I am looking for any advice/input from people whose experiences overlap with mine.
To begin, I am a senior at an “elite” public high school in Virginia. In many respects, I screwed the pooch with regard to my high school experience. I mismanaged my time here, missed out on some opportunities there, etc. I attribute this to not really having any sort of goal other than “do well” until recently when I realized that my dream is to pursue a career in medicine, specifically emergency, dermatology, or family/general practice. Things could change, but right now I want to shoot for the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
That is where I see myself in five years. I am aware of the typical advice (get a high GPA, study your a** off fo the MCAT, volunteer, do research etc.), but I was wondering if anyone knows what UVASoM looks for in their applicants specifically and what I can do to essentially give them what they want.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:
GPA: 3.6 UW/4.2 W
SAT: 780 R&W / 800 M
SAT II: 800 Bio / 800 Math Level II / 770 Phys / 760 USH
5’s on AP Bio, Chem, Environmental, BC Calc, Stats, USH
(I actually got a B in my AP Bio class. Smart slacker?)
Although I do some other ECs, the most relevant to mention here are that I volunteer in the ER at a local hospital and work as a volunteer tutor for students who need help with math among other things. Are these activities that are worth continuing, or should I focus my efforts elsewhere?
On the whole, I would say that I love learning but not boring AF work. I read biochemistry textbooks and historical monographs for fun, yet I struggled to do well on assignments related to readings in Biology and United States History.
I am considering majoring in biomedical engineering (I know, crazy right? How the hell is he going to get a high GPA in engineering? I don’t care. I love the field.). Although I am applying to several more selective colleges, I am seriously considering Virginia Tech, VCU, and Clemson. I see the first two as good choices because they are associated with a medical school and have fairly strong STEM reputations. However, would it be wise of me to try to transfer somewhere more competitive with or without the major that I want to study to get into UVASoM? How many people from Tech and VCU who apply actually get accepted?
Well, that’s about it. I don’t really know what to expect, but any advice would be helpful. Thanks.