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Oh Krap, I am screwed!

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    yep, i know it's the first time you ever seen "crap" spelled as "krap"

    anyway, i got 5 rejections so far. not looking good at all.

    im an august mcater. haven't heard anything from state schools. what's worse is that my nj state schools fill up by january. so you can imagine my panic.

    my mcat score is keeping me out of a lot of top schools. so if any aspiring applications are reading, make sure you do well on the mcat and take it once. taking it 3 times like me is painful, especially when you keep peaking out at 36 Q.
     
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      yeah turkey man... hope is lost. it's only november-- haven't heard from any state schools and i got 5 rejections so far... .i know more are on the way... they're just at different post office hubs right now...

      i mean, unless i can do some flying kicks and cool flips to impress the adcoms, i will have to retake the mcat..
       

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        lexy10 said:
        A 36? and you want to retake? perhaps there is somthing else that you need to look at, not the MCAT... just a thought

        oh sorry! my fault. i meant 27Q. fingers must have slipped... or one of those freudian things was happening where i thought i wanted to get a 36
         
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          theunderdog said:
          yep, i know it's the first time you ever seen "crap" spelled as "krap"

          anyway, i got 5 rejections so far. not looking good at all.

          im an august mcater. haven't heard anything from state schools. what's worse is that my nj state schools fill up by january. so you can imagine my panic.

          my mcat score is keeping me out of a lot of top schools. so if any aspiring applications are reading, make sure you do well on the mcat and take it once. taking it 3 times like me is painful, especially when you keep peaking out at 36 Q.
          This must be the day where we all reach our lowest of the lows. Underdog, allow me to be your Polly Pureheart. To how many schools did you apply? It really does only take one interview and one acceptance to make all the rejections disappear.

          I am in a similar boat with a FAR KRAPPIER MCAT score (I too hope yours is a typo). April will be my 3rd try too if I need to go through this process again. I haven't heard from my state school either. We have to be optomistic. :oops:
           

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            Taking the MCAT for a 3rd time sounds masochistic to me...

            And useless. At that point I would do some kind of one year volunteer program instead (like Americorp if you're worried about $) and apply again.

            edit: I don't mean "useless" like people taking it the 3rd time couldn't improve, just that the MCAT is such a time investment and that the time could probably be better spent improving other areas of the appl'n.
             

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              theunderdog said:
              oh sorry! my fault. i meant 27Q. fingers must have slipped... or one of those freudian things was happening where i thought i wanted to get a 36

              underdog, is this the first time you're applying? If you're an august mcater, it seems strange that they reject so soon. Is one of the top 20 schools or something? Btw, congrats on your tulane interview.
               

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                thanks for all the support guys. and shame on you SDNers who made some inside joke about viagara that i still do not get.

                it's my first time applying. my gpa is 3.5 and my mcat is rather low. i got a 27 twice... but my scores are pretty consistent and in both sittings, i got diff scores in each sitting. combined is 29... so hopefully, tufts will see this.

                tulane interview happened by an act of god and by a chance of miracle.

                the schools i got rejected from are like boston and georgetown caliber.

                i actually have not heard back from columbia or mt sinia or those top schools yet, but i already know what they are gonig to say.

                my safetys are my state schools in NJ. but they haven't even contacted me yet. and that depresses me.
                 
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                  u see, thats why im so worried about this tulane interview.

                  i got an interview before my secondary got there.

                  even if i ahve the best interview there, what if my 27 keeps me out? mdapplicants shows nobody who got accepted who had a 27....
                   

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                    how many schools total did you apply to? no offense but you would probably need outstanding ECs and LORs for those caliber schools, but you could get in. did you apply to middle tier schools?

                    i consider boston and georgetown as middle tier. im on the interview pool at chicago and vcu, but that means diddly squat.

                    i have good ECs. im published, am president/founder of a club, have tons of research, and clinical research, have shadwoed a lot of doctors, am a Howard Hughes grant recipient, honor society member, have a lot of volunteering hours, have held 4 jobs while in college, etc....

                    my LORs are based on my ECs and they are great... but if the mcat doesn't match it, then i will get rejected.
                     

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                      hey there underdog, i totally sympathize with you.(well, maybe not TOTALLY, because you got a tulane interview at least and i don't have one! so i am actually worse off than you.) i have a "mediocre" score and am also thinking i am going to have to retake in april. and have not heard form my state school either, and my state only has one state med school. it is depressing when you have nothing but rejections and feel like krap... you feel like a puddle of discouraged-ness that nobody will care to mop up even with dicarded kleenex they wiped their nose with!
                       

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                        A 27 MCAT won't keep you out of *most* schools, though it does make your transcript & subjective stuff more important. Did you apply to places where your scores are within a standard deviation of the matriculant mean scores?

                        I once worked with a woman who retook the MCAT several times; she applied to many med schools for several application cycles. I never asked her her score. However, she did make it on her 3rd application cycle. Her tenacity finally won out, and I am guessing that her dedication was obvious to the adcom.

                        Also, remember that many qualified applicants are turned away each year, so not getting in your first application cycle doesn't mean that you shouldn't be a doctor.

                        One of the guys I interviewed with this year was rejected the year before. Guess what? He was accepted during the first round of rolling admissions/EDP in late September! All it took was a little waiting and a little resume-buffing.

                        Good luck with your interviews.

                        Oh, one more thing...if you have taken the MCAT several times the only reason to take the test again would be if there was something RADICALLY different about
                        a) your knowledge of science core classes
                        b) your ability to take tests
                        Usually, past performance is indicative of future performance (the rule of induction). Even if you got a 30 on it next time, all your other scores will also be visible to the adcom. If you saw scores of 25 27 27 30 would you think that you had a student whose typical score was a 30? No. I would think that your typical MCAT score was around a 27. Personally, the MCAT was so miserable that I wouldn't retake it for less than 20,000 dollars. Keep your 27 and spend time making the rest of your resume outstanding. Someone will let you in.

                        Best of luck, and remember what I said about rejection in the first application cycle not being a sign that you absolutely shouldn't be a doctor. If you are right for medicine, perseverance can pay off!
                         

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                          dont worry bubbleyum-- you'll get your tulane interview soon as well. mine is coming up rather fast in early dec.

                          bubbleyum, what are you stats? mediocre mcat like a 28-30?

                          mine is 30... i know it's not great, but thought i could get some interviews at mid-tier schools!
                          guess not :(
                           
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                            underdog, congrats on the Tulane interview. Your overall application looks great and I am sure you'll be the recepient of many more interviews. And also, being an August MCATer, it's still early (in terms of when you got the score and stuff) for you and remember that most schools interview into April (um....that's a good thing or a bad thing depending on your POV). I am sure you'll be fine. In closing, viagara may cause heart attacks.
                             

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                              Bernito said:
                              Taking the MCAT for a 3rd time sounds masochistic to me...

                              And useless. At that point I would do some kind of one year volunteer program instead (like Americorp if you're worried about $) and apply again.

                              edit: I don't mean "useless" like people taking it the 3rd time couldn't improve, just that the MCAT is such a time investment and that the time could probably be better spent improving other areas of the appl'n.

                              mcat's the only thing really holding me back, if i got a better score, i would apply to better schools

                              i don't think it's useless to take it again (not that i want to)
                               

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                                With those ECs, I can't see you not getting into a medical school. A 27 is nothing to worry about, I know plenty of people who were accepted to schools with crappier scores. Maybe you are just having some tough luck. Keep your head up and don't give up. I know that at KUmed, your score is: 3.5*10 + 27 = 62 . If you get a 60 you automatically get an interview with ED- point being, I'm sure other schools have similar reqs, so you have no reason to think that you aren't qualified.
                                 

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                                  underdog-

                                  How are you screwed? :confused: Weren't you the same person posting in the TO ALL THE SDNers thread saying how you were doing better interview-wise then the 34 MCATers?

                                  LOL. i knew that one would haunt me.

                                  my friend was on my username. he has a 29 mcat and he has 8 interviews so far...
                                   

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                                    theunderdog said:
                                    dont worry bubbleyum-- you'll get your tulane interview soon as well. mine is coming up rather fast in early dec.

                                    bubbleyum, what are you stats? mediocre mcat like a 28-30?
                                    Patience Jedi, look I took the MCAT twice, 24 the first time and 28 the second time. It just takes time. They have to read our apps more thouroughly to see the awesome Dr. step off the page. Mine was just easier because I included a pop-up of me in a white coat so when they opened the file folder, I litterally did jump out at them.
                                     

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                                      Hey underdog,

                                      I hope things work out for you somehow. But I also want to encourage you a little bit too. I'll soon be attending a DO school, but a friend of mine got into Jefferson Medical school in Philadelphia. She scored a 26 on her MCAT and got in.

                                      Jefferson isn't a Harvard or Yale, but they are still a very good program. I was really impressed with thier research facilities.

                                      If she can do it, I'm sure you can get into a fine MD program as well. Just hang in there, you can do it!

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