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    Adversity and Diversity Secondaries

    I'm just having difficulty choosing topics for these secondaries. Also some of these topics kind of go hand in hand with each other so I'd appreciate any feedback as to which topic to use for adversity vs diversity. 1. Immigrant: I immigrated when I was 14 years old and started off in the US as...
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  3. SevenLime

    Do private, for-profit schools care if grads stay in state? Speculation on essay theme pandering

    I'm speculating on the best practices to write an essay for a for-profit school. Generally, very prestigious schools care little about their students having ties to the school's state. My theory is that as a school becomes stronger and more desirable (academic excellence, selective admissions...
  4. LindaAccepted

    Medical 5 Tips for Submitting Your TMDSAS Secondaries

    When you apply to TMDSAS, you can select from thirteen medical schools in Texas to submit your application to. Twelve of these schools require secondaries. The secondary essays are due when you submit your primary application. You submit these essays directly to the schools, at the same time...
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    Mid-October too late to apply?

    I wasn't planning on applying to DO schools this cycle, but was able to obtain a physician's LoR last minute so I figured it was in my best interest given my stats. I wanted to know if mid-October is simply too late to submit my primaries for DO schools- Sub-par stats (worst of it was an MCAT...
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    Yet another "diversity" question

    Hi friends! Disclaimer: I've changed up what lies below because it used to be (mildly) personally identifying information. In conjunction with the rest of my posts it could've been used to figure out who I am, so I've censored it. I'm going through secondaries from a set of schools that ask...
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    Is it safe to disclose that you're part of the LGBTQ+ community?

    I'm applying to U Wisconsin-Madison and the secondary asks: "Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community?" Yes/No (it doesn't give like options to say what exactly you are) I'm a bi girl who's actually never had a gf before, so I kinda feel like a fraud/asking for diversity points if I...
  9. Lifeblood_20

    Struggling to finish secondaries - quality v.s. speed

    I got most of my secondaries around 7/31. I have been prioritizing my in-state/target schools, polishing my essays until I am satisfied. I am telling myself, quality >>> speed, I don't have to be in the first batch of IIs... At my current pace, I will be complete at all my schools around...
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    Is it worth it to apply this cycle?

    So while I was conflicted about whether or not to apply this cycle, one of my mentors has convinced me to apply. The problem is, I don't know how much this will hurt my cycle chances. I submitted my primary app on July 12th, and my transcript, LOR, MCAT are all good to go. However, I'm worried...
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    Would Adcoms be annoyed if I explained why I submitted secondaries close to the end of the 2-3 week deadline?

    I submitted the primary AMCAS application on 6/14, was verified and received a batch of secondaries on 7/13. Within the last two weeks, I was thankfully hired at a job after months of unsuccessful job hunting, had to move to a cheaper apartment because I couldn't afford my current one (at the...
  13. DuckDoc98

    Is submitting all my secondaries by August 8th too late for this cycle?

    Hi, This is my first post on SDN. I couldn't pre-write secondaries cuz of the MCAT and making school list. I will have something close to 30 secondaries coming my way soon. I would assume that most of the essays can be recycled for other prompts, so I think I can finish all by August 8th. Is...
  14. Lifeblood_20

    How invested I should be with secondaries?

    My approach to secondaries has been, write a sensible draft, have one or two people I trust read over, make some adjustments, and if I still feel good enough a few days later I would submit. I think there’s diminishing returns to over editing and writing too many drafts for every secondary...
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    Not disadvantaged, but kinda?

    Hey everyone, I’m applying for the 2021 cycle and when I did my AMCAS app, I selected “no” when asked if i believed I was a disadvantaged student. To my surprise, AAMC designated me as disadvantaged when my app was verified. Although I am a first-generation American born to immigrant...
  16. Ramona Flowers

    Should I acknowledge a "C" grade in the optional comments secondary essays?

    Hi there, I am working through secondaries right now and am curious about other perspectives on whether to acknowledge or not acknowledge C grades? I have already submitted one essay from a school that specifically asked to comment on any STEM grades below a "B" so I feel like I have a good...
  17. KatsuCurry

    Uploading an Abstract in Additional Documents?

    I.e. Yale has a section on its secondary application to upload abstracts, a resume, etc. I want to send in the abstract of a paper where I am a co-author. How would I go about doing so? Can I simply upload a word document file with a copy and pasted version of the abstract? What is the norm...
  18. Hopeful_MD_Cat_Mom

    How to decide if you classify as first generation...

    Hello, I am stumped when trying to decide if I qualify as a first-generation student based on how some of the secondary questions are written. My situation is that my father has some college, but no degree, and my mother got her associate's degree this past year, after previously having no...
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    Adversity Essay - talk about medical problems?

    I'm trying to figure out what to write for my adversity/challenge essay on secondaries. The biggest thing that happened this year was that I started a treatment for a medical problem that caused a lot of mood changes. It's mostly fixed now, and I think I learned a lot from it (learning a lot...
  20. Ramona Flowers

    "Engaging diversity" secondary question

    Hi there! I'm attempting to pre-write a secondary for the question: "Describe the effect that your experiences with engaging diversity have had on your own growth and development. Provide an example and describe how it will impact your career in the medical profession." I'm wondering if y'all...
  21. Lifeblood_20

    Yet another Adversity/Challenge Essay topics thread...

    I am thinking of addressing the adversity/challenge prompt with one or more from the following topics: The immigrant experience, overcoming language and cultural barriers. I had a unique upbringing in that I was born in China, my family moved to Japan when I was six, moved back to China after...
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    In secondaries, should I/how do I say that a manuscript has been submitted to a journal?

    Hi everyone! So I'm pre-writing secondaries. Should I mention that I'm third author on a manuscript that has been submitted to a journal? Or do they only care about papers that have already been published?
  23. Lifeblood_20

    The "future goal" secondaries

    For secondaries that ask question in the vein of "how do you plan to impact medicine in the future?" I feel like as a pre-med I am still limited in my knowledge of the medical landscape, and although I have a lot of clinical and non-clinical experience, I find myself stumbling to find concrete...
  24. sproutlatte

    Interviewing before receiving MCAT scores? [2020-2021]

    I've submitted quite a few DO secondaries, but I'm taking the MCAT in July. Which schools, if any, will be interviewing before receiving MCAT scores?
  25. LindaAccepted

    Medical Ready to Get Started on Your Secondary Applications?

    The med school application process is truly a marathon. Just when you’re feeling relief after submitting your primary application, it’s time to shift focus to your secondaries. While your primary application was largely focused on your fit for medical school in a more general sense, the...
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    Diversity essay topic help

    Hi all, Here is what I am thinking about writing and I would greatly appreciate feedback. I have read on here that immigrant diversity essays are very common but I wanted to see if mine made a case to be unique. I moved to the US when I was 7 from the middle east and did not know any English...
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    Help with adversity essay topic?

    Hi all, First, please don't quote any more than you need to. This is all kind of personal, so I'd like to be able to go back and edit/remove what people see if for whatever reason I feel it's necessary (although I've made sure not to include anything that I couldn't live with if a troll decided...
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    Is it okay to talk about bisexuality in a diversity essay?

    I grew up in a very Catholic, southern household, and both my parents came from rural areas. I have no ill feelings towards Christianity or towards rural areas, and wouldn't change anything about myself or where I grew up. I feel like my orientation and the experiences I've had because of it...
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    Which secondaries don’t ask about misdemeanors and/or criminal records?

    Hi all, I have a retail fraud misdemeanor from high school that will be expunged so I don’t have to report in primary. I’m wondering which schools’ secondaries don’t ask about criminal histories and misdemeanors. Mainly I’m trying to narrow down my school list. I’ll still apply to schools that...
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    Secondaries - Adversity/Challenge Essay topic advice

  31. sputniksweetheart

    Feedback on diversity essay topic?

    Hi everyone! I'm struggling to pick the topic I should write about for the standard 'diversity' essay. I'm between a "safe" option that may sound cliché or something that's unique, but a little bit riskier? I'd really appreciate any feedback. My first option, talking about growing in a...
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    Med School Secondaries

    Pardon my novice question, I know one should always check beforehand before applying, but I was wondering when applying to US MD/DO Schools, if an applicant were not to meet the pre-requisites for entry, would they ever still proceed to the secondaries round? Anyone here know of what MD/DO...
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    Appropriate Diversity Topic?

    Hi all, I've really appreciated the feedback I've received from this community thus far, and I was hoping for insight once again. I’m struggling to figure out whether my diversity essay topic is appropriate. It seems more interesting than talking about my time being a high school oboist or...
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    Asking about LGBTQ+ identity on secondary application

    Hi everyone! I'm a current M1 working with our LGBTQ+ student group and some faculty on revamping our secondary app. For the first time last year we asked about LGBTQ+ identities (1 q about sexual orientation, another about gender identity), both with several options (I don't know specifics, but...
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    Help with my diversity essay!! PLEASE IM DESPERATE AND OUT OF IDEAS

    Hello! I am new to posting on sdn but have been browsing forums throughout this whole application process. I am almost done all of my secondaries but have been struggling with the basic diversity essay. I completed undergrad in the US but I am not a US resident/citizen and are planning to do med...
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  38. ChromeFile1

    Update Letter in July?

    I've sent secondaries to all of my schools earlier this month, and 3 of my research papers (2 primaries, 1 secondary authorship) have been accepted for publication. Is this reason to reach out right now to schools accepting updates? Any help would be much appreciated!
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    MD Scared Rural First Generation App--Will I get in?

    I'm terrified. I'm in this alone, and I feel like I don't have enough community service hours! Rural and Underserved birthplace and residence. West Virginia Degree: Chemistry, State University MCAT: 512 GPA: 3.68 BCPM, 4.0 AO, 3.77 Total Clinical Volunteer: 104 hours at hospital, but counting on...
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    Discussing withdrawal

    So I have 1 "W" on my transcript from dropping out of calculus based physics to just taking the algebra based. My reasoning isn't that great in the medical school eyes, as I was just basically getting lost in the math and didn't feel like I was learning that well, so I wanted to focus more on...
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    Question about reusing hardship for secondary essay (UTSW)

    Hey guys, One of the questions for UTSW's MSTP secondary is: If you wish, please describe major hardships or adversity you have overcome to reach this point in your life (if none, please state “none”). I was wondering if I could reuse my hardship essay topic from my TMDSAS primary...