LizzyM 71 I'm LGBT and also had an extensive research background-5 pubs, worked at NASA post grad. Detailed mdapps really gave me hope during my cycle so I'm paying it forward!
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/06/2016
Undergraduate college: Top 10 Ivy
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 514
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.75
Science GPA: 3.66
Summary of Application Experience
Cycle went way better than expected. I think my process is a pretty good example of how anything can happen. I thought I was going to be Dead on Arrival with a 9 verbal score and considered retaking the new MCAT, but a few top programs gave me a shot and it worked out. UCSF was a total moonshot--especially being from out of state. I submitted a LOI in mid-April disguised as an update (they aren't open to outright LOIs) got the best news of my life two weeks later.
Summary of Experience:
Withdrew to hold Georgetown. I'd consider this acceptance the crowning achievement of my cycle. I was running out of $ so instead of booking a hotel I flew a redeye, changed in the airport bathroom, went from the airport to the interview and then back to the airport. Somehow managed to snag an acceptance. I really really liked this program and think that in 5 or so years it'll break top 50. Very unique approach to med education--really trying to learn from older medical schools' mistakes and implement positive change in the way med students learn. This was my most pleasant surprise of the cycle