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  • User #8242

  • Application cycles: 2007
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: Arizona
  • Brief Profile: Peace Corps english teacher
    Clinical trial research technician
    First-author poster presented at national research conference
    Free clinic in Mexico volunteer
    Bioethics and Medical Ethics conferences (attended)
    Undergraduate research in public health
    Hospital Emergency Department volunteer
    Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in major, graduated cum laude
    Vagina Monologues co-director
    Various tutoring, other volunteer activities in college
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2007

    • Undergraduate college: Colorado College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Institution: Postbaccalaureate
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: N/A
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 127, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.90
    • Science GPA: 3.90

    Summary of Application Experience

    I agonized over my personal statement, and finally had to decide that it was good enough, though not spectacular. I submitted my application on June 20 ( had aimed for June 5). I would recommend that future applicants finish the PS in the winter, along with the activity descriptions. I had advisors at two different schools (3 advisors total), family (4 people), and friends review the statement with me. I requested transcripts at the beginning of May and entered my courses first, as this was supposed to take the longest. The PS and activities were the most time-consuming, so again, try to do those early.

    Choosing which schools to apply to was difficult, and in the end I had only one real firm make-or-break criteria - that the school must not be a religious one. I can live nearly anywhere, and so can my sweetie. I'm flexible about the curriculum and grading. The part I care most about is the atmosphere of the school and my peers - if I feel welcome and supported, encouraged to pursue my interests. Unfortunately, I can't get a feel for this without visiting, so I'm counting on my interviews to tell me whether or not I want to attend a given school. I tried to choose a wide variety of schools based at first on numbers, then I looked at curricula and mission statements, etc to get a feel for the character of the place. I put in a few words next to each school above about why I picked each one (beyond the numbers).

    December 17: Two rejections so far, but from super competitive schools, so it didn't really surprise me. I was just glad that I was invited to submit secondaries to both, even if that did mean paying the schools for nothing. I was really surprised to get an invite to interview at Harvard! I'm still waiting on a few others to tell me one way or the other ... I hope I like New England in the winter, since we're headed up there at the end of this week!

    Applied, Withdrew

    Brown University
    Temple University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Yale University
    Mayo Medical School
    George Washington University
    University of California, San Francisco

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Drexel University


    University of Pittsburgh
    Tufts University
    Boston University
    University of Rochester
    University of Arizona

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