I'm a biochemistry major with a minor in math, only because I'm too computer illiterate to do well in Num Comp without taking away too much valuable MCAT study time :P
MEDICAL: -Work as an EMT for a commercial agency (24+ hours a week during the school year, 50-60+ during the summers) -Volunteer with the squad on campus (lieutenant for 2 years) -Volunteer with a local agency (so I can see more trauma calls) -AHA CPR instructor -Shadowing an OB doc (so that the first baby I deliver is NOT in the back of the ambulance, since I'm getting closer every time) -Lab instructor for EMT-B course -Per diem job as an EMT-B
RESEARCH: -1.5 years studying alpha-crystallin proteins as an independent project
OTHER VOLUNTEER: -at my church/community service projects
OTHER WORK: -tutor for organic chem II (last semester) and biology/chemistry (this current year) -tutor for local HS students
OTHER ACTIVITIES: -Varsity softball (2 years; school, league and conference honors as well as student athlete awards) -Student government -Waterpolo club team -Biology and pre-med honor societies -Intramural floor & ice hockey teams -One of the original members of the committee organizing a campus-wide event designed to increase school spirit
OTHER AWARDS: -Founder's Award, School of Science (given to~12 students/year for those who show potential in their field) -White Key Honor Society -Dean's List x7 semesters
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2006
Undergraduate college: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 520
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.75
Science GPA: 3.72
Summary of Application Experience
7/19: I finished most of the secondaries I recieved, and am just waiting on the Pre-med committee to finish my letter so my file is complete. I've already recieved my first interview invite (U Pitt, 9/6!)
7/31: Have received all of my secondaries except Duke. The only ones I'm still working on are Wake and Stony Brook. Hopefully since I actually have a day off this week I'll be able to finish those up.
8/3: My committee letter is finally being sent out, after three weeks of going back and forth with the chairperson waiting for him to get it out.
8/9: Wake has been submitted, schools are starting to receive my LOR, so I'm getting complete at places.
8/15: Best birthday present ever- interview invite at Rochester! 8/15 (con't): So to make today even better- interview invite at Georgetown!
8/23: Got a phone call at work for SUNY Upstate interview. I scheduled it for September 18th, and figured I'd just stop at home between Rochester and Upstate, only to find out that my parents will be at my younger brother's Family Weekend.
8/24: Received my letter today from SUNY Upstate saying I'm complete...after having gotten an interview invite of course.
09/10: Came home from work to find an e-mail from MSSM asking me to come interview in December
09/30: Vermont Invite!
10/06: Got a phone call today from Downstate asking why I hadn't let them know yet whether I was coming for an interview or not. Evidently they sent me an e-mail about a month ago that I never got, and being as the interview is supposed to be for next week, I don't have time to make the arrangements for it. So I called the woman back, and rescheduled for November.
10/20: So I got a phone call this morning from Rochester with my first acceptance!! YAY!!! And then I return from classes an hour later to find a waitlist from Pitt. :( It was pretty crappy timing, and Pitt was my first choice too. BUT, Rochester was a very close second, and I'm still going to be a doctor! Yay!