5/1/15: I'm probably at the end of the line, at long last. It sounds arrogant, but this process didn't go as I expected. With my 4.0/38, top 20 school, etc., I figured I would get interviews left and right. Turns out extracurricular experiences, unique leadership, etc. seem to play a bigger role than I thought. I was even rejected outright by Michigan, despite being in state and exceeding all the averages for in state applicants. Let that be a lesson ï¿½ statistics are not everything.
Being rejected by so many schools was humbling. I accepted my results and was fully prepared to attend Wayne State, originally one of my "safety schools." How pretentious of me! When I actually thought about it, Wayne State offered me a lot, from proximity to home to streaming lectures to ability to research with nearby major universities. I was too blinded by pride to see that before.
In the end, I have chosen to attend Pittsburgh, a fantastic school by which I was fortunate enough to be accepted from the waitlist. From the research opportunities, to glowing reviews by former students I know, to the city itself, to PGH's proximity to Michigan, it's a wonderful fit. So despite this cycle not turning out how I expected, the result will likely make me much happier than some of my initial interests would have (e.g. East Coast schools). Funny how life turns out sometimes.
Due to the waitlist acceptance, I will be attending a "top 20" school instead of a more locally known state school. Again, I don't think this reflects much more than chance and some degree of fit. I'm definitely not going to pontificate about how I "deserved it." That's a foolish concept, even more so for a profession like this. I'm more modest now, which is a great thing. Yes indeed, applying to medical school actually made me a better person. Hell if I saw that coming.