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Thanks for your responses!
That's definitely true... there's a lot of world to see, but I'm not sure if I can do 1.5 years of travel. I'm assuming there would still be some periods of time where I come home for a bit. That being said, it could be nice to go into interviews with a few months of travel already under my belt. Seems like being able to discuss that could help with certain interviewers. Plus, I'm just impatient to start sating my wanderlust.
Oh, there's no doubt that I want to travel. There's going to be about a year of it no matter what. The question is, is adding an extra half a year worth the opportunity cost of missing out on doing things that will add directly to my resume?
I'm going to look into Chinet. I've heard of it before, but never really paid much attention to it. Did you have any trouble staying focused while working on applications overseas? I'm a little worried I'm gonna screw things up if I don't come back home to buckle down and get those apps out.
Applicants always underestimate time it takes to make an outstanding AMCAS and, especially secondaries. It is best to have a consistent set of themes across all them. Which means thinking about the secondaries at the same time as you write AMCAS, if not earlier. This means having your schools targeted early which in turns means having your MCAT score early. I have been advising applicants the last few cycles that MCAT should be done by January.Thanks for your response, gonnif.
My gut was saying the same thing about my app being a little unbalanced.
I've definitely heard that staying home and focused for application writing is beneficial. However, I'm still considering traveling while I'm "on call" for interviews. I realize taking frequent long flights can get costly, but are there other reasons not to do it?