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  • User #8967

  • Application cycles: 2007
  • Demographics: Male, Hispanic
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: - President (2 yrs) - Best Buddies International - serving those with intellectual disabilities through frienship
    - Most Outstanding College Leader in Western USA - Best Buddies International '06-'07
    - President (2 yrs) - Youth for Christ - Catholic-Christian Student Fellowship
    - Peer Mentor (2 yrs) - University Honors Program - Tutoring/TA for class/Academic Advising/Counselor
    - Health Professions Peer Advisor (2 yrs) - More mentoring
    - Yale SMDEP - (summer program) - 20 hrs shadowing
    - Medical Spanish Course/Clinical Experience - (summer program) - Mexico - 80 hrs shadowing
    - Hospital Intern/Volunteer - (1 yr & in progress) - 'Clinical Care Extender' - 100+ hours
    - Chancellor's/Dean's Lists
    - Kaloshian Research Lab (1 yr) - in progress

    Updated EC's:
    - Undergraduate Research Grant ~ $850
    - 2 Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Presentations
    - Took a Graduate Seminar in Religious Studies (This would have resulted in a REALLY kick ass LOR if I were to apply next year)
    - 1 year Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band ($ scholarship attached $)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2007

    • Undergraduate college: University of California, Riverside
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.98
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Just applied to California schools.

    Currently in my 3rd year of Undergrad. and won't be graduating at the end of this year (I'll be 32 units short when I start Med School). All my schools don't require a BA/BS. Since I got in, its a pretty sweet deal... I don't have to finish anything so I can already take it easy and recharge for August. Feeling INCREDIBLY blessed right now!

    8/14/07 - Took MCAT
    9/17/07 - AMCAS Application Submitted
    10/09/07 - AMCAS Application Verified

    Secondary Completion Dates:
    UCSD - 11/15
    UCLA - 11/24
    UCSF - 12/3
    UCI - 12/4

    Interview Dates:
    UCI - Awarded on 1/7 - Interview - 2/12
    UCR/UCLA - Awarded on 1/16 - Interviews - 1/23 & 1/25
    UCSD - HOLD for possible interview - 1/28

    Acceptance/Rejection Dates:
    UCSF - 1/14 Rejection
    UCR/UCLA - 2/1 Acceptance!
    UCLA - 2/4 Rejection
    UCSD - 3/3 Rejection
    UCI - 5/5 Acceptance!

    That Haider Program is a gem. It's why I came to Riverside in the first place.

    UC Irvine actually really impressed me... (but then I didn't have much to compare it to) I can tell I'm a really good fit for their program. I still think Haider's a better fit though.

    5/6 - Its Over!! I only applied to 5 schools and it was a very stressful yet exciting process. I can only imagine what its like to apply to 20+ schools...

    Attending UCR/UCLA in the Fall!! Life is sweet!

    Words of Advice:
    -Apply Early! I might have had more opportunities if I'd gotten things in faster... it definitely makes a difference, ask anyone that's gone through this process.
    -If you're applying without a bachelors, the admissions committees and your interviewers will definitely ask you about it... not having a bachelors felt like the biggest weakness in my application. So if you can get it without hurting yourself (and you want to apply early) just go get it... its probably only a few classes more for you anyways.
    -If you do manage to get in without a bachelors degree, life rocks after you get your acceptance letter(s) because you're not obligated to finish anything. I still need one prereq math class to start med school... but if I had taken it earlier, I would have just been able to drop out at the end of Winter and completely chill for a solid 5 months. Sweet deal! Saves a bit of money too!
    -Show maturity in your interviews, especially if you're a young applicant. Interviewers will find sneaky and subtle ways to attack your age.
    -Do what you love and what you're passionate about... then find a way to do it at an extremely high level. It's the only way you'll stand out. It's just too competitive these days.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego


    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles

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