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  • User #4178

  • Application cycles: 2005
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: Texas
  • Brief Profile: MA med sci BU. (3.9 GPA), Orgo/Inorganic Chem Honors Project / other UG research, 1 Summer ED Volunteer, 2 yr Varsity Baseball 2yr Molecular Bio Research Assistant (Post UG) 6 mo Spinal Cord Injury Volunteer UG - Film Society President, watching bizarre movies, Soft/wiffle ball, Hiking around Maine / Shivering in Maine, Boston, frequenting Dive Bars, Cooking overly complex meals...... Pontificating to strangers. (See below)

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2005

    • Undergraduate college: Bowdoin College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: Boston University
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: MA
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.20
    • Science GPA: 3.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Get your secondary writing boots on..... (or hats I guess) try not to grind your teeth....chewing a lot of gum seems to work for me. As for writing secondaries and personal statements - There's nothing better than audience-directed-self-reflection to make a person feel unhappy, irratiable and worthless - unless you are an egomaniacal jerk, or have some sob story.
    Oh, and interviews are not what you think they are going to be. No sweet mind puzzles, (ex: why is a manhole cover round?, if you have nine marbles and one weighs less, how can you tell which it is with a balance and two wieghings? - or, if you have three switches in one room and a lightbulb in the other - how can you tell which switch blah blah blah blah blah....) no interpretations of poetry, few ethical questions. Believe it or not, I was pretty psyched up for this sort of thing, but alas, just questions like 'who is your hero? what are your strenghts / weaknesses? why did you get a 'C' in a summer class six years ago? Smile at the right time, make eye contact, speak in complete sentences. Stay positive, don't be cynical. Remember, its not charm school your'e applying to. That's it. Have a good answer for why you want to be a doctor. No one asked me difficult questions, and I'm no super-genius.(Just look at my numbers) The only difficult questions were the ones which were poorly phrased by the interviewer - that is, questions that were not sufficently specific - or where the interviewer wanted you to produce complete BS. Also, don't sweat a bad interview - I had a nightmarish interview at one school and got in. Also, If you went to Bowdoin, I would be quite happy to talk to you. And remember, Susan Livesay is your best friend: there's no way I could have done it without her....


    Applied, Rejected

    University of Wisconsin
    University of Vermont

    Applied, Withdrew

    Tulane University
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of North Texas

    Application Complete, Rejected

    New York University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    University of Southern California
    University of Texas, Southwestern
    Baylor College
    Harvard University
    Columbia University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Texas A & M University
    University of Chicago
    George Washington University
    Tufts University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Loyola University Chicago
    Temple University
    Jefferson Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Texas, Galveston
    Texas Tech University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Saint Louis University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    New York Medical College


    University of Texas, Houston
    Boston University
    Drexel University

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