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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Daitong, May 17, 2014.

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  1. Daitong

    Daitong 2+ Year Member

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    Hey guys, I'll give a brief cliffnotes of my application:
    (Relatively cookie cutter, not taking a gap year hopefully)

    > Asian (=(, non-underrep), Illinois Resident, Top 5 Engineering School
    > Specific Engineering Program Ranked #2 in the Country
    > 3.9 cGPA, probably 3.75+ sGPA, 36 MCAT (12 PS,11 VR, 13 BS)
    > Heavily involved in fraternity philanthropy/leadership
    > Various tutoring experiences (300+ hours)
    > Shadowing (100+ hours)
    > Misc Volunteering (250+hours)
    > Clinical Volunteering (~120 hours)
    > Research (~5 semesters, 2 poster presentations, 1 first author undergraduate pub, 1 coming 3rd author publication in "real" journal); REU

    > Registered Student organization club head (2x)
    > Teaching assistant (1 semester, introductory engineering course)

    > Business consulting (1 semester, ongoing, 20% selectivity)
    > Reputable internship in R+D this summer, before interviews for the upcoming cycle

    > Misc competitive hobbies (powerlifting)
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    Now here comes the hard part: I'm thinking of applying to 22+ schools, but I have a feeling that I need to take some selections out and add in more "target" schools. Writing so many essays, even if there is overlap, might decrease the overall quality esp since I'll be working full time from June to August + taking an online class.

    Please let me know if any of the below schools are simply not worth it to apply in terms of the work required, or which schools I should consider adding/removing, esp UC schools (though I believe they are disadvantaged toward out of staters, and I don't want to pay a substantial difference in tuition between schools). But any insight would be greatly appreciated!


    Thanks so much in advance!!

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    Illinois schools:
    > UIC College of Medicine
    > Loyola- Stritch
    > UChicago- Pritzker
    > Northwestern- Feinberg
    > Rush Medical College

    Remaining:

    Reach:
    > Harvard
    > Stanford
    > John Hop
    > UPenn
    > Wash U (?, consider removing)
    > Yale
    > Columbia
    > Duke
    > Cornell
    > Vanderbilt
    > NYU

    Target:
    > Baylor
    > Case Western
    > Emory
    > UW Madison
    > Boston
    > Brown
    > Dartmouth
    > Georgetown
    > Saint Louis University

    Possibilities:
    > UT South Western
    > Ohio State
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2014
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  3. siffster

    siffster 2+ Year Member

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    I like your app. Everything seems solid. Maybe add some more clinical volunteering during the gap year, but I'm sure you will be fine. Unfortunately, all the school that you have chosen requires you to deadlift at least 600lbs. sorry bro!!
     
  4. phunky

    phunky 2+ Year Member

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    Your list looks fine to me. You have a solid app. You'll do well.
     
  5. Daitong

    Daitong 2+ Year Member

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    Shoot... Would it be bad that I'm not taking a gap year?
     
  6. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    Nothing wrong with aiming high!
    Goro's list

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    Illinois schools:
    > UIC College of Medicine
    > Loyola- Stritch
    > UChicago- Pritzker
    > Northwestern- Feinberg
    > Rush Medical College


    > Harvard
    > Stanford
    > John Hop
    > UPenn
    > Wash U (maybe)
    > Yale
    > Columbia
    > Duke
    > Cornell
    > Vanderbilt
    > NYU
    > Baylor
    > Case Western
    > Emory
    > UW Madison
    > Boston
    > Dartmouth
    USC
    > Saint Louis University
    Mt Sinai
    Einstein

    > Ohio State
    U Cincy
    IU
    U Toledo
    U IA
    MCW
     
  7. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    What for?
     
  8. Daitong

    Daitong 2+ Year Member

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    Would it kill my chances at these schools? I personally just don't want a year in between because I'd likely be working a corporate job and strengthening my app. I don't like the uncertainty =(
     
  9. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    I don't see the reason for a gap year. Unless you just want a break.
     
  10. siffster

    siffster 2+ Year Member

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    What I meant by gap year is the time between submitting the app until you start medical school, which is a year. Sorry for that, you don't need to take any time off
     
  11. Daitong

    Daitong 2+ Year Member

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    Gotcha. Thanks.
     
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