If you turned down UCLA...

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  1. GalaxySystem

    GalaxySystem a girl with a gun

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    I was just curious if anyone got accepted to UCLA and decided not to attend, why? What med school did you end up at?
     
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  3. dArroway

    dArroway Gettin' my hood on

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    what a thread. i think i need to take a few minutes to contemplate the epicness of this topic
     
  4. MsJLewis

    MsJLewis Retired Pre-med

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    I got into both UCLA and Drew/UCLA and turned them both down. Its was sad to since it was one of my top choices and I am an out of state applicant. But money talks and neither were giving me any. I'm going to Columbia instead where I'll be around friends and family and in significantly less debt when I graduate.
     
  5. Renovatio

    Renovatio Class of 2012

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    Did you know you get in-state tuition after your first year?
     
  6. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    Why do all these UCLA threads hint or come flat out and state some sort of superiority of UCLA?
     
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    which is "0" according to aamc...but of course, "fees" for instate get jacked up. anyways, i never knew it was so easy to get in-state in cali.
     
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    i dont see it either.
     
  9. BoredMD

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    Because UCLA is UCLA, hello!! :p GO BRUINS!
     
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    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    Memphis> UCLA...????
     
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    Ugh, don't go there. :cry:
     
  12. flaahless

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    gottem.
     
  13. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    Kansas>Memphis sooo Kansas>UCLA
     
  14. 172858

    172858 America = The New Texas

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    as a ucla guy, i will say that i agree 100%. i thought ucla was the best place for ME, but i certainly don't think it is the best place for EVERYONE. some people may detest the place, and i can certainly understand their sentiments. some people like it, but feel other places are better for THEM. i, again, can understand this perspective wholeheartedly.

    in msjlewis' example (since we've battled through this last app cycle and shared thoughts about the process), i TOTALLY understand why she's not going to ucla. 1) ummm... COLUMBIA. kind of a kick a$$ school. big name... new york... i mean, seriously. in the words of Borat, "VERRRRY NIIICE!" 2) dolla dolla bills yall. debt is a mother. at the end of the day, it was my single biggest determining factor (and usually is for most other people).

    i, personally, am heading to westood more so because it's one of my cheapest option (only slightly more than staying in Texas) AND i like the place. but you better believe, if i was accepted to [insert any school you like here] with 100% funding (room, board, tuition, fees, etc), that's where i would be going (as long as they were LCME accredited).

    because at the end of the day, where you went to med school doesn't mean jack. graduate from the number one ranked program, fail your boards, and try and get a residency - you won't have much luck. likewise, graduate from [insert least prestigious school you can think of here], blow the boards away, and have awesome letters of rec, and the world is your oyster.

    so to sum up, ucla = good for ME. but, not necessarily the greatest thing since sliced bread. you have to be true to yourself and figure out what's best for YOU according to your own personal set of criteria at the end of the day...

    oh - but as far as states go, everyone knows it's all about the Republic of Texas. period. :D
     
  15. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    Charlotte, N.C.
    San Antonio
    Chattanooga, Tenn.
    Greenville, S.C.
    Tulsa, Okla.
    Stevens Point, Wis.
    Asheville, N.C.
    Albuquerque, N.M.
    Huntsville, Ala.
    Seattle


    seems like NC has two places on this list while Texas only has 1

    NC>Texas ;)
     
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  17. flaahless

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    cosign
     
  18. iA-MD2013

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    Using that logic, alaska and new mexico > hawaii.
    Basically, your list sucks!
     
  19. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    continental United states...maybe? haha

    o and its alabama not alaska lol.
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  21. flaahless

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    Cough*cough*Alabama*cough
     
  22. iA-MD2013

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    Damn it flaahless, you should have told me sooner! Crap...I hate it when chubs wins.
     
  23. iA-MD2013

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    Haha well...my argument still holds. I think hawaii > alabama. And of course cali beats all.
    Your list sucks!!!
     
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    As a Cali representative, I would advocate anyone and everyone who gets into UCLA not to go...so theres enough room for me son...

    thats right i need all 200+ seats
     
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    that is a disgusting list.
     
  26. SaveThisLabRat

    SaveThisLabRat $700 Billion Dollar Woman

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    I go to UCLA and I don't even like it.
     
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    all you need to do is convince 200+ people ucla sucks! Not bad!
     
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    there are a lot of pretty girls with fake boobs. you will likely get consumed by the flashing lights of LA and immaculately contract herpes.
     
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    been there, done that. whats new.
     
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    my plan has backfired!
     
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    Long Dong My middle name is Duc.

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    UCLA is the best, there I said it.:horns:
     
  32. MsJLewis

    MsJLewis Retired Pre-med

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    Yep. I crunched the numbers and Columbia still came out cheaper (I'd come out way under $100k in debt and would be way over $150k in debt at UCLA). Turned down UCSF for the same reason too... although that was gut wrenching.


    :thumbup: Thanks! You pretty much summed up everything nicely... except for that last sentence. I'm gonna have to disagree about that. :laugh:

    UCLA rocks, but at the end of the day it just didn't work out for me and I liked NY more than LA. However, San Francisco is clearly better than either! I dunno about San Diego.. I'll have to visit first and check it out.

    Can you tell that I'm already gunning for a Cali residency? ;)
     
  33. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy

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    where all have you lived?
     
  34. ACD

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    I turned down UCLA for Northwestern. Why Northwestern?
    The biggest reason was that they were cheaper for me.
     
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  35. GalaxySystem

    GalaxySystem a girl with a gun

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    I ended up picking Northwestern over UCLA and feel really good about the decision.

    Northwestern has one of the most progressive curriculums out there, and its situated in one of the best cities in the country. I can take health-related classes at Kellog Business School (Top 5) and the Law School (Top 10) for free. Northwestern is building a brand new hospital, which won't feel that much different since all the hospitals feel brand new.

    I'm a CA resident and grew up in CA, so I want to get away to a new place and expand my life experience. NU also gave me a huge grant that pays for 40% of my total expenses. Plus, I'm aiming for surgery so cost isn't a big concern. I strongly dislike traffic and smog in Los Angeles.

    Also, I loved the structured overseas opptys wich are unparalleled at Northwestern. They have grants in place to fund the travels to so many different countries.

    So one seat at UCLA just opened up...
     

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