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  • goodluck2019

  • Application cycles: 06/17/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 28, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/25/2015
  • Brief Profile: First MCAT in 2013 was a quite unbalanced 28. Re-took it the next year and earned a 33.

    Attended a foreign undergrad college (3.7 GPA) and later did a post-bacc at a California State University (4.0 GPA).

    ORM
    Verified 7/8
    Letters received 8/25

    SR=secondary received
    SS=secondary submitted
    SC=secondary complete

    Work/Activities:
    1. Retail pharm tech ~1.5 years
    2. Hospital volunteer in two different departments 2 years (250 hours)
    3. Doctor shadowing: hospitalists, pediatric allergists/immunologists 45 hours
    4. Volunteer with sick children 8 months
    5. Senior thesis project on stem cells 1 year
    6. Research assistant on two bench lab projects 1 year total
    7. Officer, Treasurer, Orientation helper of two clubs 2 years
    8. Social service volunteer 2 years
    9. English tutor while abroad 1 year
    10. Various academic scholarships, a few dean's lists
    11. Hobbies: play two musical instruments, exercise, travel, baking

    After submitting primary application (updated a few schools with this):
    1. Volunteer pianist at assisted living facilities 6 months
    2. Physics tutor 4 months
    3. Shadow family medical doctors and volunteer as scribe 4 months
    4. Taking a few humanities and upper division bio courses
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/17/2014

    • Undergraduate college: California State University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 130, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Wow I must say that the medical school application cycle was the worst experience I've had. So much stress and anxiety especially when waiting for schools for interview invites or acceptances/waitlist/rejection notifications. I feel sorry for pre-meds...we have it rough.
    Didn't think I would fare that well when applying to med schools because 1) I'm ORM with not much prestige regarding school choice, 2) didn't have a strong theme in my opinion, and 3) relatively low verbal score. However, I worked hard on my personal statements and secondaries and told my story. Was honored to receive secondaries from all the UCs I applied to! I think that's good enough for me.
    Got a post-interview rejection at a state school and didn't think I would get in this cycle. However, luck was on my side in the spring and I got an interview and later an acceptance! Prep consisted of interview books, self-practice, and mock interviews. It only takes one acceptance to become a doctor. PM me if you have any questions!

    Application Complete

    University of California, Irvine
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    SUNY Buffalo
    Drexel University
    Albany Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Southern California
    Tufts University
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Davis
    New York University
    SUNY Downstate
    Tulane University
    University of Pittsburgh
    SUNY Stony Brook
    SUNY Upstate
    New York Medical College
    University of Rochester

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego

    Accepted

    Queen's University

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