secondary app tips

  1. C

    Help With Diversity Essay

    Unfortunately, I did not make the smart decision of pre-writing my diversity essay. I have received a couple of secondaries and am beginning to work on them now. My app isn't verified yet though, so I'm hoping to really nail down my diversity essay before they start flooding in. One idea I had...
  2. S

    Secondaries - Hardship/struggles essay

    So I’ve read on other threads not to mention any struggles with anxiety/stress because it shows you might have these issues during medical school as well. But then that leaves me with what do I respond to these essay prompts? Specifically I’m talking about the Rowan SOM prompt: Please describe...
  3. MMF84

    Wasn’t expecting a secondary, now what?

    I had already applied to several schools this year before my MCAT score had been released and unfortunately I absolutely bombed my MCAT. 487 to be exact. A close family member passed away a few days before my test but I chose, rather unwisely, to attempt the exam. Obviously I had already...
  4. jordij94

    "Additional info" secondary question (optional)

    Hello! So I've seen a lot of conflicting comments on threads regarding whether or not to leave the optional sections blank that are asking for additional information not included in the primary app. Is it better to answer "why this school"? I also am kind of worried about my low C/P score (125)...
  5. Neoneji123

    Secondary Help...suggestions greatly appreciated!

    Hi Guys! I've begun receiving some DO secondaries and I started work on them. Finished with CCOM's. A lot of the questions have an overlap (such as why here or diversity question). I was wondering if someone would kindly read my first secondary I wrote and give me a critique on it. It will help...
  6. D

    Columbia secondary: In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage?

    Are they only referring to activities that are affiliated with the college? These are some of the activities I wanted to include: Non-profit co-founder and president Internship at hospital through my school School organization member Research Meditation Jewelry making (but I've been...
  7. H

    Reapplicant questions: Personal statement, activity description, & secondary apps

    Hello, I'm a re-applicant due to a low MCAT score as well as applying too late in the cycle (called some schools that rejected me and found this out). A school told me that my experiences were "good", and some other schools seemed to like my personal statement, but I'm reading on here and on...
  8. M

    Mention 3 MCATS as a weakness in application on secondaries?

    Hey everyone. So I have taken the MCAT 3 times. In the summer of 2016 I scored a 509 (128/124/129/128) and in May 2017 I scored a 507 (127/125/127/128). I re-took at the end of July and am expecting nothing short of a 515. (I never took the unscored AAMC before and scored low 90's % overall days...
  9. anatomicalagb


    I have sent my AMCAS on 7/12 but it isn't verified yet and I have not received any secondaries, is that normal?
  10. spotted_drum

    Secondaries General Advice

    Just looking for some general advice on writing secondaries. If there is already some big thread about it, will someone please post the link? I couldn't find it. Looking for: What to never say/topics to never touch What makes a good passion/adversity/diversity/advocacy essay Do they want us to...
  11. F

    CCOM, AZCOM: more info needed

    hey guys, I received a secondary from CCOM but for their first question, I am just struggling to find more information about their program and specifics on their websites. For current students/previous applicants, is there more you can tell me about that school that is not on their websites?
  12. coollime21

    Thoughts on Diversity Essay for Secondary Applications?

    Hello everyone, I am a new member to SDN and this is my first post! Its so exciting! Anyways, I applied for 2018 cycle (M.D.). I need some ideas about what to write for my diversity essay. I am an American citizen (my dad is from California) who was born and raised outside of US. I came to US...
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