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  • User #5018

  • Application cycles: 2005
  • Demographics: Male, East Asian
  • Home state: Michigan
  • Brief Profile: Lots of research (biological and economic), lots of leadership stuff. Significant musical experiences, some shadowing, some hospital volunteering, quite a bit of non-medical related volunteering. Significant involvement in two campus groups.

    Spent a lot of time and effort on writing up EC descriptions and personal statement - I realized looking through all these profiles that the difference between the MCAT/GPA and schools accepted to, the so-called 'x-factor', is the essays. If your numbers are decent, essays make all the difference as far as I can tell. I also had some really nice recs and was told by one interviewer that one of them was the best he'd ever seen.

    Make sure your recommenders know you very well, that's all I can say. Bug them and talk to them about how school is going, good books you've read, etc. Just make friends with them, don't be the weirdo talking to them only to get a recommendation out of it. Believe it or not, they are very interesting people too and many are quite interested in getting to know students.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2005

    • Undergraduate college: University of Michigan
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.76
    • Science GPA: 3.76

    Summary of Application Experience

    Wasn't quite sure how this thing would end out for me so I applied to tons of places. Things have turned out really well - dropped lots of places after UMich acceptance.

    As for interview tips: confidence. Just relax and have fun, it's only as stressful as you make it out to be.

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of Southern California
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Emory University
    Cornell University
    Boston University
    Northwestern University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Baylor College
    Duke University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School

    Attended Interview

    University of Pennsylvania
    Johns Hopkins University
    Harvard University
    Yale University
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Wayne State University
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Rochester
    University of Chicago
    Stanford University
    New York University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Michigan State University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Vanderbilt University
    Loyola University Chicago

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Columbia University


    University of Michigan
    University of Pittsburgh

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