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Very disheartening and trying to keep spirits up here at home. Still no II’s. 4 rejections including 1 of the 2 state schools. 19 schools no news.

I have been using all the sound bites. “Most accepted students only get 1 or 2 interviews and only 1 offer.“ “There is still opportunities to interview til February”. “I read about a person with no interviews until late who ended up with a few offers”. Blah blah blah.

Fingers crossed (does that work?).
It's a long, tough road. It's great that you're supporting him. As applicants, I think the best we can do at this point is stay positive, and keep up our EC work with an eye on reapplying. If II's don't come in (and I'm hoping they do) I would focus some of those words of encouragement on all the positives that a gap year may bring.
 

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Very disheartening and trying to keep spirits up here at home. Still no II’s. 4 rejections including 1 of the 2 state schools. 19 schools no news.

I have been using all the sound bites. “Most accepted students only get 1 or 2 interviews and only 1 offer.“ “There is still opportunities to interview til February”. “I read about a person with no interviews until late who ended up with a few offers”. Blah blah blah.

Fingers crossed (does that work?).
Is your son planning on going straight through from UGrad->Medschool? If so, a single gap year may do wonders not just for his application, but for him. At the end of Ugrad, I was kinda burned out from being a full-time student, and being a part time student and working part time ( major change meant two more classes for this semester) has made me feel like a whole new person. I cant imagine going straight from college-> med school. Maybe a gap year is better for him in the long run.
 
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Is there anyone else left in this gang? Lol
40% of the application pool won't get accepted anywhere. So no, you're not alone. lol
 
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More like 60% actually.
Yeah, you're right. According to the Princeton review, "In 2018–2019, 21,622 applicants were accepted to allopathic (MD) medical schools out of the 52,777 who applied, for an overall acceptance rate of 41%."

So, approximately 31,000 people get rejected, close to the total number of students at a college campus
 

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Are all schools shut down for the holidays, or do some admissions offices send out IIs over the break?

I’m on break from work until January 6th and am curious if I should be checking my email religiously like I have been, or if I can take two weeks off from this stress-ball process >___<

(I had one interview but withdrew afterwards, 100% was not going to attend, very much so not a good fit)
 
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Are all schools shut down for the holidays, or do some admissions offices send out IIs over the break?

I’m on break from work until January 6th and am curious if I should be checking my email religiously like I have been, or if I can take two weeks off from this stress-ball process >___<

(I had one interview but withdrew afterwards, 100% was not going to attend, very much so not a good fit)
I remember reading somewhere about a person receiving an II 2 days before Christmas.
 
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40% of the application pool won't get accepted anywhere. So no, you're not alone. lol
It's 60% of the pool.[/QUOTE]

Those statistics don’t account for DO acceptances though
 
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40% of the application pool won't get accepted anywhere. So no, you're not alone. lol
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I always wonder how much if those people did have an interview or more but still didn't get in...the stories of people on here who got multiple interviews in previous cycles but no acceptances and are now reapplying stress me out. Wonder what causes that.
Yeah, you're right. According to the Princeton review, "In 2018–2019, 21,622 applicants were accepted to allopathic (MD) medical schools out of the 52,777 who applied, for an overall acceptance rate of 41%."

So, approximately 31,000 people get rejected, close to the total number of students at a college campus
 

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40% of the application pool won't get accepted anywhere. So no, you're not alone. lol
I always wonder how much if those people did have an interview or more but still didn't get in...the stories of people on here who got multiple interviews in previous cycles but no acceptances and are now reapplying stress me out. Wonder what causes that.
Bad social and interviewing skills has always been my guess.
 

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I always wonder how much if those people did have an interview or more but still didn't get in...the stories of people on here who got multiple interviews in previous cycles but no acceptances and are now reapplying stress me out. Wonder what causes that.
about 20%
 
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Wonder what causes that.
Poor interview skills most likely. If you’ve made it to the interview and have more than one, you probably don’t have any red flags and your app is good enough for that school.
 

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Poor interview skills most likely. If you’ve made it to the interview and have more than one, you probably don’t have any red flags and your app is good enough for that school.
Well, gee. That is ...intimidating. One thing I need to do before my interview dates is polishing my answer to " Why medicine?" During my mock interview my advisors said it can easily be countered with "Why not a nurse, why not PA, etc." I'm hoping to write it in essay format and maybe send to some people on SDN? I think since scribing for a month or so I can make a concise answer.
 
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Well, gee. That is ...intimidating. One thing I need to do before my interview dates is polishing my answer to " Why medicine?" During my mock interview my advisors said it can easily be countered with "Why not a nurse, why not PA, etc." I'm hoping to write it in essay format and maybe send to some people on SDN? I think since scribing for a month or so I can make a concise answer.
Yeah the answer a lot of people give that can easily be countered is “I like science and want to help people.” Gotta be more specific.
 
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lol, strange quote mistake... lol

Lol I’m not sure how that happened
There's an extra "[/quote]" in there. You need to delete it or it'll keep happening.
 
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Well, gee. That is ...intimidating. One thing I need to do before my interview dates is polishing my answer to " Why medicine?" During my mock interview my advisors said it can easily be countered with "Why not a nurse, why not PA, etc." I'm hoping to write it in essay format and maybe send to some people on SDN? I think since scribing for a month or so I can make a concise answer.
My go to is a passion for learning and Knowing that I would never be satisfied with the limited scope of practice of an rn or mlp. I found this type of response to be concise and leaves them with limited option for rebuttals but just be honest if they ask, if you’ve made it this far you definitely have a handful of reasons why you didn’t just get a bsn
 
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To all of you in this thread - peaceful Holidays!!! I sincerely hope your time is coming. There are many people in here who should be doctors!!!
 
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To all of you in this thread - peaceful Holidays!!! I sincerely hope your time is coming. There are many people in here who should be doctors!!!
Seconded. A lot of you are amazing individuals and although we might not meet irl, it was fun bonding over the past few months :)

For those of you still in the no-II squad, I still believe in y’all:)
 
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Have you ever forgotten about a specific R because there have been so many, so you log into your portal to check your status and get to relive the R all over again? Haha me too
 
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Any of y’all have any New Years resolutions in mind?
 
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YES, Spend less time on this site.
LOL honestly same XD

Like it’s been awesome knowing y’all and connecting with some amazing people on this site but man I have to start doing something else with my free time lmao

Eat out less often. Won’t be hard to accomplish seeing as I can’t remember the last meal I’ve eaten at home lol so I really just have to start having cereal for breakfast
I highly recommend eggs, there’s so many ways to eat them (breakfast lunch or dinner). Unfortunately I can’t find a good cereal brand (that isn’t loaded with sugar) so I kinda fell off that trail :(
 

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Any of y’all have any New Years resolutions in mind?
Get back on track with eating. I'm still lean, but I've started losing ab definition. And it's started to let me become lazier at the gym too. I guess that happens when you're about to get married lol. Priorities shift
 
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Any of y’all have any New Years resolutions in mind?
Become more social lol. I was a social butterfly up until this March when I cracked down on the MCAT and Apps/Secondaries. Now I'm happy enough to see the light of day :laugh:. I recently got a new job too.. so I am pretty stoked. Going to make an instagram account tonight to get the ball rolling.

Happy almost New Year Everyone!
 
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Get a higher MCAT score and score some II's lol
+1 Started cracking open TBR books this week and going to begin a dedicated schedule next week. It ain't over til it's over of course, but my focus has now shifted to strengthening for a re-app.

Primary resolution is finding more balance--prioritizing self-care, socializing and appreciating where I am in life. I think this process has sections of time where you have to go hard, for better or worse, but overall I want to put less focus on achieving acceptance, and more focus on living life and enjoying the journey.
 

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+1 Started cracking open TBR books this week and going to begin a dedicated schedule next week. It ain't over til it's over of course, but my focus has now shifted to strengthening for a re-app.

Primary resolution is finding more balance--prioritizing self-care, socializing and appreciating where I am in life. I think this process has sections of time where you have to go hard, for better or worse, but overall I want to put less focus on achieving acceptance, and more focus on living life and enjoying the journey.
Yea I definitely have been focusing on my personal life a bit too. Also got a puppy that Ive wanted for years and hes the best pup I could ask for.

It is what it is but in the end our destination will be the same so no point in fretting about it.
 

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+1 Started cracking open TBR books this week and going to begin a dedicated schedule next week. It ain't over til it's over of course, but my focus has now shifted to strengthening for a re-app.

Primary resolution is finding more balance--prioritizing self-care, socializing and appreciating where I am in life. I think this process has sections of time where you have to go hard, for better or worse, but overall I want to put less focus on achieving acceptance, and more focus on living life and enjoying the journey.
THIS! I wish more pre-meds would shift their mode of thinking towards this! Life is happening whether you are or are not in the application process - enjoy it or you'll look back and remember (or not remember) the 1-2 years where all you did was fret over the process, what a waste!
 
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Get a higher MCAT score and score some II's lol
+1 Started cracking open TBR books this week and going to begin a dedicated schedule next week. It ain't over til it's over of course, but my focus has now shifted to strengthening for a re-app.

Primary resolution is finding more balance--prioritizing self-care, socializing and appreciating where I am in life. I think this process has sections of time where you have to go hard, for better or worse, but overall I want to put less focus on achieving acceptance, and more focus on living life and enjoying the journey.
Good luck! I’ve got to say, out of this entire application process and all, I personally did NOT like the MCAT grind lol (even compared to secondaries).

Also good outlook to have, and something that I think I personally lackeduntil after having gone through this application process
 
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Good luck! I’ve got to say, out of this entire application process and all, I personally did NOT like the MCAT grind lol (even compared to secondaries).

Also good outlook to have, and something that I think I personally lackeduntil after having gone through this application process
Yea I can honestly say my bones start hurting thinking about studying for and paying for all the MCAT resources but it is what it is. More motivation to up my score I guess.
 

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Happy 2020! I posted this in another group but thought y'all could benefit from hearing this: For those of us who are still waiting for that magic email or phone call, your time will come. No amount of comparison can cancel out the immense hard work, perseverance, resilience, and courage that’s gotten you to this point. You all deserve for all of your dreams to come true! Best of luck future docs!
 

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Hey friends! Took a long break from SDN just for sanity lol but came back to say I'm still hanging in there with those who are still waiting on II's! I know it's late in the cycle, but many schools will still be sending out II's until March, so it's still possible (although should start prepping for a reapplication regardless). Some of my friends that I know who applied this cycle already have acceptances or got several II's, while I have been waiting. It has been quite stressful and it's easy to doubt yourself, but this is a tough process so I have to just keep reminding myself that even getting to the point of being able to apply was an accomplishment! And also, I still have over 60% of my schools (21 schools) still left to hear from, so here's to hoping 2020 is our year for II's and acceptances!!
 

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Hey friends! Took a long break from SDN just for sanity lol but came back to say I'm still hanging in there with those who are still waiting on II's! I know it's late in the cycle, but many schools will still be sending out II's until March, so it's still possible (although should start prepping for a reapplication regardless). Some of my friends that I know who applied this cycle already have acceptances or got several II's, while I have been waiting. It has been quite stressful and it's easy to doubt yourself, but this is a tough process so I have to just keep reminding myself that even getting to the point of being able to apply was an accomplishment! And also, I still have over 60% of my schools (21 schools) still left to hear from, so here's to hoping 2020 is our year for II's and acceptances!!
Don't give out hope just yet - the second wave, if you will, comes about this time in Dec/Jan through Feb for II's cancelled by other applicants or stimulated by acceptancees withdrawing their A's. Wherever you fall on the school's list of priority, all that matters if the eventual II > A that lands you a spot in becoming a doctor. So mentally and logistically always prepare for another cycle, but also don't think all the cows have come home just yet!
 
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