT seriously. I didn't the first time I took it. I only planned three weeks of study time and then took the test. I left the day after my MCAT to study abroad. This was a huge mistake and one thing that I regretted ever doing.
The second time I took the MCAT, I planned out a solid two month study plan. Again, this may be short, but I knew I could study hard and get higher than my first MCAT of a 28. The first month was intense review. I read and reread the Princeton Review MCAT book multiple times. I did practice problems from EK and practiced verbal by reading magazines and practice passages from EK 101.
During the second month, I did practice tests and focused on my weak areas. About two weeks before the test, I was burned out and quit studying. I did a few practice problems and just casually read the book. I was consistently scoring above a 30 with 10s in all sections so I quit trying to raise the score and just focused on maintaining it. I wish I hadn't of done this because I could have scored in the high 30s on the real thing and gotten into medical schools much easier. Alas, I didn't and there is nothing I can do to change it. Please don't make this mistake.
AAMC #4 = 32 (11 P, 9 VR, 12 BS)
AAMC #5 = 33 (11 P, 10 VR, 12 BS)
AAMC #7 = 30 (11 P, 9 VR, 10 BS)
AAMC #8 = 35 (12 P, 10 VR, 13 BS)
Actual MCAT = 32 (11 P, 10 VR, 11 BS)
Will matriculate at University of Washington School of Medicine.
These are all the updates I sent to UW.
Interviewed early October