MCAT retaker: 8V/12P/12B/O the first time
full-time AmeriCorps free clinic volunteer full-time research associate, 1 year (no publications) Children's Hospital Volunteer (ER, Floor, Family Resource Center) 3 years shadowing infectious disease specialist, 2 summers youth counselor, 1 year marching band, 2 years pre-school volunteer, 1 year develop science curriculum for elementary school, 1 summer international medical clinic volunteer, 1 summer team leader for international service trips biotech intern, 1.5 years residential computing assistant, 2 years misc other research/jobs/volunteering
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2007
Undergraduate college: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 514
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.72
Science GPA: 3.60
Summary of Application Experience
R: Secondary Received S: Secondary Sent I: Interview Invite ID: Interview Date
I finally decided to make one of these! I have a lot of time right now, so my secondary turn-around time is very fast. plus, I'm a bit compulsive. :P
6/6: submitted AMCAS
6/11: verified AMCAS
7/17: woohoo, at least halfway through secondaries! i love easy secondaries.
7/25: my first interview invite! :)
8/16: I just got back from a volunteer trip in Mexico, and now I have so many secondaries to do!!
8/20: yay for interview invites!!
8/31: uc invite! woohoo :)
9/6: first rejection! another invite came with it tho...
9/20: just did four interviews in a row in NY and DC. fun, but tiring.
10/2: done with interviews for a while :) rejection from irvine :(
10/15: GWU acceptance, 4:14am email!!! i can't believe i'm going to be a doctor...
10/18: called Tulane, I'm in! I think this applying early thing really helped me...
10/31: more UC love! :D I'm very excited about UCLA, even though a part of me wants to leave Cali. :) I LOVED UC Davis so...we'll see how this all plays out.
11/5: Georgetown acceptance!! I can't believe it-- I really wasn't sure if I'd get in this cycle at the beginning of this application process. Anyway, I loved their philosophy... When I decide on a school, I'll also take into account financial aid/other personal circumstance which won't be worked out until later...
11/14: I got into UCSD!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! =O I still dunno if I want to stay in Cali or leave but-- if I stay, that is a great place to go :D now I have less pressure going into UCLA interview... and when i get home, i'm gonna withdraw from schools
11/19: Withdrew from most schools. I really liked every school where I've interviewed, and could see myself at each of these schools. there is a feeling of 'I regret to inform you...' (Of course I didn't write that...) There's a part of me that would still love to go to NY, so I'm keeping those schools, and I'd still consider Baylor b/c of the international health track. I'm keeping Cali schools too, for now. I know these are reaches, but it doesn't hurt to keep my application in consideration. I don't have any paper rejection letters yet anyway. :)
11/30 ahh, the long-awaited ucsf rejection. my life has been very crazy lately, and i am still grateful how this application cycle has been going.
12/18 my first post-interview rejection from UC Davis. i LOVED it when i was there, but it's not completely unexpected that i finally hear some bad news after an interview. and i'm happy w/other schools so-- we'll see how the rest of the cycle goes! going to Mount Sinai next month (they sent me an invite in September for January =O ) and im excited about that :)
1/11 all quiet on the med school front. i should hear back from at least einstein next week (and maybe UCLA?). i'm going to mount sinai for my last interview. i felt like the cycle was over a long time ago, though...i feel somewhat removed from it right now. i'm still excited to go, and i always love visiting NY!
1/15 yayyyyy albert einstein. i feel like i've been waiting forever!! hm, so for now it's basically between AECOM and UCSD, but if I get into either UCLA or MSSM, I would definitely consider them too. And I'm going to wait for financial aid packages before i withdraw.
2/20 so I withdrew from georgetown and GW. even with good fin aid, i wouldn't have gone there over either AECOM or UCSD. yet, it's still difficult to withdraw. still waiting on UCLA and MSSM...perhaps by the end of this week or next week, i'll know.
2/28 WL from MSSM. first waitlist! i probably won't update my file or hold my place on the waitlist... and i'm thankful i haven't gotten any waitlists up until this point.
3/19 the long-awaited status change telling me my UCLA decision is in the mail. wow, my last decision. i decided to not hold my place on the mount sinai waitlist, and i'm going to withdraw from albert einstein very soon. right now, i'm pretty set on UCSD but if good news happens to come through from UCLA (doubtful...) ...hm.
...i really need to file my taxes, FAFSA, and get in financial aid apps. =] in the next couple weeks.
update: i called, got the WL. so it looks like i'll be heading to UCSD next year. yay!! to think at the beginning of this cycle i was SO SURE i was going to head for the east coast. well, things change. =) (personal reasons definitely contribute to me staying in cali...) also-- you don't need super stellar stats to get into a cali school. my stats aren't bad, but they aren't great-- i think schools gave me a chance because i'm 'well-rounded.' or maybe i'm just lucky and blessed. :)
3/28 i withdrew from AECOM, and have decided to not hold a spot on the UCLA waitlist (though a part of me wonders whether or not i could get in...) i wouldn't go to UCLA over UCSD anyway, so no point in staying on the waitlist.