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Did you Graduate Early?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by gmsquid, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. gmsquid

    gmsquid Member 10+ Year Member

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    I graduated a year early, and am curious to see if there is any effect on early graduation on med school admissions. If you graduated early would you mind telling us about your application process, and how early you graduated. So far, with my stats, I've got 6 interviews, 1 acceptance, 3 waitlists, and a rejection with one unknown school. My stats are in my profile if interested.
     
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  3. kochkine

    kochkine 7+ Year Member

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    wow

    you have insane stats and seems like you deserved so much more.... REALLLLLLLLY strange

    maybe should have applied to more schools?

    very weird again
     
  4. TIGIBedHead

    TIGIBedHead Fever to Tell 5+ Year Member

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    My advisor had two reasons for discouraging people from early graduation. One is not an issue for you: numbers. Yours are obviously competitive. The other is achievement outside of the classroom/extracurricular involvement. In three years, you have a lot less time to gain leadership positions and meaningful volunteer experiences that could enhance your application. These experiences help set you apart from all the other star students with great numbers. Then again, you did get interviews at great schools, and you have an acceptance, so congrats.
     
  5. Stolenspatulas

    Stolenspatulas 2+ Year Member

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    my guess is some adcomm members are going to immediately knock you just b/c you are young... remember they aren't only thinking of picking the most capable and ambitious students, they are looking for a strong class dynamic... maybe they think being that young may make you somewhat of an outsider..

    i have strong stats as well and felt i would do a little better in this process.... (im not complaining, but, still)

    the importance of the MCAT is overhyped for top schools, IMO.
     
  6. TPROrgoTutor2

    TPROrgoTutor2 2+ Year Member

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    I graduated a year late. It neither helped nor harmed me. I woudln't imagine graduating early would, either. After looking at your MDApps I'd have to say that you would have been much better recieved had you taken the time to volunteer. They don't like to see exceptionally intelligent (ie you) people with no volunteering. (If I missed where you volunteered etc...I apologize. Just an observation, though).
     
  7. PlayMeSomeMusic

    PlayMeSomeMusic Always waiting... Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

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    I graduated a year early. I know one school interviewed me solely because I am doing a 1 year master program there.. but besides that I haven't felt that it hurt or helped me. I had already been super involved in school and graduating early was the best choice for me. I was really nervous about it at first but now i'm so glad I did it and feel like I've grown alot as a person as opposed to staying in my bubble at my undergraduate university for one more year
     
  8. wisguy

    wisguy 2+ Year Member

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    I graduated a year early. Then I did another semester to finish a second major. For the second semester of that year I worked in a lab and coffee shop and now I've been living abroad for the last year. I'm glad I graduated early because it allowed me to get some real world experiences before starting med school. In a few months we'll see what the adcoms think about that, though.
     
  9. gmsquid

    gmsquid Member 10+ Year Member

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    I applied during my 3rd year (when I'm graduating), so its a little different in the sensethat Im coming straight out of college.
     

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