To me, the worst part of the application process is not the money, the essay(s), or the test(s). It’s the WAITING.

I barely spoke of it here, but the eight weeks that passed between the date I took the MCAT and the night I actually got my scores were full of obsessive agony. I went to the AAMC’s testing history site an average of once a day, even though I knew that nothing would happen until mid-June. I spent the first few days after the test trying to recall all of the sections in it, and chastising myself for a few questions that I realized I’d gotten wrong. Kim gracefully put up with all of my MCAT-related conjecture and monologue, but I’m sure she was close to just telling me to shut up and wait. It can’t be helped; the MCAT is such a large part of the admissions equation that obsession is to be expected. I’m just happy that I don’t have to take it again, even though I enjoyed the experience.

There was another waiting period after my AMCAS application was verified and before the secondaries started to come back. The rumor was that medical schools were able to access our AMCAS profiles no earlier than 7/5 or so. In my case, my first secondaries started to arrive around July 7, which made for a wait of about five weeks.

Of course, once your secondary application and reference letters are submitted, the next step is to wait for an interview. For me, these started to trickle in in late August. I was emailed about EVMS on 8/22, Georgetown on 8/24, VCU on 8/29, Wake Forest on 9/6, and Drexel on 9/12. Of course, with the exception of one recent rejection, no one else has gotten back to me. I’ve verified that my application is complete everywhere but Duke and UNC, which means that all I can do is wait. If you haven’t been in these shoes, you can only imagine the anxiety and frustration of just sitting around, waiting to hear back from an institute that might be your home for the next four years.

So this takes us through August. I’m not done waiting yet, but I did go on some interviews. I’ll go over them briefly in the near future, but I won’t go into much detail until later, in case the “right” people have stumbled across my website.

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