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  • GBJ

  • Application cycles: 06/28/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: Massachusetts
  • Last Active: 07/02/2013
  • Brief Profile: White Male, Sorta Non-Traditional Applicant (Took 2 gap years working full-time as a Nursing Assistant in an ED)

    Employed throughout undergrad/summers
    200+ hours of hospital volunteering
    100+ hours of community service (mostly through service days)
    6 months as a research assistant in a biomedical research center
    4000+hours of full-time clinical experience as Nursing Asst.

    Will post accurate mcat and gpa type stuff after my First Acceptance (If I get one)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/28/2012

    • Undergraduate college: Top 100
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.80
    • Science GPA: 3.86

    Summary of Application Experience

    *****Some of this information will be omitted until 05/15, or until schools give me either a rejection or an acceptance.

    Extracurricular Activities:

    Personal Statement:

    Letters of Evaluation:

    -Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Professor.
    -Applied Analysis Professor (A Math, Chemistry and Physics bridging course - primarily Math)
    -Music Theory Professor
    **Each of these professors instructed course that I took during my final semester

    +External Letters
    -Nursing colleague from the ED
    -MD Clinical Director of the ED in which I work. It is my belief that this letter was probably the strongest.

    +Late Letters: The following letters I submitted after my application was already complete to most schools
    -MD from the ED in which I have worked with frequently. He volunteered to write me a letter after a particularly busy day at work, and I couldn't refuse such an offer!


    Before 05/12/12:
    -Spent >3months studying for the MCAT. I took every AAMC practice test once.
    -All letters of evaluation were submitted by 06/01/12
    -Committee Letter Meeting attended during the middle of May
    -I did not pre-write ANY secondary application essays.

    05/12/12 MCAT taken. Looking forward to a month of overwhelming self-doubt and crippling fear of a poor score. Gonna have to hit the gym every day to compensate.
    05/13/12 Began drafting a personal statement...mainly to pass the time, and take my mind off of the MCAT.
    06/12/12 MCAT scores received. 32R! Almost fist-pumped my computer into the wall. I feel like I just scored a playoff-clinching touchdown in overtime! Time to start working on AMCAS!
    06/29/12 Submitted AMCAS. I applaud myself for what I consider to be submitting "early". I later log on to SDN and find out that it's officially "late in the cycle" and become worried. More waiting ensues.
    07/06/12 BU sends me secondary? I'm very confused. I send them an idiotic message relaying this confusion. They send me a message telling me to Relax (more eloquently, of course). Three days later, GW sends me a secondary.
    08/03/12 AMCAS finally verified. Back to work. Receive excessively overwhelming amounts of secondary applications almost immediately. I take prophylactic carpal tunnel medication to prepare.
    08/06/12 Mayo application complete
    08/08/12 BU and Harvard application complete
    08/14/12 SLU application complete
    08/15/12 Rosalind Franklin and Michigan application complete
    08/17/12 Rejected from Mayo. That was fast! Self-doubt returns.
    ---08/21/12 Interview Invite from GW! First ii, and from one of my top choices! Self-doubt dissipates.EVMS application complete. Popping the first bottle of Champagne!
    08/22/12 Wake Forest sends me secondary
    08/24/12 Tufts application complete
    ***08/24/12 At this point I have turned in every secondary application I have received so far. I do not know the exact dates for when some of them were completed, so....I hope my apology is accepted***
    08/26/12 Feinberg sends me a secondary.
    08/28/12 Small pool at MCW
    09/07/12 Feinberg, Wake Forest and UMass applications complete. All applications now are complete! Popping the second bottle of champagne!
    ---09/10/12 Interview Invite at UMass! Impressed at the quick turnaround, and the efficiency of snail mail, which I hadn't really used in many years!
    ---09/13/12 Interview Invite at SLU
    ---09/28/12 Interview Invite at Temple: St. Lukes. Woo! Rejected from Pitt. Rejected from Brown. If it weren't for the interview invite, I'd probably be pretty bummed.
    ***Three months into the process checkpoint: 3 Rejections, 4 Interviews. I'll take that.***
    10/02/12 Small Pool at Rosalind Franklin. Also, Small Pool at UVM somewhere around this time.
    10/11/12 GW Interview Attended
    10/16/12 SLU Interview Attended
    10/23/12 Temple Interview Attended at St. Luke's.
    $$$11/14/12 Accepted to SLU! First Acceptance! Popping that third bottle of Champagne! This is very excited, and most importantly, I would LOVE to attend SLU.
    11/20/12 Withdrew applications from consideration for Duke, EVMS, Colorado and Drexel
    11/26/12 Waitlisted at GW. Bummed for sure, and not sure how I'll approach this issue since I already have acceptances to schools I would certainly attend. I really did like their program and the school too.
    11/27/12 Withdrew application from consideration for UNC
    ---11/28/12 Interview Invite at BU. Finally, a Boston school!
    $$$12/14/12 Accepted to Temple University! They haven't specified the program yet, but I'm not complaining!
    ***Six months into the process checkpoint: 3 Rejections, 5 Interviews, 1 Wait List, 2 Acceptances! Here comes 2013!***
    01/17/13 Rejected from Feinberg....guess I'm not going to Chicago


    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Duke University
    University of North Carolina

    Application Complete

    University of Vermont
    University of Michigan

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Mayo Medical School
    Brown University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Northwestern University
    Wake Forest University
    Tufts University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Rosalind Franklin University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    University of Colorado

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Massachusetts

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    Boston University


    Saint Louis University
    Temple University

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