This year’s Ivy League admissions totals are in. The 8.9 percent acceptance rate is impressively exclusive, but compared to landing a job at Wal-Mart, getting into the Ivy Leagues is a cakewalk.

Last year when Wal-Mart came to D.C. there were over 23,000 applications for 600 jobs. That’s an acceptance rate of 2.6%, twice as selective as Harvard’s and over five times as choosy as Cornell.

Wal-Mart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard

Anyone Stressing Over Ivy Leagues

My friend had a 28 ACT and 3.67 GPA junior year. She worked VERY hard, took more APs and got a 34 ACT by her senior year and a 4.2 GPA.

Currently she is at Cornell now and top of her class.

Hard work gets you anywhere. 

And I WILL get into Harvard. You just have to give it your all. 

It’s not about perfection, it’s about being yourself and becoming someone that you are proud of.

anonymous said:

Is being gay frowned upon in medicine? Can it hurt admissions into a school?

Being gay is definitely not frowned upon in medicine. It cannot hurt your admissions, and if it does? That is both highly unethical and illegal for a medical institution to discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. 

That said, I go to a school in a state where things are pretty liberal and my classmates are very open-minded (it’s hard not to be after you see a lot of what we see. Who cares about someone’s sexual orientation when people are dying young in the hospital or you feel like you can’t save a damn person who walks through the door?). I have several wonderful classmates who are who identify within LGBTQA. No one gives them any crap for it and those who judge them know better than to open their mouths.

Professionalism is the key word in medicine. And being professional means that a colleague’s personal choices, like who they choose to be with, don’t factor in to what makes them a good physician. If an individual or institution is telling you that it does? That is a highly questionable medical school that is going to get its ass handed to them legally in the near future and I’d stay away from them anyways.

Love,

md-a

anonymous said:

If we ask a question on here un-anonymously, will you view our tumblr pages and if so, will you deem us inappropriate or unprofessional and use it against us in the application process? All my life I've heard not to post anything bad on social media because colleges will look down on it and now I'm scared and regret being un-anonymous for a question I've asked on here. Not that I post anything horrible, but it is pretty raunchy but all in humor.

We will not look at your tumblr page no matter how awesome your tumblr name is. Rest assured, even if we did, we probably wouldn’t have any idea who you are and we definitely wouldn’t be adding it to your record or anything like that. That would just be a jerk move on our part. FURTHERMORE, we (the tumblr folks) aren’t the ones who review applications (those awesome people are down the hall). Our non-social-media duties include designing all the fun invitations, booklets, posters, t-shirts, and ultimately (hopefully) Admit Packs that you all get throughout the year. So, please, do not fear to be un-anonymous! It allows us to respond to you privately and that’s super helpful for everyone. 

(Also, we all have personal accounts… we know what tumblr is like.)

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anonymous said:

Do you guys have a bullest list or some advice for us juniors to BEST PREPARE to tackle the admissions game this year?? Anything would be help, (a small list, advice, anyting really!) xoxo thanks! <#

Hi, anon!

Funny you should ask; we’re actually just starting to ramp up our articles for the late spring/early summer for juniors starting the process! Here are a couple of pieces we have right now to get you started:

We also have A TON of articles on our site geared at second semester juniors (I’m just having a hard time finding them since we have over 1000 posts on TP), but I recommend sifting through our Toolbox section from around this time last year!

A couple of key points I would recommend:

1. GET YOUR STANDARDIZED TESTING DONE NOOOOWWW. Seriously, any person who waited until senior year to start taking standardized tests can tell you that it was a miserable experience, especially if you were counting on those scores for scholarships and admission to particular schools.

2. Make a preliminary college list. It can be way long, but it’s great to start when you’re not stressed. You’d be surprised how many people don’t start making college lists until it’s too late (I had a friend who drafted a college list 5 days before apps were due during senior year…big mistake…).

3. Create an organized binder for all of you admissions stuff. And make it pretty so that you’ll actually use it. You’ll thank yourself in December when you’re not racing to get everything done. I didn’t create a binder to put all college-related stuff into, and I hopped around frantically in the fall trying to make sure I had all my materials.

Best of luck, and if you have any specific questions on how you can prepare during second semester junior year, feel free to ask!

kwolfsbane said:

I'm a pre med student, and I have visible tattoos (writs down) and I was wondering if that will effect admissions to Med school, residency, and future work as a physician.

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This question comes up a lot.

I generally recommend that people keep them covered for interviews and clinical activities, just because you don’t know what your interviewers’ or your patients’ preferences and sensitivities would be. But tattoos really shouldn’t affect anything. I know LOTS of docs, nurses, pharmacists, and other hospital staff with plenty of tattoos (even full sleeves). Our hospital requires employees to keep them covered at work, but they don’t mind you having them, and it doesn’t affect employment.

I work with one male physician who has pierced ears and pierced nipples that are generally pretty visible under his ratty Affliction t-shirts. On weekends he walks the halls with ripped jeans, boots, and a leather jacket, and patients who don’t know him assume he’s a visitor, but he’s an excellent physician, so no one says anything about his wardrobe choices. Ultimately, what matters is whether you’re good at your job or not. Ok, but maybe don’t go this far. 

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