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  • blues

  • Application cycles: 06/02/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 26, Caucasian
  • Home state: Alabama
  • Last Active: 08/21/2015
  • Brief Profile: Going to use this to help keep track of my applications...these stats are an approximation, and I didn't have an MCAT writing score.

    App details:
    -Strong research (1 pub in a high-impact journal that will be going into my update letters)
    -Strong rec letters from PI, instructor I TAed for, and music prof (based off interviewers' direct quotes, though I dunno about the committee letter)
    -Strong leadership in extracurriculars
    -Average shadowing/weak (almost zero) clinical experience
    -Strong personal statement (based off interviewers' comments)
    -Weak to strong secondary essays (depending on how annoying the prompts were and how burnt out I was feeling from writing previous essays)
    -Strong upward trend in GPA (aka screwed up freshman year then essentially aced everything after)

    I applied to two of my state schools, which are not listed for anonymity. I was accepted into the better one in October and withdrew from the other without having submitted the secondary.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/02/2014

    • Undergraduate college: Top 10
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.77
    • Science GPA: 3.68

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS submitted 6/3/14, transcript received 6/9/14, AMCAS processed 6/25/14, LORs received 7/28, update letters sent to a few schools post-interview 1/23/15 and later

    2/01/15: Having most likely wrapped up my interview trail at this point, I'm pretty satisfied with how things turned out for me. Being accepted to multiple schools so early allowed me to withdraw from a lot of schools that I should not have applied to in the first place but added to my list at the urging of premed counselors and fellow premeds. I should've just gone with my original list of schools, which ended up being the ones I got interviews at anyways. **Update: Got a Stanford invite five days later. Just kidding, not done with interviews yet.**

    I've also realized that I hate MMIs. Maybe I'm just terrible at them, but I feel like they're not a good metric for getting to know an applicant. It makes the interview experience so impersonal, which obviously some schools view as a good thing, but I am all for the traditional interview, where you get to see how the interviewee actually interacts with another person in a normal situation. I think the whole concept of an MMI is a little bizarre because of the approach and the content. Even though I prepared beforehand and wasn't personally surprised by any of the content, I don't think it's useful to try to gauge how ethical or diplomatic a person is based on how they respond to these situations. Isn't that part of medical school, learning how to handle all these MMI situations? And obviously everyone is going to try to give an answer that sounds good, whereas if the situation was in real life, they would likely do something totally different. It's just not useful to hear these made-up answers rather than hear about actual experiences as you would in a traditional interview. End of rant.

    Applied, Withdrew

    Wake Forest University
    University of Colorado

    Application Complete

    Yale University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    Cornell University
    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Southern California
    University of Chicago

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Baylor College
    University of California, Irvine
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Invited for Interview

    Stanford University

    Attended Interview

    Harvard University
    Boston University
    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    New York University
    Columbia University
    University of Miami


    University of North Carolina
    Vanderbilt University

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