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  • sunflower18

  • Application cycles: 06/02/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 26, Caucasian
  • Home state: Yukon
  • Last Active: 04/22/2015
  • Brief Profile: Major: Chemistry
    Location: West Coast (not Yukon)
    I'm a traditional applicant, applying after my junior year of college. I do have a somewhat unconventional educational background, and have a unique perspective & extracurriculars outside of medicine as a result. Many of my secondary essays focus on this, as my primary / PS gloss over it. Here's to hoping that it intrigues at least a school or two! :)

    CLINICAL:
    ** Emergency Department Scribe
    Hospital Volunteer
    Shadow
    Campus EMS Responder & Leader

    RESEARCH:
    ** Summer Research Assistant
    Academic Year Research Assistant
    1st author poster, 2nd author presentation, 3rd author poster. 2nd author paper to be submitted soon!
    Summer & Year Long Independent Research, funded via scholarship

    EMPLOYMENT:
    Tour Guide
    ** Injury Prevention Program Graphic Design Intern
    Pre-Health Intern

    TEACHING & TUTORING:
    Group Organic Chemistry Tutor
    Private General Chemistry Tutor
    Private Upper Level Psychology Tutor
    Lab TA for Introductory Biology
    Lab TA for Organic Chem
    Neuroscience teacher

    NON-CLINICAL VOLUNTEERING:
    Swim instructor aide
    Chemistry Club President

    ARTISTIC:
    Published poet in several national literary magazines
    Editorial Board Member of campus literary magazine

    AWARDS:
    Organic Chemistry Student of Year
    Pre-Medical Scholarship
    American Chemical Society Scholarship
    Research Scholarship
    Teaching Scholarship


    I think that my activities and entire application, really, can be summed up by my very strong passions for communication and education. I also have a lot of clinical and research experiences, but almost everything I've done ties back into communication and education, and how those ventures will make me a strong physician and teacher.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/02/2014

    • Undergraduate college: Hogwarts
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.96
    • Science GPA: 3.93

    Summary of Application Experience

    Note: No actual writing score on MCAT

    TIMELINE --

    6/3/14:
    Submitted primary 30 minutes after AMCAS opened!

    7/11/14:
    Whew! Over half of my secondaries submitted!! Something to note is that I have submitted every single one of my secondaries within 48 hours of getting it. I think there were only 4 or so that took me longer than 24 hours. I'm making a note of this because I forgot to keep track on here of when each secondary was received... So if you're curious as to when they were sent out or when I got them, just look at my "complete" date and subtract a day or two and that's when I got it! I'm also using "complete" to mean that I've submitted the secondary, not necessarily that the school marked me as complete (cause a lot of them take a week or two to download my letters from AMCAS, so it shows as incomplete until then).

    Later on 7/11/14....
    OH MY GOSH I GOT MY FIRST INTERVIEW INVITE!!! I am sososo completely excited. This was really unexpected, and makes me much more optimistic for the rest of the cycle! :)

    7/17/14:
    Got my second interview invite to University of Rochester! I'm really surprised and pleased and excited! :)

    7/28/14:
    Third interview invite to Penn State!! Woohoo!

    Later on 7/28/14....
    NYU INTERVIEW INVITE. IS THIS REAL LIFE?

    8/7/14:
    So so so excited to get an interview invite to Brown!! I almost applied to their BS/MD program when I was in high school, but didn't complete the application for some reason. Brown has always been a really exciting school to me, so I'm stoked for the chance to interview!!

    8/18/14:
    Interview invite from Albany! Breaking a bit of a dry spell! I am excited to add another NY school to my list :)

    8/25/14:
    Mayo interview invite omg omg omg omg omg omg I cannot even believe it I am so ecstatic AAHH. Literally crying. This has been my top choice for so many years, and the chance to visit is mindblowingly amazing.

    8/27/14:
    MCW interview invite! Seems like a great, friendly school. Plus! Conveniently next door to Minnesota! Midwest, here I come :)

    Later on 8/27/14....
    Interview invite from University of Iowa!!! Really stoked about this school!!

    8/28/14:
    II to University of Vermont!!! This week has been an explosion of good news!! I honestly am floored to have gotten 10 interviews in July and August. I never, never, never expected this. Goes to show how unpredictable this process is!

    8/29/14:
    Attended my first interview (GW), got an II from NYMC, got placed on hold at CCLCM, and got first rejection (Georgetown). Crazy day!!! Interview impression below :)

    9/5/14:
    Attended my second interview -- University of Rochester! Also got an II from VCU :) some things happened today to throw me for a loop and really get me thinking about what is important to me. I want to be a doctor, I want to get a good education, I want to love my classmates, I want to adore my school, I want to feel at home where I end up. Pedigree and name brands don't promise these intangibles. It's so important to not obsess over school name and reputation when fit and direction are much more important. Impressing random people with your educational background is not the end goal here. Name doesn't matter unless you let it. Be openminded, and don't let US News and World Report tell you what would make you happy. Things to keep in mind through this crazy roller coaster of a process :)

    9/19/14:
    Lots of stuff has happened, oops. Attended three more interviews and got an II to OHSU in the interim between updates!

    10/11/14:
    I have attended a bunch of interviews in the past month since my update. Sorry about that! Also, just got IIs to both Case and CCLCM (College and University tracks). Whaaaat?!?! I got the email and was fully expecting a rejection!

    10/14/14:
    Interview invite from UCLA..... I am floored and SO excited!!!

    10/15/14:
    TWO ACCEPTANCES!!! First to GW and second to MCW!!!!!!!! I can't even believe it.... I'M GOING TO BE A DOCTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2/16/15:
    Whew! Long time, no update! But now that my cycle is basically over (how crazy is that?!), I thought that I would sum everything up. I am so incredibly grateful and amazed at how this whole process has turned out for me, since I very very honestly went into this cycle expecting/hoping for maybe 5 interviews total, and 1 or 2 acceptances if I was lucky. That is not what happened, and I am so glad that I had encouragement from others (you know who you are!) to aim high and believe in myself. If I hadn't, and had just let my insecurities about my cycle dictate where I applied and how I felt about my application, I would be in a very different position today.

    So! This is all listed on my MDApps, but in an accessible list format...
    6 pre-interview rejections
    17 interview invites
    14 interviews attended
    3 post-interview waitlists
    8 acceptances

    After all of my interviews were over, my top two schools were UCLA and CCLCM, more or less tied (many many factors involved). As of right now, I am holding three acceptances: UCLA, Case Western, and OHSU. I am also staying on the high-hold waitlist at CCLCM for the time being. I have withdrawn from everywhere else. So that's where I'm at! Feel free to PM me on here or on SDN if you have any questions about my cycle -- I would be happy to help! :)

    4/20/15:
    Matriculating at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and I couldn't be more thrilled :) PM me if you have any questions about my cycle or decision!

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Drexel University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Dartmouth College
    Georgetown University
    University of Southern California

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Baylor College
    University of Cincinnati
    Wake Forest University
    Tufts University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Colorado

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    New York Medical College
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Tech Carilion

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Mayo Medical School
    University of Iowa
    Albany Medical College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Cleveland Clinic Medical School

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    New York University
    Brown University

    Accepted

    George Washington University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Rochester
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Case Western Reserve University
    University of Vermont
    University of California, Los Angeles

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