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  1. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
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    Get a load of this person:
    3.95 GPA from Harvard, 42-44R MCAT, discovered new receptor on hippocampal cells--published in journal of Neuroscience and Nature. She was a resident advisor for 3 years, read books to children with AIDS, has over 2000 hours of hospital volunteer experience, studied abroad in Kenya and worked for the peace corps, helped set up a free clinic in Kenya, aided the country's most recent coup d'etat, and has a LOR from the current prime minister of Kenya.

    She also found time to be captain of the volleyball team for 3 years. Rhodes Scholar, Double Major in Philosophy and Biochemistry. Fluent in Spanish, French, Swahili, and a Chinese dialect that is fast becoming endangered. Did I mention she is a concert violinist and has performed occasionally with the Boston Symphony? Or that she has had to flip burgers to pay for some of her tuition?

    The dean of her school says she is "simply brilliant," she "walks on water," and is "like the sunshine in the morning after a long dearth of light. She gives mankind hope for the future."
     
  2. Diogenes

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    Sounds like a great person.

    But no one is perfect.

    Don't sweat her.
     
  3. charleb32

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    I'm not going to say sweat her, but she is about as perfect as i've ever heard. She sounds like a person I would like to meet, and that is probably what adcoms are thinking to. I am now going back to my meerly mortal and feeble life.
     
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    I am the perfect applicant! It's the imperfections of these damned schools that keep rejecting me that are holding me back! :D :p <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Hmm - Now why does she want to be a Doctor?

    I must say impressive. She truly knows the meaning of "you only live life once!" :cool:
     
  6. LizardKing

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    Ha ha, you sound like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind after he loses a game of Go: "I had the first move. My play was perfect. The game is flawed."

    "I am the perfect applicant. It's the adcoms that are flawed."
     
  7. LizardKing

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    She wants to become a doctor because her uncle and her mom were stricken with a rare genetic disorder, and she has had to take care of both of them for many years.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by LizardKing:
    <strong>Get a load of this person:
    3.95 GPA from Harvard, 42-44R MCAT, discovered new receptor on hippocampal cells--published in journal of Neuroscience and Nature. She was a resident advisor for 3 years, read books to children with AIDS, has over 2000 hours of hospital volunteer experience, studied abroad in Kenya and worked for the peace corps, helped set up a free clinic in Kenya, aided the country's most recent coup d'etat, and has a LOR from the current prime minister of Kenya.

    She also found time to be captain of the volleyball team for 3 years. Rhodes Scholar, Double Major in Philosophy and Biochemistry. Fluent in Spanish, French, Swahili, and a Chinese dialect that is fast becoming endangered. Did I mention she is a concert violinist and has performed occasionally with the Boston Symphony? Or that she has had to flip burgers to pay for some of her tuition?

    The dean of her school says she is "simply brilliant," she "walks on water," and is "like the sunshine in the morning after a long dearth of light. She gives mankind hope for the future."</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
  8. LizardKing

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    She is also an outstanding interviewee. She has been on CNN several times about her research, so has had good practice for med school interviews.
     
  9. THE instiGATOR

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by LizardKing:
    <strong>Ha ha, you sound like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind after he loses a game of Go: "I had the first move. My play was perfect. The game is flawed."

    "I am the perfect applicant. It's the adcoms that are flawed."</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That was a good movie, though Nash Jr. was painted in a VERY good light (so I hear) ... not that you can entirely hold his actions against him since he was ill.

    I heard he had extramarital affairs and was separated from his wife for a period, though those parts didn't make it into the movie.

    Great flick, none-the-less.
     
  10. LizardKing

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    We are all feeble compared to her! She spanks us silly!
     
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    Doesn't surprise me. Most, if not all, of the Harvard students I've met were like that. A good friend of mine went to Harvard undergrad, and all of his roommates were like that. And on top of being SuperPeople, they were all amazingly nice, well-adjusted, totally sincere, treated me like I was their best friend after the first 5 minutes of meeting them. And the law firm I worked at in Boston had a lot of Harvard Law grads. They were the same way. Maybe it's something in the water over there.

    Now I'm sure there are some rotten apples there (snotty, arrogant, anti-social). I've heard enough of these Harvard SuperPeople complain about some of their classmates. But I have yet to meet those rotten ones.

    Just my experience.
     
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    Ummmm...did anyone notice that I wrote coup d'etat as part of her resume?

    I didn't think anyone would believe me...
     
  13. danjou

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    But she's not perfect. Her GPA is "only" 3.95...... <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  14. THE instiGATOR

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    Hey, LizardKing. Are you a student at Harvard? There's a girl I graduated from H.S. with who went to Harvard. When she was still in H.S., she had discovered a novel windmill blade design that increased power generation three-fold (something like that). I think she had the technology patented, though I'm not sure (I know she was speaking with military representitives). Anyway, the girl I used to know sounds like she has the potential to be this girl you are describing. Seriously, the girl I went to H.S. with was insanely well rounded. I'm sure most people at Harvard are, though. If you know her personally, PM me her name (or initials if you don't want to dish her name). That would be a trip if this was the same person!
     
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    Lizard- is this for real? I'm still doubting...just cuz there ain't enough hours in the day to do all this stuff. --Trek
     
  16. LizardKing

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by LizardKing:
    <strong>Ummmm...did anyone notice that I wrote coup d'etat as part of her resume?

    I didn't think anyone would believe me...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    She sounds truly amazing...funny, someone posted similar background about themselves in an older post, but it was all in jest, mocking the adcoms at certain schools and their penchant for the "uberapplicant".
     
  18. LizardKing

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    Wasn't this a dead giveaway? "The dean of her school says she is "simply brilliant," she "walks on water," and is "like the sunshine in the morning after a long dearth of light. She gives mankind hope for the future.""

    I mean, I was on all 4 cylinders trying to get as hokey as possible.
     
  19. idiot

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    Lizard, I don't believe you.
     
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    Make that, I DIDN'T believe you - you posted seconds before me.
     
  21. Diogenes

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    Like I said, no one is perfect.

    The most dubious claim was that she was an RA for 3 years, captain of the volleyball team for 3 years, and studied abroad. Those 3 things, at the given durations, are mutually exclusive.

    That's before you even get to coups and foreign politics.
     
  22. Sir William Osler

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    this person must be about 27 years old. but if shes' legit, then that is pretty darn amazing. i find it hard to believe just as trek does. from being on the interview circuit, i have never run into such a person from Harvard or anyone similar. Someone who finds interest in changing governments in Africa would be quite bored in medical school. most of the students that i have met from harvard seemed not to fit such stereotypes as mentioned. I would say these more well-rounded people pursue other fields than medicine. studying science isn't exactly the limelight.
     
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    I'm too trusting of others. I'll keep an eye out for you from now on, LizardKing.

    Oooooh Nooooo! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    The coup d'etat thing was a dead giveaway for me. But well executed, nonetheless. :)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by bjc:
    <strong>Like I said, no one is perfect.

    The most dubious claim was that she was an RA for 3 years, captain of the volleyball team for 3 years, and studied abroad. Those 3 things, at the given durations, are mutually exclusive.

    That's before you even get to coups and foreign politics.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That was assuming she was still in school, or went 4 years straight. I had assumed she was out of school, or took a year off to help with the coup.

    I believed you only b/c I HAVE met people like that, and they DID go to Harvard. AND I'm a rather trusting soul..... :p
     
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    Idiot- your name certainly is a misnomer. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    It's all good...we're all equal in the end, right? :D
     
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    Is she single? I think I just found the future Dr. (Mrs.) Candiria.... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Whoops, didn't read the last posts until after I posted. my bad! good one, though. I'll post my info once I am done with my PhD and then we can compare...... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    I just want to say that everyone I ever met from harvard were genuine, normal, brilliant people. The snotty ultra-competitive dorky people are the Harvard-rejects that go to my undergrad :(

    and btw lizard, I believed the story the whole time, even after you admitted it was fake, I still believed it. Gullible! :rolleyes:
     
  31. LizardKing

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    yep, she's a figment of my imagination. I wrote it to mock this whole "ideal" candidate we hear about over and over, from our premed advisors to the adcoms. where are the real people?
     
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    R? that's a pretty low writing score. I would reject. :D
     
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    Ya know, the sick thing is that there is probably someone out there who's damn close to the fictional character you've discribed. Damn close.
    I know a couple of Harvard kids and the funny thing about people who went there is that they have this really funny false modesty about where they went to school. You can't tell people directly that you went to Harvard. You say that "you went to school in Boston" (which could be literally hundreds of schools) or "up East" or even (if you're in Boston) "in Cambridge" (which could be about 10 schools, including MIT). I knew this one girl who was on the soccer team and had a bunch of non-Ivy League stories from her days in undergrad. So let's just say these guys are mere mortals, and no different than anyone of us! (I think)

    <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    I agree TEDillard...I met a guy from Yale, but he introduced himself as going to school in Connecticut....I tell people in FL I go to school in Boston, but that's only because they usually have never heard of my undergrad since it's so small.
     
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    Yeah I always tell people my sister goes to a school in Boston (Harvard) and that I went to a college in Ithaca. Hey Doctor Foxy thank you finding my Cornell reporter post funny. LOL It's corny but I was bored out of my mind.
     
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    I don't know of anyone that comes half as close to LizardKing's fictional character. What I've observed (not from books; I stopped reading those as soon as they stopped containing pictures) is that virtuosos and prodigies are focused and specialized. Newton often forgot to eat for days unend. If I skip lunch, everyone will hear about it for sure.
     
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    When I tell people I went to Middlebury, I usually get one of four responses:

    1) &lt;confused look&gt; Where's that?
    2) In Connecticut? (It's in Vermont)
    3) Why are you talking to me? Leave me alone! And put some clothes on, for god's sake!
    3) Desole, je ne parle pas anglais.

    Just FYI, Middlebury is a small liberal arts school in Vermont, in the same league with Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, etc.
     
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    Dr. Foxy, where do you go to school, out of curiousity? I know just about all the Boston schools, even the small ones...
    When I tell people in TX that I went to Boston U. they always get it confused with Boston College. I think it's because BC actually has a football team, and football is VERY important in Texas! "So what sports does BU compete in?"
    "Uh, crew and hockey?" Whatever.
    Middlebury is a great school. I think the great thing about those small, liberal arts schools is that you get a great education in an intimiate enviornment. If I had to apply to college now, with 10 years of retrospect, I would have gone somewhere else...
     
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    I go to Brandeis University. I normally try to keep my anonymity, but it's in my profile :)
     
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    Brandeis! that's a good one.
     
  41. Elysium

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    Brandies is great! I had a good friend that got his MFA in theatre from there. I spent an enormous amount of time in icky Waltham! Aside from the fact that it's in Waltham, they have a nice campus!
     
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    Thanks, it is very cozy here on campus, but I really do dislike Waltham. And now that I'm 21, I LOVE Boston :D
     

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