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2013-2014 Boston University Application Thread

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2014)' started by JJMrK, 05.10.13.

  1. JJMrK

    JJMrK J to the J Administrator SDN Senior Moderator

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  2. MossyFiber

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  3. hvairline

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    Did anyone who submitted get the BU secondary yet? I heard that they start sending them pretty fast before the initial transmission date.
     
  4. ewelling

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    I'm submitted and verified but haven't received anything.
     
  5. rfenzo

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    Information does not go out to medical schools for AMCAS until June 28th. I do not believe it is possible to receive secondaries before then.
     
  6. hvairline

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    Nope, BU says explicitly on their website that they send secondaries before they receive the full AMCAS application usually during early to mid June. Apparently our contact info was sent to all the schools we selected the minute we hit submit.
     
  7. rfenzo

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    Wow, really interesting. Well thanks for the heads up.
     
  8. Gobucks2014

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    Does anyone (especially any current students here) have any advice on writing the optional essays? Do many people choose to write them?
     
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  9. MDLady413

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    Anyone receive the secondary yet?
     
  10. Vans42

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    I've been verified and I have NOT yet received one.
     
  11. ewelling

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    Verified since 6/10. No secondary yet either.
     
  12. SCX1

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    Sweet...a fellow Texan applying up north!
     
  13. Vans42

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    Yup! I actually have only been a real Texan for a year (I established residency by working) - I've lived in New England my whole life haha.
     
  14. SCX1

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    Oh cool! Haha the only connection I have is that one of my close friend goes to grad school in MIT. He couldn't stop raving about how awesome Boston is so I decided apply to 2 schools in Boston. (This and Tuft)

    Anyway, I hope they will show some love to us Southerners
     
  15. Narmerguy

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    The one person I know that goes to BU said she didn't write one. Just n=1 though.
     
  16. JJMrK

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    Essay added. GL all.
     
  17. GingerGirl27

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    O wow is that really all it is? Just an optional essay about Why Boston? Good thing I didn't prewrite the others from last year.
     
  18. BurberryDoc

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    San Antonio right here!

    So, have they sent out the secondary then? Because I didn't receive it - wondering if they screen :-/
     
  19. Strawberry7

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    I didn't receive a secondary either :(
     
  20. BurberryDoc

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    Oh good, so nothing personal against Yankees fans then haha. Might not be a fantastic decision to go to Boston actually, haha. It looks like we're applying to the same schools Strawberry
     
  21. Soulstice

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    Is last year's question about interesting features of one's educational history gone?
     
  22. BurberryDoc

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    I REALLY hope not, because I wrote an essay for the ages about my graduate training...
     
  23. HopefulReapp

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    Just got the secondary
    3000 characters
    2000 characters
    200 characters
     
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  24. ewelling

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    Secondary received this morning!
     
  25. ranson

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    It is not; it is still there and is optional.
     
  26. Gobucks2014

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    Just got an email about the secondary. Not verified yet.
     
  27. Soulstice

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    It's not on the list posted above? I meant the "Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history.." question.
     
  28. ranson

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    That question is still there. Copy/pasted from BU secondary:

    Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. For example, have you lived in another country or experienced a culture unlike your own, or worked in a field that contributed to your understanding of people unlike yourself? Or, have you experienced advanced training in any area, including the fields of art, music, or sports? This is an opportunity to describe learning experiences that may not be covered in other areas of this application. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. (2000 Characters)
     
  29. Soulstice

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    Gotcha. Cool, thanks!
     
  30. HopefulReapp

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    Wow missed that part, it was hidden
     
  31. ewelling

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    Anyone else having trouble saving the sections with the essays??
     
  32. hdeng

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    Anyone else who is verified and still has NOT received the secondary? :(
     
  33. BurberryDoc

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    This guy :/
     
  34. dcc23

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    +1
     
  35. hvairline

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  36. Mt Kilimanjaro

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    Love that comment about "why here" essays being useless.
     
  37. AquiVoy13

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    Yes... seems like there's quite a few of us. Hopefully we'll receive it sometime today!
     
  38. Gobucks2014

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure they don't want us to write anything unless it's REALLY important haha.
     
  39. McMeowerson

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    Hopefully! I'm trying to stay calm and reasonable but my inner neurotic is panicking :scared:
     
  40. ewelling

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    Bump post #31
     
  41. GingerGirl27

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    Thanks!

    Is this part also still in the secondary:
    "If you are not expecting to go directly to medical school after completing your undergraduate work, please explain."
     
  42. milkphlegm

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    Mine seem to save just fine.

    EDIT: How many of you guys aren't answering the essay "Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us"? I don't have anything that really stands out or isn't elaborated on elsewhere.. I'm thinking I should stop trying to grasp at straws and just avoid being repetitive.
     
  43. ewelling

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    What browser are you using?
     
  44. milkphlegm

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    Safari.
     
  45. sushki3

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    I'm thinking of not answering that one either. I feel like they'll appreciate the fact that we're making their jobs a little easier :)
     
  46. alt215

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    Yep, still there
     
  47. ranson

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    Yea I keep getting "save failed" :(
     
  48. ewelling

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    I called them about it. They said they will work with IT on it, but if you preview your app just before submitting everything is still there even though it says it didn't save. I don't think it's an issue.
     
  49. DR MOM

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    Mine says save failed, but the content is still there when I reenter. I think it is okay.
     
  50. Gene Parmesan

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    My app is on hold because one of my letter writers forgot to use official letterhead. Now I have to track him down and have him upload the letter again :(

    Does anyone know if this will be a problem at other schools, or is BU just picky about the letterhead thing? I'm worried I'll be on hold everywhere now until he makes the revision.
     

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