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2013-2014 Michigan State University Application Thread

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2017)' started by gettheleadout, May 10, 2013.

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  1. gettheleadout

    gettheleadout MS-3 Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Space reserved for prompt.

    Please PM the essays or lack thereof to me when the secondary is available and I will update this.

    Good luck to everyone applying! :luck:
     
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  3. TheThirdLevel

    TheThirdLevel 7+ Year Member

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    Good luck to all of you applying. I will be applying here this cycle as well. I'm a current undergrad student here so if you have any questions about the East Lansing area, i'll try to answer them.
     
  4. Shinobiz11

    Shinobiz11 7+ Year Member

    Great school, hoping for some IS love
     
  5. StudyShy

    StudyShy XOXO 10+ Year Member

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    I want in! :)
     
  6. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    I deferred my 2013 spot so I will be in your guys' class in August 2014. After having gone thru the 2013 cycle, I can tell you that it's a challenge to apply to MSU, but it's definitely worth it.

    Good luck, 2014 applicants!
     
  7. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    Oh no, challenging how? Haha.
     
  8. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    Applying IS! :) Their GR campus, especially, seems great.
     
  9. Napapiiri

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    MSU wants students that are the best fit and not necessarily the ones with the best stats. Good luck to all. I am finishing my first year and I love it here. :)
     
  10. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    Awesome. Which campus are you?
     
  11. Napapiiri

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    East Lansing
     
  12. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    I'll be at Grand Rapids. But both are good places, I hear. :)
     
  13. Noggin

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    Is it worth it to apply here from California with a 3.8/30?
     
  14. Shinobiz11

    Shinobiz11 7+ Year Member

    Yes. But also depends on your EC's and story. MSUCHM loves non-trads and hard workers.
     
  15. Noggin

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    I think my ECs are decent. Thanks for the advice! I will certainly apply!
     
  16. Shinobiz11

    Shinobiz11 7+ Year Member

    Yeah no prob. I talked with some of their med students one time while volunteering and they told me to get your secondary in ASAP. One of them was from Cali. :)
     
  17. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    :thumbup: Good to know.
     
  18. ameliapond

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    Not sure if this is the right place to post this...but I was wondering if any current MSU CHM students have advice about whether to choose the GR campus vs. the EL campus? Is there a different overall personality or vibe for either campus?

    I know the basic differences like the newer facilities at GR and the Big 10 atmosphere for EL, but I was hoping for some insight on what it's actually like to be part of the student body.

    Did you make friends/study together? Are there really more married people and families at GR who stick to themselves? (A rumor I was told).
     
  19. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    I never heard this rumor, but the one person I personally knew who went to State's MD actually was married with a baby, haha.
     
  20. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    Haha. I'm married with children and am going to the GR campus. I don't know if the rumor is true though. I've seen both types of students--married, single--at both campuses.
     
  21. Anthrax

    Anthrax 5+ Year Member

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    Hey guys,

    Canadian applicant here. I applied to MSU last year but did not get an interview.

    Here are my stats:
    cGPA = 3.89, sGPA=3.89, MCAT = 33 R (10PS/10VR/13BS)
    ECs = 3 years of research, 2 conference presentations, 1 manuscript/paper contribution, 3 years of leadership/executive work (2 different positions) as a student mentor, 3 semesters/courses worth of TA-ing, over 3 years of volunteer work in the hospital (2 different departments), have scholarships and awards, and many other short/medium-term activities (volunteering in a clinic, fundraising, tutoring, employment)


    So my question is whether or not it's worth it to apply here again? I think last year my application was a bit late. Hoping to send in my primary within the next week or two. Do you guys think I have a decent shot here?
     
  22. PreMedRookie

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    Does this mean that this would be a school that would be okay me with having fewer volunteer hours because I work to pay for all of my school and living expenses? I have over 5,000 hours working in one position and an addition 1000 in a leadership position that includes teaching biology.
     
  23. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    I hope so, because I applied and those are almost identical to my stats :)
     
  24. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    In my opinion, consider how this fits with the school's mission. CHM is very mission-focused and I think that helps out all applicants to this school. So you know if this is the school for you, and they know if you are the student for them.
     
  25. mooser0956

    mooser0956 2+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know the prompt yet?
     
  26. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    Is the secondary available yet?
     
  27. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    I haven't received anything :(
     
  28. Yehoshua24

    Yehoshua24 2+ Year Member

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    Just got an email saying they will be sending email for secondaries next week.
     
  29. Kalamazoo

    Kalamazoo New Member 10+ Year Member

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    Besides knowing the differences between cities and general feel for each of the campuses, this is impossible to answer because each class is different. There could be no families in the next incoming class (unlikely, but possible). I know in the class of 2016 there are more married couples and families than usual, but I don't think anyone feels left out, or like they're lacking study buddies. There's a camaraderie that happens in med school, or at least with our class at CHM. You're all kind of "in it" together, and friendships are made quickly- partially to help each other study, but also to commiserate. Friends and family may not understand this part of your life, but your med school friends certainly will. So, pick a campus based on where you want to live for two years and don't worry about too many married couples, or not enough, or whatever because you can't predict the demographics of every class.
     
  30. Yehoshua24

    Yehoshua24 2+ Year Member

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    Just got my secondary invite.
     
  31. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    +1
     
  32. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    +2

    But having a hard time getting this account going, lol. I find it funny that you have to pay first.
     
  33. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    It won't verify my account. It doesn't tell me why or how to fix it, just that it failed. ARG.
     
  34. StudyShy

    StudyShy XOXO 10+ Year Member

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    :thumbup:

    I wonder if the essays are difficult? I'll have to wait until my next pay check to do this one. Extremely excited to get rolling with MSU. :)
     
  35. cooksgenes

    cooksgenes 2+ Year Member

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    AHH, the account activation process is frustrating
     
  36. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    So I called because I had time and they said it's a bigger issue and they're working on it...
     
  37. ameliapond

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    Thanks so much for your response! I have pretty much been coming to the same conclusion myself in the last few weeks, so your affirmation really helped to cement that feeling. :) My gut has been telling me GR and I think I'm going to tentatively go with it!
     
  38. Peterako

    Peterako 2+ Year Member

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    Anyone know the essay questions?
     
  39. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    They fixed the problem!
     
  40. TechToDoc

    TechToDoc 2+ Year Member

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    Here are the prompts, 350 words each:

    1. Discuss a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. What were the challenges? What did you learn?

    2. Describe a personally rewarding experience. What did you learn about yourself through this experience? You are permitted to use an experience included in your AMCAS application, as long as you didn't go into great detail in your AMCAS application (including personal statement and experiences) or in Essay One, or you discuss a different aspect of the experience.

    3. If you could present yourself to the Committee on Admissions, what would you want to make sure they knew about you?
     
  41. sciencebooks

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    Current students: Does anybody know if it's possible to apply to the special programs (LMU/LRM) later on or do you absolutely have to apply now?
     
  42. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    You can apply later. If you're invited to interview, they will give you the option to apply to the special programs after the interview.
     
  43. Peterako

    Peterako 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks!
     
  44. sciencebooks

    sciencebooks 7+ Year Member

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    Thank you! :) I'm interested but wanted to speak with some students I know. Oh, another random question if you have answers. Are there any resources to work on your Spanish at MSU? The underserved track requires solid conversational Spanish and I felt like I was finally getting there until my courses ended, lol.
     
  45. runawaycar09

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    Hoping to get some love this year from MSU! Good luck all :)
     
  46. premed159

    premed159 Nontraditional, US Army

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    This would be a good question for current students. I am wondering the same thing actually. Current students, does CHM have a medical Spanish elective? I think I have heard that they do but I just wanted to check.

    I was accepted to the LMU program and was planning to improve my Spanish proficiency by having more conversations with my Spanish-speaking family, working with a Spanish language tutor, and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries in my free time. I made sure to clearly list these learning methods in my application as well. That would be my advice.
     
  47. Supisak

    Supisak 5+ Year Member

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    Yes, there is an elective and chances to speak Spanish
     
  48. Ubiquinator

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    Preliminary review email received
     
  49. ojohombre

    ojohombre 5+ Year Member

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    +1 really excited at the prospect of attending this school!
     
  50. Yehoshua24

    Yehoshua24 2+ Year Member

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    Got mine also. They have mine on hold until after the MCAT score comes in from the one I am taking next Thursday... Oh crap I have to take the MCAT again next Thursday. :eek:
     
  51. lonelyranger

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    Jw, has anyone gotten a secondary for MSU?
     

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