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2012-2013 University of California - Los Angeles (Geffen) Application Thread

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2016)' started by gettheleadout, Mar 7, 2012.

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  1. imcanadaian

    imcanadaian 7+ Year Member

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    yeah i totally noticed that..submitted last night..oh well! $10 saved! haha
     
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  3. Girly X

    Girly X 5+ Year Member

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    Yep.
     
  4. mirimonster

    mirimonster Class of 2017 2+ Year Member

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    Same here :scared:
     
  5. kad

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    alma - mater, verified 6/29, nothing yet besides receipt email...
     
  6. jsak

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    Same here and I'm a california resident. Maybe I should give them a call?
     
  7. snorlax

    snorlax 2+ Year Member

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    Me too! What's going on??
     
  8. kad

    kad 2+ Year Member

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    would any of you start pre-writing the essay questions, if you were almost caught up with other secondaries?
     
  9. CodeRedDew

    CodeRedDew Thirst Quencher 5+ Year Member

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    I would do it, especially since you're already caught up with the other secondaries. The worst that could happen is that you don't receive a secondary application. But a lot of the questions that UCLA asks can be used for other secondaries so the writing wouldn't technically go to waste.
     
  10. bearintraining

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    Can't seem to find this info - how many letters can be sent with the UCLA application??
     
  11. imcanadaian

    imcanadaian 7+ Year Member

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    Pretty sure its 5 max. One science and one non-science required
     
  12. premed414

    premed414 5+ Year Member

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    Still no secondary, verified 6/9/12 with high stats and IS. Should I give them a call? I received the receipt email.
     
  13. Arbor Vitae

    Arbor Vitae The North remembers 2+ Year Member

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    If you got the receipt email then they have your app. Calling may come off as a little pushy and self-entitled.
     
  14. snorlax

    snorlax 2+ Year Member

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    Were/are you an undergrad at UCLA by any chance?
     
  15. Fivo

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    No way. That has entitlement written all over it.
     
  16. hurlygrly07

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    .
     
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  17. 126990

    126990 Guest 5+ Year Member

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    packets count as 1 (one) letter. no worries.
     
  18. imcanadaian

    imcanadaian 7+ Year Member

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    +1 I called them about my letters (being non-trad my letters don't exactly fit their requirements) and they seem pretty flexible about them anyway :)
     
  19. cfive22

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    Same here. Got secondaries from all UCs except LA! :thumbdown:
     
  20. MD021

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    .What's everyone doing for "What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated?"

    I'm debating between my teaching experience or a book drive that I ran. The teaching experience isn't really 'unique', but it would involve leadership/entrepreneurial/creative aspects, and I've been doing it for nearly 8 years so its pretty significant. Besides the "where do you see yourself in 10 years" question, I don't mention teaching/tutoring elsewhere in the 2ndary even though its been a big part of my life.

    The book drive is more 'unique', but isn't nearly as significant. What do you guys think?
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  21. dsk89

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    Teaching is clearly a bigger part of your life, and something you would be able to talk more in depth about in your secondary and when you potentially interview. Based on that, I would go with teaching!
     
  22. Arbor Vitae

    Arbor Vitae The North remembers 2+ Year Member

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    I got them all except for UCSF...maybe it's because I'm a Dodger fan and we're frowned upon at UCSF
     
  23. MD021

    MD021 7+ Year Member

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    Thanks! Will do :)
     
  24. snorlax

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    Me too... I can't figure out why I didn't get this secondary
     
  25. Girly X

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    I would go with teaching too. Perhaps you had to use a unique method/improvised to get results with a specific student. Or the location or subject matter or how you prepared. Think hard of something you did with it that was out of the ordinary or creative. Could make a great essay.
     
  26. ModernAlchemist

    ModernAlchemist Transform and Transcend 7+ Year Member

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    They just marked that they got my letters of recommendation. Does this mean they plan on sending me a secondary or am I reading too far into this?
     
  27. bear09

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    Anyone else running into the problem of repeating stuff on their amcas? They ask for a lot of separate experiences and I feel like some of the experiences that best answer their questions are also my "most meaningful" on the amcas. If I talk about the same experiences but with different emphasis than on my amcas, will that get too repetitive?
     
  28. basedbear

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    yo my fellow bear. i basically talked about the same activities but talked about them to show something a little different/added more description than what was on my amcas
     
  29. premed414

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    Does anyone know if UCLA is still sending out secondaries? I received the "AMCAS received" email a while ago, and have been verified since ~6/10. Stats are high enough to avoid auto screen out, and am a CA resident.

    Last secondary left and a top choice, has me worried!
     
  30. basedbear

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    You sure your stats protected you from auto screen? 9 in verbal is quite low for UCLA
     
  31. CodeRedDew

    CodeRedDew Thirst Quencher 5+ Year Member

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    9 is fine. I have a 7 in verbal and I received a secondary invitation.
     
  32. mirimonster

    mirimonster Class of 2017 2+ Year Member

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    I'm still waiting too. Their "AMCAS received" email says they're doing preliminary reviews through January, and according to the status page (https://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/applications/appstat/appforms/status.htm) I haven't been outright rejected yet, but I'm worried too. I think it's because I'm a re-applicant though. C'mon UCLA, give me a chance!
     
  33. arabwolverine13

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    They've had my LORs since 8/2 and still haven't heard from them, I think you might be reading a little too much into it.
     
  34. ModernAlchemist

    ModernAlchemist Transform and Transcend 7+ Year Member

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    Haha thanks for the honesty. I wasn't sure.
     
  35. aps91

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    Does anyone know about the English pre req. I emailed the admissions office over a week ago to ask if a writing intensive class could substitute. No answer.

    Anyone else have an answer to this question?
     
  36. Fivo

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    According to their own Pre-Health page, the writing course (W after the course name) will be sufficient

    http://career.ucla.edu/Students/GradProfSchCounseling/PreHealthCareerServices/Medicine.aspx
     
  37. idontcaureuknow

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    I didn't ask that exact question, because my situation was minorly different. But I think they screen out any pre-req questions, so feel free to call them, they are quite nice.

    But you can take a post-bacc English course at a CC to fulfill this requirement prior to matriculation. So if I get interviewed/accepted... I'm going to love taking a freshman English class at a CC.
     
  38. amaranth

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    On the status page there is a blank next to transcript. I thought amcas automatically forwarded our transcripts?

    They already have my LOR from amcas and my secondary, so I was curious as to whether my application is complete or not without the transcript?
     
  39. aps91

    aps91 2+ Year Member

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    I just feel awful saying "no" on the secondary to "have you completed a year of college English".
     
  40. elevenses

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    I don't even understand why they care if you've been to college in England.
     
  41. meix

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    Anyone still waiting on secondary here? Or is it something like a silent rejection if you still haven't gotten one yet (AMCAS complete 7/17)?
     
  42. An MD Hopeful

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    Have you received an email with the subject "Medical School Application Receipt" from David Geffen UCLA yet? I believe everyone gets that email first, so if you haven't received that email yet, they probably haven't processed your application yet.
     
  43. meix

    meix 2+ Year Member

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    Yeah, I got that 7/23. I really wish schools would do outright rejections instead of making us wait in limbo =\
     
  44. not my name

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    Has anyone received the secondary in August? I don't see anyone rejoicing about getting it this month, maybe they send them out in really big batches? *hoping*
     
  45. AllDay24

    AllDay24 Veteran Member 7+ Year Member

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    Me too. Hate to waste my pre-written essays
     
  46. sinombre

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    Hahaha... :thumbup:
     
  47. mirimonster

    mirimonster Class of 2017 2+ Year Member

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    The lack of secondary from UCLA is really tanking my spirits. One of my top choices and I might get rejected pre-secondary. :(
     
  48. papiwapi

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    In bold below, it states that AP credit will not be accepted for completion of required courses. Does the same apply to IB (International Baccalaureate) credit? Are IB courses (similar to AP courses) counted towards prerequisite requirements?

    Completion of Requirements: Students must complete all premedical requirements before beginning the first year of medical study, although these requirements need not be completed at the time application for admission is filed. AP credit will not be accepted for completion of required courses.

    http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/offices/admiss/admreq.cfm#prereq
     
  49. WWPWillis52D

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    For those that have already filled out the secondary, how did you guys answer the "most important honor" question, generally speaking?

    It was under the scholastic area of the secondary so does it have to be academically related? Anyone take a different approach?
     
  50. cfive22

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    I agree. I got a secondary from UCLA Drew yesterday but still waiting on Geffen :(
     
  51. dhlee7570

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    I don't think it has to be academically related, though it can be. I wrote about a position I was elected to and how I was honored my peers were confident in my abilities to fulfill that role.
     

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