Got the dreaded small envelope today. I am a little worried that I didn't get into any of schools where I applied (BM, Goucher, UVA). I'll call next week and ask where my application was weak so that when I apply to med school, I can work on that weakness.
I know I am mad/sad right now, but I feel really fired-up to prove these schools wrong. . .I will be a first-rate doctor one day. I'm just going to have to work harder for it, and that's just how it goes. I have to remember that there are plenty of great doctors out there who didn't go to a fancy post-bac.
My fingers are still crossed for those who haven't heard. . .
Sorry to hear you didn't get in to BM. But I'm glad to hear it's not deterring you from pursuing your goals...it shouldn't.
The last part of your post is pretty cool--you've got a great attitude and that will get you far in life. I wish you all the best on the road to med school.
Heard back today, and got accepted. maybe we'll see each other in phillie
Heinz- I hope things work out with Penn. It's a great program.
caloh- Congrats dude...see you this summer.
Just finished my interview a few hours ago and really enjoyed my time with everyone on campus. Jodi was very motivational and the current postbaccs seem to be genuinely happy to be in the program. The five of us that interviewed are supposed to hear back by the end of March (I guess they're not going to meet until after Spring Break).
Now all I have to worry about is my Goucher interview!
anyway, i just thought i would add that, since i find ppl really over estimate what a high gpa and high test scores can do for you. if you dont have really interesting things going on other than academics, i think larger programs might be more interested...
I was told by Jodi, the Director, that I didn't make the cut because they had no proof that I could handle the academic load. She said that was the only reason. She didn't even bring up my sad GRE scores. Jodi said my volunteer experience and life experience was in-line with their program (most recent - 9-months each at Hospice and the GW ER, previously 6 months at the NYM ER and a ton of other volunteering since I was in high school). She said that even though I have a 3.7 from two top-tier schools, my science courses are from community colleges, which is true. In those classes I have a 4.0 while volunteering and working a 50-hour week. I think the real reason is that I am a) the typical hard-working, good grade getting student with no real shining star event to set me apart and, b) I'm too old (34) for their group, but she couldn't say *that* . I don't know why everyone can't just be honest...clearly I can handle the academics. I would actually rather hear that I am just too old for them!! That's an easier pill to swallow, because I know that I am a better student because I am older. I'm good with starting down this path at 34. Jodi actually gave me some good advice about other programs I'm considering.
Anyhow - hope this post doesn't sound bitter, because I'm not at all. If they don't think I'd fit in, then chances are, I wouldn't. I think that there are no hard and fast standards, quantitative or qualitative. You just put the best possible app together, you take a chance and apply, and maybe all the stars and moons and asteroid dust will line up and work in your favor when they've got your app under the microscope... The important thing is that if you think you can do it, go for it. But be prepared to do it another way if they disagree. I should have applied to many more programs earlier on. Live and learn, eh?
i know... actually i think in your case, you might be right. admissions is often really age-ist which is so unfair. you sound like you are qualified in everyway which is frustrating!!
anyway, i actually didnt mean that remark toward you personally at all, but just as a trend (that makes my heart pitter patter each time i read it) on the forum in general... i really admire your attitude through this... bryn mawr admission, shame shame shame.
you will get in elsewhere and do amazing things... i agree with the person who posted above. you sound very stoic and admirable. very cool.