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  • RX78

  • Application cycles: 06/01/2014
  • Demographics: Male, 0, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/08/2015
  • Brief Profile: Real Ethnicity is Azn

    Took MCAT 3x (PS/VR/BS) + Late Application thanks to retake #3 = BOO

    Work/Activities

    -Competitive & Formerly nationally-ranked athlete in a sport for 12+ years including college
    -Basic Sciences Research 2.5 years--1 abstract submitted, 1 manuscript in making
    -Board member of NGO
    -Tutor for Organic Chemistry & Physics
    -Physiology 'TA' (I don't grade)
    -Clinical Research in Pediatrics 3 months--2 poster presentations
    -Volunteer at University Hospital--70 hours
    -Care-taker for old relative (could not speak English) 3 months--150 hours
    -Volunteer tutor & TA for underserved kids at local elementary school 3 months--50 hours
    -Tutor & mentor for little kids at another elementary school in OC--300 hours
    -Real Estate intern/bitch--200 hours
    -Clinical Research assistant at University Hospital (currently) --1200 hours & counting AND 2 publications :D
    -Bench Research Assistant in Hospital (currently)--1000+ hours by June 2015

    MCAT

    Practice test scores ranged from 29-39. Most were 32/33.

    GPA

    Gah, if only I had better time managment and didn't get so involved in ECs, I would have better grades AND have more fun in college. :( Oh well.

    ECs

    Ok, not super "wow" by SDN standards but I think they're pretty impressive.

    LORs

    Provost of School/Science Prof (Strong)
    Chairman of Biology Professor (Strong/Above Average)
    Research PI (Strong-ish)
    Social Sciences Professor ("Stellar")
    NGO/Non-Profit President (Very Strong)

    Personal Statement: I spent a good 3 weeks doing mine but it sure felt longer. I don't think it's "MAGNIFICENT" but it's very genuine and honest and many people said it was good. It doesn't suck that's all I know.

    My other regret? -- I wish I majored in Economics or Business so I could be working at some job where I could be paid > $0 during my gap year :( Ideally it'd be cool if I was a consultant like some of my friends are but yeah anyways....graduated with ZERO LOANS though!!!

    Tl;dr throwing out some cyber love for mehd schools
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/01/2014

    • Undergraduate college: Private University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.64
    • Science GPA: 3.65

    Summary of Application Experience

    MEMORABLE INTERVIEW MOMENTS:
    1) At School "X" where I really really really liked

    Interviewer Dr.: So unlike everyoone else today, you will receive two interviews....but we're both interviewing you at the same time.

    Me: Ok....

    Interviewer Dr. (turns to interviewer Med student): So have you read RX78's file?

    Interviewer Med Student: No not yet.

    Interviewer Dr.: Quite interesting. So you're going to be a tabula rasa since I meticulously went over his file a lot

    Me (internally): Gulp.

    Interviewer Dr: RX78, have you heard of Tabula rasa?

    Me: yes I do! It's John Locke's philosophy on self-determination and clean slate, etc etc.

    Interviewer Dr: well. What is your opinion on his philosophy of self-reliance.

    Me: O__o

    School "Y"

    Interviewer faculty was at a separate location had to take a shuttle. Arrived 30 minutes early. Decide to take a piss and I enter the bathroom in a building where I am the only interviewee apparently. As I am doing my business I see a doctor walk in and I glimpse at the name tag. It's the doc who wil interview me. And since the only young people in suits are med school interviewees, well pretty sure he knew who I was.

    School "Z" BLIND/Closed-file interview

    Interviewer: So you do research right now?

    Me: Yup! I do it on [insert topic] over at--

    Interviewer: With Dr. A correct?

    Me: Yeah! Do you know Dr. A?

    Interviewer: no. *blank expression*

    School "A" Open File

    Interviewer MS1: So...you're a reapplicant. What happened?

    Me: Insert spiel of how I improved and what happened.

    Interviewer MS1: Did you get feedback? What'd they say?

    Me: Yeah, it varied. Most said the same thing about late app, some said I had too much research...

    Interviewer MS1: Too much research????

    Me: I mean...they phrased it as "well we noticed you had a research-heavy background and we're a community-driven school. we think you would be a better fit at a school that has similar interests and a more suitable mission for you." Like that.

    Interview MS1: Oh.....

    Costs so far:
    AMCAS: $1492 (MOTHEROFGAWDDATCOST)

    Secondaries:
    UC Davis $90
    GWU $125
    FIU $30
    Mt. Sinai $110
    Loyola $85
    Georgetown $130 <-- TT___TT
    Jefferson $80
    Boston University $110
    Albert Einstein $120
    University of Cincinnati $25
    Dartmouth $130 <--- Double TT____TT
    UCI $90
    Tufts $ 109
    Ohio State $80
    NYMC $120
    Oakland $75
    UCSD $90
    U of Iowa $60
    St. Louis $100
    U of Arizona Phoenix $85
    UMiami Miller $75
    USC Keck $100
    Temple $75
    MSU CHM $80
    VCU $80
    Rush $90
    Wake Forest $100
    RFU $105
    Penn State $80
    UVermont $105
    WMU $85
    USF Morsani $30 <-- YAY not so high fee!
    UCLA DGSOM $80
    TCMC $100
    Drexel $100
    MCW $85

    Applied

    Tulane University

    Application Complete

    Ohio State University
    New York Medical College
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Jefferson Medical College
    University of Cincinnati

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Arizona - Phoenix
    University of California, San Diego
    Tufts University
    University of Iowa
    Pennsylvania State University
    Saint Louis University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Rush Medical College
    Temple University
    Michigan State University
    Wake Forest University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    University of Vermont
    The Commonwealth Medical College
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Georgetown University
    Boston University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Dartmouth College
    George Washington University
    University of California, Davis

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Oakland University
    Western University of Health Sciences

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Miami
    University of California, Irvine
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Southern California

    Accepted

    University of South Florida
    Drexel University
    Florida International University

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