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Concern Over Volunteer Experience

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Mickai, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. Mickai

    Mickai Junior Member

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    Hello all-I'm applying for the 2002 school year to osteopathic schools...my MCAT was a 29, writing R, overall GPA 3.64,Science 3.4...Anyway, I'm a little concerned about my volunteer/extra stuff. I'm 20 yo and over the past 2 and a half years have experienced a lot of health-related issues (allergies and chemical sensitivities) that not only dropped my GPA but also hampered my extra activities. I've got a handle on all this now, but obviously it's kind of late to buff up on "life experiences" and health-care related exposure...I did volunteer at the OR, the anesthesia workroom, and as an escort for patients at different points. I also did some undergrad. research, and I worked at the hospital's info. desk. Basically in this short time frame I found more of what I *didn't* want to do then what I did, which is what pushed me to DO schools in the first place. I capitalized on this situation in my personal statement, but I was just curious what you think my odds are, based off your experiences. Sorry for the long posting...Thanks for your input!
    Mickai :D
     
  2. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member
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    You're a "gunner", aren't you? Mickai, first relax and take a deep breath. Your GPA is strong and your MCAT is more than enough. It sounds like you have plenty of extra-curriculars to balance out your portfolio. What else do you want?! A mission trip to Africa?!! :) In all seriousness, with a mixture of health-related exposure and a touch of research, I think you have a nice blend of "stuff" to "pad" your application. Do like I did...come in to work about 15 minutes late, use the side door (that way the boss doesn't see ya), and then space out for about an hour. Do that again for another hour after lunch. That's where you're suppose to chill out and foget about all this medical school stuff. All-in-all, you have a nice, well-rounded application with above-average numbers. I'd wish you luck, but I don't think you'll need it! ;) Ok, ok!....good luck!
     
  3. Mickai

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    Thanks so much for the consolation, Atlas...I guess this whole process is doing some number on my nerves! :D Appreciate it! ;)
     
  4. BooBooBear

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    Mickai,

    Sounds like you have a fairly strong application.... don't fret or worry (anymore than the rest of us, at least). :p There are soooo many more trials and tribulations you have as of yet to experience.... enjoy this one. ;)
     

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