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  • User #3894

  • Application cycles: 2005
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: Missouri
  • Brief Profile:
    MU Chamber Soloists - Student run chamber group. Member for 3 years. I was concert mistress, librarian, and Music Director.
    Sigma Alpha Iota - Professional music fraternity. Member for 4 years. Vice President, Secretary
    Member of Columbia based string quartet.
    Frequently volunteer at music events, nursing homes, recitals, etc.
    2 months volunteering at hospital orthopaedic clinic.
    Summer research in ecology lab working with amphibians.
    2+ years research in Biochemistry lab.
    Monsanto Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 1 semester - presented poster.
    Various scholarships and awards, both music and non-music related.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2005

    • Undergraduate college: University of Missouri - Columbia
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Fine Arts/Architecture
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.98
    • Science GPA: 3.94

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS submitted 7/6/05
    AMCAS verified 7/19/05

    Last letter of recommendation finally turned in Friday (8/12). Now I am waiting for pre-med committee interview.

    Pre-med interview scheduled for Sept. 2

    9/2/05 Committee interview completed...but I am not sure how long it will take for them to write a cover letter and mail everything out. Hopefully not more than a week or two, but it is hard to speculate since there are a lot of other pre-meds at my university that still need to interview.

    9/9/05 Committee letter is in the mail! I'll check my status page at the various schools next week to make sure they have received everything.

    9/14/05 I received my first 'complete' notice, from Univ. of MO - Columbia. This should mean that other schools have or will be receiving my LORs soon, but who knows how long it will take them each to deem me 'complete.' :)

    9/16/05 I just received my first interview invitation today, from Wake Forest. (yay!) They never sent me an email saying I was complete, so needless to say I was very surprised when I read their email. (edit: I received the 'complete' email 2 hours after the interview email)

    9/30/05 I received an email from MU asking me to interview on October 12. I was surprised by the early date, but I guess they had someone cancel, which is fine by me since most schools use a rolling admissions process. This means that I need to get in gear and start prepping for these interviews. (!!)

    10/26/05 I have at this point completed two interviews (MU and KU) plus my Mayo phone interview. It's hard to say how well I did on any of them, but practice definitely makes perfect. My second interview seemed much easier than the first. Here's hoping they keep getting better and better.

    11/18/05 My first acceptance!! (University of MO) It hasn't really sunk in yet, but it is really exciting to know that no matter what happens in the rest of this application process, I am going to be a doctor! I feel this weekend will be full of celebration. :)

    1/30/06 My second rejection, this one from Pritzker. I thought I would have been disappointed, but seeing as how they put me on interview hold with a letter that basically said 'we like you, but first we want to see if something better comes along,' I'm not upset. Their loss. Of course, it makes it easy to say this when you have two acceptances from schools you would love to attend (Maryland and Mizzou). Now I am wondering when I'll finally hear from Northwestern, Sinai, and Creighton. Most likely rejections at this point, but I'm just curious when they will actually get around to notifying me, if ever.

    2/14/06 Northwestern, where is your sensitivity? A rejection arriving on Valentine's Day! Not quite the present I was looking for, but I knew I was going to get rejected since their interviews ended weeks ago. Couldn't they have waited a day, though? Lol ;)

    3/6/06 Oh what a strange day this has been. I come home to a rejection letter from Duke, and an email asking me to interview at Creighton. Never thought I'd hear from Creighton again, and I am doubtful that I will accept their interview invitation at this point. I'm flattered that they are even still considering me, but I already have 2 acceptances and am not sure if I would attend Creighton over either of those schools (don't get me wrong - its a great school, but I am ready to be done with this process!). And now for Duke...ah Duke. I am left wondering why they even bothered interviewing me. My two interviews went very well, exceptionally well even (at least from my perspective - I got great positive feedback, and felt relaxed the entire time), and yet I am rejected. Not even a waitlist. The conclusions I then draw lead me to believe that there was something lacking in my application from the beginning - perhaps my MCAT score was not high enough, no publications, and very little clinical experience. So if this was going to hinder me so much, then why even interview me? Alas, I may never know why, and I don't particularly care. I'm going to be a doctor, and that's what is important.

    4/3/06 I withdrew my spot from KU's waitlist last week. I can't remember my exact number (and the letter they sent isn't in front of me right now), but I was around the mid 50's. They have accepted that far in the past, but not very often. I decided that I like Maryland so much that it would be foolish to sit on a waitlist with only a small possibility of getting accepted. The only bonus to going to KU at this point is that I would be in the same city as a lot of family. Still, as much as I love my family I am looking forward to getting away for at least a few years, and maybe more.

    5/17/06 I finally received my rejection letter from Mount Sinai - I feel so complete now. Last week I withdrew from the University of MO, and also the waitlists of Wake Forest and Penn State. It's Maryland or bust. Go Terps!

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    University of Chicago
    Northwestern University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Creighton University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Kansas
    Wake Forest University


    University of Maryland
    University of Missouri, Columbia

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