Just finished my PS and revising it now before planning to submit this week (Mon/Tue). Thought I'd share my basic statistics and figure out how screwed or not I am?
- 32 MCAT (11, 11, 10)
- 330 GRE (170 Q, 160 V)
- cGPA: 3.39
- sGPA: 2.9
- post-bacc GPA: 2.89 (woke up late for an exam by 45 min, first time ever, was a double exam day, so I basically had 1 hour less to take two 2-hour exams, dragged my GPA down)
- realized I needed time off for personal reasons so decided not to continue with year 2 of post-bacc for masters'. wasn't sure if I wanted to do MD/DO route OR go to the research/MSc route. Used the time to take anatomy, retake a bio class from undergrad (got an A), deal with my personal ****, shadow, and work on the side.
- QUESTION: should I mention this at all in my PS and if so, how much?
- shadowing >100 hours in diff departments of hospital (ER, psych)
- 1 publication: literary journal in college (science behind why low-alcoholic beer can be considered a good post-workout hydration method)
- 1 year RA in behavioral neuroscience lab (college, no publications)
- 6 months RA in cardiology lab (at hospital, then they lost funding for lab so couldn't keep me on)
- Recs from 2 professors, 2 employers
- Shadowing a DO atm, will be getting rec letter soon
- Dorm RA in college (2 years)
- Taught kids in under-served schools (K-12) about neuroscience and science in undergrad
- Spent 2 spring breaks in Utah for Alternative Break Volunteer trip, second year was a coordinator for the trip. Worked K-6 aged kids on basic health education (washing their hands, really elementary stuff), teaching them math and basic science, helping set up new dorms for them (it was a mix of a day and boarding schools)
- Working for private tutoring company (tutor HS/college kids for math and science classes; provide college admissions counselling for students applying to undergrad)