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  • Penguin33

  • Application cycles: 05/31/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 28, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/27/2016
  • Brief Profile: Chemistry Major trying to become a physician scientist! No one in my family has an MD, so even though I had a great pre-health office, I was still a bit lost going in... I've learned a lot from visiting various places and was surprised by many things along the interview trail! I'm probably not going to write all my thoughts here, but feel free to message me here or on SDN if you have any questions about my impressions of schools or experiences; I'm happy to chat with people.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 05/31/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Liberal Arts College
    • Institution: Abroad
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: MPhil
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 517
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Notes (I'm not going to put absolutely everything here but just a few things that might be interesting):

    Research (probably the weakest part of my application... but hey! Goes to show you don't need 5 publications?):
    -2.5 years in my undergraduate lab (1 second author publication)
    -1 year as an MPhil student abroad (0 publications)
    -1 year working as a research tech (0 publications)
    -1 semester as a research student abroad (0 publications)

    - Varsity sport, 4 years (co-captain senior year).
    -TA for Chemistry and Biology courses.
    -Lived with freshmen as a sophomore as a "sponsor"
    - 300 Hours as a Clinical Care Intern, where I had direct patient interaction (I assisted nurses with tasks such as bathing patients, feeding patients, transporting patients, etc.)
    - Health problems (not really an extracurricular, but they made school a lot harder)

    -Notable Awards:
    -Valedictorian of graduating class (senior year)
    -Chemistry Department Award (senior year)
    -Award for top pre-medical student (senior year)
    -Phi Beta Kappa (senior year)
    -Phi Beta Kappa Award (senior year)
    -Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Study Award (senior year)
    -Goldwater Scholarship (junior year)
    -Top organic chemistry student (sophomore year)
    -Top general chemistry student (freshman year)

    -I didn't actually get a W score (I took it in 2012).

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Washington

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Columbia University
    University of Michigan
    University of North Carolina
    University of Chicago
    Cornell University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Davis
    University of Southern California

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Yale University


    Johns Hopkins University
    Harvard University
    Stanford University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Duke University
    Baylor College
    Boston University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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