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Emily Hause

About Emily Hause

Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over six years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.

April 27, 2015

A Pre-Med Guide to Surviving the Homestretch

It’s officially Spring! The changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June. Our pre-med guide will help you navigate this time, while maintaining a healthy level of sanity.

Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, graduation, moving, asking professors for letters of more
Studying for the MCAT over summer.

Kaplan SIP instructors (Andrew Quick, Tom Flesher, and Becca Felde) at the 2014 SIP welcome dinner next to the Flatirons in Boulder, CO.

Hello my SIP-ready readers! So far we’ve covered what students love about Kaplan’s MCAT 2015Summer Intensive Program (SIP), what faculty love about it and our favorite MCAT student success stories. Today we’re going to cover one of my favorite topics: the fun things you can do at SIP when you’re not studying for the MCAT.


We asked a group of Kaplan teachers to tell us about their favorite SIP activity outside of the classroom. Take a look at their responses below.


Kerranna Williamson: Exploring a New City

Free time in general is awesome – whether spent exploring the surrounding city on bike, tossing the Frisbee around on the field, or getting sushi downtown. It’s nice to have breaks and to get off campus every once in awhile. It helps balance out the intensiveness of the program and makes for a great summer.

Meet Kerranna: Kerranna has worked for Kaplan for over nine years in roles including teacher, Med School Mentor, Content Developer, and SIP Program Manager. She has worked at five SIP programs in the past four years between San Diego and Boulder. She would argue that working at SIP has been the most intense and rewarding of her time with Kaplan.


Tyler Fara: Enjoying the Outdoors

At the San Diego SIP, my favorite out-of-class activity is definitely going to the beach! The UC San Diego campus itself is perched on a cliff, about 150 feet above the beach itself, so the view from the study hall lounge is already beautiful. But to get down the beach, there’s a small stream that has actually carved a path right through the sandstone cliffs, and over the years surfers have hiked a path next to the stream. Climbing down to the beach through the cliffs is almost as satisfying as laying on the beach itself. In an intensive, six-week program, it’s important to take a break for the scenery!

Meet Tyler: Tyler started teaching for Kaplan in 2010 while also working as a molecular genetics researcher. He quickly fell in love with the dynamic nature of teaching and transitioned to teaching the MCAT full time. During his tenure with Kaplan, Tyler has received awards for both his excellent teaching ratings and his contributions that helped develop Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.


John Linick: Having Fun With Your New Pre-Med Friends

My favorite activity at the San Diego SIP is long boarding or surfing with students. At the Boulder SIP, it’s skiing at a Basin in June!

Meet John: After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry, John moved to Colorado to teach as a Kaplan MCAT instructor, volunteer as a Wilderness EMT, and for a short while, teach as a lecturer at the University of Colorado. He joined the San Diego Summer Intensive Program faculty in 2008, and returned to San Diego as Academic Director from 2009 to 2013. He directed the Boulder Summer Intensive Program for it’s first year in 2013 and returned to direct the program in 2014.


Sonali Bishnoi: Team-Building Outside of the Classroom

At the Boulder SIP, my favorite activity was the high ropes course! It was awesome seeing everyone work together for a non-MCAT-related goal. Plus some of the students conquered their fear of heights!

Meet Sonali: Sonali Bishnoi graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. She took a gap year to gain clinical experience and also joined Kaplan as an MCAT instructor in Connecticut. Her favorite part of teaching is the “aha!” moment, when a student’s confusion transforms to excitement and understanding. Sonali was a faculty member at the 2014 Boulder Summer Intensive Program, before embarking on her Master of Science of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Kricket Davis: Finding Fun Ways to Decompress When You’re Not Studying for the MCAT

At the Atlanta SIP, there was a really cool game store close by, and that really encouraged some friendly non-MCAT competition between faculty and students!

The weather is always amazing in San Diego, so hanging out in a hammock and reading a good book was a relaxing way to decompress from the intensive part of SIP!

Meet Kricket: Kricket graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s in biochemistry.  He has been teaching MCAT for Kaplan since 2008.  He has taught or managed SIP seven times at three locations: San Diego, Boulder, and Atlanta.  Most recently, he has been creating questions and content videos for Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.


The new MCAT represents the most significant change for pre-meds in decades! With the introduction of Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as a new length of 7.5 hours, the new MCAT 2015 demands innovative and intensive preparation. Our answer is Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program. This elite program has been carefully redesigned for 2015 to accurately cover all areas of the new MCAT and maximize student success.

Though the test content is new, you can expect the same immersive experience led by expert MCAT Faculty Members from across the nation that students have valued so highly in the past. If you’re ready to make your summer count with the ultimate MCAT prep experience, reserve your seat at your preferred location today! Our Summer Intensive Program Enrollment Counselors are available for guidance by at 1-800-KAP-TEST.

April 15, 2015

Fun In The Sun (With MCAT Prep!)

Hello my springtime readers! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, all of which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer MCAT prep plans! The summer is a great time to prep for and take the MCAT, because most students either do not take classes or have a lighter course-load. Fewer responsibilities will allow you to fully dedicate your time to prepping for the MCAT and getting your highest score possible! Let’s talk about the steps to get your summer set up for MCAT test day success:



Step 1- Register … more
April 15, 2015

Diversity in Medicine

Hello my diverse readers! When I applied to medical school, I had this idea in my mind that there was some sort of perfect pre-med applicant prototype that schools had in mind. All I had to do to be accepted was become or fit into that perfect pre-med mold. Then I went to my medical school orientation and realized precisely how wrong I was. What I didn’t realize is what diversity in medicine looks like these days. So today let’s talk about diversity!


Diversity of Experience

Of course there are members of my class who did come right out … more
April 13, 2015

The Journey to Becoming a Doctor

Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.

A day in the life of. . .


A First and Second Year Medical Student:

You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for … more
March 30, 2015

Women in Medicine

Hello my interested readers! As you may well know, March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate by talking about some amazing women in medicine!


The State of Women in Medicine

As a female medical student, I’m acutely aware that I’m fortunate to be training at a time when, according to the AAMC, women made up 45.9% of applicants and 47.8% of matriculants to U.S. medical schools in 2014. Given that women make up slightly over half the population, those numbers are not too shabby.

Most importantly, there was an increase in first-time women applicants which indicates … more
March 25, 2015

Careers in Medicine: Physician Salaries

As an aspiring medical student, there are many reasons that you’re inspired to become a doctor. Maybe you love helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. Maybe you’re passionate about science or research. Whatever the reason, one aspect of choosing a career in medicine, that can’t be overlooked, is knowing how you’ll be financially compensated. But what can you expect when it comes to physician salaries?


Medical school is not cheap.

The median debt of a graduating medical student is almost $200,000! There are many programs that can help you repay your medical school loans more
March 20, 2015

Medical School Residency: Match Day

It’s an exciting day in the life of a fourth year medical student! It’s the 2015 residency match and thousands of medical students are opening the envelopes that tell them where they’ll be headed for the next few years of their life. I wrote about the match process last year and how it works. This year I’d like to focus more on the opportunities that come with matching.


Opportunity 1- Moving to a new city

Yes, it can be very stressful not knowing where you’ll be living in a few months. One of the hardest intellectual hurdles is imagining … more
March 16, 2015

MCAT Success Stories from Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program

Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!


What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?


Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence

“Last summer, I … more
March 15, 2015

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.


Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby

This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a … more

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