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Explaining a catastrophic life event

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jacqueline Genow, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. Jacqueline Genow

    Jacqueline Genow 2+ Year Member

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  3. BlueLabel

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    There are other posters much better equipped than I am to advise you, but I just wanted to say I'm so so sorry for what you've had to go through. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been, and I'm glad things have gotten better for you. Good luck.
     
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  4. Jacqueline Genow

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    Thank you for your kind words. For the sake having a shorter post, I just hit on the major points and there are many things I could elaborate on.
     
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    Committees want to see that you have the strength and determination to overcome any barriers in your path. Your story is a powerful and inspirational example of this. You faced significant obstacles, and came out on the other side strong and focused. Your PS should describe this journey - not in a "sorry my grades stink" kind of way, but as a way of explaining how your life experiences shaped who you are. Craft a strong statement. Practice for interviews. Do well on the MCAT. What were your final GPAs? But regardless, I'm proud of you already.
     
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  6. Microglia

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    First of all, I'm terribly sorry to hear about the many obstacles you've had to face. I'm glad to hear you were able to turn it all around and succeed; you should be very proud.

    In regards to your question: medical schools will certainly listen to your story, but only if you have the minimum cutoff first. To have a solid chance, you need to have at least a 3.4 cumulative and a 30 MCAT.
     
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  7. BlueLabel

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    This isn't necessarily the case, particularly if OP is URM.

    Unrelated, but I noticed she deleted her OP so out of respect for her privacy I edited the quote out of my previous reply - maybe you should too
     

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