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  • Lilian

  • Application cycles: 06/11/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 31, East Asian
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Last Active: 09/02/2015
  • Brief Profile: I hope this is helpful for those who have low, upward trending GPA and balanced/high(>90 percentile) MCAT. I have "beautiful" recommendation letters according to an interviewer, interesting nonclinical ECs/experiences, clinical volunteering/ECs, and extensive/competitive research experience (without publication).
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/11/2014

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.40
    • Science GPA: 3.30

    Summary of Application Experience

    3/11: Ended up withdrawing from RWJMS. Gonna wait for financial aid packages from Cooper/NJMS, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up at NJMS!!

    2/1: Huh, II from RWJMS.

    1/12: Still waiting to hear back from AESOM. The cycle isn't over, but out of all the schools I applied to, there are very few that I would consider over the schools that I was already accepted to: Yale, USC, AESOM, and UA-Tucson. I don't expect I will be getting interviews from those schools (minus AESOM), after stalking how many interview spots appear to be left. In addition, I've added my real MCAT and GPA. :) Some thoughts on the cycle...I shouldn't have been as worried as I was, and I really could have applied to less schools. Many of them weren't good holistic fits but my stats fit. However, I'm not a traditional applicant, and at my three interviews (thus far?), my background and "story" were very much emphasized. I knew this going in, but I doubted myself. If I considered that, I would have applied to less schools that got a large number of applicants (BU, Drexel, GW, etc), for example, and maybe considered Duke, Vandy, and other schools that are more holistic in their approach (though they are all holistic...). I guess it's easy to say that in retrospect. It's better to be safe than sorry and apply to 20 schools rather than 5, if only so you don't have to go through the whole cycle again!!!

    12/15: NJMS acceptance. :)

    11/03: NJMS II! I am pleased.

    10/30: I am filled with BOTH excitement and relief after being accepted by Cooper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no words, just emotions, so here are some more exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise I'm going to fill out that Duke secondary...even if it is late now...

    09/17: By now I've heard back from a lot of schools I finished the secondary for. I was surprised by the Tulane rejection, and a bit bummed by the Phoenix rejection, but the IIs make them palatable. Given my stats, I'm VERY happy to have two IIs this early in the game, especially from a state school and Albert Einstein (!!). Given the complete dates over at SDN, I'm thinking I have an ongoing review or silent hold/rejection at several schools, including my other state schools, Temple, Jefferson, and SUNY Downstate. Only time can tell though. At this point, I'm gonna work on finishing the Duke secondary (umm....) and start preparing for my interviews at Cooper and Albert Einstein!

    09/11: II from Cooper! Now in no-care-zone about GW and Drexel. ALSO, finally complete at Wake Forest. I think they must do secondary and app completion emails in batches, because people seemed to be getting these emails at the same time.

    09/04: Tulane rejection! I'm upset because I thought I matched their mission well and I like New Orleans a lot. On the plus side, I don't have to pay for airfare to New Orleans...

    08/26: This cycle, there have been a lot of early applications in response to last year, and I'm sitting here, mostly complete in early August with one II. I know I should complain at all (Albert Einstein!) but most schools haven't even looked at my application yet! It's hard not to be impatient. But it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. I would feel just as crappy if they did take a look and put me on hold or rejected me at this point.


    Duke University
    University of Pennsylvania

    Application Complete

    New York Medical College
    Yale University
    Drexel University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Jefferson Medical College
    University of Rochester
    George Washington University
    Tulane University
    University of Arizona - Phoenix
    Boston University
    SUNY Downstate
    Temple University
    University of Arizona
    University of Southern California
    Wake Forest University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University


    Cooper School of Rowan University
    UMDNJ - New Jersey

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