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What's in your wallet?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by sdnmed321, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. sdnmed321

    sdnmed321 Junior Member

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    Not much left in mine. I've already spent around $1000!!! on amcas and secondary apps. I didn't even do well on the August MCAT. I got a 6/R in verbal and 9's in the other secs. I have over a 3.7 sci gpa and over 3.5 over all, lots and lots of ECs/hospital volunteer work, outstanding LORs & PS, not URM. Should I stop sending in unscreened secondaries? What do you think? Do I have a chance? help. Should I save my money for valium instead? That's the other thing, I can't sleep anymore. All I do is wonder if I should add more schools to my amcas list. I'm also having a hard time getting motivated for the next april mcat. The other day, I threw up. I've tried cold showers, hot showers, standing on my head, yoga from the 3 am show on the health channel and now writing to complete strangers. This has been very therapeutic. I'll be back.
     
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  3. exigente chica

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    Don't worry, you seem to be an competive applicant. I would never give up my dreams, and u should not either. Just relax(easier said than done) and act like it's no biggie and u will ace it!! Yoga is a great stress releiver, aslo try cardio and working out, to get those good flowing endorphins going.

    Good luck:clap:
     
  4. Bevo

    Bevo Radiology, R1

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    heh. my wallet is like -100000000
    anyways, I find it hard to concentrate on my classes now because I want to get started on the April MCAT after I messed up on the August one (7/6/8P).
     
  5. whitesoxfan

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    Your application is good, but you may want to consider retaking the MCAT. With everything else looking good, a slightly higher MCAT score should get you into a ton of schools. I did well on verbal and my only advise is practice doing a lot of passages in a row and spend the same amount of time on each passage. If a passage is hard for you it probably is for everyone else too, so don't get hung up. Good luck.
     
  6. sdnmed321

    sdnmed321 Junior Member

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    I seem to be a competitive applicant? Are you sure about that? With all these people posting double digit mcat scores, I don't know. I mean I was very disappointed in myself for the score I got. I should have done better because I know I can. Thanks for the encouraging words though. I hope you're right :)
     
  7. aquaboy

    aquaboy Surfer, sailor, swimmer!

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    Don't be too disappointed. People have received acceptances with stats like that. Truthfully speaking the 6 in verbal is going to hurt you unless you have some outstanding EC's. Last year I applied with a 29P but received a 7 on verbal. I wasn't very selectiveabout the schools I applied too and was a CA resident and applied to UC's (bad idea!). Make sure you are applying to a majority of lower tier schools and then throw in a couple of what I like to call "dream" schools because you never knwo what could happen. I would apply to less than 10 schools this year speaking from experience because last year I applied to 13 schools and wasted $$$$$. If it doesn't work out this year then study hard for the April or August MCAT. There is hope because I was in your same boat last year and was pretty down on myself. I then buckled down, finished college, studied for the Aug. exam like a madman and got a full time internship for the year doing breast cancer clinical research. My verbal section on the Aug. MCAT went from a 7 to a 10. There is hope so just keep trying and improving your application and things will work out.
     
  8. WhiteEagle

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    Don't waste your $

    I spent much less then ppl on this site for my MCAT prep...your local public library has Princton/Kaplan material available for example:)

    apply to school that you have a chance at...

    good luck
     
  9. AegisZero

    AegisZero Senior Member

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    I took Kaplan and I definitely felt it was worth the money. I essentially used up all their test materials (most of which are kept on-site and can't be taken off-site). The lectures didn't help me very much at all, but the practice materials are excellent. The books are good, but I definitely needed all those practice tests and practice items to improve. 1200 bucks now is not a lot if it improves your score and allows you to go to your med school of choice (possibly with a scholarship!).

    There are a lot worse things than education you can spend money on.
     
  10. doctamon

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    Yes. Writing to total strangers can be very therapeutic.:cool:
     

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