Alot of Everything (Vandy Secondary)

So yeah, things have been going well lately. We have started school and my schedule is pretty light. I truly believe that that is how senior year should be. Kill yourself your first 3 years and coast your senior year because its senior year that you will be planning for graduation, going to interviews (meaning missing classes), and in my case planning for a wedding. Here’s my schedule: Biochemistry w/o Lab
Histology w/ Lab
Weight Training
Raquetball I
Biology (Seminar)
Desktop Publishing for Graphic Design
Athletic Injuries

So that is a grand total of 14 credits which is just where I want it. I decided not to take the lab of Biochemistry because why stress myself out more. Yes people have told me that it helps you to understand the class more, but the way I look at it, pretty much everything that I learn in college science classes, the teacher will probably cover within the first 2 weeks of class. Then they move on with medical school stuff; so as long as I have a understand of what is going on in the class, the lab is meaningless. The athletic injuries class is for PE majors, but I took the class because it sounded cool, and that is something I advise all premeds to do. After you destroy your brain with all these science courses, by the time you get to your senior year, you should have time to take a couple of fun classes, that spark your interest.

So yeah, the same day I got the letter from Vanderbilt, inviting me to fill out their secondary application and inviting me for an interview, I got an e-mail from Morehouse inviting me for an interview…so I’m on cloud 9 right now :-). I called Vanderbilt today, and schedule my interview for September 26, and they told me to come at 10 a.m. Nashville is only 1 ½ hours from Huntsville, AL so I think I’ll drive up there on Monday night, and stay at someone’s house. Then that morning I’ll drive to Vanderbilt and try to get there like around 8 a.m. so I can tour the campus a little before my interview. Overall I’m quite scared now that its really time to interview. I’ll prepare as best as I can by looking at the medical school interview feedback section on SDN, and I guess by reading their website. In the letter it told me that the interviewer will only have my AMCAS application, so that’s good, but I have to tell you, that secondary application was a absolutely TERROR.  I actually had a headache after I finished. I had to write more words for their secondary than my personal statement! Anyway, Morehouse didn’t give me a choice of dates to interview, so my interview day is October 6, at 11:30 a.m. Atlanta is about an 3 hour drive from Huntsville, AL so I’ll drive up on Thursday night and stay with some family, then drive to Morehouse in the morning. I’m a little concerned though, because Loma Linda University School of Medicine always comes to Oakwood in October to interview people for medical school, and they just may come on the same day as my Morehouse interview. If there is a conflict though, I will call Morehouse to see when I can reschedule. And believe it or not, Howard actually did finally release their secondary application, so I finished that and mailed it out a couple of days ago. And yeah, I don’t have the money to apply to Emory, so I’ll just be happy with Morehouse. So in summary, here is where I am at in this process:

School

App Fee

2º App Received

2º App Complete

2º App Mailed out

LORs sent

Interview

Accepted?

Total 1st Year Costs

Howard University

$45

X

X

X

X

    $18,498

University of Maryland

$70

X

X

X

X

    $31, 765

Morehouse University

$50

X

X

X

X

X

10/6/06

  $51,645

University of Cincinnati

$25

X

X

X

X

    $65, 117
Vanderbilt University

$50

X

X

X

X

X

9/26/06

  $51,050
Emory University

$90

X

X

        $60,222

Loma Linda University

$75

X

X

X

X

    $49, 465

Meharry Medical College

$60

X

X

X

X

    $30, 660
SECONDARY TOTAL: $ 465

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Pro. 3:5,6 (NIV)

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