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2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?
 

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Yea, you were totally screwed. You went from being accepted to UMich and Stanford to...being accepted to UMich and Stanford.

Get a grip on reality. You're into some top medical schools. I wouldn't exactly say you have "bad luck".
 

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i hope you're kidding - to say that getting into stanford AND michigan is bad luck is absurd. bad luck is when you dog dies or your stocks tank. stop looking for pity because anyone who give it to you themselves must be pretty out of touch with reality.
 

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Please tell me your kidding...yah we all want to do the best we can thats why we're going to be doctors...but at some point the fact that you know that you are going be to able to heal someone and help them feel better has to become more important than the school if youre going to be a truly good and caring doctor.
 

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I'm really sorry, I think this thread has been misunderstood. I'm incredibly thankful for all my acceptances and could see myself at all three schools. I'm not complaining at all! :) Just looking to see if others had experienced something similar. Namely, a specific point in time after which they had received no good news....or was it just coincidence. In other words, I was just asking a question out of curiosity, not complaining.
 

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Originally posted by Pikayou
2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?

I found the smiley that gives the perfect response to the original post:

:rolleyes:
 

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I believe he is serious.
 

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I was sure he wasn't, but perhaps he is.

In that case, I am outraged that he was accepted to so many good schools.
 

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I feel really manipulated by this thread - I came in here fully equiped with my doctor-to-be compassion and a copy of "chicken soup for the teenage soul" ready to offer my shoulder and a sympathetic nod - and this is what I get? Hmpf! I'm taking my services elsewhere!

Listen kid, we all get acceptances and rejections and waitlisted, and so have you. Your acceptances came earlier than others. It's not bad luck, it's just timing. Get over it. You're going to be a doctor.
 

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Originally posted by Brickhouse
I feel really manipulated by this thread - I came in here fully equiped with my doctor-to-be compassion and a copy of "chicken soup for the teenage soul" ready to offer my shoulder and a sympathetic nod - and this is what I get? Hmpf! I'm taking my services elsewhere!

Listen kid, we all get acceptances and rejections and waitlisted, and so have you. Your acceptances came earlier than others. It's not bad luck, it's just timing. Get over it. You're going to be a doctor.

Brickhouse, I'm sure you've been told this a thousand times before, but you're awesome :).
 

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Originally posted by Pikayou
2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?

If you are serious, we need a smiley that yells obscenities then comes out of the comp to smack you upside the head...

If not, :laugh: will do.
 

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Originally posted by scrabbler
Brickhouse, I'm sure you've been told this a thousand times before, but you're awesome :).

Wow - what support.....How YOU doin'? ;)
 

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Originally posted by Brickhouse
I feel really manipulated by this thread - I came in here fully equiped with my doctor-to-be compassion and a copy of "chicken soup for the teenage soul" ready to offer my shoulder and a sympathetic nod - and this is what I get? Hmpf! I'm taking my services elsewhere!

Listen kid, we all get acceptances and rejections and waitlisted, and so have you. Your acceptances came earlier than others. It's not bad luck, it's just timing. Get over it. You're going to be a doctor.

Ditto.

Also did you ever consider that there is an automatic selection bias for rolling schools in that the later you hear from a rolling school the less likely you are to have gotten in (since they would have accepted you earlier).

Please, in the immortalized words of Justin Timberlake, "Cry me a river" +pity+
 

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Originally posted by Brickhouse
I feel really manipulated by this thread - I came in here fully equiped with my doctor-to-be compassion and a copy of "chicken soup for the teenage soul" ready to offer my shoulder and a sympathetic nod - and this is what I get? Hmpf! I'm taking my services elsewhere!


:laugh: :laugh:
 

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Originally posted by Brickhouse
Listen kid, we all get acceptances and rejections and waitlisted

No acceptances here :(
 

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Originally posted by Pikayou
2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?

im sorry for you. +pity+
 

Pikayou

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Can we let this thread die? I think most of my interactions on SDN have been positive, and I'd like that to be the case in the future. Reading the responses to this thread, I am either:

A) A person who asks confusing questions.
B) A person who asks stupid/misinformed questions.
C) An ass.

Either way, I just want to apologize and hope we can move on.
 

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C'mon guys,

Pikayou is not complaining about the acceptances to those incredible schools. The point was that in 2003 things were going from good to excellent, and this year, the waitlists started to pile up.

I sort of feel the same way. In the beginning of the process I thought I'd be very lucky to get into my state school. After being invited to interview in quite a few places, I felt my chances were much better, and hope built up. But after a streak of acceptances ( fo which I'm very thankful) I got a rejection and 4 waitlists. Please do not take me wrong, I'm still very happy to get into some very good schools.

Pikayou, for all it's worth, I loved Stanford, and got rejected by them within 2 weeks.
 

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Originally posted by Pikayou
Can we let this thread die? I think most of my interactions on SDN have been positive, and I'd like that to be the case in the future. Reading the responses to this thread, I am either:

A) A person who asks confusing questions.
B) A person who asks stupid/misinformed questions.
C) An ass.

Either way, I just want to apologize and hope we can move on.

heh, you should have seen the flames coming with this thread:laugh: :laugh: I thought you were kidding at first lol
 

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this thread is wrong in so many ways :mad:

people with acceptances like yours (or any acceptances for that matter) should be thankful for their great luck in this highly unpredictable process.
 

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Originally posted by Pikayou
2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?

Let's continue that 2004 timeline...

May - July - Possibly get accepted at Cornell, Columbia, or UCSF

August - Begin medical school at Stanford/UMich or one of the schools where you have been waitlisted

Sounds like a pretty good year to me...
 

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Hey Pikayou,

You just struck it rich early on in the game. Not so bad considering some people are still hanging by their hang nails waiting for something to come that isn't a rejection letter. I'm sure there are plenty of people on this site who have NO acceptances and may be too embarassed to admit that. Well, I just finished up with two acceptances and about 50 rejection letters, so I feel pretty dang lucky that I just got in by a whisker. :) It is such an incredibly humbling process, and seeing 30 rejection letters is really sobering for me. I'll try and remember that when I'm a dr and might start taking myself seriously.

You're ok - in fact you've done an awesome job. Just relax and go enjoy your summer!
 

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Pikayou, my advisor warned me that early acceptances may not be a great idea sometimes. It's just that you got excited so early on, then your excitement dropped. When you get waitlist/rejection, you're not as happy about your previous acceptances anymore.

I feel a bit like that early on. Early acceptance to Vanderbilt, then recently rejection at Stanford, waitlist at Northwestern and Columbia. The last three are all my top choices.

The reality is that, very very very very few people get into their top top top top choice. We all just have to learn to be content with what we have. In recent weeks I have been passing by the UCLA med Center and I just realized how great a place it is. Even though I'll choose Columbia and maybe Northwestern over UCLA if accepted off the waitlist, I should be very grateful about what I have now.

Just my 4 cents...
 

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oh. my. god. Why did I click on this thread?
 

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I think I'm going to throw up....... where do these people come from? I... um... didn't even get interviewed by Stanford. My friend got in though, does that make me special!??!

Going delirious

Sachin
 
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Originally posted by Pikayou
2004 for me has brought nothing but bad news. Here's my timeline, tell me if I'm crazy. Could something dramatic have happened unbeknownst to me that could have caused this?

Oct. 5 - Accepted to UMich
Mid Oct. - Interview at UCSF, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern.
Mid. Nov. - Accepted to Northwestern. Interview at Stanford
Late Nov. - Accepted to Stanford.
Dec. - Decline UPenn interview (prefer Stanford).

**Nothing**

March - Rejected at Harvard. Waitlisted at Cornell, Columbia, UCSF.

Everyone seemed so enthusiastic about me in Oct./Nov., but I got boned in March! Anyone else see such a sudden collapse of their fortunes?

Yeah, same here, acceptances came in Oct, Nov and Dec ever since then 1 rejection (UCLA) and a bunch of waiting. I think I'm waitlisted for the JMP too now :(

Pikayou, you are so lucky to get into Stanford though. Those were the happiest students I saw anywhere and man have I been around this year.
 

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OK Now, don't be too harsh on Pikayou.

I think it's like once you get something, it's almost certain that you want more.

For those who got their 1st acceptances, they'll hope for more acceptances so they can pick and choose.

Once you got into your 3rd choice, you'll wanna get into your 2nd choice. Once that happens, you'll wanna get into your 1st choice.

Buddha says, Desire's the source of suffering. It's so true.
 

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Originally posted by DoctorKevin
I think I'm waitlisted for the JMP too now :(

Don;t think... that's dangerous. Wait and see! We're rooting for you!
 

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Originally posted by Cerberus
holy ****!!! Cry me a ****ing river!

i hear you bro....i hear you...

i guess if he got into davis it would have been the equivalent to a death threat.


hey you...

you had an awesome year...i know some people would easily break one of their limbs right in front of you for any one of those acceptances.

just realize this. be grateful that you had all this good fortune and prepare for a life of being a respected MS.
 

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i'd take your march over any month in my life. :mad:
 

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Not so bad considering some people are still hanging by their hang nails waiting for something to come that isn't a rejection letter.


ouch! :eek: hang nails suck!
 
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you had an awesome year...i know some people would easily break one of their limbs right in front of you for any one of those acceptances.

Whoa - VIVID mental picture. Dang!
 
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I had to give ya some good Karma for the great line. I just dug it.
 

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ahhahahaa
you guys are riding pikayou too hard

Congrats pikayou!
Put in a good word for me at Stanford will ya?
 
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C'mon guys,

Pikayou is not complaining about the acceptances to those incredible schools. The point was that in 2003 things were going from good to excellent, and this year, the waitlists started to pile up.

I sort of feel the same way. In the beginning of the process I thought I'd be very lucky to get into my state school. After being invited to interview in quite a few places, I felt my chances were much better, and hope built up. But after a streak of acceptances ( fo which I'm very thankful) I got a rejection and 4 waitlists. Please do not take me wrong, I'm still very happy to get into some very good schools.

Pikayou, for all it's worth, I loved Stanford, and got rejected by them within 2 weeks.

I think I get the point of the post- his luck changed after he got into Stanford. This might have something to do with the other schools somehow knowing you loved Stanford and them assuming you would go there? Did you commit to going to Stanford in writing? Who knows. Its probably just a coincidence... my schedule went the same way. Great interviews and acceptances early, nothing good post Jan... but I'm happy with UCSD and consider myself lucky to get in.
 
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I think I get the point of the post- his luck changed after he got into Stanford. This might have something to do with the other schools somehow knowing you loved Stanford and them assuming you would go there? Did you commit to going to Stanford in writing? Who knows. Its probably just a coincidence... my schedule went the same way. Great interviews and acceptances early, nothing good post Jan... but I'm happy with UCSD and consider myself lucky to get in.

Oh wait this is an old thread... ooops.
 

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I sided with Pikayou with this b/c I felt something similar. I got a few acceptances in October, then 2 more in early February, then it was all downhill from there. One post-interview rejection, and 3 waitlists come at about the same time.

Everyone tend to prefer certain schools over others for various reasons. It just turned out that I would have preferred going to the schools that waitlisted me then the ones that accepted me :(
 
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I sided with Pikayou with this b/c I felt something similar. I got a few acceptances in October, then 2 more in early February, then it was all downhill from there. One post-interview rejection, and 3 waitlists come at about the same time.

Everyone tend to prefer certain schools over others for various reasons. It just turned out that I would have preferred going to the schools that waitlisted me then the ones that accepted me :(

Ditto. But its ok.
 
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