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
Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
Degree Obtained: N/A
Total MCAT SCORE: 516
MCAT Section Scores:
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!
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
I decided not to do the secondary after seeing how many of their students go straight from high school to a joint BS/MD