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  • Rainbow Zebra

  • Application cycles: 05/31/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 29
  • Home state: Manitoba
  • Last Active: 08/08/2016
  • Brief Profile: Found that MDAPPS of others were quite useful in creating my application list. Thought I would do the same for other applicants. Took an earlier MCAT in 2013 with a dismal 26 score (could not finish any of the sections).. Retook Nov 2014, with an accommodation due to a learning disability, and was able to finish the sections. The documentation for MCAT accommodations was quite a beast to prepare, needed to get my neuropsych testing redone (another 8 hours for the complete test), sending in history of all my standardized tests back to middle school and college accommodations.

    Total Cost for this whole thing to get an acceptance to medical school: $6,965 so far.

    EC/Work Activities Hours Summary:

    Paid Employment Clinical 3,000 ED Scribe
    Research Lab 1,000
    Volunteer Medical/Clinical 100
    Volunteer Non Medical 250
    Shadowing 15
    Teaching 750
    Leadership Conference 50

    Total Hours in AMCAS 5,000+
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 05/31/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Big State School
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.95
    • Science GPA: 3.92

    Summary of Application Experience

    End of July, all the Secondaries I received are finally submitted. That was a lot of work. Now I wait at end of July. Hopefully I'll get an interview invite sometime in August.

    Mid August and 3 II. The Gods are smiling on me. Now to prep for interview (not my strong suit, very introverted).

    September 1, traveling to interview tomorrow, and lo and behold, my alma mater sends me one of their first II. YEAH!! The Michigan Trifecta rec'd within 2 days, MSU, OUWB and WMED. Or is that a hat trick?? Don't know my sports.

    September 14, got an II from University of Michigan.

    9/22 first rejection of the season, but with 7 II, not too sad. Thank you Pittsburgh for not stringing me along.

    October, interview season in full swing. Sort of getting the hang of the interviews, but the financial aid stuff gets really repetitive, and very boring.

    10/12 Interview invite from Mayo Clinic. Totally surprised and excited!!! Rochester, here I come.

    2 waitlists and finally on 10/16 and acceptance at VCU (like Richmond, and MCV is a large academic med center with the Level 1 Trauma Center). Such a relief. Looking forward to being more confident and relaxed at my next interviews. Gearing up for the U of Michigan in December - - the holy grail for me.

    10/27 On my way to an interview, and lo and behold, an email from THE Ohio State University!! Accepted after being deferred on 10/15. A couple of others and I received an email to check our portal. Usually Dean Capers called, so I was scared it was a mistake. Appears to be real. Maybe a Buckeye next year. What a great way to enter an interview, with confidence and relaxed.

    10/27 Rejected from U of Rochester, but as I have an II from Rochester MN (Mayo), not too sad. Overall, very surprised at how well this cycle is going, being from a large state school that is usually second banana to U of Michigan. Go Green, Go White, but maybe Go Blue??? OSU still in the mix (can a Spartan become a Buckeye, whose parents/siblings are Wolverines?? Who knows, but BIG TEN RULES!!

    11/5 Got 7 interviews down, now onto the BIG interviews with Mayo and U of Michigan. Not gonna lie, these are the big time, dream schools, but they can be picky about who they take. It is an honor to be asked to the dance.

    Interview season winding down,my 2 last interviews in the next couple of weeks. I also decided to give up my VCU spot, and while I like my interview day in Richmond VA, I would not attend VCU over OSU.

    Started to tally up all the costs from MCAT prep classes and materials, to primary/secondary fees, travel to interviews, hotels/meals, etc. Holy, Moly, $6,965 so far. Not sending in any updates to schools that I haven't heard from, as I am happy with my 2 options so far with OSU and VCU acceptances. If I didn't have any acceptances, I would be sending in updates.

    11/21, done with interviewing. Now I wait to see what my options will be. #1 U of Michigan, #2 Mayo, #3 Ohio State.
    Very surprised how well my application was received, given my 2 MCATs. Seems the most recent MCAT is definitely more heavily weighted.

    12/15 Waitlisted at U of M. Very sad, this was my number one. One day of grieving, then moving on. Buckeyes are looking even better today.

    Early December, and some of the schools I have had total silence since submitting my secondary in July/August, I'm expecting rejections as interview slots are probably winding down. List of rejections by date, no interview offered:

    12/4 UCSD
    01/6 Dartmouth (College of Dr. Seuss)
    02/5 University of Cincinnati
    02/11 Northwestern
    02/19 Baylor
    02/29 Emory
    03/03 Quinnipiac
    03/08 Yale
    04/08 University of Toledo (wins for the least amount of communication)

    January 3 and a surprise interview invite from Iowa (Carver). Will be there at the last interview date.

    January 15, and "No longer considered" by Mayo. Twas a dream, now onto reality.

    January 25/26 and a late interview invite from Wayne State for which I am IS. and U of Miami, all within 2 days. I decided to turn down the II, as I would not attend Wayne State or U of Miami over OSU. Go BUCKS!! Still a lot of silence from schools I applied to back ins July. Will post when finally rejected.

    3/2 OMG just checked my portal for U of M, and accepted off the waitlist. Screaming in Ann Arbor aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Go blue!!!!!!!

    Applied, Withdrew

    Vanderbilt University
    Duke University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Dartmouth College
    Emory University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Cincinnati
    Baylor College
    Yale University
    University of Toledo
    Queen's University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Rochester
    Northwestern University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Wayne State University
    University of Miami

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    University of Iowa

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Loyola University Chicago
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Michigan State University
    Indiana University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Michigan


    Ohio State University
    Oakland University
    Virginia Commonwealth University

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