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  • syoung

  • Application cycles: 06/19/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 38, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/01/2013
  • Brief Profile:


    Submitted: 06/20/2012
    Verified: 07/18/2012
    AMCAS Letter packet received: 08/08/2012

    I wanted to give a description about myself and my experience applying this 2013 cycle. It's been up and down over 4 years, but was well worth it. I am just a "successful" applicant, as in I got in. One acceptance is all it takes, and having 10 or 15 vs. 1 makes no difference as you can only attend one school.

    Non traditional student who bartended during his 4th and 5th year at UC Irvine before joining the US Peace Corps. Additionally, I worked part time throughout college ever since sophomore year as a tutor or as an on-campus computer lab advisor.


    Prerequisites completed: General Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology; General Chemistry A, B, C, with labs A, B, C; Organic Chemistry A, B, C, with labs A, B; Physics A, B, C, with labs B, C; AP Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Basic Statistics.

    MCAT preparation:

    MCAT test dates:

    MCAT Study Materials

    MCAT Exams

    Activities / Experiences:

    [*]Most meaningful experience. Definitely expanded on those in my AMCAS application. I only chose 2, as you do not have to pick 3.

    Research experience:

    Undergraduate research


    Community Service / Volunteer experience:

    Peace Corps



    Leadership - not Listed Elsewhere

    Paid Employment - Not Military

    Various Employments on University Campus


    Part-time Selt-Employed and Learning Center Tutor

    Honors / Awards / Recognitions

    Recognition for Excellence

    Letters of Recommendation:

    1. Virology professor from whom I took two normal courses and a P/F course. 2 A's and a P
    2. Organic Chemistry professor from whom I took one course. 1 A
    3. Research professor for whom I worked for two years.
    4. Humanities professor from whom I took five courses. 3 A's and 2 B+'s
    5. Clinic supervisor with whom I worked closely with for two years.
    6. Dr. whom I shadowed in 2012

    All of the professors and supervisor I kept in touch with throughout the years, through Peace Corps, afterwards. I especially made a trip to see them all, except my supervisor who moved to Seattle. I also brought them a gift from the Peace Corps.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/19/2012

    • Undergraduate college: UC Irvine
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.54
    • Science GPA: 3.55

    Summary of Application Experience

    15 applications / 14 complete applications / 5 interviews / 2 acceptances / 3 waitlists

    Anonymous demographics. Will change back to normal when cycle over.

    ------ Key ------
    SR: Secondary Received
    SS: Secondary Submitted
    C: Complete
    II: Interview Invite
    IA: Interview Attended
    W: Withdrew
    WL: Waitlisted
    R: Rejected
    A: Accepted

    ----- Timeline -----
    Did alright the first time, studied with TBR course, but verbal was 7, had to retake.

    Bombed it because I didn't study, thought I had the sciences down... turns out everything dropped, but verbal went up to 8.

    3xMCAT Buckled down this time, went home after graduating in June 2009, 1.5-2 months x 6 hours/day. Used TBR and EK products. Resulted in the MCAT above.

    Returned home from the Peace Corps.
    Went to Irvine to check up on professors, update letters of rec. (Pretty important as I had not spoken with them in person since I left school in 2009).

    Began working on my personal statement.
    Requested transcripts.

    20 / submitted AMCAS

    18 / AMCAS verified
    24 / First secondary received

    08 / Letters received by AMCAS

    09 / Last secondary sent out
    24 / Irvine interview invite!

    04-06 / Attended UC Davis AMSA workshop as a volunteer. Probably got the other 4 interview invites from this.
    06 / Iowa interview invite!
    10 / Vermont interview invite!
    17 / Jefferson interview invite! (Called Dr. Brooks)
    29 / Iowa interview attended!

    8 / Vermont interview attended!
    15 / Vermont waitlisted =/

    10 / Irvine interview attended!
    19 / Jefferson interview attended!

    23 / Jefferson waitlisted =/
    38 / Irvine waitlisted (no love from alma mater)


    05 / Tufts Acceptance! First one and top choice at this time!
    13 / Iowa acceptance! Was not expecting it as it was tough OSS numbers.

    Profile design by paul411, borrowed some from Gettheleadout


    Loyola University Chicago

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Rochester
    Wright State University
    Tulane University
    University of California, Davis
    University of Wisconsin
    Brown University
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    SUNY Stony Brook
    Wayne State University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Vermont
    University of California, Irvine
    Jefferson Medical College


    University of Iowa
    Tufts University

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