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:: 10.24.2011 ::

Interview Done!

Today was my interview at Meharry:

I think it went well. I was the ten o'clock group. We started off with a Q&A session, then a financial aid briefing, then a campus tour, then lunch with students which was supposed to be part one of the interview, then we had our real interview with one faculty member. I think my interview went well. I said all the points I thought were pertinent and I hope that it does the job!

I was going to write a thank you letter and mail it off today, but I realized that I didn't bring any envelopes! DUH! I guess it's okay if I mail it when I get home.

So I am supposed to hear back within three weeks. So you know I have all my toes and fingers crossed!!

Right now, Im all packed and ready to go for tomorrow. I'm going to leave at 0500 and hopefully be in Amarillo before 11 pm.

You know what else is crazy that I learned? Last year, over 6000 people applied to Meharry, but they still only interviewed about 400 people. If these numbers are the same this year, then they are only interviewing about 6.5% of all applicants! Holy cow! I guess I am special! Yay!

Well, I hope I have good news to post soon! Im going to go to bed soon! Goodnight!

:: Jane Dee 6:30:00 PM [+] ::
:: 10.20.2011 ::
Not Done But What Else?

Well I spent all day trying to figure out answers to questions. I think I have answers to all the complicated ones and Im pretty sure I can come up with answers to the easier ones. Im so nervous! Of course, TJ's brother and family has to be in town on this stressful day, but maybe its a good distracter.

Anyway, Im going to do laundry, then pack. At least I get to go to the Coach store tomorrow! And I have a coupon! I will make sure I take lots of pictures!

Wish me luck! I will update from the road etc.


:: Jane Dee 6:02:00 PM [+] ::
:: 10.19.2011 ::

Now I know why everyone in Arizona wears sandals all year. Apparently, my three hours of sunning only helped a little bit. Its not as stark of a difference, as it did a little bit, but its still noticeable. I will try again today. I am just tired of sweating in the sun.

So yesterday I made rajmah beans and rice. Yum! I am always up for a new way to eat beans.

Today Im going to focus on crafting answers to difficult interview questions. I am also going to see if I have time to put together my interview packet.

I guess I better get started!!

:: Jane Dee 6:06:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.18.2011 ::
Finished Reading

This book (again):
How to Interview Like a Top MBA: Job-Winning Strategies From Headhunters, Fortune 100 Recruiters, and Career CounselorsHow to Interview Like a Top MBA: Job-Winning Strategies From Headhunters, Fortune 100 Recruiters, and Career Counselors by Shelly Leanne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book. I knew most of the tips already, but the phrasing of answers was very helpful. Get this book if you need to know how to phrase answers to certain interview questions or how to phrase your resume. This book gives some tips on etiquette, but it is not comprehensive.

View all my reviews

But now it's too late for notes. I will do that tomorrow. I am not sure if I got tanned or burned either. I guess I will see tomorrow. If not, I will just buy the bronzer stick.

I am going to make dinner. Some kind of Indian rice and beans/lentils.

:: Jane Dee 5:38:00 PM [+] ::
Need To Tan

So Ive finished figuring out my makeup and clothes. Now I need to tan out my feet. I went to Walgreens to see what kind of magic makeup can be used in case it doesn't work out today. They have some kind of bronzer stick available that I can buy before I leave.

Well, I checked my email and nothing new to report. So I guess it's time to eat and then tan. While I am tanning (or actually, I may have to burn my skin), I will be finishing up reading my MBA interview tactics. Then when I am done burning myself I can work on that.


:: Jane Dee 12:55:00 PM [+] ::
Nervous Buildup

I was successful in securing a burgundy/crimson shirt that would go with my suit. In fact, I found two of them. One is a traditional button down and the other is more of a tank top. I bought the tank in case it is too hot to wear the long sleeved shirt. I actually found it at Dress Barn and Van Heusen (?). I've never shopped at these stores in my life, but I was desperate. The "real" stores didn't have anything! I got the button down for $20 and the tank for $10. Not bad.

Ive been trying to even out my farmer tan on my feet, but it doesn't seem like Im gaining ground. I'm going to keep trying, but it seems like I have to stay out longer. I don't want to do that because its still hot outside! I guess I will have to. I guess I can make my interview notes while I'm roasting, but if I stay out longer than 20 minutes, I will have to put sunblock on. If I do that, then I will have to be outside for an hour maybe. Maybe I should just burn the skin a bit like I used to do to start my tan. It will turn brown the next day. Hm. The problem is that if it doesn't, then my feet will hurt. BUT I have until Monday to heal. Hmm. I think I will have to try to do that then. This is taking too long and my legs are so much darker than my feet! If not then I have to wear makeup on my feet. Or buy opaque stockings?

Ive also been wearing my heels. Ive figured out how to get them to stop hurting with cotton balls. Im still deciding if I should wear them to the store today. I will have to wear pants so I don't look really stupid.

I also have to begin figuring out my makeup! I don't know how Im going to look yet. I guess I will have to do that when I come back from the store. Then I have to wash my new shirts, iron them, iron my suit, pot my oleanders, work on my interview answers, and pick my makeup and hair. Too much to do! IEE!

Okay it's store time!

:: Jane Dee 6:28:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.17.2011 ::
Need An Interview Shirt

Today I am heading for Anthem to find a burgundy shirt to match my suit for the interview. I am very nervous and excited about this! I keep saying "I'm so close!" I really hope this interview works out for me.

I was going over MBA-style interview tactics for my interview. I hope that I will sound polished and coherent. When I come back, I'm going to continue crafting well-versed answers to common difficult interview questions. From what I've read, Meharry asks you things from your personal statement and activities and so on. So, I assume it will be best to "study" my answers and know my application inside and out. I want to have this completed, and possibly recorded before I go so I can listen to it in the car as I drive.

Other than that, there is no new news. No one else has called me for an interview (big surprise). I don't expect to hear anything for a while. Unless it's a rejection. I have a feeling UA-PHX will reject me as well. Im just not sure if it will be before or after the interview.

My application is still pending at AUC. I haven't sent in my background check form yet. I will wait until I hear back from Meharry before I send that in. If they accept me, then I won't have to pay the seat fee for nothing. That would cost $1600.

Well, I pray hard everyday!

:: Jane Dee 5:53:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.13.2011 ::

From Tucson! What assholes. I knew they were going to reject me. With their new bullshit out of state policy, I was bound for the round filing cabinet. Here is what they said:

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in The University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson Campus.

We have been fortunate to attract a large number of highly qualified candidates for our limited number of seats this year. The number of such candidates precludes the ability to invite all applicants to interview. After a complete review of your 2012 AMCAS application, we sincerely regret to inform you that we are unable to consider you further.

We hope that by notifying you of our decision at this time, you will be able to direct your efforts toward those schools where your opportunities are more favorable. We wish you the best of luck with your educational career.

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Admissions Office
Tucson Campus

Here is what I have to say: F**k you, Tucson! Even if I have to go to Caribbean school, I will make it, and I will smite you. And you know what else? I just may move out of Arizona! Apparently, I'm not needed around here. Well, then I guess some other state will like my tax dollars!

What is most annoying is that only a few years ago, they were taking people with 4 as a subscore on their MCAT. I clearly am much higher than their phony "cutoffs" and only one point lower than their phony "auto-invite." From what I saw on the message boards, people with high MCATs and GPAs were NOT OFFERED interviews. So what is this fake "auto-invite" bullshit? Please Tucson, you can't fool me. You are in so much financial trouble that you will screw over med school hopefuls, your state, your city, and on and on, just so you can keep the lights on. I will gladly graduate from Caribbean school over your school. Too much hypocrisy and bullshit. At least Caribbean schools SAY they are FOR PROFIT!

Now that I am done with my rant, I am back to making cheese.

:: Jane Dee 11:45:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.12.2011 ::
Cars Cost Too Much

Sheesh! I thought this month would go easier on my wallet! I was excited that I finished paying up for everything I needed. So I thought it would be a good time to get that hub seal on the Jeep fixed finally. Well, I guess it needs more than a new seal! It needs a new seal, new bearings (and that means it needs to be "machined") and new brake shoes (cuz they are low and have all this axle grease all over them), and more seals (cuz its leaking all over the brakes), and the oil change. It's supposedly going to cost almost $700! Good grief...

So I ain't going to buy anything else this month, except the shirt for my interview, if I find one, and a small camera case at the new Coach store. There is plenty of food in the house, so we will have to make due with whatever we have left. This is because I need the $350 to drive to Nashville and back! At least I can put this charge on my spiffy hotel card and get points for hotel rooms. This card allowed me to get three free nights in Nashville! Neat huh? I'd put it on my Amex, but I may need the rooms soon.

Well, I did buy the Jeep knowing that I was going to keep it and repair it as it got old. So far, I've only had to replace the fuel injector and that was because of the crappy Canadian fuel. Other than that, it's been good!

Today I am going over information about Meharry and coming up with questions to ask. Then I will go over some questions they may ask me. Hopefully, TJ will come home early so he can drive me to get the jeep. I guess his bumper will have to wait, heh heh, whoops! I still feel bad I scratched it, but its nothing serious. It just looks stupid. I'll fix it later! I only allow one big expense a month. My Indian cookbooks will have to wait too, sigh.

I'm sooooo excited about my interview! I really hope I get accepted! This would be most awesome!

:: Jane Dee 9:16:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.11.2011 ::
New Stats

I did manage to go to the library and look at their newest MSAR (which was 2009-2010) and look up Meharry. Turns out they interview even less people now! So I actually feel better.

Some Stats (from 2007-2008):

Median MCAT: 25O (8v, 8p, 9b)
Median GPA: 3.4
Median sGPA: 3.2
Resident applications: 231
Resident interviews: 54 (23%)
OOS applications: 4010 (not that it matters, it's a private school)
OOS interviews: 341 (8.5% DANG!)
Total applications (excluding international (Canadian) applicants): 4241
Total interviews: 395
Total interview rate: 9.3% (Double Dang!)
Instate matriculants: 9 (17%)
OOS matriculants: 86 (25% Of course, this is matriculants, not offers. Offers would be higher.)

The thing about Meharry is that you have to REALLY want to be a primary care doc and work with the underserved or minorities or whatnot. That is the only thing that can explain the interview rate. Lucky for me! I expressed that in my essays and I hope that I can convey that again at the interview. If I get accepted, that will truly be a miracle!

So to express my joy at this opportunity, click on the picture of the naan bread to see my "naan bread dance." This is now my "med school interview dance."

In other news, I finally received all of my makeup! So now I have enough makeup to last me through medical school. Hm, you know, I should be wearing my navy heels so they are good and broken in when I wear them for my interview. Oh! And I have to tan my feet! I have a farmer's tan! I guess I have to start that today too. Darn. I guess I will do that after I buy the tofu and stuff. I also have to buy bagels and English muffins. I better make a list.

Im also kind of excited because if I go to Nashville, I may opt for a family medicine residency there because Vanderbilt offers MBAs, as well as UTenn. UT offers MBAs especially for MDs. I've been interested in that program for a while, so I could do that program if I get a residency in Knoxville! Hmm, something to think about! I may mention that at the interview. I wonder if that will help or hurt me?

Okay so Im going to organize some interview stuff and start wearing those shoes! Then buy groceries. Yeah!

:: Jane Dee 4:59:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.10.2011 ::

I had a great weekend knowing that I actually have an interview! I am flabbergasted, to say the least. I stayed up at night thinking about why they called me for an interview, what does it mean, are they for real, are they just pulling my leg (like Fedex) and aren't really considering me, and do they already want me?

Of course, I also stayed up thinking about how awesome it will be to go to Nashville! I ran out and took the MSAR out of the library (I don't think I can wait until Friday to see the newest one so Im going to drive to the library again today) to try and "decipher" the stats behind my interview. Apparently, Meharry interviews only about 20% of all applicants, and accepts about 23% of interviewees. Those are pretty good statistics! Of course, these facts are from the 2008 - 2009 MSAR. Im going to the library later to look at a newer book.

I will be so excited if they accept me! I will send my deposit back the same day I get the letter. I will consider Fedex Priority Overnight. I will also withdraw from four schools if I am accepted. I won't say which, yet.

Although I have already started my application at AUC, I will wait a bit to send the rest of the information they need (background check, letters, etc.) That way, I can see if Meharry accepts me first. If they do, I will not finish my application at AUC. If they don't, I will continue my application.

So today I have been collecting some common questions at interviews and going over them verbally. I'm going to read up on some med stuff and see how I can apply that to my goals. Then later this week I guess I have to organize my resources and write out my goals, purposes, etc. Then I have to prepare my interview packets. This will have all the info I need to back up my interview stuffs. Yeah!

I've already booked my room in Nashville for three days. I will be there at least the day before so I can practice and get my clothes and hair ready. Then I can relax during my interview. After the interview, I can drive around town and see how much I like it, where I can live etc. Then I will leave the next day.

I really hope I get accepted there! I will faint. Or crap my pants.

Right now I have to buy some food and then go to the library. Then pay some bills? THEN start on my interview stuff. I hope?

All I can say is please Lord let it be so!!!!

:: Jane Dee 8:31:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.07.2011 ::

OMG!! YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!


:: Jane Dee 6:32:00 AM [+] ::
:: 10.04.2011 ::
Phone Calls

So I got phone call #2 from AUC today. I couldn't really understand what he was saying, but basically, I'm going to get something in the mail that I have to fill out and send back.

Is this good or bad?

I don't know, but at least I am hearing something from SOMEONE. I feel more like I'm in the "waiting to reject" pile. An acceptance from AUC would be awesome. I would feel a lot better!

Yesterday I made my first batch of naan bread, soy "cheese," soy yogurt, and a loaf of regular bread.

Here is my naan bread

It actually tasted good! I used soy yogurt and soy flour to replace the eggs. Some puffed up a bit too much for my liking, but still tasted good.

I also made soy yogurt from soy milk and cultures from store bought soy yogurt. Its not as thick as real yogurt, so I suppose that is why soy yogurt uses seaweed to thicken it? In any case, the one I made from plain soy milk tastes WAY better than plain soy yogurt.

I also attempted to make a soy cottage cheese, and then pressed it to see what happens. Well, I guess I made tofu. A sweet tofu. Im going to see what I can do with the soy whey. The whey tastes good too!

Right now, I am going to start dinner. I was letting my hands rest from yesterday's work-a-thon. Im also going to curdle my whole milk and make cottage cheese to press into paneer tomorrow.

:: Jane Dee 1:59:00 PM [+] ::

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