galen174

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Application Cycles: 7/29/2010
Demographics: Male, 26, East Asian
Home State: Unknown
Last Activity Date: 7/30/2011

MCAT: BS 14, PS 12, VR 11, S
Overall GPA: 3.95
Science GPA: 3.98

Brief Profile:

AMCAS submitted: 7/29/2010

Applied, Rejected

University of California, San Francisco - "Considered appealing pre-secondary rejection, but upon drafting my letter, realized I had few partic..."

Application Complete, Rejected

University of California, Los Angeles - "A great school on the West Coast. Thought I'd give it a shot."
University of Michigan - "Heard good things about the way UMich treats its students, so thought I'd apply. No doubt that my d..."

Application Complete, Withdrew

Emory University - "Withdrew after UW acceptance."
Baylor College - "Withdrew after UW acceptance."
Wake Forest University - "Withdrew post UW acceptance."

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

Oregon Health & Science University - "Withdrew after UW acceptance."
University of Vermont - "Withdrew post UW acceptance."
Tufts University - "Withdrew post UW acceptance."

Attended Interview, Rejected

Harvard University - "No doubt the biggest name in medicine, but I had to convince myself I liked it after my interview. ..."

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

Duke University - "Applied because of its condensed pre-clinical curriculum, and because a friend told me I would enjoy..."
University of Pennsylvania - "My favorite interview experience. Med school was attached to the undergrad campus. Interviewers, s..."

Accepted

Stanford University - "You don't know how good you've had it until you've taken a look around. Was not initially blown awa..."
University of Pittsburgh - "Grateful for my first acceptance. Unfortunately left with a bad taste. When asked why she chose Pi..."
University of Washington - "Had a pleasant interview experience. Did not get a chance to talk to many students. Facilities wer..."
Washington University in St. Louis - "Had an interview experience that gave Penn's a run for its money. Was introduced to wonderful stude..."

Summary of Application Experience

I agree with the advice of finding the school that fits *you* the best. Do you need to go to a top 20 school to be happy? Then go to a top 20. Is debt your biggest concern (perhaps true for everyone)? Then follow the money. Good weather? Go to CA. Ask yourself, when the going gets real tough, what will keep you going? And don't be ashamed of your answers. Of course, you can't tell what med school will be like for you until you start, but you can imagine your worst days in undergrad and start from there.

Also, if you are like me, you likely won't know what you're looking for when you first submit your application. So apply broadly. Then hang in there for the ride. The process tries to be objective but in the end a sizable amount of luck is involved. Don't let a rejection bring you down too much.

In retrospect, things I wish I could've done differently:
1. submitted primary even earlier (i.e. when AMCAS opened)
2. gathered my recommendation letters before AMCAS opened (two great letters of mine came in September and October)
3. reduced the level of self-importance in several of my secondary responses; you'll soon realize that you're not special