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Activity Discussion Paragraphs in Application

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Polo423, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Polo423

    Polo423 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Des Moines, Iowa
    I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on how the small paragraphs discussion an activity should read, and/or provide an example of one. I was told we should treat these as this true?
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  3. riceman04

    riceman04 10+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    Los Angeles
    that's what I did...the point is to be as concise as possible without leaving out key details of your experience. Lizzy M suggested that you should really only write alot about your experience if it is unique (i.e. most premeds have never done anything like it)
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2008
  4. seraph524

    seraph524 M0 2+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Don't try to write mini essays to fill up space - adcoms won't have the patience to read it. Write it in as few sentences as possible without losing effect.

    If its truly unique, then go for it.
  5. rowerlauren

    rowerlauren 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    I bulleted (put in "-"s before each new thing) things. Maybe an essay would be more flowing for readers, but I really wanted to be clear and concise. If you let me write paragraphs then I would end up writing the entire 1200ish characters. Using bullets I wrote what I needed to while keeping myself from verbosity. Maybe they won't like how I did it, but I felt that it was the clearest way to get everything across.
  6. gasdf1234567

    gasdf1234567 2+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    I also bulleted my points with a "-". Does anyone know if adcoms would prefer a certain way?
  7. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    If I were an on an admissions committee there is no way I would want to read all of the narratives and paragraph descriptions of the work/activities section. I would much rather read a few "bullets" with the facts. Aren't an explanation of these activities what interviews are for? Still, if it is a genuinely unique activity, I could see it warranting a longer, more personal description.
  8. aunt ethel

    aunt ethel M0 2+ Year Member

    May 31, 2007
    * I went with bullets.
    * It was much more readable in print form.
    * :thumbup:
  9. rowerlauren

    rowerlauren 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    I think that there will be a pretty even split between using some sort of bullets and doing a more paragraph format. So just use whatever means you believe most accurately depicts what you are trying to say. I also used Hard Returns a lot since I had to do some creative grouping in my activities... lets just say that TAing for 3 seperate classes, diff departments, diff profs, diff semesters all ended up as the same activity.
  10. ACSurgeon

    ACSurgeon Acute Care Surgeon Bronze Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    I wrote all mine as two paragraphs: the first described what I did exactly, and the second how this activity reinforced my desire to become a doctor. It seems to have worked :)

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