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  • CaptnCrunch1791

  • Application cycles: 07/21/2013
  • Demographics: Female, 29, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Last Active: 03/06/2014
  • Brief Profile: I've decided to create this profile because I've had quite a saga through this whole process.

    I studied Forensic Science at Loyola University Chicago, which was fully accrediated by FEPAC, very science heavy, and one of the most labor-intensive degrees at the school. Starting my second semester Freshman year I continuously worked 15-20 hours a week first as a campus Store Clerk and then as a Customer Advisor at a Petco located in the heart of Chicago (I know that sounds like a blow-off job, but retail is actually very exhausting and I took on many responsibilities ). I rarely had weekends, and during breaks and campus I would pick up full-time hours. Freshman year I was more involved in campus activities such as being a Hall Representative, and working on the board for Loyola's Coalition for the Homeless, but transitioned into spending more time doing community service. I volunteered over 200 hours as a wayfinder in a Chicago hospital and as an technician assistant in the OR (where I also got to sit on a couple of surgeries). I also went with on a Habitat for Humanity trip to a Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and a mission trip to Greenwood, MI.

    My Sophomore year I spent a summer as a research intern in a chemistry laboratory, which was a great and informative experience. I am not afraid to admit it confirmed my expectation that I am not interested in pursuing research, and I continued focusing on community service.

    I graduated magna cum laude with minors in Chemistry and Criminal justice back in May 2013. At this time I was at the end of the 2013 application cycle. I will admit I was extremely foolish in believing that I was competitive enough to save money so I only applied to 5 medical schools; UW Madison, Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, Rush University, St. Louis University School of Medicine, and UIC. Well UW happily sent me a rejection on my birthday (I've seen that they are very partial towards Wisconsin residents, and unless you are a HIGHLY competitive you don't stand a chance). Rush and Stritch never responded until late spring to say that they were no longer interviewing. I had an interview at SLU on 1/8/13 and at UIC in mid February (although that one went terribly on my part. I was just... a weirdo). SLU put me on the waitlist and UIC postponed a decision until May, where they then rejected me. I spent the first part of the summer working, recovering from undergrad, and hoping to hear back from SLU.

    I finally realized that I needed to make a decision if I was going to apply again, and that the deadline for help from our school's pre-health advising committee was coming up. I got my butt in gear and was able to submit my AMCAS on July 22nd. Finally, I heard back from SLU on 8/12/13 informing me they were not offering me a spot in the class.

    I've spent this past year volunteering in both an emergency department and with a affordable healthcare clinic for low-income families. I also took an EMT-B class, attained my license, and began work as an EMT with a private company..
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/21/2013

    • Undergraduate college: Loyola University Chicago
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 125, C/P 127, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.83
    • Science GPA: 3.71

    Summary of Application Experience

    I had a hard time starting this cycle, as I was still disappointed about not getting in on the last cycle and was still waiting to hear back from SLU with a potential acceptance. The hardest part was trying to work on the secondaries in the fall- its incredibly hard to write about how great of a candidate you are when you feel like a total failure.

    I chose to apply to more schools that were in my reach and that did not require research.

    Applied, Withdrew

    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Application Complete

    Jefferson Medical College
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Drexel University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Temple University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Southern Illinois University
    University of Arizona
    Tulane University
    Rush Medical College

    Attended Interview

    University of Cincinnati

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Saint Louis University

    Accepted

    University of Illinois
    Loyola University Chicago

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