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  • pyrrion89

  • Application cycles: 06/10/2013
  • Demographics: Male, 20, Caucasian
  • Home state: Howland Island
  • Last Active: 12/03/2017
  • Brief Profile: On the night before my MCAT, I was so desperate to get a score good enough to get into any medical school, even if it was a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) school. That meant a 25+ MCAT score. Looking back, my motivations that night were pure and true---after all, the whole point of doing this crazy admissions game was so, in the end, I could practice medicine as a doctor.

    When I got a 38, I was shocked. I was so scared during the first physics passage that I nearly had a panic attack and left the testing center. Suddenly, with my numbers, my options had opened up significantly.

    In many ways I think these possibilities kindled ambition, and ambition mutated into greed. I became obsessed with US News and World Report rankings the same way a fashionista goes window shopping by brand at a high-end clothing mall. My self worth became tied to my success at these schools, and every success and failure became a boost or blow to my ego.

    This experience, in many ways, represents a weakness in my character, but I think it is a weakness shared by many applicants. It is an understandable shortcoming. If you are in this situation, I encourage you to take a step back and remember why you decided to become a doctor in the first place. Every school will prepare you to become an excellent doctor. Every school will allow you to pursue the career you envision. The differences among schools exist, but, in the grand scheme of things, they are relatively minuscule. If you obsess over these differences, then they will warp, magnify, and consume you.

    The thing about greed is that it is insatiable. If you are beholden to it, then you will never be satisfied with the magnitude of your accomplishments---for there will always be another, greater accomplishment out of your reach, and you will fixate on that failure rather than revel in the successes behind you. The trick to happiness is recognizing that fact and being happy with what you have and have done.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2013

    • Undergraduate college: The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Foreign Language/International Studies
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 522
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.96
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    I'm going to UCSF!

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania
    Stanford University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Dartmouth College
    Baylor College
    Jefferson Medical College
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Tufts University
    University of Michigan

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Oakland University
    Saint Louis University
    University of Southern California
    New York Medical College
    University of Vermont

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Boston University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University
    Yale University
    Columbia University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Pittsburgh
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Chicago

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of California, San Francisco


    University of California, San Diego
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Cornell University
    University of California, Irvine
    Mayo Medical School
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Duke University

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