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  • User #5700

  • Application cycles: 2006
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Brief Profile: College:
    RA for 2 years, various music groups, student gov't, campus ministry, appointed to university conduct committee. Prepared and performed 2-hour student voice recital. Graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors.

    Worked as a Financial Advisor - 1.5 years
    Volunteered in Neuro ICU Stepdown unit - 6 months
    Employed as an M.A. at a Social Security Disability clinic - 1 year
    Employed in hospital neurosurgery academic office - 4 years
    Volunteer summer director at children's camp - 11 years
    Chicago Marathon finisher - 4 years
    Currently involved in several volunteer choirs
    Volunteer at local homeless shelter
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2006

    • Undergraduate college: Loyola University Chicago
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Premedical Studies
    • Institution: Loyola University Chicago
    • Area of Study: Fine Arts/Architecture
    • Degree Obtained: BA
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.67
    • Science GPA: 3.55

    Summary of Application Experience

    Received my BA in '00 with a music major, a psych minor, and absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Worked in finance for over a year before realizing I hated it and needed a job I was passionate about; found it while volunteering at a hospital. Since then, my life has been a mix of working full-time while taking evening classes to complete my prereqs. I decided to take the MCAT last August to give myself time for a re-take if necessary, but I was happy with my score. I'm both excited and nervous about this application cycle, but I firmly believe I'm a well-rounded candidate with a great deal of life experience which will (hopefully) help out with my application.

    My advisor told me to apply to 10-15 schools, but I plan to apply to 25-30 because I only want to do this once. I'd prefer to stay in Chicago...but if that doesn't happen, I'm okay with any major city. I just want to go to med school.

    The schools listed are tentative; any suggestions would be welcome!

    6/8/06 - Been working on my app this week and hope to submit this weekend. Transcripts requested today, and LORs are all waiting with the pre-health committee. Let's get this show on the road!

    6/19/06 - Transcripts have been received by AMCAS. Just finishing up my PS...hope to submit by the end of the week.

    9/6/06 - Due to work/family issues, I waited to submit my AMCAS application. Yes, I know that wasn't smart; however, I'm going to keep plugging away and hope for the best.

    9/28/06 - App verifed by AMCAS

    1/1/07 - Turns out my advisor was right; 10-15 schools would have been much more manageable. After slogging through secondaries and receiving rejections from several out of state schools, I made the decision to withdraw from nine schools based on the following criteria: 1) out-of-state status at a state school, 2) low stats for that school, 3) lower-than-average interest in attending.

    1/9/07 - INTERVIEW INVITE TO NYMC!!! Finally, an interview! Scheduled for late February.

    1/17/07 - INTERVIEW INVITES TO NORTHWESTERN AND LOYOLA!!! So far, this has been the best day of my life. :)

    1/23/07 - Interviewed at Feinberg and loved it... keeping my fingers crossed!

    1/26/07 - Interview at Stritch was nothing short of amazing! I really felt at home there.

    1/30/07 - Received invite from MCW to interview for a waitlist spot. I may cancel if I get some good news from Loyola next week.

    2/5/07 - Rejected from SLU via an oddly worded e-mail: 'It is the sincere hope of the members of the Committee that your extensive interest in and intensive preparation for a medical education be fully realized in another school or a related field.' The bit about a 'related field' seems vaguely insulting, but whatever.

    2/5/07 - ACCEPTANCE FROM LOYOLA!!! I am SO excited! I think I'd be really happy at Stritch, so even if this is my only acceptance, I'm thrilled!

    2/8/07 - Rejection from Cincinnati. Not crying over this one, since I'd rather be in Chicago anyway.

    3/2/07 - Rejection from Northwestern. Mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I was disappointed to not at least get waitlisted; on the other, at least my process is complete and I LOVE Loyola. I'm excited to be starting at Stritch this fall... now I can start making plans!

    3/22/07 - Scholarship offer from Loyola!!! I feel so fortunate. :)

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Nebraska
    Indiana University
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Illinois
    Creighton University
    Saint Louis University
    University of Cincinnati
    Drexel University
    Rush Medical College
    Jefferson Medical College
    University of Iowa
    Boston University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Wisconsin
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Tulane University
    Tufts University
    University of Michigan
    Temple University
    University of Toledo
    Georgetown University
    University of Chicago

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    New York Medical College


    Loyola University Chicago

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