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Mike Mars
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06/08/2020 7:44 pm  

@amagalued

Oh - also just sent you an email with your free E-book. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing it.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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1234a
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07/08/2020 9:53 am  

Hi, My name is Sam and I really wanted to see what the book could teach me!


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Mike Mars
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07/08/2020 11:38 am  

@1234a

Hi Sam. Welcome to our forums. I appreciate your interest in the book! Just sent you an email with the $40 coupon and link to access it.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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07/08/2020 11:25 pm  

Hi! My name is Amber. I'll be a first-year student this fall (but I'll be classified as a sophomore) studying Public Health in Texas.

I'm the second person in my family going into medicine but I'll be the first person to do it the "traditional" way (my cousin left pharm school to go to med school so his application experience is quite different from what mine would be) so I'm hoping to get some guidance from here haha.

I'm hoping for a good score on the MCAT, so I started studying during quarantine and plan to keep studying until I take the test (hopefully for the 2023 application cycle).


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Mike Mars
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08/08/2020 12:49 am  

@ambera

Hi Amber! Welcome to MCAT Aventure. 
I just sent an email linking to your book. Congratulations on being the second family member going into medicine. Alongside @squeaks108 you are the second first-year student on here. Terrific initiative!

Because of this I've put an article on my back-burner: "10 MCAT tips I wish I knew as a first-year". I hope to reach out when it's ready.
The early, shortened version is below:

I hope this is all helpful! Please, everyone, feel free to make this forum your own. Start engaging in conversation - express your struggles, worries, hopes, and interests.

I hope this is a quieter part of the internet you can all feel at home to study in (aside from the both helpful and harmful stress-fest that is Reddit and Facebook).

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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08/08/2020 4:36 pm  

@mikemars

Hey everyone!

my name is Jay and I am currently a pre-med student preparing to study for the MCAT. I am trying to take every opportunity and resource that I can get, so this seemed like a great thing to be a part of. I am wanting to become a family physician, and unfortunately, the MCAT seems to be the biggest roadblock towards achieving my goal. I look forward to being active on this forum and learning more!


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Mike Mars
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08/08/2020 9:16 pm  

@jcaird

Welcome Jay! I just sent you the $40 coupon and link to the book.

This is a question both for you and anyone watching: what do you feel is the biggest obstacle to acing the MCAT right now? 

I would love to help remove it in any way I can - and I'm sure everyone else can pitch in to help one another.

I love your focus! We definitely need more family physicians.

 

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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m.khan2000
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09/08/2020 3:06 am  

Hi,

My name is Muhammad and I am starting to gather resources for MCAT studying. I personally think the biggest obstacle is balancing online classes and studying. I will be studying while taking a full class load so this obstacle is very relatable. Nice to meet everyone and thank you for this opportunity!


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m.khan2000
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09/08/2020 3:17 am  

Hi,

My name is Muhammad and I am currently gathering materials to start studying for the MCAT. I personally think finding balance and motivation to study is the most difficult aspect in this arduous journey. I appreciate the forum and the free book! My question to you is: Where you are in the process to becoming a physician and what caused you to make this website besides the misinformation aspect? 


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Mike Mars
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09/08/2020 4:24 am  

@m-khan2000

Hi Muhammed! Welcome! I just sent you an email about getting the $40 e-book. 

Moreover I appreciate what you said about balancing a full online class workload and the MCAT.  This is a wise concern, and I have added it to my list of articles to publish.

As before, I want to put out raw pointers regarding what is likely best:

1. Prioritize Classes: GPA is critical, and time worrying about the MCAT - while inevitably necessary - may do more harm than good regarding the overall purpose of becoming a physician. Point #3 provides a means to check these worries.

2. Build Student-Professor Relations: I'm still working on my article about Recommendation Letters - but this point cannot be emphasized enough. In the era of online classes, people now have to go the extra mile to build email skills, attend virtual office hours, and foster relationships with professors who will be willing to recommend you. One thing K have never failed to notice is my highest grades in College were uncoincidentally in courses where I communicated my struggles and insights with professors, asking them to help me. 

3. So.... about the MCAT. Partially answering the question on your next post, I actually think the main misinformation out there has precisely to do with the problem you express: lack of time. Most test prep companies can help a person - but they waste so much time in doing so. Think of the MCAT as 4 predictable final exams. There's tons of content covered in three of them, but it is predictable and shouldn't take your whole life to study for them. Before your courses begin, I recommend making concept maps of all the AAMC topics. Most people over-emphasize the wrong topics (Organic Chemistry mechanisms...barely in there) and de-emphasize  important topics like Fluids or Separations. Making these concept maps  is a great way to focus.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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Mike Mars
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09/08/2020 5:02 am  

@m-khan2000

Also, to answer your question regarding my own Student/Physician journey....mine has been quite unorthodox!

To protect my family, I will leave out identifying details - but here goes:

Since birth, I have dreamed of saving lives, and becoming an neurosurgeon. I came from an abusive background. Though I got into an Ivy League-caliber undergrad; my birth family refused to fund anywhere and I went to a university on scholarship. I ended up permanently cutting ties with them for legal reasons and my own safety. I ended up in a homeless shelter without an education.

By the grace of God, I was adopted. I ended up attending a large state University, funded by my adoptees. Quickly, I dove into research. I don't want to break any conflict of interest laws (given this site is a business) - so I will keep the PI names anonymous. Within two years, I was presenting Spinal Cord Injury research at VIZBI in the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. That same year I was hired as a Confocal Microscopist and Animal Neurosurgeon by a Harvard Medical School PI, studying the neuroscience of touch. 

Everything was in place...except the MCAT. It took me years to study for this behemoth, until I realized how much time I wasted on content review. Had I only bought the AAMC practice tests, I would have saved years of time studying. I was able to obtain a score that got me into a top-tier Medical School.

But, there is something I left out that opened a new door. An opportunity of a lifetime more precious than medicine, that - if done correctly - would save more lives. In my senior year in college, a younger close member in my adopted family co-developed and patented a Medicine-disrupting piece of software. Using my connections, I was able to start a company with this person - and we received multiple NSF grants, one $50,000 grant allowing us to travel to hospitals across the US. Right before I considered accepted my Med School offers, he offered I work for him.

Understanding the nature of this technology, it was the only possible way I could say no to Medical School. I went through the entire Pre-Med process, but realized that sometimes a person has to go outside of an industry to change it. While my full time job involves empowering medical work, I couldn't help but also address the ridiculous frustrations and roadblocks a pre-med faces. MCAT Adventure has been a cathartic side-venture of mine, practicing coding, and trying to eliminate the time-wasters for others that ate away my path to medicine.

Though I have many friends in medical schools, I can never offer honest advice about that process: the only honest advice I can offer are about scoring a high MCAT score, research, art, entrepreneurship, and getting into MD/PhD programs. I hope this website become a trail-blazer of sorts: shortening the time needed to ace the MCAT.

 

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caronamountain
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09/08/2020 5:07 am  

Hey Mike, impressive story! Massive respect! I'm currently an incoming freshman. Can't wait to see where this all takes us!


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caronamountain
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09/08/2020 5:10 am  

Hey Mike, impressive story! Massive respect. I'm currently an undergraduate student fascinated with the brain, and I'd really like to become a neurologist or psychiatrist, although I'm well aware that most students change specialties. The hardest section for me on the MCAT is CARS. 


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Mike Mars
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09/08/2020 5:20 am  

@caronamountain 

WELCOME!

Yup! Your posts are appearing. I think longer posts may have a delay, so I'll look into improving this. Welcome to the forums! So happy to have you here. Will email your e-book momentarily.

I am OBSESSED with the human brain! Nerdy question, but do you have a favorite part of the brain? Mine is the frontal cortex.

CARS appears to be on top of most hit lists. I am into court room dramas and language, so my interests helped me massively. 

(Check out the CARS courtroom article in the CARS section)

I would love to gauge what about CARS frustrates you so much - because I want to create more relatable content in this section.

I personally love creative writing. While many people say to read - I actually think writing might also be beneficial. That's why I have an article on applying the Elements of Style to CARS. Empathetically, we can put ourselves in the shoes of the author once we command the English language (not that I'm a master).

 Again, I'm elated to have you here!

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Mike Mars
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09/08/2020 5:29 am  

@caronamountain

Just sent the email! : )

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09/08/2020 9:37 am  

Hi Everyone! My name is Tarini and I’m currently an undergraduate student who is looking at resources to study for the MCAT and I stumbled upon this! 


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Mike Mars
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09/08/2020 12:22 pm  

@tariniburman

Hi Tarini! Welcome to this forum. Given you just received an email accessing our biggest ebook for free - this site is filled with free material for you to check out.

Please make yourself at home, and feel free to ask me or anyone else any questions that can help you in your MCAT journey.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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Mike Mars
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13/08/2020 4:02 pm  

Hi everyone! Just sent out an email. Sorry for the recent crickets: I just finished writing a massive article - the biggest one yet - on acing a letter of recommendation. As some of us prepare to embark on a strange new, virtual semester - I hope this guide comes in handy. Please comment on any future articles you would like to see.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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18/08/2020 9:00 pm  

Hi everyone. My name is Ommar and I'll be studying for the MCAT starting in December and will be taking it and applying in the spring. I am finishing up my masters in physiology and completed my undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science. I stumbled upon this website and read through Mike's story and his various other anecdotes/metaphors and I saw it as inspirational for any student who is struggling to find a starting point in their MCAT studying. I believe many students just do not know where to begin due to the myriad of information and studying tools available. This combined with the massive importance of the MCAT in their medical school application leads many students to feel extremely stressed and burnt out. I was one of those students. During my undergraduate career, I began studying for the MCAT but I just didn't feel ready and I couldn't balance school, work, research, and MCAT studying all at the same time. I decided to postpone MCAT studying and my application to medical school until after I completed my masters. I now feel much more prepared for the MCAT and medical school and I'm actually excited to begin studying for it!

btw I heard you're offering the free ebook to the first 50 people who post on this form 🙂


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Mike Mars
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18/08/2020 10:35 pm  

@mrmrhey

Hi Ommar! Welcome! I really appreciate your post. It's uplifting to read your feedback. But, most importantly, it's inspiring to hear about your own story. Having studied SCI and rehabilitation, I have tremendous respect for exercise science's role in therapy.

A masters in Physiology is spectacular! Honestly, physiology was one of my favorite courses - and I am envious.

Question: by December, do you have a wish list of questions or "how-tos" you would like to see covered?

It is so great to have you here. : )

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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Mike Mars
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18/08/2020 10:40 pm  

@mrmrhey

Oh, I also emailed you the coupon. Please let me know if you might not have gotten it.

Mike - MCAT Adventure Founder


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