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  • User #5313

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: Virginia
  • Last Active: 01/14/2010
  • Brief Profile: -Non-medical mission trips
    -Music volunteer at church
    -Professional training and experience in singing, acting, piano, and dance
    -Sunday school volunteer
    -Children\'s musical co-director
    -Worked at a grocery store for 2+ years in a leadership position where I won several awards
    -Dean\'s list for 7 out of 8 semesters
    -Dean\'s scholarship recipient for 4 years
    -Volunteer Medical Clinic Assistant at Free Clinic
    -Shadowed a pediatrician (15 hours)
    -Graduate research assistant in a basic science lab
    -Mentored incoming freshman students
    -Honors College Member
    -Active member of the Pre-Med Society
    -Forensic Science Club officer
    -Nursing home volunteer
    -Preceptored upper-level Biology class for 1 semester
    -Unit Secretary in Emergency Room
    -Lab & Research Assistant in a Clinical Research Group - continuing throughout the application cycle

    Not Included on AMCAS:
    -Volunteer Assistant Moderator on SDN
    -Paid performer (singer/dancer) in a musical revue-style show at an amusement park (9/2008 to 11/2008)
    -Volunteer performer (lead role - actor/singer/dancer) in a large-scale (400+ people in the cast) production at a local church (12/2008)
    -Medical mission trip to Nicaragua (3/2009)
    -Paid performer in a mainstage musical (ensemble role) at a regional professional theatre (the second largest children\'s theatre organization in the nation) (4/2009 to 5/2009)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 126, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.86
    • Science GPA: 3.82

    Summary of Application Experience

    APPLICATION EXPENSES:
    $2020 - Secondary Fees (22 schools so far)
    $1959 - MCAT (Kaplan class, registration fees)
    $1000 - AMCAS Primary Application (29 schools)

    6/5/2008 - Transcript received by AMCAS
    6/17/2008 - AMCAS Primary Application submitted (early AM)
    6/30/2008 - AMCAS Primary Application verified (9:30 AM)
    7/17/2008 - Letters of Recommendation uploaded to VirtualEvals and submitted to schools
    8/13/2008 - First Interview Invite (University of Vermont)!!!!!!
    8/19/2008 - Second Interview Invite (VCU)! This is my alma mater and my home institution in more ways than one!
    8/25/2008 - Third Interview Invite (AECOM)! Super excited to get an interview in New York!
    8/27/2008 - Rejected from BU. I\'m not too upset because it wasn\'t one of my top choices and it\'s super expensive. Plus a lot of great people were rejected alongside me so at least I\'m in good company.
    9/3/2008 - Fourth Interview Invite (NYMC)! Finally a school that I can drive to!
    9/10/2008 - I decided to withdraw my application from Rosalind Franklin University.
    9/10/2008 - Fifth Interview Invite (EVMS)! Super excited!
    9/11/2008 - Sixth Interview Invite (Albany)! That\'s two invites in two days!
    9/19/2008 - Seventh Interview Invite (University of Maryland)!!!!! SO excited about this one - it\'s definitely one of dream schools and it was really a long shot being out-of-state!
    9/22/2008 - Eighth Interview Invite (Columbia) - Totally surprised about this one. I\'m so excited!
    10/2/2008 - Ninth Interview Invite (WVU) - Only one more to get into the double digits! I\'m so glad I got an interview here since I have pretty strong ties to the University.
    10/8/08 - Columbia interview - I fell in love with this school... it seriously has everything I could ask for in a medical school. It\'s going to be a long road until March.
    10/15/2008 - FIRST ACCEPTANCE (VCU)!!!!!!!! I am going to be a doctor!!!!!!
    10/16/2008 - I decided to cancel my scheduled interview at Albany Medical College because I\'d rather go to VCU. I feel bad about canceling an interview, but they DID get my $105 application fee...
    10/27/2008 - I called EVMS because I was curious to find out my status - and I\'ve been accepted! This would probably be the least expensive option for medical school but I really think I prefer a larger university atmosphere.
    10/29/2008 - Rejected from Pitt. This is the first rejection that actually hurts since I was born there and have family there. And it\'s an awesome school. :-(
    10/31/2008 - First waitlist: University of Vermont. I was super impressed with the school, but it\'s really expensive and a bit far away. I\'m happy to still be considered there, but I\'m not devastated to be waitlisted either.
    10/31/2008 - Holy crap. I\'ve been accepted at University of Maryland. I am SO excited about this school - it\'s crazy awesome and I would be completely happy here! I\'m still holding out for Columbia, though...
    11/26/2008 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I awoke this morning with a little Thanksgiving present - an email from NYMC saying I have been accepted!
    12/9/2008 - Tenth interview invite (MCW). I\'m almost 100% sure I\'d rather go to University of Maryland, so I think I\'m going to decline the invite. But at least I\'m into double digit invites!
    12/10/2008 - I decided to decline the interview invitation at MCW and withdraw. I hope this frees up a spot for someone else!
    12/12/2008 - I was waitlisted at WVU. It\'s not a surprise since I\'m OOS.
    12/30/2008 - Eleventh interview invite (Jefferson). I\'ve been out of town so I didn\'t receive the email until 1/3/2009. The interview is in 4 days (1/7/2009) and I\'m still deciding what to do.
    1/14/2009 - Found out I was rejected at Rochester (via snail mail) and Cornell (via status update). Oh well.
    1/15/2009 - Ouch. Rejected at AECOM (I called the admissions office to get a status update). I liked the school, but I have a feeling I would have picked Maryland in the end anyway. It just sucks that it\'s my first post-interview rejection. I\'m still praying everyday for Columbia to come through - it\'s by far my first choice and a perfect fit for me!
    1/20/2009 - Letter of intent sent to Columbia. I have heard that they respond well to these, so we\'ll see what happens. Columbia is far and away my top choice and I would go there if accepted no matter what.
    2/6/2009 - I decided to cancel my upcoming interview at Jefferson. This was the hardest one for me to withdraw from - I really liked it when I visited Philadelphia last year, but I\'m pretty sure I wouldn\'t choose Jefferson over Maryland. Not only that, but I don\'t really have the money or energy to travel up to Philly for the interview.
    2/9/2009 - Update letter sent to Columbia. I\'m so excited to share with them all of the fun stuff I\'ve been doing this past 6 months! PLEASE ACCEPT ME!
    2/24/2009 - Received a rejection letter from UVA. Whatever. I don\'t think I\'d go there over Maryland anyway. I\'m just not a big fan of Charlottesville.
    3/9/2009 - Got my post-interview rejection from Columbia. I\'m very very disappointed but life goes on.

    Applied, Rejected

    Indiana University
    Mayo Medical School

    Applied, Withdrew

    Rosalind Franklin University

    Application Complete

    Drexel University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Cornell University
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Rochester
    University of Virginia
    University of Pennsylvania
    Boston University
    Tufts University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    George Washington University
    New York University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Rush Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    Georgetown University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Albany Medical College
    Jefferson Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Columbia University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Vermont
    West Virginia University

    Accepted

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    New York Medical College
    University of Maryland
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

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