Class of 2023!
2+ Year Member
- Jan 11, 2016
- Medical Student (Accepted)
I don't think they're naive. I think 7 years in the military has taught me the value of honesty and integrity. And I got accepted to multiple medical schools, so I'm not a victim.Matthew,
Your views are naive and your perspectives are one of a victim.
I agree with you, but I also think that applicants should take a hard look at their applications and apply to places they are target applicants for with maybe one or two dream schools thrown in. Not just shotgun apps to dozens of schools they have no business applying to.You neglect to cite that as, medical school applicants, we participate, collectively, in an insanity. Take, for instance, applicants to the top tier medical schools. Every year, at least 75% of applicants to these schools have ZERO chance of admission. Yet we do it, like lemmings to the sea. This burdens the system, perhaps preventing the kind of personal feedback for which you advocate. We have agency here, in fact, we are willing actors in a collective madness.
And I don't think that's right either. I've posted about that elsewhere on this site, but we were talking about the other side, not the applicants. There are hypocritical applicants too, and that is also not necessary.Think about the myriad ways we compromise ourselves in our essays trying to convince admission committees, for example, "I love Cincy because I have always been a fan of Joey Votto and the Reds."
Think about all the volunteer activities we participate in that are rather meaningless and we have little interest in, but do it to "check the box" and convince adcoms we have a heart.
You don't have to be. I've emailed and called adcoms to ask them for things. I withdrew from a school after getting an II, then emailed them back and asked for my interview back AND a specific date. I did it respectfully, and they gave it to me. They are just people.Think of the lack of courage on this website, even on the simple task of calling an adcom to advocate for ourselves. Too often, we are cowed compliant fish.
Completely disagree with the first part. You don't have to be a hypocrite, and neither do they. And this process would be a million times better if we weren't.We too Matthew are hypocrites, sometimes it is required, as it is with institutions. We are victims only if we choose to be.
Totally agree with the second part though, and I choose not to be.
But this conversation doesn't really add any support for the people on the waitlist, so if you want to continue it, feel free to either start a new thread or PM me.