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  • Application cycles: 06/08/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 28, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 01/07/2017
  • Brief Profile: I used MDApps profiles when I was making my school list so I figured I'd return the favor! Somewhat non-traditional applicant with some unique experiences, though nothing extraordinary. This cycle went far better than I could have possibly dreamed a year ago and I really don't know what it was that made me stand out. Stats are accurate (no writing score though) but the dates below are only approximate. I was complete at all schools by mid-to-late July.

    Major takeaways:
    - I got into nearly all the schools that offered me interviews very early on in the season.
    - There's no use prepping for interviews if you're a sociable, reasonably confident person.
    - You'll see the same people over and over on the interview trail and, eventually, in your class so be nice to everyone!
    - I wrote thank you notes to my interviewers for 3/13 schools and was accepted to one, rejected from one, and waitlisted by one. So clearly no correlation with admissions decisions, but if you have something to say that relates back to your conversation, go for it.
    - Book your flights on Southwest, if possible. Only airline I know of that lets you change flights for free, which was so necessary when I was juggling my ever-evolving interview schedule.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/08/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Top 10
    • Undergraduate Area of study: English/Literature
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.85
    • Science GPA: 3.80

    Summary of Application Experience

    For what it's worth (nothing, I imagine), my top three choices going in were Penn, UChicago, and UCSF, though I really had no idea whether I had a chance at any of them. I haven't listed where I'm matriculating for the sake of privacy, but my final decision ended up being between two very generous merit scholarships. I'm a lucky kid.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Stanford University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Cornell University
    Northwestern University
    University of Michigan
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of Southern California
    Case Western Reserve University
    Boston University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    New York University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Columbia University
    Yale University


    University of California, Irvine
    University of Chicago
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Pennsylvania
    Vanderbilt University
    Washington University in St. Louis

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