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  • Application cycles: 05/31/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 26, South Asian
  • Home state: Arizona
  • Last Active: 01/15/2017
  • Brief Profile: 1. Research: Participated in Breast Cancer research since January 2013, worked full time (and have been paid since) summer 2014 as I joined a research internship. I won a $1500 research grant through my university for my own project. Currently I work 15 hours a week. I've been working on my own project for over a year now and have had 3 poster presentations and spoke on a local radio station about my work. Summer 2015, I'm participating in a paid-research abroad program and will live in Sweden for 3 months in a collaborating lab to understand the proteins we work with in a different way. Strong LoR.
    - Spoke at an NIH/MHIRT Conference in San Diego about work in Sweden
    - Poster presentation at 3 University conferences
    - Poster Presentation in International Conference, Cambridge, UK during summer of 2015
    2. Hospital Volunteering: I've been an ER volunteer for 10 months, about 4 hours a week. (quit after acceptance though haha)
    3. Planned Parenthood: I've volunteered with them for 6 months then moved into an internship position (total length of involvement: 1 year) where I create my own programs for outreach. I am working on setting up, fundraising for, and teaching health classes at local women's shelters. Strong LoR.
    - Currently on Speaker's Bureau and work closely with on-campus Planned Parenthood club, Vox
    4. Health Start: I was an intern with the Pima County Public Health Office summer 2014 where I assisted community aides in home visits. In these visits, we'd meet with a pregnant woman and teach her how to have a successful pregnancy. Once the baby was born, we'd continue bi-monthly visits to ensure the baby was developing normally and be a support for the mothers (many of whom were illegal immigrants, single, and often without a high school diploma). I decided I wanted to work in women's health at this point.
    5. Global Medical Brigades: I went for a week-long brigading trip with my university in rural Honduras.
    6. Clinical Shadowing: I have nearly 200 hours of shadowing. I've seen Ob/Gyn, Oncology, and Internal Medicine. I will have a strong LoR from the Ob/Gyn I shadow, she's awesome and lets me do small procedures (measuring pregnant women, finding fetal heartbeats, pap smears, and well-women's exams). I've shadowed her since Oct 2013.
    7. Clubs:
    - I'm in a pre-medical club (Faces in Health Professions, we focus on serving underserved populations in the local community) and have been a member since my 1st year. I was on the E-board as the publicity director last year, this year I'm the secretary, currently the president.
    - I'm in UBRP Ambassadors, we work to reach out to the community about science education. I have been in the club for one year and served as the publicity director, currently president of this club.

    I filled out 90% of my secondaries while I was working abroad in Sweden. A word of advice, please choose your school lists effectively! I spent countless nights trying to finish secondaries and Skyping with my mom at odd hours to try and correct the essays.

    I got my first interview at the beginning of September, my second interview in the middle of September and then I didn't hear anything for 6 weeks. The wait was extremely hard at first and I got discouraged. I understand how difficult it is to do nothing but wait, I wished I had more control over the outcome of my applications. I kept trying to figure out if something was wrong - but there wasn't. Waiting is the hardest thing to do, however, it's the only thing we can do during this cycle. So make your wait more enjoyable!

    12/10/15: I withdrew my application from most schools. The few schools I haven't withdrawn from are schools I would attend an interview for. I am SO excited about Johns Hopkins!!

    So much silence, waiting for those rejections... :P
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 05/31/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Large public university
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Alrighty as of 02/16/16, I am officially going to Johns Hopkins University! If anyone is going to be at second look weekend, please feel free to send me a PM, I'm so excited to meet everyone and see this amazing school. This was a stressful application cycle and I am so happy that it's over early. Best of luck to anyone still awaiting results, have faith, things will work out!

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Boston University
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Mayo Medical School
    Northwestern University
    Hofstra University
    University of Wisconsin
    Stanford University
    Tulane University
    University of Michigan
    University of Chicago

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Yale University
    Emory University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    New York University
    Queen's University
    Wake Forest University
    Baylor College
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Temple University
    Tufts University
    Harvard University
    University of Arizona
    Albany Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    Virginia Tech Carilion

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Rush Medical College
    University of Rochester
    University of Miami
    The Commonwealth Medical College
    University of Colorado
    Case Western Reserve University

    Accepted

    University of Arizona - Phoenix
    Johns Hopkins University

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