Overview of the Series
In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full case studies are published in my book, Pre-Med Success Stories.
I’ll present each case study in three parts — an introduction of the student, followed by an in-depth assessment of the student’s profile and chances for admission to medical school, and then finally I’ll explain what happened to the student once s/he applied.
In this article, I will tell you how Amin did in part three of this three-part series.
Part III — How Did Amin Do?
Amin was happy to get into four schools: New York Medical College, University of California (Davis) School of Medicine, University of California (Irvine) College of Medicine, and University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine.
However, it was not easy. Even after all the extra studying, Amin was devastated to know that his score on Verbal Reasoning was a 5. He wanted to begin medical school immediately after college, so I suggested we re-design his reach, target, and safety schools. He refused — instead, he took the MCAT for a second time in August and the extra year gave him the luxury of experimenting with some new activities. By the time he received his scores back, he made out with an 8 on the Verbal Reasoning section (short of his goal of 10), but his total score of 34 made him content. Amin definitely benefitted from waiting an extra year — as unplanned as it was, Amin returned to me with an appealing demeanor. He was still as focused as before, but he was smiling more and interrupting me less. A year can make a big difference and I attributed Amin’s change to 365 days of new experiences.
What Made Amin Stand Out?
Amin is a dedicated young man who has had his fair share of hurdles. His earliest memories are of war, and he was forced to get accustomed to a strange new land. I’m sure the admissions committee looked at this with keen interest — being an immigrant and succeeding is difficult, and the fact that Amin was able to excel is a testament to his intelligence and rigor. He took responsibility for himself and the way he treated his otherwise unfortunate upbringing made him an attractive candidate to the admissions committee. He showed maturity and I saw it firsthand as he developed into a warmer person as the year went on.
Further Interested in Amin’s Story?
You can find out more in my book Pre-Med Success Stories — including Amin’s written personal statement, letters of recommendation, and much more.