“As I labored through the personal statement, the secondaries, and the interviews, WCC continually provided me with insight. Ultimately, I was able to matriculate at my top choice school – Harvard!”
– Douglas B., satisfied WCC client
Most premedical students understand very well the quantitative aspects of applying to medical school. High undergraduate grades, countless hours of community service and research, and a high MCAT score have become all but required components of a successful medical school application. However, even a cursory glance at available AMCAS Matriculant Data indicates that there is much more to this story. Applicants with even the highest quantitative metrics often fail to obtain an acceptance to medical school and many with relatively low scores often find success. As I began to plan my medical school application cycle I unfortunately found myself hoping to be in the latter category. With cumulative and science GPA’s below the 10th percentile of the vast majority of American Allopathic medical schools I quickly realized that I (like most applicants) could not hope to rely on numbers alone.
Obviously my undergraduate performance presented a very difficult situation and in order to secure medical school acceptance I needed, in the simplest terms, the perfect application. My personal statement and secondary essays needed to present to admissions committees not just what I have done and what my future goals are but an honest assessment of who I am and the physician I can be. The White Coat Checklist has truly been an invaluable resource in tackling this momentous task. Knowing and effectively presenting oneself are two entirely different animals, the implications of which few, if any, applicants truly understand. Throughout the process of drafting my personal statement and secondary essays, editing, and submitting my applications Aaron taught me how to thoughtfully present myself, my experiences, and goals in the most effective way possible. With the experience of advising applicants on many admissions cycles he understands the nuances of medical school admissions in a way that very few can claim. From overarching concepts and themes to the minutiae of individual word choices, Aaron helped me re-discover myself and my own unique voice in each and every essay I wrote. With his incredible attention to detail he helped me not just present the most effective and convincing case for medical school acceptance but also truly show the doctor I know I can become. From the first draft of my personal statement to individualized one-on-one preparation for each of my interviews Aaron was a truly invaluable resource.
If you have found yourself looking at the White Coat Checklist website you are undoubtedly aware that there are a great many medical school application ‘advising’ services out there, but Aaron’s work is a far cry from these other options. One of the most amazing distinguishing characteristics of the White Coat Checklist is Aaron’s genuine and heartfelt concern for the success of each of the applicant he works with. Aaron and I may have entered the application cycle as colleagues with the shared goal of achieving my personal medical school acceptance yet now I count him among my dearest friends. This year I am happy to say I will matriculate at my top choice medical school, a goal I previously thought impossible. Looking back now I can truly say that Aaron’s thoughtful and attentive advising was among the most important components of making that dream a reality and for that I will be forever grateful. – Dan P.
The medical school admissions process is a grueling one – it’s so difficult that the amount of work alone can deter people from applying. The people least invested in the idea of becoming a doctor, for any of a multitude of reasons, might glance at the steps involved in the application and decide it’s not for them. On the other hand, some people just know that they want to become a physician and will clear any hurdle in their path in order to accomplish this feat. In many ways, these people actually benefit from the challenges involved in applying to medical school because they alone are best able to remain motivated throughout and will continually churn out their best-quality work. Admissions is ultimately a numbers game, so any negative factor that affects other people more strongly than you works in your favor (and will hurt you if you don’t have the energy or time it requires).
This is where the White Coat Checklist comes in – it enables you to efficiently self-reflect and translate your ideas into words in an eloquent fashion. While you could certainly (and most people do) navigate this road on your own, WCC allows you to consistently arrive at the best representation of yourself more quickly because you will have a guide who has ran this marathon with other applicants many times. I’m sure everyone benefits slightly differently from WCC because each person comes into this race with their own competencies and deficits, but I think in general the result of the program can be categorized as either a higher quality application or the same level of quality but achieved more quickly (or both). A top quality application can take an immense amount of time because so many drafts need to be written and the entire essay may need to be scrapped multiple times. Because I was extremely busy working in a lab trying to help put a paper out before our findings were scooped, I think that I would have found myself in the former category and been forced to settle for a mediocre set of essays.
Thankfully, Aaron’s mentorship allowed me to more rapidly move through the steps of selecting the best content and onto stylistic strategies designed to best convey my message (a step with which I had very little experience because I had previously always procrastinated when writing essays, never making it past the content portion). While many applicants may have other mentors to whom they can turn for perspective and answers to specific questions, most people who do not have direct experience with medical admissions do not know the delicate line to be walked between fact and creativity when writing application essays. Additionally, Aaron’s attention to voice and diction enables him to pick apart phrasing that might be misinterpreted by admissions committees. As I labored through the personal statement, the secondaries, and the interviews, WCC continually provided me with insight into how I should approach the task at hand in order to be most effective at pleading my case for admission. Ultimately, I was able to matriculate at my top choice school – Harvard! I’d definitely recommend WCC to any medical school applicant looking for a catalyst to submit a top quality application without having to sacrifice an entire summer (or more) to the admissions process. – Douglas B.
A solid MCAT score, high undergraduate grades, community involvement, clinical service, research experience and strong recommendations — these are all components to a successful medical school application, and almost every pre-medical student knows it. One of my biggest struggles when putting together my own medical school application was how to stand out amongst so many well-qualified applicants to gain acceptance to a school with only 125 coveted spots. As a Massachusetts resident, I was determined to attend my in-state medical school, and so I decided to apply to only one school – the University of Massachusetts – as an early-decision applicant. I chose to work with Aaron from White Coat Checklist to piece together my whole application from personal statement to secondary essays. I’m so thankful that I did! Aaron absolutely does not write your essays or press the ‘submit’ button when it comes time to do so, but he does work with you to put together the best representation of yourself for the admissions committees.
Aaron is exceptionally gifted at identifying a person’s strengths and framing them to best sell the applicant to an admissions committee. After writing all sorts of essay drafts, I was anxious to show a version to Aaron to gain feedback. I remember he read my personal statement through once or twice and then put it aside so we could talk about its content, and first and foremost address the direction of my overall application. His attention to the big picture is critical because that is exactly how admissions committees will review your application. Aaron’s method for successful writing involves developing content, defining a structure and finishing with attention to word choice and proper grammatical usage. This is why White Coat Checklist is so excellent: WCC will help you to build an impressive essay from the ground up.
Surely this method takes a good amount of time and many drafts to develop content and structure, but when all is said and done, you will have a much stronger essay for having done so. When I now compare my earliest personal statement drafts to the final version that I submitted with my AMCAS application, I can see how they evolved into one much more heartfelt and representative of my candidacy. One of the best parts of working with Aaron is that he is there for you throughout this entire process. Aaron was very careful to offer me guidance and support while allowing me to input my own thoughts into my writing, so that once you submit your application you can feel proud that it is a submission of your own unique work.
Arranging meetings with Aaron is also incredibly easy to do. Every meeting we had to discuss medical school admissions was done over video chat, which was always convenient. So many times I remember having multiple screens open on my computer to flip back and forth between our Facetime, my thesaurus and the five pages of GoogleDocs I had open. Aaron gave me undivided attention during every scheduled session and was flexible enough to ‘meet’ on my terms. So whether it was a Sunday morning at 9 AM or a Friday night at 10 PM, Aaron was available to review drafts and offer feedback. By the end of the process, once we had solidified a structure with excellent content, Aaron poured over every word with me to best convey my intended message.
Overall, I believe that Aaron’s assistance throughout my application process was absolutely essential to my personal statement and secondary essays standing out among so many other essays. Beyond his expertise in getting students into medical school, Aaron is well fit for helping any person through any application cycle. He is diligent, conscientious and devoted to those he works with. He will stand by you from the first draft of your personal statement, to your interview and finally, to your acceptance. I highly recommend Aaron of the White Coat Checklist for any and all of your admissions needs. Best of luck! – Kathryn C.
I was accepted into medical school after four years of trying, and I sincerely believe that the difference was the coaching I received from Aaron Lemmon at White Coat Checklist. Aaron’s Framework of Excellence model and personalized advice gave me all the tools I needed to excel in my interviews. I felt well prepared, confident and organized for each and every interview this past year thanks to the White Coat Checklist.
It was only a year ago that I found myself in the place more than half of medical school applicants find themselves at the end of each admissions cycle: without a single acceptance. I began to question why I could not get into medical school time and time again, and even if I was ultimately fit to become a physician. That is when my good friend and former client of Aaron’s referred me to the White Coat Checklist for interview coaching. I was initially wary of his suggestion, because I have seen how other medical school consultant services prey on the hopes and anxieties of pre-medical students. However, I decided to try a free phone session with Aaron, and I am sure glad I did!
Aaron was extremely attentive and compassionate during our initial conversation. He listened carefully to my frustrations of multiple interviews over the past several years leading to waitlist decision after waitlist decision, and proceeded to give me valuable advice for over an hour. I was shocked by how much coaching he provided in that free session, and at no point did he ever try to push me into signing up for any paid services. He was courteous in merely informing me of the services he offered if I desired to pursue them.
Subsequently, I called upon Aaron’s help before each of my interviews. Without fail, he was incredibly flexible, fitting me in with only a few days notice. As in our initial phone call, Aaron was just as helpful in person. His demeanor was friendly and approachable, he never gave me the sense I was “on the clock,” and all of our time was well spent, with no fluff or generic “cookie cutter” advice on his part. The communication model that Aaron has developed proved to be an invaluable tool that allowed me to communicate my strengths and achievements in the most positive light during my interviews. It is a tool that I hope many future graduate school applicants utilize in their own application process.
At the end of the admissions cycle, I ended up with two medical school acceptances to great programs, and I was even in the position to turn down multiple interview invitations this cycle; a reality I never could have fathomed during my previous years of applying. I am very grateful to Aaron Lemmon and White Coat Checklist for helping me move onto the next step in my career. Over the last year, Aaron has been more than a medical school consult, he has been a true friend who was genuinely interested in my success, and I am deeply indebted to him for all that he has done for me. – Srikanth V.
Completing a premedical education in college requires dedication and commitment of the highest level. After putting in the time, effort, and sacrifice necessary to even be in a position to apply to medical school, the application process is a monumental undertaking. It is a process which requires timing, efficacy, and expressiveness. It is very important to understand that before even being considered for a seat at a medical school there are three filters one must pass: primary application, secondary application, and interview. Each one is unlike the other and requires a different skill set to attain maximum success. Ideally it is a process that you only go through once; such was not the case for me. After doing all the work to put yourself in a position to apply it is undoubtedly worth taking whatever the necessary steps are to ensure your application is a success. Finally, and most important, it is very difficult to be successful in your application without guidance and input from a third party each step of the way. For me that person was Aaron Lemmon. In August 2013 I will be matriculating into medical school and simply put without the White Coat Checklist that would not be my reality.
In April of 2011 I received the last of 23 emails stating that the interview season was officially closed; these were polite rejections. I had received just one interview for the whole season and was waitlisted. A few months later I was rejected from that school. As the truth I would not be attending medical school in the fall dawned on me, a strong frustration overcame me. I had put in literally thousands of hours in my academic, volunteer, professional, and research life. How was I not good enough? What hurt even more was that I had spent the majority of the previous summer preparing for my MCAT, taking the test and then filling out applications. I then realized that applying to medical school is not a straightforward path. There is no set of checkpoints to reach or hoops to jump through to reserve a seat. It is the most competitive professional degree one can apply to with all schools having an acceptance rate considerably less than ten percent. I realized that a medical school spot has to not only be earned, but that it is pivotal that one shows that he or she is worthy of the spot. It is vital to realize how important the presentation of your work is; for an admissions committee there is nothing self-evident about you. You have to force them to see what you want them to see. With the thorough belief that my second application process would have to be fundamentally different, I got in touch with Aaron. From that point we would go on a yearlong journey which culminated in what is to date my greatest achievement, an acceptance to medical school.
The first thing you will notice about Aaron is his responsiveness. Within 48 hours of getting in touch with him, Aaron would make time to see me face-to-face. Over the course of one year I saw him often, sometimes several times in a month. He has a unique ability to get to the root of the problems you will be facing with your application. From the beginning the understanding is that you yourself have already done the work to be in a position to apply or will do what is necessary to get to that point. Aaron will not take the MCAT for you or increase your G.P.A by taking midterms. His strength comes from being able to take in everything that you have done and guide you to create the package that will leave the maximum positive impression on the admissions committee. Being a communication major and an accomplished writer, Aaron understands how to transmit an effective message through the written word which is what the primary and secondary application is built on. I have not personally met a person with a better command of English. His use of language goes beyond an extensive vocabulary. He knows how to choose the right word and understands the subtleties of essay writing especially for the presentation of a person in a selective process. The difference between a good application and the perfect application is very small. Both have the same foundation in your academic and extra-curricular accomplishments. The hard numbers between a good and perfect application are the same but at this level of competitiveness the difference between a good and perfect application is the difference between an interview invitation and a rejection or the difference between a waitlist and an acceptance. If there is one thing that I can stress it is that the details are what gets you into medical school and with Aaron the details of your application will be impeccable.
The first task I worked with Aaron on was my personal statement. I showed him my original statement from my first cycle. After close analysis and a little discussion Aaron told me to consider starting from scratch. I was taken aback because I thought it was a decent personal statement. Decent personal statements do not get one an interview invitation. Aaron made clear to me this was the first subjective piece an admissions committee would see, the first opportunity where you get to show who you are beyond the numbers. The importance of that had not been stressed to me in my first cycle. In addition to his responsiveness, one thing that you will learn is that Aaron will never tell you what to do. He gives you all the options and will explain what the pros and cons are for you, but ultimately it is your decision what step you want to take. Making Aaron a part of the application process does not mean employing a crutch or a ghost writer. You are the one applying for medical school; you alone are the source of everything you will create from personal statements to secondary essays to interview responses. He asks the right questions and the answers you provide give the information your essays will be built on. For the personal statement Aaron made me realize that I had to write focusing on only two or three experiences in which I felt very strongly about becoming a physician. After all, the question you have to answer is ‘why a career in medicine?’. Aaron helps you focus on the question at hand. My personal statement for my second application cycle was miles ahead of my first submission. Within one page I had put in very concrete terms why I wanted to become a physician and no one could deny that – especially any member of an admissions committee.
As I stated earlier I met with Aaron over the course of one year to work on my application. It is hard to describe the level of dedication I felt from Aaron towards my application. One thing that became clearer to me as I moved on from my personal statement into my secondary applications was that Aaron was invested in seeing me get a medical degree simply because he thought I deserved it. It was incredibly selfless of him to help me with my application at all and I will always feel indebted to him for it. Also understand that I was one of several people who received this same level of dedication from Aaron. When it comes to guiding others with the application process, I can assure you Aaron does nothing on his own behalf. He will be incredibly focused and motivated for your sake. The secondary applications were a different beast to the primary application. It was important that each essay was tailored specifically to the school asking for it. Initially when I brought secondary applications to Aaron he would immediately point out that they were too generic. He could see that I had just gone on the school’s website and looked over the mission statement. He put it to me bluntly that if he were an admissions officer he would not give the application a second look because these essays would just be clones of literally thousands of other applications. He stressed that differentiating the secondary application would play a massive part in obtaining an interview. One of the earliest secondary applications I sent was to Georgetown University. For me Georgetown University was at the top of my list of schools I had applied to. I sent my application in early and in my secondary essay tapped into the influence of my Jesuit undergraduate education experience and how I wanted to continue that into my medical education. In early August, just a few weeks after I had sent the application in, I received an interview invite. I was absolutely shocked because not only was I not expecting an invitation I certainly was not expecting one so early. At the interview the director of admissions directly told us how vital our secondary applications were to those of us sitting there before her. Georgetown by number of applications compared to number of matriculating students is the most competitive medical school in the country. During my interview, I was surrounded by students from premier institutions such as Harvard and Stanford. What had gotten me there was very much in the details of that secondary application, details Aaron Lemmon helped me bring out.
On December 6th, 2012 I received my first acceptance letter – from Hofstra University School of Medicine. It was a surreal moment that something I had been working on for over half a decade was finally in my hands. After my parents the first person I got in touch with was Aaron. That was the level of gratefulness I felt towards him and the level I felt this acceptance was for him as much as it was for me. Comparing my application this cycle to my previous one the differences are definite yet hard to quantify. My MCAT was only 2 points higher and my G.P.A was only 0.1 higher. During my first cycle I had one interview and was rejected. This cycle I have 3 interviews and 1 acceptance so far. It would be a stretch to simply say because the numbers were better everything else fell into place. The truth is that each of my essays is infinitely more coherent, expressive, and definitive of who I am. Looking back now I wonder why the first time I did not go through the process the way I did the second time. I could have avoided a lot of pain, heartbreak, work, time, and expenditure. The quality to be a medical student was always in me but Aaron helped me show that. Your work with Aaron will not only get you into medical school but will help improve you as a communicator which will have untold dividends down the road in your professional career. Years from now I hope you will be able to look back on your partnership with Aaron as a great success and an invaluable relationship. I know I certainly will. – Vinodh M.
My decision to collaborate with Aaron Lemmon of White Coat Checklist undoubtedly changed my application cycle. Applying with cGPA and sGPA both below the 10th percentile for most domestic allopathic medical programs necessitated that my application would have to be presented in a near perfect manner. The results I have achieved in partnership with Aaron, namely, attending my first-choice in-state medical school after a full calendar of interviews, are largely thanks to his comprehensive approach, unmatched energy and genuine character.
Frankly, pre-medical students are not generally known for strong written communication skills, and we are often unable to express our qualifications to admissions committees for maximum effect. As a successful health care professional and expert in the medical school application process with extensive training in communication, Aaron is particularly well-suited to help a broad range of applicants improve both the fundamentals and presentation of their applications.
I am not sure that such a comprehensive assessment of my application, including dozens of secondaries essays, could have been accomplished by anyone possessing less than Aaron’s seemingly endless energy. While he always collaborated effectively in offering detailed critiques of various options for self-presentation, Aaron also respected my decision how to best frame my final drafts to create the greatest impact on admissions committees in line with my self-chosen communication strategies. He was never satisfied with “acceptable” work and pushed me to submit nothing but the absolute best presentation of my candidacy.
It was Aaron’s integrity throughout the process that allowed me to not only be a stronger applicant on paper, but also take what I had learned regarding self-marketing and apply those skills to confidently conquering my admissions interviews. His propensity to remind me of prior guidance instead of taking charge every time as we collaborated throughout the process even allowed me to begin producing high-quality secondary essays independently of our sessions. By using Aaron’s well-tested process for multi-faceted analysis and critique, my writing is undoubtedly stronger, more precise, infinitely more readable and providing readers with greater insights into my strengths. I believe many of the skills refined by Aaron’s approach will serve me well as a future clinical applicant and working physician.
Perhaps the one trait that most sets the White Coat Checklist apart from other advising firms is the deep respect for the application process as experienced by each applicant. Shown through his desire to fully understand the complexities of each applicant’s résumé, Aaron insists each finished application remain as unique as the individual who must stand behind it. Despite sometimes considerable revisions and re-writings, the finished product submitted to your medical schools is still recognizably yours and something in which you will have pride. A fine balance between general principles of effective communication and specific focus on the needs of each applicant puts White Coat Checklist in a league of its own. – Greg K.
I was far from the ideal medical school applicant. My science GPA was a dismal 3.1, and my overall GPA was only slightly better at a 3.3. I had limited research experience, and my initial attempts at a personal statement read like something you’d find in a teenager’s diary. By the time I had begun the medical school application process, I had already resigned myself to the harsh reality that my chances were close to nil. However, all was not lost – I had White Coat Checklist’s Aaron Lemmon to help me.
One of Aaron’s greatest talents is bringing out the strengths of the people he works with. For me, this happened to be my artistic tendencies. I had minored in art, and for a while I had vacillated between a career in medicine and a career in design. My dual interests struck me as a weakness at first – after reading innumerable StudentDoctor posts and articles about how medicine requires complete and singular focus, I had begun to lose confidence in my abilities as a future clinician. However, Aaron helped me to see my artistic tendencies as a positive attribute, framing the practice of medicine as an art rather than simply cold scientific knowledge. Clinical knowledge is essential to becoming a good physician, but equally important is the ability to tailor one’s treatment plan to the individual needs and desires of each and every patient – something that, when done well, can be every bit as aesthetically pleasing as a portrait by Sargent or a Mahler symphony. Because of Aaron’s appreciation for someone with my unique skills and background, I was able to present myself more effectively in both writing and interviews during the subsequent application cycle.
Another strength that Aaron has is his dedication. On my parent’s advice, I had hired a professional med school applications consultant to assist me with the process in addition to Aaron. He had a list of impressive credentials: a PhD, a spot on the admissions board of a prestigious medical school, and a list of highly-ranked schools that his clients had gained acceptance to. His price was expensive, but his sales pitch convinced my family and that hiring him would significantly improve my competitiveness. However, after hiring him, the help he provided was inconsequential. I would send him my essays and my questions, only to receive one-sentence emails telling me to rewrite my material with no criticism and no advice whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to Aaron, who would spend hours with me on the phone going over what I wrote piece by piece, dissecting my writing and making helpful suggestions at every turn. Because of Aaron’s help, not only did my application improve, but my writing as a whole benefited from his expertise.
If it weren’t for Aaron, I’d still be filling out applications, hoping to somehow make it into medical school next year. Thanks to his unique and efficient approach to the admissions process, not only have I gotten my acceptance letter, I have developed a better understanding of my own strengths and weaknesses as an aspiring clinician. I have nothing but the utmost praise for Aaron, and I highly recommend him as an intelligent, dedicated advisor for any premedical student. – Jeff L.
In the months preceding my acceptance to medical school, I had the pleasure of learning from White Coat Checklist a set of skills that continue to help me present myself as a uniquely qualified prospective health professional. Before working with Aaron Lemmon, I approached the personal statement as a potential trap – one which might wrongly highlight my weaknesses, thereby negating my chances of attending a school of choice. Although I was supremely confident of my grades and MCAT score at the time, I still faced considerable anxiety over this seemingly Herculean task.
However, if there is one thing that Aaron taught me well, it is how to display confidence through writing. In the time it took to draft my personal statement as well as a multitude of secondary application essays, he was always on hand to discuss the various ways in which I could sound more articulate and professional, all the while maintaining my distinctive tone of voice. In addition, Aaron’s in-depth knowledge of the health care field proved immensely valuable when looking to frame my prior volunteering and research experiences in a meaningful context. Aaron displays patience, creativity, and a deep sense of commitment that allows him to tailor his guidance to the unique strengths of each of his students.
As I continue my medical career anticipating my future applications for research positions and residency programs with confidence, I am even more appreciative of how my mastery of the personal statement will continue to help me achieve my professional goals. What Aaron has taught me is timeless; for that reason, I highly recommend his services to anyone who is looking to improve his or her clinical career prospects. I, personally, would welcome any future opportunities to collaborate, given that we share a genuine passion for health care best practices. – Teja G.
It was not until I met Aaron that I even dreamed of attending graduate school. When I first decided to further my education, I had no direction. I had the vaguest inkling to apply to programs in the Applied Mathematics field, but had no knowledge of which programs to aim for. I had not taken the GRE and had a middling 3.4 GPA from my undergraduate career. To say my confidence was low was an understatement. I doubted my ability to succeed on the GRE, to put together a cohesive application, and the prospect of writing a graduate school personal statement was daunting. Up until I met Aaron, the only progress I had attempted to make was purchasing a GRE book, briefly glancing through the pages and opening up a blank Word Document to begin my admissions essay. Thoughts ran astray as I could not muster a single opening sentence to present myself for potential admissions committees.
That changed when met Aaron. From our first session, I will always remember a warm smile that comforted me. He listened to me when I explained my doubts about graduate school admissions and how I thought I would not get in. Always with the most patient ear, he listened and allowed me to explain my worries, after which his acute professionalism came through. Aaron calmly asked me questions about what I hoped to do and guided me towards what I was aiming to do. By the end of that first session, I was professing a passion in applying Mathematics to Biological principles – a passion which I had not even been able to articulate into words before then! At the end of our very first session, he already had me thoroughly explaining my goal for graduate school after I had spent a month trying to put together the same words into an essay, and there was more to come.
Aaron worked with me to put together a study plan for the GRE. We would Skype once a week to go through GRE vocabulary and sample reading passages. This amazed me in itself, that he was willing to meet across one thousand miles of distance and take time to go over the sections together. One GRE vocabulary word I remember struggling with was “loquacious” – I had not previously seen it before in my readings. With Aaron’s support, I committed myself to going over the words for our next lesson (with a confidence that I had not had previously). We met on Skype a week later as planned and were catching up. As I explained my recent efforts, Aaron smiled and said, “That was a quite loquacious story of what you’ve been up to, don’t you think?” It was a simple comment that illustrated how sincerely devoted he was to getting me into graduate school. To remember even the specific vocabulary words I had struggled with among his many clients is testament to the professionalism and tremendous detail of care he provides to each of them, as he did for me.
Through Aaron’s sublime professionalism and work, I achieved a 169/170 on the Quantitative Reasoning (98th percentile) section, 162/170 on Verbal Reasoning (89th percentile) and a 5.0/6.0 on Analytical Writing (93rd percentile). I was accepted to all five graduate programs I applied to. As I write this at the end of my first semester in my Biostatistics Graduate Degree at the Medical College of Georgia, I marvel at the journey Aaron took me on. He guided me towards a remarkable career path with success and passion – and through it all, I also made a tremendous friendship. Aaron has my gratitude, and I am forever indebted to him. – Riad E.