Menu Icon Search
Close Search

MD Applicants

  • fpo-profile-avatar
  • capriccio

  • Application cycles: 06/06/2018
  • Demographics: Female, 22, East Asian
  • Home state: Wisconsin
  • Last Active: 07/10/2019
  • Brief Profile: Trad, ORM, decent amount of clinical exp and research, interests and ECs in the humanities, volunteering with immigrant communities
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/06/2018

    • Undergraduate college: Public University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 525
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 132, P/S 130, CARS 132
    • Overall GPA: 3.90
    • Science GPA: 3.90

    Summary of Application Experience

    Leaving this here for future traditional applicants. I know I spent several nights throughout undergrad just neurotically browsing mdapplicants, so the least I can do is to continue the cycle of neuroticism! Feel free to PM as well.
    ======
    ======
    Summary of stats:

    Clinical: ~300 hours hospital volunteering
    Shadowing: ~50 hours
    Nonclinical: ~200 hours—ESL stuff
    Research: 1000+ hours basic science, university awarded fellowships, no pubs, 1 minor poster presentation
    ECs: ~50 hrs in music group, 50+ hrs in art group, ~200 hrs student newspaper, ~200 hrs science outreach
    Hobbies: art, instrument
    Leadership: leadership positions in student orgs
    ======
    ======
    Overview of application
    23 primaries
    21 secondaries completed
    9 interview invites
    8 interviews attended
    1 post-II rejection
    3 waitlists
    4 acceptances

    ======
    ======
    Application Timeline summary

    -MCAT studying: Took MCAT in late Jan of junior year. Studied weaker subjects over the summer before junior year. Stopped Sept-mid Nov because of school. Started studying again in Nov, and then full time studying in Dec/Jan (my school has a month long winter break) with FLs, SBs, Qpacks, and Anki.

    -Throughout undergrad: periodically wrote down memories or reflections about my experiences for reference during application cycle **I really recommend this!!**
    -late April: began brainstorming and outlining for personal statement **recommend attending a personal statement workshop**
    -May: intensive drafting of PS; also wrote all activity statements
    -6/6: submitted AMCAS
    -June: started pre-outlining secondaries
    -6/30: AMCAS verified
    -early-mid July: began receiving secondaries
    -mid-late July: submitted ~1/2 of secondaries
    -late July-mid Aug: ran into major burnout, got really stuck with writing my diversity essay, submitted only a couple secondaries
    -late Aug: got my a** in gear and finished the remaining 1/2 of my secondaries in less than a week.
    -late Aug: first II from WashU (complete mid July)
    -Sept: II from Penn (complete mid July); II from Columbia (complete mid July)
    -Nov: II from UW Madison (complete late Aug); II from Hopkins (complete early Aug); II from Northwestern (complete late July)
    - Dec: II from UChicago (complete late Aug); II from OSU (complete late July); A from UW-Madison
    - Jan: II from Medical College of Wisconsin (complete late Aug)
    -Feb: A from MCW
    -early March: A from UChicago; WL from Penn, WashU; R from Columbia
    -late March: A from Hopkins
    -April: WL from Northwestern, and the cycle is finally done!!!
    ======
    ======
    Pre-II Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, NYU, Icahn, Pitt, Mayo, Rochester, UCSF, Boston U, UMich, Einstein

    Submitted primaries to Case Western and Duke. Gave up on Case Western because I felt I had enough safety schools, and gave up on Duke because those secondary questions are KILLER.

    I submitted in mid-late July at Harvard, Icahn, Rochester, UCSF, BU and late Aug for Yale, Stanford, NYU, Mayo, Pitt, and UMich. Was placed on interview hold at NYU and Mayo before being rejected pre-II. Submitted to Einstein in late Sept bc I forgot to pay and submit back in July, and was marked complete in Dec lol rip.
    ======
    ======
    For more info about individual schools where I received IIs, scroll down the school list section.
    ======
    ======
    **FINAL THOUGHTS**

    Regarding ECs
    Do what you love and enjoy. The whole premed experience will be so much more fulfilling if youre doing things that genuinely interest you. Ive seen a lot of anxiety over having the X-factor, and while its crucial to identify your unique points and emphasize them properly in your application, I also think people over-exaggerate the kind of ECs you need for T20 applications. Excluding my musical/artistic hobbies, my ECs are pretty cookie-cutter and definitely accessible to anyone on a college campus, but I believe the important part was that I was truly and wholly passionate about what I was doing, and I knew how to present them in the best possible light.

    Regarding essay writing in general
    Do not be afraid of writing and rewriting and rewriting (and rewriting). My first PS draft looked nothing like my final PS draft. I have 10+ different PS drafts in my folder, written over the course of 1.5 months. I have countless versions of my challenge and diversity essays and for any and all other secondary prompts. Its okay for your first draft to be terrible. Do not expect perfection from your first draft, and do not expect perfection from your final draft either. Find second, third, or even fourth opinions. Improve, improve, improve, recognize that your essay will never be perfect, and realize that at some point its okay to cut it off and submit.

    Regarding Secondaries
    Secondary writing was the most exhausting aspect of the application process. I cannot emphasize the importance of prewriting or at the very least pre-brainstorming, because I didnt prewrite very much. Writing 20 secondaries burned me out big time, so I cant imagine what its like for the folks who do 30 secondaries. I dont care what it takes for you to finish them, whether its taking time off work if you can or sequestering yourself in a library—FINISH THEM IN A TIMELY MANNER. Get others to edit for you and keep improving them because while its important to get them in, be sure not to sacrifice quality. These essays can make or break your II chances.

    Regarding Interviews
    This was the other exhausting aspect of the application process, especially since I was taking a full credit load during interview season. Try to schedule a day with few classes and with classes that dont require attendance—I got away with scheduling almost all my interviews on a Thursday. My college also had a month-long winter break, so I scheduled 4 interviews over that time period. I took Southwest flights for most of my OOS IIs, which usually ended up being around $200 for roundtrips. Traveling is tiring, and by the time I finished 8 interviews I was, quite frankly, relieved I didnt have any more IIs coming my way.

    As for actual interviewing, be pleasant, natural, and confident. Practice the basic questions out loud (tell me about yourself, why medicine, challenges faced, teamwork experience, etc). Research the school beforehand. Think of questions beforehand. I liked looking at the SDN interview feedback pages, selecting a few questions, and typing out a short response to prepare. Skim over your primary and secondary, because interviewers love asking about your activities.

    Regarding why I got T20 IIs and how I somehow got into them
    - High stats.
    - Strong essays are really important!! Its all about selling yourself once you pass the stat/EC hurdle. I think I wrote relatively good ones.
    - interesting art/music activities
    - I did several research projects, mostly independently
    - Solid ECs that I was interested and invested in

    In conclusion, its a long journey, friends. Good luck to you.

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Ohio State University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Columbia University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Pennsylvania

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Northwestern University

    Accepted

    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Chicago
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    // Share //

    × Wait!

    Are you sure you want to delete this application cycle? This will remove all application data and cannot be undone.

    × Wait!

    Are you sure you want to delete this school? This will remove all application data and cannot be undone.