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  • Application cycles: 06/02/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 26, East Asian
  • Home state: Alabama
  • Last Active: 05/18/2015
  • Brief Profile: Putting this up because I figured it might be helpful to fellow MIT premeds. Based on the stats the premed office publicizes, I'm a solidly average "successful" MIT applicant. I took the MCAT in August my sophomore summer after working in a lab part-time and studying most of the summer.

    **Lessons learned: Don't add or cut schools from your list just because other people tell you to. I applied to too many random schools because the premed office kept saying to add more, and that turned out to be a huge waste of money because I ended up getting invites at all the places on my original list and not from the ones I tacked on. The premed office gives out a lot of good advice, but not all of it will apply to everyone. As long as you're not too cocky (like only applying to top 15), you'll be fine.

    I'm not actually from Alabama, and I'm going to leave my home state schools out for anonymity. I applied to two and was accepted to the better one in October. I withdrew from the other one without completing the secondary and started withdrawing from other schools once I got that first acceptance at one of my top choices in October.

    More details:
    -Strong leadership in extracurriculars (president of two clubs and exec-level in others)
    -Average/somewhat strong research (same lab since freshman year+different lab over summer abroad, 1 pub going into update letters)
    -Average shadowing/very weak clinical experience (~60 hrs shadowing, <20 hrs clinical)
    -Strong rec letters (according to interviewers...not sure about the committee letter)
    -Strong personal statement (according to interviewers' comments)
    -Variable secondary essays (depending on how much I hated the prompts and how much I felt like writing)
    -Strong upward trend in GPA (freshman year was rough, but everything after was great)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/02/2014

    • Undergraduate college: MIT
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.78
    • Science GPA: 3.69

    Summary of Application Experience

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

    I started getting interview invites starting in early August and began interviewing in September. I interviewed at my state school, Harvard, BU, Vanderbilt, Miami, NYU, and Duke during the fall semester, and UCSD, Columbia, and Stanford in January/February.

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of Colorado

    Application Complete, Rejected

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

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Tufts University
    Baylor College
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Charles Drew University/UCLA
    Yale University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego
    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Miami
    Columbia University
    Duke University
    Stanford University

    Accepted

    New York University
    Vanderbilt University
    Boston University

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