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  • plainandsimple

  • Application cycles: 07/17/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 33, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/14/2015
  • Brief Profile: I took a few gap years before applying to strengthen my application. I will try to keep this as updated as possible. I am trying to remain somewhat anonymous during this cycle, but if you have any questions, please send me a message on SDN.

    MCAT and GPA are updated and accurate now that the application cycle is over.

    I have a mix of research experiences, clinical experiences, hospital volunteering, shadowing, community service, and college athletics. I feel like I'm a typical pre-med applicant based on my ECs, which is why I applied broadly.

    SR = secondary received
    SS = secondary submitted
    II = interview invite
    IA = interview attended
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/17/2014

    • Undergraduate college: University of California
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.80
    • Science GPA: 3.80

    Summary of Application Experience

    If you're interested in how I studied for the MCAT:

    6/18/14: I submitted > 30 primaries because I wanted to increase my chances of getting into at least one school. However, I know I'm going to hate myself once secondaries start rolling in. We'll see how many secondaries I actually end up completing. I'm waiting for transcripts to be received by AMCAS before my application will be ready for review.

    6/27/14: Transcripts received by AMCAS. Application ready for review.

    Primaries for 34 schools = $1348

    7/18/14: Application processed and verified. Let the secondaries roll in???

    7/21/14: Woke up to 12 secondary emails. I felt my cortisol levels immediately spike.

    7/30/14: Submitted 16 secondaries, but still have 14 secondaries to finish. Likely not going to complete certain secondaries because of the # of essays or LOR requirements.

    8/4/14: First interview invite at the University of Pittsburgh! Very surprised, but very excited!

    8/6/14: Added Harvard, Yale, and Brown to see what happens.

    8/30/14: Currently have 5 interview invites and I couldn't be more grateful. However, I dread looking at my bank account at this point.

    10/21/14: I have already attended 3 interviews (no decisions yet) and I still have 6 more to go! I haven't received another interview invite in a couple weeks so I'm not holding my breath on receiving another one.

    11/11/14: First acceptance to University of Iowa after I interviewed at Albert Einstein! So happy and excited!!!

    1/12/15: Last interview of the application cycle is at UC Irvine.

    4/30/15: Accepted at University of Pittsburgh off first tier waitlist! Very unexpected, but very grateful. Will be matriculating unless I get accepted at a CA school ;)

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Washington

    Applied, Withdrew

    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of Miami
    Temple University

    Application Complete

    Yale University
    Tufts University
    Pennsylvania State University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Dartmouth College
    Brown University
    George Washington University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    University of Rochester
    Oakland University
    Cornell University
    University of Virginia
    Emory University
    New York University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Jefferson Medical College
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    Albany Medical College
    University of California, San Francisco
    Boston University
    Wake Forest University
    Drexel University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Hofstra University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    New York Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Rush Medical College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    University of California, Davis
    University of Southern California
    University of California, Irvine

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Case Western Reserve University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Pittsburgh


    University of Iowa

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