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  • User #2650

  • Application cycles: 2004
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Brief Profile: *Volunteer Russian interpreter for recent Eastern European immigrants
    *Founded a summer tennis camp for disabled and underprivileged kids
    *Hospital Volunteer
    *Volunteer MS/HS and adult tutor
    *Historical Costumer
    *Gen chem and orgo TA
    *Physics and mathematics dept SA
    *Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, dept. honors (both depts), NASA scholarship, college scholarship, dean's list every semester, various chem and religion awards, etc.
    *Past work: farmer, tennis instructor at Nike, tutor. Currently teaching.

    ***Things that I should have listed but for some reason didn't:
    *Religion/anthropology research
    *Alzheimer's clinic volunteer for 6 years
    *Founding member & first violin of local symphony orchestra/released a few CDs - 5/6 years spread out over late hs and college.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2004

    • Undergraduate college: Small LAC in PA
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.95
    • Science GPA: 3.93

    Summary of Application Experience

    I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo late in this process, but we'll see how it works out for me. ;-) I always liked fighting an uphill battle anyway.

    Update: The battle went badly. I applied to too few schools to begin with, and had to withdrawl when finances got kind of tight. While I believe the timing of my application was the primary reason this cycle went so badly, I think that there were a few things I could have done a bit better. Namely, I should have listed fewer awards/scholarships on my AMCAS and added or expanded on some of the ECs I participated in early in my college career. Additionally, I would have listed my non-science research and probably should have reworked my PS. Pretty much, everything should have been different. :)

    Basic science research was also sorely lacking, particularly if I wanted notice from research-heavy schools. I have since started working on that, and we'll see how that pans out come the 2007 application cycle.

    Applied, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    Drexel University
    Temple University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Dartmouth College
    New York University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

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