Hi, I am a student currently at a city college within California. I’d love to hear some advice about how to be a better candidate so I can have at least a bit of a successful chance to transfer into Rice University. I’ve tried looking everywhere for this type of content, but it seems there is none. I also know that Rice barely takes in transfer students, so I have other schools in mind, but I can also apply this advice to the other universities as well for the upcoming admission.
Also, I am a premed looking into transferring in as a biochem, neuroscience, or a chemistry major focusing on organic chemistry. I’ve also recently transferred out of a UC school for my own personal reasons, and I think I can explain my situation very well within the essay and also how Rice would be a good fit for me and why I would like to transfer there.
Here’s a little about what I am doing:
Teaching/Volunteering at a Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Clinic for Special Needs Children; teaching them how not only physical fitness matters, but discipline and also how to be independent for their future
Volunteer at a local hospital of mine (urban area/
underserved environment); get a lot of patient contact, learn to interact with the patients, move the patients if CNA’s need help, help the nurses with minimal tasks (fetching patient food, setting up rooms, etc)
Future SI: Tutor at my city college for organic chemistry (first part of organic chemistry)
Future (maybe) ER medical scribe: I’ve just done an interview for this position, do not know if I have gotten in yet. If I do get the position, I am looking forward to how I’ll be interacting with either a PA or a Physician, how they interact with patients, what goes on in the emergency department, the medical terms that I’ll hear frequently.
Shadowing a Trauma Surgeon at near by hospital: Doing this in a few weeks, looking forward to physician contact, seeing how he interacts with patients, and also the procedures done within trauma surgery.
Research: still trying to find research; ill most likely get a research opportunity soon at my local hospital, may have a chance to have research within surgery.
This is what I’m doing so far and also what I’ll be doing within the near future. I might need some leadership experience, but I also have the SI tutoring to help me complete that leadership quality. I was also thinking of doing non-clinical volunteering such as feeding the homeless (since I live in an underserved community) and also being a mentor for a child in middle school or high school.