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  • User #9559

  • Application cycles: 2007
  • Demographics: Male, Native American
  • Home state: Alaska
  • Brief Profile: Voluteer:
    Stanford American Indian Organization
    Organ Donation Education & Advocacy
    Nomzamo, Children's Home in Cape Town, South Africa
    10 Week Health Needs Assessment in the Western Cape, South Africa

    Clinical Experience:
    General Practice Job Shadow
    Physical Therapy Summer Intern, 3 months, Full-time
    Orthopedic Surgery Job Shadow
    Wasilla Basketball Team Physician Job Shadow

    Work Experience:
    Commercial Fisherman for Salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska
    Stanford Undergraduate Admissions Office Assistant
    Internet Start-up Contractor
    Mat-Su School District K-12 Substitute Teacher
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2007

    • Undergraduate college: Stanford University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.80
    • Science GPA: 3.85

    Summary of Application Experience

    Submitted primary to 20 schools: $730
    Submitted 15 secondary applications: $1065
    Invited for 14 interviews, but declined 2: $2380
    Total Cost of Application: $4175

    09/01/07 Final secondary submitted to Duke
    09/14/07 Interview: Michigan
    09/21/07 Interview: Northwestern
    09/26/07 Interview: Pittsburgh
    09/28/07 Interview: Johns Hopkins
    10/09/07 Interview: Case Western
    10/11/07 Interview: Vanderbilt
    10/15/07 Acceptance: Michigan = Stress-free Yale Interview
    10/18/07 Interview: Harvard
    10/24/07 Acceptance: Case Western
    11/01/07 Interview: Stanford
    11/08/07 Interview: UCSF
    11/13/07 Acceptance: Pittsburgh
    11/14/07 Interview: Penn
    11/16/07 Interview: Duke
    11/18/07 Acceptance: Vanderbilt
    11/19/07 Acceptance: Johns Hopkins
    01/02/08 Vanderbilt Scholarship Offer
    01/03/08 Withdrew: Case Western
    01/10/08 Acceptance: Stanford, by phone call from Dean Garcia
    01/25/08 Recieved Stanford Acceptance Letter by Snail Mail
    02/04/08 Acceptance: UCSF OOS!!!
    03/14/08 Acceptance: Yale, whew, that was a long period of silence.
    03/17/08 Withdrew: Yale, not the right fit for me.
    03/21/08 Acceptance: Harvard, New Pathway ... simply amazing and humbling
    03/21/08 Waitlisted: Duke
    03/27/08 Waitlisted: Penn, Tier 1, all that waiting for nada ...
    03/28/08 Michigan Merit Scholarship Offered
    04/02/08 Pittsburgh Merit Scholarship Offered
    04/17/08 Received Harvard Financial Aid ... OMG ... on par with Vandy!
    04/21/08 Withdrew: Michigan, Pittsburgh
    05/05/08 Withdrew: UCSF, Johns Hopkins, Penn Waitlist
    05/07/08 Withdrew: Stanford, Duke Waitlist
    05/08/08 Withdrew: Harvard Medical School
    05/08/08 Confirmed Enrollment in the Vanderbilt SOM, Class of 2012!
    05/10/08 Left the county on a 20 day trip through Syria and Jordan

    I completed re-visits at Vanderbilt, Harvard, Hopkins, and Stanford. And I have made my decision, with great difficulty, but also incredible peace of mind. Some may find it odd, but I don't roll by popular social norms and values. My decision is the right one from my perspective and possibly my perspective alone. But here are a few of the hightlights:

    * My older sister lives 4 hours away in Maryville, TN
    * Resources of a full undergraduate/graduate campus
    - i.e. Athletics, Mentoring, Inter-departmental Interaction
    * New Curriculum and Pre-clinical Training Facilities
    * I meshed very well with my prospective future classmates
    * Incredible Administrative Support
    * Humbling Scholarship Offer
    * Low Cost of Living and Relatively Affordable Apartment Housing
    * Southern Hospitality
    * Opportunities for religious expression
    * Music venues and performances of all genres
    * Nashville is a surprisingly beautiful, increasingly progressive, and entertaining city.

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of Chicago
    Ohio State University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    New York University
    Cornell University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    University of Washington
    Columbia University
    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Pennsylvania
    Duke University


    Vanderbilt University
    University of California, San Francisco
    Yale University
    Harvard University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Stanford University
    University of Michigan
    University of Pittsburgh
    Johns Hopkins University

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