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  • Application cycles: 06/10/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 27, East Asian
  • Home state: Massachusetts
  • Last Active: 11/02/2020
  • Brief Profile:

    About Me

    Hey All,

    I'm documenting my experience here simply because there's so little information out there, especially for Cornell kids (at least it feels that way). Everything that comes up from here on out is fair game.

    No Background info - for anonymity lol. Will post after med school! If anyone knows me, I would say it's pretty easy to identify me on here.

    SR: Secondary received

    SS: Secondary submitted

    AC: Application complete

    II: Interview invite

    IA: Interview attended

    A/R/WL: Accepted/rejected/waitlisted


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    Activities in No Particular Order

    Work Experiences
    Shadowing (400+ total hr)***
    Extracurriculars h
    Comm Service
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Cornell University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Premedical Studies
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.65
    • Science GPA: 3.60

    Summary of Application Experience

    MCAT Taken: 4/14 (No writing score so "Q" is a placeholder)

    Will update with specifics after application process is finally over.

    Was waiting so long for Committee letter to finally be complete. I had all secondaries done within 2 weeks of getting them, but wasn't complete until Committee letter came 8/24. A bit the time I got the letter I was worried about timing but it turns out that it didn't affect my application too much - just the timing. I received IIs about 2 months after most people, probably due to the the late Committee letter!

    My Thoughts on the Cycle Post Acceptance (3/08/2016):
    The cycle has been a long one, especially because most of my interview invites came during the latter half of it. I would say my cycle mirrors a normal applicant's except it was 2 month delayed because HCEC letter didn't arrive until the end of August.

    I've been very lucky throughout the entire cycle. With my relatively mediocre GPA, I'm glad I pursued my interests in business as a business minor and a health policy minor to set myself apart from the average applicant. It's important to understand that everything comes together. All the minuscule amounts of effort I put in paid off. Successes like these are never 50+50 = 100%, it's always 1%+1%+1%+etc. = 100%.

    The process was nerve wracking and I don't know what I would have done without the support of my parents and my friends around me. Even as someone who is particularly relaxed, I felt anxious sometimes. Feel free to PM me with any questions or concerns and I'd be happy to help. I do believe that anyone who truly wants to get into medical school can get in. It's all a matter of the amount of effort you really put into it. Spend the time to network and get information from others and make sure that information is accurate.

    Deferral for Matriculation (5/23/2016):

    I'm deferring matriculation for a number of reasons but am so far glad to be doing it. I'm taking some time off to rest/recuperate and just mature as a young adult as I continue working for the Healthcare Consulting company I'm currently at.

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Yale University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Duke University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Brown University
    Georgetown University
    Mayo Medical School
    Hofstra University
    University of Chicago
    Cornell University
    Johns Hopkins University
    New York University
    Stanford University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Northwestern University
    Columbia University
    Harvard University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    Drexel University
    Temple University
    Tufts University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of Massachusetts

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Dartmouth College
    University of Rochester
    Case Western Reserve University


    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Boston University
    Jefferson Medical College

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