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:: 7.27.2011 ::

Phoenix!

A few days ago, I received a letter from Harvard "encouraging" me to apply! HAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!

HAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!

What? Are you kidding me? It's sad that they would solicit me just because Im not 100% white. However, they did say that I could get a waiver, but I'd have to call the office. Hmmm.

In any case, I got my secondary from Phoenix on July 25 or so, much later than the out of state people! What the hell! Well, I finished it and send in my payment etc., so I hope I get an interview.

Other than that, it has been quiet on the med school front. Im going to start up again on my GMAT studies and really focus on the math section. I completed the Kaplan book, and I still have stuff online I can do. I also have a Princeton review book to work on and some math review stuff. So for now, Im just focusing on math stuffs.

I hope it all works out for me!!!

:: Jane Dee 8:34:00 PM [+] ::
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:: 7.19.2011 ::
I IZ ASHAMED

OMG! I totally bombed my Kaplan test #1! I can't even post the score, its that dreadful. I will say its over 500...

So now that I know what I am sucking in, I can start preparing! I need to do well on this test! ARGH!!!!

I am totally going to buy more books! like RIGHT NOW!

Oh and here are my essays:

ANALYSIS OF AN ISSUE
Analyze and present your point of view...

"Some people argue that those who do not send their children to public schools should not have to fund these schools through taxes, since neither parents nor children benefit from these schools. They ignore the fact that everyone benefits from the strong economy that a well-educated populace generates."

Which argument do you find more compelling, the case for forcing everyone to fund public schools or the opposing viewpoint? Explain your position using relevant reasons or examples taken from your own experience, observations, or reading."


MY ANSWER:

A well educated society produces productive and prosperous citizens. It is therefore advantageous to the society as a whole to educate the young. For most people, this means that a public education is necessary. Some people will argue that those who send their children to private school should not have to pay taxes to support public education. Unfortunately, without a well educated work force, these same wealthy people would not be able to hire enough employees to run their businesses, manage their money, or take care of their children. It is imperative that every member of society contribute to the education of all children who need it.

In this country, there are people with different socio-economic backgrounds. Some people are wealthy and can afford to send their children to private schools or have private tutors. Other people are not wealthy, some extremely poor, and cannot afford private instruction for their children. These people must rely on their government to provide a minimal education so that they can grow up with at least minimal skills to hold a job. Since the vast majority of this country is not wealthy enough to afford private tutors, the majority of the population send their children to public school. Using allocated tax revenue, public education is available to all families that need it.

There are some tax payers that disagree with the idea of a public education. Some of those that argue this point are those that do not have their children in public school and they themselves have never attended public school. These people feel that since they are not using this system, they should not have to pay for it. This may sound like a compelling argument, however we must look at how a public education does benefit this particular group, and is therefore, using this system.

First, a wealthy family may open a business to make money. Perhaps at first the business is small enough that it can be run by family members. However, once it reaches a certain size, or if the business requires special skills that no one in the family has, they will have to hire outside help. Most of the time, a business will not require that the person they hire come from a background that indicates they attended a private school or had a private tutor. Furthermore, the most capable applicant may not even have such a background. Perhaps the best qualified person is actually someone who was educated at a public school. Hiring this person to produce profits for their business is using the public education system and its products.

Second, if a wealthy person decides to go to a firm that invests money, it is unlikely he will ask if his broker has a private education. If the wealthy person invests in many companies, it is very unlikely that the managers of all those different investments are all privately educated employees. Somewhere in the investment firm there will be workers that have graduated from a public education system. If one of these people happen to be managing the wealthy person’s money and creating profits for him, that wealthy person is utilizing public education.

Thirdly, not every person they come in contact with to provide services for their family will be privately educated. The babysitter may not have had a private tutor. The family doctor may have gone to public school his whole life. The personal trainer may have gone to a continuing education class at a community college. The chef may have started out in public school and made his way to a private school or vice versa. All of the people that the wealthy person who does not want to support public education comes in contact with may very well be products of public education. Because he is benefiting from the products of this type of education, he should have to contribute to public education.

On the surface, many people who have never attended public school may say that they should not have to support such a service. However, if they are indirectly benefiting from the products of public education such as personal services and a larger employee pool, these people should have to contribute to the continuation and support of public education.


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ANALYSIS OF ARGUMENT
Provide a critique of the argument below...

The following appeared in the advertising literature of Travelshack.com, an online travel magazine and vacation resort catalogue.

"Your vacation resort can ill afford not to publicize its offerings on Travelshack.com. Our readership has more than doubled in the past year alone and is dominated by savy onsumers with large disposable incomes. Witness the experience of Snowbert Ski Lodge. Since it began advertising itself on our website a year ago, it is regularly booked to capacity and its annual profits have increased more than threefold from the previous year."

Explain how logically persuasive you find this argument. In discussing your viewpoint, analyze the argument's line of reasoning and its use of evidence. Also explain what, if anything, would make the argument more valid and convincing or help you to better evaluate its conclusion.


MY ANSWER:
The job of an advertising company is to have as large as client base as possible who can advertise regularly with the company. To gain a large customer base, the advertising company must convey to the potential customer why their advertising agency is superior. The agency must provide information about who it advertises to, what is the income level of the target audience, and other demographic information. Travelshack.com recently published an ad to gain clientele, but may have missed some important and convincing information in their advertisement.

Travelshack.com claims that it is important for a resort to advertise with them because the website’s readership has more than doubled in the last year. Although this may seem like an impressive statistic, doubling of readership means nothing. It could have only doubled from 100 to 200 readers. It also doesn’t give any information about what these readers do on the website. If Travelshack.com offered percentages of how many of these readers actually purchase vacations, a readership number would be more relevant. The website should also offer statistics on how many readers buy expensive vacations versus only buying vacations when sales are offered, as well as how many readers actually stay on the website for more than three minutes.

The website also claims that their readers have large disposable incomes. However, the website does not offer any aggregated statistics on the incomes of the readers or the resorts that advertise with them. The website tries to back up its claim of large disposable incomes with the increase in business of one ski lodge. Since they do not explain what type of ski lodge this is and the average prices of rooms and amenities at this particular ski lodge, it is not sufficient proof that this website has readers with large disposable incomes.

Furthermore, using only one ski lodge to show that this website is successful at creating business for various resorts is misleading. It may be the case that all the readers of this website are skiers, and a resort in tropical Hawaii may not see the same result. If Travelshack.com wishes to gain a clientele of more than just ski lodges, it should show more information about different types of resorts. It should show that hotels in all locations have shown an increase in bookings after advertising with Travelshack.com. By giving only one success story of Snowbert Ski Lodge, one can not assume that their tropical hotel will have the same success as Snowbert Ski Lodge. In fact, one cannot even assume that the ski lodge’s success is solely attributed to advertising on Travelshack.com. The reader does not know if these resorts advertise on other websites or perhaps there was a sports event this past year hosted at that resort. Unless statistics on other types of resorts are included, this one successful case is not enough to make a sound decision.

Although the advertisement for Travelshack.com may be entirely true, it is not presented in a way that would allow confidence in a decision made by a resort to advertise here. There needs to be more statistical information about the readers of the website such as how long they stay on the website, what they purchase, and what locations they prefer. Offering other information such as what other companies advertise with this agency and how successful they have been is also helpful.


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Well there you have it!

Now I must determine why my test sucked so much.

:: Jane Dee 4:17:00 PM [+] ::
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More Stupid

Yesterday I got ANOTHER bill from my idiot doctor FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE that was supposedly "taken care of" by the dolts in the billing department. I left a message for the dolt department. I hope the dolts call me back and get this crap straightened out. Im so sick of these idiots.

Next year I should have different insurance. If I am lucky enough to get accepted to an American medical school, I will be on TJ's insurance and we will have the premium plan. THEN I will get a NEW doctor. Screw this retard. If I go to Caribbean school, I will just have the school's insurance so it won't matter.

Im still keeping my fingers crossed for UA. PICK ME!! Ugh! I hope I don't get skipped over because of some stupid out-of-stater. Although I like Tucson better, it would be more convenient (or would it?) for me to go to school in Phoenix since it's closer to my house. If I go to Tucson, I will just have an apartment there. If I go to Phoenix, I can live here, but I will have to go to Tucson for at least a year to do the MBA. I don't know how I will complete the MBA if I am at Phoenix though. Will I have to drive to Tucson for classes? Are there classes up here? I guess I can ask them that later.

I think the application for the MBA at UA opens soon. Maybe its open now? Let's see... OOH it's open! I will get started on that now.

Other than that, today I finalize my study plans for the GMAT and I may take the practice exam in the Kaplan book. There is a neat little math review in the back of the book too. I will use that to make my study plan. Then when that is done, I can start on the online companion and the Princeton Review book. That book came with a DVD too. I wonder when I will take one of the MBA.com tests? Hm. I guess I will figure that out today.

Okay, never mind. The MBA application is not open yet. I have to wait until August. So I guess when I finish this review today, I should work on the essays? I need to call them again and see if they need TWO MORE copies of my transcripts if I am applying as a dual-degree. I should also ask if I can open an application account now. Hm.

Well, Im off to organize!

:: Jane Dee 5:42:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.18.2011 ::
GMAT AWA - YYY!!

So here are the essays! I said don't laugh! Or else!

GMAT AWA 1: ISSUE ESSAY (Prompt from Kaplan book)
"The invention of the internet has created more problems than it has solved. Most people would have a higher quality of life had the internet never been invented."

From your perspective, is this an accurate observation? WHy or why not? Explain, using reasons and/or examples from your experience, observations, and reading."


MY ANSWER:

Some people may argue that the internet has created more problems than it has solved. However, the internet has proven its worth many times over when it became available to the mass public in the 1990s. The internet has increased educational opportunities, saved lives, and expanded the availability of goods and information to everyone, especially those whose resources are limited.

At first, the internet seemed to produce nothing more than webpages with personal opinions and funny cartoons. As the capabilities of the internet increased, people were able to “chat” with other people across the world in real time without ever leaving their home. Users could share files such as computer programs, forms, resumes, and homework. One such application of exchanging files can be seen with online correspondence schools. These schools allow children in rural areas participate in a classroom with their peers. Another type of correspondence school is a type targeted for adults who wish to obtain their G.E.D. or high school diploma, but cannot quit their job to do so. Of course, modern correspondence school includes acquiring college degrees completely online, as well as professional certifications, and continuing education.

Another benefit of the internet is the sheer volume of information that it can store. Users can visit websites of doctors, lawyers, and other professionals to seek advice and counseling for a variety of problems. A mother can look up information about her baby’s fever and find out what temperature requires an emergency room visit. Another user can look up his father’s benign heartburn and realize he may be having a heart attack. A college student user can “instant message” her therapist when she needs extra support during a rough time. A senior citizen can look up their medication and realize they were prescribed the wrong dosage. All of these volumes of information can help someone make decisions to better their health and save their life.

Of course, what would the internet be without commerce? Another accomplishment of the internet is the modernized version of catalogue shopping. However, with the internet, a shopper can zoom in on a product, look up reviews of that product, watch videos of that product, and compare prices with different retailers. This function of the internet has probably improved more lives than all the other reasons combined. Now, a mother in a rural town can order special formula for her sensitive baby or a car mechanic can order handmade parts for a project car. A college student in a small town can order clothes to be as fashionable as a college student in New York City. A woman with multiple sclerosis can now order her groceries online instead of having to go to the supermarket by herself.

There are many more ways that the internet has created a higher quality of life for many, many people. The internet has provided communication, entertainment, education, commerce, and information to consumers who would not have the means to these resources otherwise. For these people, the internet is a great invention.


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GMAT AWA 1: ARGUMENT ESSAY (Prompt from Kaplan book)
The following appeared in a memo from the regional manager of Luxe Spa, a chain of high-end salons.

"Over 75% of households in the town of Parksboro have Jacuzzi bathtubs. In addition, the average family income in Parksboro is 50% higher than the national average, and a local store reports record-high sales of the most costly brands of hair and body care products. With so much being spent on the [sic] personal care, Parksboro will be a profitable location for a new Luxe Spa--a salon that offers premium services at prices that are above average."

Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. In your discussion be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and the use of evidence in your argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable assumptions underlie the thinking and what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion. You can also discuss what sort of evidence would strengthen or refute the argument, what changes in the argument would make it more logically sound, and what, if anything, would help you better evaluate its conclusion.


MY ANSWER

The proposal to open a new Luxe Spa in Parksboro claims that because there are a number of Jacuzzi bathtubs in the town, and other statistics, the spa will be profitable. Unfortunately, the proposal draws its conclusions without offering much evidence.

Although knowing that over 75% of households in Parksboro is useful, it does not paint a complete picture. Perhaps only 10% of the residents of Parksboro live in a house. If the rest live in apartment buildings without Jacuzzi bathtubs, then the whole town is not relaxing in such bathtubs. There is also no mention of the frequency of use of the bathtubs or if they are in use at all. If 75% of the residents have a Jacuzzi bathtub, it does not automatically imply that all 75% work or are used. If the proposal included information about the actual amount of Jacuzzi bathtubs and their frequency of use, then including this statistic would be more useful.

The proposal also infers that because the average family income is 50% higher than the national average, these residents must make more money than the average person. This assumption is incorrect because one’s personal income is not the same as family income. If there are six people in one house all making twenty thousand a year, their family income is now $120,000. Although the family income is clearly above the average, each person is not making above the average. The income of one person in this case is probably not enough to pay for premium services at a spa. The proposal should have included the average income per person or included the average number of occupants in a family in Parksboro. Then the statistics would be clearer as to how much a person could afford.

The proposal also claims that one store reports above average sales on their most expensive personal care products and this shows that people spend a lot of money on personal care products in Parksboro. This cannot be further from the truth. Surveying one store in an entire town is not enough information unless this is the only store that sells these products in town. No mention is made as to what kind of store was surveyed and where it is located. Is this store located in the posh, north development where only forty residents live or is this the local pharmacy or supermarket located in densely populated areas of subsidized or rent controlled apartments? This statistic could be improved if more stores were surveyed and the demographics of the store were given. It will do no good for a business proposal if the store they surveyed is in a part of the town that the spa will not be located in.

This argument can be improved with more information about the number of Jacuzzi bathtubs and their frequency of use, the per capita income of the residents and the demographics of the customers who shop in stores to buy hair and body products near the desired location of the proposed Luxe Spa.


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OKAY! So I grade my essays a 3 each, ha!

Well, it's not too bad, right?

:: Jane Dee 5:59:00 PM [+] ::
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Meharry

I got an email from Meharry saying that they received my application. Okay! Let's see if they send me a secondary.

I also got a response from Feinberg. They haven't got my AMCAS yet, but when they do, they will give me the waiver! I really hope it doesn't take 4-6 weeks because my application is already finalized. Well, it doesn't matter really, it will basically only cost me $33. Not too bad!

Right now, Im going to write up my first two GMAT AWA essays. Im using the first two prompts from my old Kaplan book. I will post them when Im done. Don't laugh!

:: Jane Dee 2:31:00 PM [+] ::
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Eh, I Dunno

I will hold off on the extra GMAT books. I will use what I have now and then see how it goes. I can always order it later.

I guess its GMAT time...

:: Jane Dee 7:54:00 AM [+] ::
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1,001 Posts!

Wow, this is my 1,001st post! I didn't know I could type so much!

Today I submitted my application to Feinberg SOM. Hey, if they want to waive the fee, okay! TJ said I should so I applied. They better not back out!

The rest of the day is for GMAT studies. I have a couple of chapters left in my book. Then I will have to see how I can pull up my data sufficiency scores. I wonder if I should order the GMAT books now? Hm. I guess I'll see. I also have to see how I do with the essays. I have no idea what they want. I think these essays will be harder than the MCAT. I think you actually have to pick apart arguments on the GMAT, while the MCAT you kind of just need to write a good argument. When I take my practice essays, I will post them for all to laugh at.

Let me see what is available online for GMAT books...

:: Jane Dee 6:21:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.17.2011 ::
Who?

Its pretty annoying when random people want to be your friend on Yahoo. GO AWAY!

Anyway, I should stop commenting on Yahoo. I don't need stalkers that's for sure.

:: Jane Dee 3:07:00 PM [+] ::
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:: 7.15.2011 ::
Weekend!

Thank goodness! No more endo for a week! I do have to replace some more shingles on the roof tomorrow. Oh well.

I got an email response from Feinberg. They said I should apply. Maybe I will. I will talk to TJ about it.

Right now I am so tired! I scored my Data Sufficiency section and I sucked! I got in the low 500 range! So now I have TWO sections that I need to work on: sentence correction and data sufficiency. Looks like Im going to have to buy two GMAT books now. Sigh.

Im so tired! I still have to go over what I did wrong, then move on to "word problems" (not on the test, its just a chapter in the book) then the essays. Then I get to take the Kaplan test. Then I will see what books I need to buy. Im sure I will wind up buying both. I want at least a 600, but we'll see.

Im hungry, I should eat.

:: Jane Dee 2:40:00 PM [+] ::
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Hit My Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie

That was one bright moon last night. Who needs lamps with a moon like that? Anyway, I have to go to the hospital today. The last thing I want to do today is work for free, but I must.

Im on a quest to buy pop tarts for TJ today. I think they are on sale at Albertson's, but I have no idea where one is. I don't shop there. I just want pop tarts.

Ugh, it's going to be a long day.

:: Jane Dee 5:52:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.14.2011 ::
No Answer

No one at the "Diversity Office" answered at Feinberg. I called regular admissions and they told me that they DO take community college credits for the prerequisites. Okay one question down. I think I will just email Ms. Sunshine (the Diversity Director) and see what she says.

:: Jane Dee 7:22:00 AM [+] ::
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Feinberg Solicitation

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from Feinberg School of Medicine. Apparently, I have be "carefully" selected as a competitive applicant from the MMAR (minority medical applicant registry). They "would love to see" my application if my GPA is 3.0 or better. They even offered to waive the secondary fee.

The letter prompted me to look at their diversity webpage, which I did, and check out how they are trying hard to be diverse. They even consider LGBT to be "underrepresented" in medicine! (well, starting this year)

The reason I didn't apply here in the first place is because most of the students had or have research experience (95%+?) and the average scores are much higher than what I have. (11s, 12s) Although I find it flattering, I don't think they would have batted an eye if I was 100% white. I'd be just another whitey that didn't do well on the MCAT. But because I'm not 100% white, Im special and deserve to have a chance.

I can't help but think that they would just be stringing me along. Maybe I should apply? It's kinda free. I'd still have to pay AMCAS $35 or something. I did apply to the U of Illinois. Maybe they got jealous? I think I should call them and ask them why they think I would be competitive even though their MCAT averages are much higher than mine. AND IF THEY ACCEPT COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDITS. Of course their website doesn't explicitly say that. That is another reason I did not apply. No reason to waste money.

So I will call them in a couple of hours. I will have some question ready. I will see what they say!

:: Jane Dee 5:53:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.13.2011 ::
New Day, Not Refreshed

Well, yesterday kicked my ass! I am not "refreshed" and I don't know if Im going to be able to study well for the GMAT today. Well, I guess I can take it easy.

I am going to mail my payment to UA-Tuc today. I will drive to the post office because Im paranoid. I also want to see if there is enough postage. I guess I can weigh it myself because I have a postal scale.

Anyway, my brain is fried today. I only have three schools left: UA-PHX, Morehouse and Meharry. I don't think Morehouse and Meharry will get back to me. Oh well. If I get anymore secondaries, I hope it's soon so I can this over with!

Yesterday I completed the Problem Solving section of my Kaplan book. I did pretty well, like mid 600s. I just hope I can work fast enough on the test. This section will have 37 questions in 75 minutes. That's not too bad. I just have to get everything right! Ha!

UGH! Im so tired. I don't want to do anything today!

:: Jane Dee 5:49:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.12.2011 ::
AARRGGHH!!

I just finished the UA-TUC application! Holy cow, what a beast!

It's waaay past my bedtime!

:: Jane Dee 8:47:00 PM [+] ::
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:: 7.11.2011 ::
More Calm

Well, its been some hours since I was made certain of the UA rules. ANYWAY, I guess it doesn't matter, there is nothing I can do about it anyway.

In other news, I finished my GMAT verbal introduction. It seems that I score over 600 in the critical reasoning and reading comprehension, but about 500 for sentence correction. Lou will laugh at me! Well, I will start on the quantitative stuff tomorrow. I will see if my math skills have all but disappeared. Then when I am done with the book, I will take a practice test (Kaplan) and see what happens. THEN I will be able to make a good study plan. I don't want to take it in October, but I guess that is what I have to do for now.

So far, the only other schools that offer an online program that I like is Quinnipiac, Hofstra, and ASU. I like Quinnipiac the best. If I don't get into the dual degree program at UA, I will most likely apply to that program. If I get into Hofstra (HA HA), I will see about their MBA program. The problem is that its concentrations aren't exactly what I am looking for. If I get an interview with Tulane (more HA HA) I will inquire about the dual degree they offer. It's kind of expensive though.

Well, I guess it's dinner time.

:: Jane Dee 6:37:00 PM [+] ::
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Not My First Choice

Do you know what has me fuming? The University of Arizona decided that it will now take up to FIFTY PERCENT (50%) OUT OF STATE STUDENTS. Are you shitting me?

There is NO OTHER public medical school that takes that many out of state students. This is why medicine is such a crock of shit. The idiots at admissions think that medicine is this "calling" from GOD that should be felt from some internal star in your soul. Meanwhile, doctors make way too much money, charge too much, and expect patients to take it.

Let me tell you something. If a "state supported" school is now going to take half of its students from out of state (and reject half from in state), it's not about having to "fill the critical physician shortage." It's about making money and that is it. Tell me then, how many of these out of staters are going to stay in Arizona? Does this school really think Im so stupid as to believe that the students from California are going to settle down in Arizona? HA! No. I bet these out of staters wont even apply to residencies in Arizona. Im sure U of A will say that these out of state students will apply to Arizona residencies, thus Arizona will have doctors and save money.

When you do a residency, youre not even licensed yet. So what is the savings? You are still learning. You are using government money when you do a residency. You will probably screw up on people. So what is the benefit to the state? And when these out of staters finish killing everyone here and get it right, they will move back to wherever they came from.

And the AMA has the audacity to complain about the "for-profit" schools in the Caribbean? HA! What a bunch of douchebags. If they want to police for profit schools, take a look at UA! What amazes me is that every other state school seems to be doing fine only allowing about 10% out of staters, except UA. For some reason UA cant get their shit together. I think it has something to do with their sports program or something.

Just hearing about this makes me want to apply to the Caribbean right now. Screw all these assholes. Because no matter what UA says, if some out of state student has my similar credentials, they will take the out of state applicant because he will pay more money. End of story. As it stands, I have no chance at this school. I will just be throwing more money out the window if I pay for the secondary application.

Here is my rant on MDApplicants.com

"I am disgusted to learn that UA, a “state supported institution” will be changing their admissions policies for the coming year to allow a massive amount of out of state matriculants. It is a shame that I would be looked down upon by the admissions committee if I were to say that I want to go into medicine to make money, yet UA can completely change its policies and focus in a matter of three years to maximize its profits without anyone batting an eye. Apparently, UA is responding to some initiative to make Arizona competitive in the sciences (see here: http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/publications-reports/MakingAzCompetitiveInSEMRI-UnderstandingPathToSuccess ) by building some kind of biomedical facility in Phoenix (the new med school campus). This is supposed to be the great savior of Arizona; a double whammy of new doctors and research scientists! The reason that I can’t see this being the case is that UA never went out and said that they were not competitive. I never heard “We at UA are using your tuition money to build a brand new facility to attract students from other states who have higher scores, better GPAs, and more potential than all of you bumbling residents. We are tired of being a second tier school!” Instead, I see UA trying to say that these out of state students will make life better for Arizona and they will fill some kind of physician shortage in this state. That would be true if the increase in seats in medical school correlated with an increase in residency slots. Since there is no increase, and this coming year will probably see a decrease (see here: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/08/16/20100816arizona-doctors-shortage-funding.html ), there is no incentive for an out of state student to stay in Arizona. Not that they would if there were more residencies anyway. To me, this points to one thing: UA just wants to make money. Making money is a fine idea. I want to make money too. I just wish that everyone can be honest about it."

Now I am off to call schools about their interview dates and think about wanting to send UA a nasty letter.

:: Jane Dee 5:25:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.07.2011 ::
Illinois!

So much for GMAT! I got a secondary from U of Illinois so Im doing that right now. After this one, I only have four secondaries left! I still didn't get anything from UA, but I've heard they take their sweet-ass time. Meharry and Morehouse probably won't even send me a secondary, so I really have only two left! HA!

I think later today I am going to buy a new frying pan. The one I have is done! Everything sticks to it, even with oil! What kind of stupid pan is that? So I think Im going to go get one or check the stores then see.

Okay back to the secondary!

:: Jane Dee 11:05:00 AM [+] ::
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Power Is Back

The power came back for longer than two minutes! Hooray! Of course, I will set all the clocks then it will go out again. Hm.

I was hosing down the dirt from the sandstorm a couple of days ago and I was bit twice on the foot by some stupid ants outside. I check today and they are all over the place! Im going to put out some poison when I go and hose down the front in a few minutes. Take that ants!

Then I hope I can get to that GMAT stuff. Ive been pretty lazy about it...

:: Jane Dee 7:15:00 AM [+] ::
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Rolling Blackouts?

The one thing I don't like about my neighborhood is what I believe to be rolling blackouts. Just a few minutes before most people are getting up for work, the power goes out. Well, I hope everyone wakes up!

Anyway, I went over some Gmat stuff yesterday. I will finish up the verbal stuff today and craft some kind of study plan for the verbal stuff. It seems I need to work on my idioms. Then I hope to get started on the math stuff this weekend. I don't know if I will be able to study tomorrow since I will be tired from the hospital.

So its been almost twenty minutes and no power. It should be on within the hour. Well, we'll see. If not, I guess Im roasting today!

:: Jane Dee 5:52:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.06.2011 ::
Ooh, Dusty!

Last night there was a nice sized dust storm blowing in. Then there was lightning afterwards. Otherwise, not much else.

Oh, except that Hofstra's online application is not working! Well, the application is but the payment feature is not. I called them and they said they would get back to me. Well we'll see. Stupid technical difficulties!!

So today will hopefully focus on GMAT, unless I get another secondary! Ha!

:: Jane Dee 7:40:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.05.2011 ::
Hofstra!

HOORAY!! I GOT A SECONDARY FROM HOFSTRA!!!

I was going to study GMAT, but Im going to fill this out instead! Sorry GMAT!

Today has been a great day! I got a GREAT deal on makeup at Ulta, I mailed off my payment for KU's application, I bought crackers and canned pears, bought hair stuff for TJ, and got my herbal supplements! Then I ate delicious cod with cheese and mustard. I'm living it up today!

Anyway, I am going to finish this secondary then try to do something for the GMAT.

:: Jane Dee 2:11:00 PM [+] ::
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:: 7.04.2011 ::
We Are Not In Kansas - Yet

I finished up my KU application last night. It's pretty long! Then you have to send in $50 if you are not a resident. Im going to send that out tomorrow.

Well, have a happy Fourth! I have to hang up my flag!

:: Jane Dee 8:57:00 AM [+] ::
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:: 7.01.2011 ::
Gifts!

Prof. M left me a message and said he loved his gift! YAY! Im happy! I also gave ochem II prof her gift yesterday. I hope she likes it! It was a really nice necklace with stone beads, crystals, and pearls. I would have worn it myself!

I also went to this weird store in Phoenix yesterday because I saw an ad that they had giraffe bracelets. Well, they didn't have them, but they had some other cute things. The dumb thing was that I had went up to the guy and asked "are these all the bracelets you have?" and he said "yes and we are getting rid of all of them!" Well, dum-dum didn't inform me that by getting rid of them that meant they were 50% off! I only realized that when I paid. Well if I'd had known they were 50% off, I would have bought more! TJ said he was a lousy salesman; I agree! Then people wonder why they don't make money. I saw a bracelet and earring I wanted for me (I was shopping for Christmas presents), but didn't get them because I didn't want to overspend. DUH! Well, I don't think Im going to drive all the way back there for bracelets. They DO have those cool sparkly belts, but Im not sure if those were on sale. IF THEY WERE, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE OR TWO! HELLO! But I'll never know because lazy salesman didn't tell me anything.

ANYWAY, I got my checklist from Downstate. It didn't say they got my secondary, so I emailed them. I hope they did! What a waste of postage if they didn't and in the same time frame (or faster because they hadn't cashed my check yet), I could have done it all online. Oh well.

Today I have endo, so I am going to eat two meals before I go. I notice that I get too weak by the end of the shift, so Im going to eat breakfast and lunch before I go. That should help.

Yesterday I finished the chapter on "sentence correction" and I didn't do as well as I did in the argument section. When I get home today, I should go over what I got wrong, then see if how long I would need to correct that. Hopefully, not too long. I will probably have to buy the official GMAT verbal book after all. I can buy that and just keep doing problems. Well, we'll see.

I actually have to do some shopping today. I hope I have the energy when Im done with my shift!

:: Jane Dee 5:27:00 AM [+] ::
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