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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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    Submitted Secondary - Formatting Issue

    Hey good morning. I have a question for anyone who has submitted a secondary application to a school that is using ApplyWeb/CollegeNET. I entered my essays into the text fields using 1 line of space between the paragraphs. So for example: This is a paragraph.... This is the next paragraph w/...
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    Adversity/challenge essay advice

    I was prewriting the adversity/challenge essay. As an international transfer student, I was thinking about writing my failure to enter the med school in my home country at 18 years old. After a few months of depression, I overcame the frustrating feelings, tried to do well in my current major...
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    Failure essay... but unsure if it counts

    Thanks for all the input! Going back to the dawing board.
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    Stanford Secondary Question

    Hello! I am currently pre-writing my Stanford secondary and I am working on the following question: --- What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Choose the single answer that best describes your career goals and clinical practice setting: Academic...
  8. Commsky

    Do MD Schools See MD/PhD Essays?

    Hello all, I hope your application seasons are going well. I was curious as to whether MD only schools will see my MD/PhD essays in my application. I wanted to pull a few paragraphs out of my PhD statement and use them in a secondary but I don't want to do that if admissions will see I just...
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    Missed UCSF 4-Week Deadline. Should I still apply?

    I applied to 26 schools and sorted all the secondary invites into a separate email folder so I could see which schools I needed to actually do. I was completely overwhelmed in July by secondary invites so I tried my best to find and write the ones that were due first (which ended up being the 3...
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    Adversity Essay Topic Selection?

    Hi everyone, I'm new here and I was hoping you all can help with an adversity topic so I can bang out my last few secondaries in a week or so. I just dont wanna start writing an essay centered around a bad idea. Anyway I have 2 leads: 1) I had to do a group presentation at an event with my...
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    Failure Essay

    Hey guys, Just wanted a little insight on a few topics I had for my failure essay. This one has definitely stumped me the most. Not because I haven't had any failures, but just finding ones interesting enough to talk about. Friendship: Visited a long-distance friend of 5 years recently, which...
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    Submit Secondary Prior to Verification?

    Hi there, I submitted my primary application very late (8/10) for verification due to personal circumstances. While I've been pre-writing secondaries, I recieved my first secondary from Tufts, and I wanted to know if it was okay to hold off on submitting my secondary until my primary is...
  13. sherer1

    What's the biggest mistake you've made on a secondary app?

    I'm super sleep deprived and I just submitted my University of Michigan secondary calling their school 'UMSOM'....THREE times.....I spent so much time trying to perfect it T.T how did I make such a stupid mistake?? Initially I used UMich but changed it last minute cause I thought that was too...
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    Advice for Additional Info (optional) Secondary?

    Please give me your opinions! Would it be better to include a "Why this school" or a second diversity essay? This particular secondary happened to already have a formal question about diversity, but I'm still leaning towards my second diversity essay. The second diversity topic would touch on...
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    What is my actual complete date?

    I submitted many of my secondaries the first week of July, let's say 7/7. All of my other materials (letters of rec, MCAT, transcript etc) were already in the system for a few weeks at that point. I received many "Your application is now complete" notifications from schools. I find out from...
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    Three Options for Diversity Essay

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    How to let a school know it's your top choice

    So I'm planning on submitting secondaries to 20ish MD schools and 4 DO. Realistically though, only 5 of those schools are ones I can attend without having to live apart from my husband. We decided we'd be willing to live apart for a year while he finishes his residency, which I don't find ideal...
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    Diversity Essay Topic Help

    Looking for feedback on potential diversity essay topics! I was talking out my ideas with my peers, but it was still hard to tell which one had most potential. 1.) As an executive board member of of an international collegiate service organization, I had the opportunity to work with students...
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    Feedback on this secondary essay?

    I'm just going to paste it here (this is for the is there anything you would like to tell us about your background - not really diversity but also somewhat) I'm a bi-sexual Pakistani Muslim woman who loves to collect stories that I come across. The nature of who I am lets me meet people from...
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    Secondary Photo Question

    Sorry for yet another photo question. I didn't do my research ahead of time and got headshots done outdoors in my suit. Would this work, or should I try again with a passport style photo? [Actual photo deleted for privacy]
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    Secondary prompt that asks to explain academic weaknesses

    Hello, I would like to get some help on how to approach this weakness-type secondary prompt. My MCAT CARS section is quite low, but overall is decent. 515 (C/P:132, CARS:123, B/B:130, P/S:130). I only took the MCAT once. My cGPA is 3.94 and sGPA is 3.97 from chemical engineering. I grew up in...
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    Secodary Question about Explaining Inconsistency in academic record and standarized test scores

    Hello NOVA MD secondary is asking Please explain any gaps or inconsistencies in either academic or standardized test performances throughout your undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate career. I have a 505 MCAT is it worth speaking about in this? I'm not sure if I want to draw attention...
  24. lilsebastian18

    Uploading Research Files to Secondary App

    So one of my secondary apps (Western - Pomona Campus), asks about research experience and has a place to upload files. Does anyone have any advice on what to upload? I have a number of publications and poster presentations (2 with me as the presenter, and 4 as a second author on the poster)...
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    should I mention my school's harsh grading scale in secondary?

    one of the questions asks for any challenges that may explain any gaps in my candidacy. I have none, other than the language barrier when i first moved which I hit on in the personal statement. However, my school uses very tough grading scales in most of the classes. for example, I had a 96% in...
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    Diversity essay

    Hi everyone, I know a lot of people ask about the diversity essay - I would greatly appreciate some input between these options. Thank you in advanced for reading this. 1) I collect paper napkins - it used to be a common hobby in Romania and the collection was passed down from my mother. I...
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    Diversity secondary concern- too arrogant or elitist?

    Hey everyone — long time lurker and now posting for the first time! For my diversity secondary, I’m going with sort of a “diversity of mindset” approach: I’m talking about how I have a passion for developing medical technologies and other innovations to push science forward. I talk about how my...
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    In what form will secondaries come?

    Dear SDN, Hope you all had a good weekend. I should be receiving secondaries soon would like to know it what form, email, or traditional mail, I should expect them! Thanks everyone in advance.
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    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...
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    Writing more =/= better (secondaries)

    Dear SDN, Hope you are all doing well. How do adcoms feel about secondary applicants who haven't maxed the character limit. My intuition is that more does not always equal better...
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    Adversity Essay Topic Ideas

    Hi, been brainstorming a couple of ideas: - overcoming social anxiety over the course of ~10 years (started as the weird girl reading books in the corner of a classroom and then migrated to being someone that could talk to anyone by the end of college) - growing up in an area that had security...
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    Mental health issues and secondaries

    Dear SDN, Hope you all are doing well. What is the general wisdom about invoking experiences with my own mental health on a short secondary essay about "obstacles" or "challenges"ect..? Would I be better off discussing financial difficulties? Any and all opinions are appreciated.
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    Nova Secondary: "List all dental schools that you are applying to"

    Hey people, so I was just going through the NOVA secondary application and one of the questions asks to list all the dental schools that I am applying to. My question is, should I list all? I am applying to >20 schools and that is way above average. Does the school already know how many I am...
  35. sherer1

    What's the difference between problem and hardship? (UCLA Secondary)

    The David Geffen secondary app has two essay questions, one of them asks to describe a problem in your life and another asks if you've had any hardships you'd like to talk about. I'm having a hard time differentiating the two, is problem supposed to be something small? The problems I've had in...
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    question about secondary essays

    I am a little unsure about how to approach these essays. Should i treat them as a writing assignment, such as having an intro, thesis, body, conclusion? what about formatting, should i format my paragraphs in the textbox? or do i just start typing and answer the questions directly? I am asking...
  37. AcaffinatedMinD

    2018-2019 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (Auburn)

    Hey guys here's the prompt for the 2018-2019 Secondary for all the VCOM campuses. They are the same questions as the ones last year as well. 500 words maximum for each one. 1. Describe the top three reasons you have chosen osteopathic medicine as your professional choice in becoming a physician...
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    Michigan State University DO 2018-2019

    Please post essay questions when you receive them. Good luck to everyone!
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    Additional Info Section on Secondaries

    I know some schools have an essay or section on their secondary app for applicants to provide additional info, such as post-primary updates. Is there a list of the schools that have this/which schools are known to provide this?