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:
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!