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  • thebeautifulstruggle

  • Application cycles: 06/06/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 26
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 04/22/2017
  • Brief Profile: 2014 MCAT, no writing section. Extensive experience with underserved populations. Executive leadership in multiple community service/clinical projects, one year of clinical stroke research in a competitive program. I have a minimal presence on SDN, but I hope this is of some help; please feel free to send a message if you have any questions!

    AMCAS Submitted: June 7, 2015
    AMCAS Processed: June 22, 2015

    Activities
    1) Volunteer / Chair / Undergraduate Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Student-Run Clinic – 3 year total commitment, nearly 1000 total hours served. Work hand-in-hand with medical student and public health coordinators, along with faculty advisors. Direct patient and physician interaction.
    2) Volunteer / Recruitment Director / Executive Director, Community Health & Outreach Project – 3 year total commitment , over 500 total hours served. Direct patient interaction.
    3) Clinical Research Associate, Stroke/Neurology Program – 1 year total commitment, over 300 hours served in the Emergency Room. Direct patient and physician interaction.
    4) Research Assistant, Neurology Lab – 1 year total commitment, about 200 hours served. Might go back during my free time this gap year.
    5) Intern, Summer Family Medicine Internship – 6 week total commitment, about 240 hours served. Shadowing, health fair planning, and public health research leading to poster presentation. Mentorship by medical students, resident physicians, and attending physicians. Direct patient and physician interaction.
    6) Volunteer, Medical Mission in Southeast Asia – 10 days. Shadowing and assistance in health care providence in rural villages. Exposure to global health. Direct patient and health care professional interaction.
    7) Volunteer, Food Serving to Homeless – 1 year total commitment, about 200 hours served.
    8) Volunteer, Hospital Patient Discharge – 6 month total commitment, about 100 hours served. Patient interaction.
    9) Shadowing – around 200 hours, Neurology and Family Medicine, including time in clinical research. Some patient interaction, my FM doc actually lets me interview patients sometimes.
    10) General Member, Multi-Cultural Club

    Hobbies: Writing/journaling, poetry, discovering and building playlists of underground jazz hip-hop, running & weightlifting.

    Research Posters
    One from facilitated virology research, and one from my family medicine internship. No publications, unfortunately.

    Letters of Recommendation
    Two from upper-division science faculty, one from my student-run clinic's faculty advisor in Public Health, one from an English professor, and one from my TA in an upper-division lab. When asked to choose three, I sent one of my upper-division science letters, my English letter, and my clinic letter.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/06/2015

    • Undergraduate college: UC
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.87
    • Science GPA: 3.83

    Summary of Application Experience

    Timeline Summary

    June:
    AMCAS submitted. I spent about three months on my personal statement, and am really pleased with the final product!

    Early July:
    I didn't prewrite any of my secondaries, so I'm taking them as they come. It would have been a good idea to, because between my summer internship and my extensive clinic coordinator duties, I think I will be lacking abundant free time :/.

    Middle/Late July:
    I was right; staring at a mountain of secondaries right now. I simply don't have many free hours in a day. Two week rule is going out the window, I'm just going to work through them as quickly but as throughly as I can; I won't turn in a bad application just for the sake of time. I hope to finish everything I've received by the time I go on my medical mission, which is in August.

    ~8/1/15:
    So far, one invite to Michigan which I'm extremely excited about!!! Not done with secondaries yet though, unfortunately. I'll try to work on finishing UMASS and the UCs while I'm away; hopefully I'll have internet access abroad.

    ~8/15/15:
    Medical mission was amazing; I watched a baby be delivered for the first time! I was able to submit my UC's while I was away, which is good. In the meantime, UCSF came in. I still have a few secondaries to do which will be turned in quite late... Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, Yale. Probably not good but most of these are reach schools, and I'm hoping they'll understand, considering the high load of activities I've been partaking in this summer. Invites from USC, Ohio State, and Mount Sinai have come in.

    8/25/15:
    UCLA invite today! Really excited, yet the weight of everything is starting to sink in. Next week, I'll be in New York for my first medical school interviews... this is for real! Additional recent invites from Cornell, NYU, and Pitt bring the total to 8. I wasn't expecting to have this many IIs this early, especially considering that I didn't prewrite or rush through my secondaries, and I'm extremely honored. Now it's just a matter of preparing to give every school my best shot!

    8/29/15:
    Hopkins and UChicago. When I was picking schools, I had absolutely no idea how things would go... right now, I'm completely stunned. I'm going to try to make as many of these interviews as possible!

    9/4/15:
    Mount Sinai and Cornell: Two down, many more to go. My first time in New York, and it was amazing! In other news, invite from Penn!

    10/1/15:
    Personal ranking of schools visited thus far: Michigan > Sinai > Cornell > USC, with Michigan a clear favorite. This ranking is just based off of my holistic impression, and I should note that I did enjoy my visit to each school thus far; the gap between Sinai and USC is not big at all.

    10/1/15:
    Had a big 5-school interview trip to Penn, Hopkins, Pritzker, Pittsburgh, and NYU that lasted 10 days. Amazingly, I did not have to pay for a single hotel thanks to med student hosts and my cousin who lives near Baltimore and was able to house to between my Hopkins and Chicago interviews!

    Personal rankings thus far: UMichigan, Pritzker > Penn > Mount Sinai > Cornell, Hopkins > NYU, USC > Pittsburgh

    10/15/15:
    First acceptances to University of Michigan and USC :')

    11/1/15:
    Personal rankings thus far (trying to consolidate into tiers as much as possible): UMichigan, UChicago > Penn > Mount Sinai, UCLA > Cornell, Hopkins, NYU, UCSD > Pittsburgh, UCI, USC

    12/15/15
    Hey everyone! I really apologize for not keeping up with physically updating my profile but I have taken thorough written notes after every interview and will be transcribing them here over the next day or so. Major updates in brief: waitlist at UCSD, acceptances to WashU and Hopkins, followed by an invitation to Harvard!!!

    Personal rankings thus far (trying to consolidate into tiers as much as possible): UCSF, UMichigan, UChicago > Penn > Mount Sinai, UCLA, WashU > Cornell, Hopkins, NYU, UCSD > Pittsburgh, UCI, USC

    2/1/16
    Hi everyone! Big update status-wise today. My interviews are officially done. I had three top post-interview choices: UCSF, UMich, and UChicago. I'm extremely happy and blessed to have been accepted to all three, including with a full-tuition scholarship to Chicago. We'll see where the cards fall with the rest of my decisions and with financial aid, but so far, UCSF and UChicago are looking like the two big contenders.

    Final Post-Interview Rankings: UCSF, UMichigan, UChicago > Penn, Harvard > Mount Sinai, UCLA, WashU > Cornell, Hopkins, NYU, UCSD > Pittsburgh, UCI, USC

    2/2/16
    Accepted to UCLA with full-ride David Geffen Medical Scholarship!!! Definitely a game changer!

    2/10/16
    Received a phone call from Dr. Arias at USC Keck with a full-tuition scholarship offer, yas!

    3/9/16
    Ivies are in – a rejection from Harvard, waitlist at Cornell, and acceptance to Penn conclude the very long waiting game phase of my application cycle. I have roughly two months to make my decision. Pending any further scholarship offers, it's pretty much down to UCLA, UCSF, UChicago, and UPenn. I will attend second looks for each and choose sometime in late April. I will be making withdrawals from the majority of my other schools soon!

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, Davis

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Stanford University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Connecticut

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Columbia University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Ohio State University
    University of Massachusetts
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Cornell University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of California, San Diego

    Accepted

    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Chicago
    University of Southern California
    Johns Hopkins University
    New York University
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Francisco

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