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Please post the secondary questions once you receive them. Check last year's thread in the 2017-2018 SSD forum for last year's questions, they tend to not change very much from year to year.

Good luck to everyone applying!

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Hey guys im working on the secondary for penn state (they havent sent me one but im working on the prompts from last year) and have a question about this one..

  • Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee? (75 words

I want to put something down and make me stand out a little bit, but is it ok to include something thats already in my primary? I was thinking about reminding them of a good EC I have or my pretty good upward trend. I was wondering if these would be applicable for this type of question
 
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Hey guys im working on the secondary for penn state (they havent sent me one but im working on the prompts from last year) and have a question about this one..

  • Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee? (75 words

I want to put something down and make me stand out a little bit, but is it ok to include something thats already in my primary? I was thinking about reminding them of a good EC I have or my pretty good upward trend. I was wondering if these would be applicable for this type of question
I am treating this as a diversity questions, so I guess anything that makes you unique like an experience that you think not many applicants have works. I am facing a similar problem with the team work question. I already dedicated a ''most meaningful experience'' section in my primary to my significant team work experience, so not sure if I should just reiterate what I mentioned in the AMCAS application or come up with another team work experience.
 

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I am treating this as a diversity questions, so I guess anything that makes you unique like an experience that you think not many applicants have works. I am facing a similar problem with the team work question. I already dedicated a ''most meaningful experience'' section in my primary to my significant team work experience, so not sure if I should just reiterate what I mentioned in the AMCAS application or come up with another team work experience.
Yeah the 2 250 word prompts are interestingly worded. I am going to dive into those tommorow, with 250 words atleast theres a little more leeway with explanations. I feel like with the 75 word prompts I wrote like 2 sentences and was done
 
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Pre-Writing PSUCOM atm, and I had a quick question for anyone approaching the "Please write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting". I was pondering writing about an experience I had with a group that wasn't ultimately successful, but was significant in that I learned a tremendous amount in regards to my failure. Thoughts? I also see how discussing vulnerable moments could show weakness rather than strength.
 

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Pre-Writing PSUCOM atm, and I had a quick question for anyone approaching the "Please write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting". I was pondering writing about an experience I had with a group that wasn't ultimately successful, but was significant in that I learned a tremendous amount in regards to my failure. Thoughts? I also see how discussing vulnerable moments could show weakness rather than strength.
Hey, im prewriting mine as well. I think that its risky for sure, but if you stress what you learned from it and how you would handle the same situation differently then it could work.
 
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Any word on secondaries yet?
 
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Penn State's classes started yesterday. So it's not like they are working on waitlist stuff. I wonder what the hold up is...
 

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what is the difference between Hershey and UP curriculum? when I looked on their website, one sounded more humanities focused than the other but I don't clearly understand the difference other than that.
 
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what is the difference between Hershey and UP curriculum? when I looked on their website, one sounded more humanities focused than the other but I don't clearly understand the difference other than that.
From what I heard, the UP program is a hands-on curriculum where you work with patients and learn that way, while the Hershey curriculum is more traditional.
 
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I called the admissions doctor today.... they said the secondaries are being “finalized” and they will be released in 1-2 weeks. Not what I was hoping to hear........
 

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I called the admissions doctor today.... they said the secondaries are being “finalized” and they will be released in 1-2 weeks. Not what I was hoping to hear........
Thanks for the info, now I know i can prioritize my other secondaries since I know this one will come relatively later in the cycle. :)
 
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Unfortunately I'd guess that they probably are changing if it's taking this long, or they are changing platforms... one or the other haha
 

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Just a little curious- What do people put for "navigating a complex system"?
 
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Just a little curious- What do people put for "navigating a complex system"?
I talked about how I helped homeless individuals get medical care with a free clinic that requires its patients to have home addresses.
 

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I talked about how I helped homeless individuals get medical care with a free clinic that requires its patients to have home addresses.
Do you think talking about how I coordinated care between different hospitals for my dad would work? We are in Vietnam and the healthcare system here is confusing as heck.
 
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anyone hear anything yet? IS with Lizzy M ~ 70 and havent gotten one yet
 
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Just a little curious- What do people put for "navigating a complex system"?
I actually wrote about being an engineer and having to navigate being a premed.
 
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"Briefly describe an experience where you had to navigate a complex system (e.g. personal experience, group activity, or development of a project) to achieve an end. Reflect on the qualities and attributes required by you to achieve success in this experience. (Maximum 250 words)"
I mean, I keep starting to write this one, but I can only think of the time I got lost in IKEA...
 
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"Briefly describe an experience where you had to navigate a complex system (e.g. personal experience, group activity, or development of a project) to achieve an end. Reflect on the qualities and attributes required by you to achieve success in this experience. (Maximum 250 words)"
I mean, I keep starting to write this one, but I can only think of the time I got lost in IKEA...
LOL i just talked about how i moved to a new country and everything was different from the place where i used to live so i hope this is considered navigating a complex system.
 
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PSU is really taking their time this year huh? We are!! Waiting for our secondaries!!
 
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