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Adcoms, how much weakness is okay to reveal in a secondary?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by LuluLovesMe, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. LuluLovesMe

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    What sorts of things even when overcome raise red flags in an application and should not be written about?

    Which are weaknesses that are safe to reveal?

    Can I say that I was very shy and self conscious during undergrad, and describe how I overcame it and improved myself?
     
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    Self-awareness is a good thing, that was a big theme in my application.

    However, I've had a very strange application cycle thus far; I've done very well at my "reach" schools, but outright rejected at most of my "backup" schools. Definitely plays games with your head.
     
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    Weaknesses I would avoid. Talking about self improvement, focusing on the good that you have now is a much better approach
     
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    Loner, control issues, not a team player, not a good time mgr, no evidence of good coping skills


     
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    These are things that are okay to reveal if overcome?
     
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    If one of these weaknesses has been overcome, be sure to describe how you did so, as well of evidence over a period of time that you changed.
     
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    Only if you show how you overcame them.

    If it's "my best friend would say this of me..."

    Then it doesn't look good.


     
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    My "greatest challenge" had to do with overcoming my aversion to public speaking, and I've received an II from at least one school where I used that essay. I think if compellingly written, it shows self-awareness and the ability to problem-solve, cope, and adapt yourself to be more effective at what you want to do.
     
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    That's not strange at all, it's called "yield protection". That's why the Philly triplets rejected you: because they knew you would get accepted at your reach schools. They want to accept students who will actually go there.

    On topic: please stop drawing attention to your shy/anxious side. Remember, this is a profession where you will be dealing with people for 80 hours a week. If you talk about how shy and anxious you are for all your secondary essays, adcoms will probably raise the question of whether you are too shy to be a doctor. Talk about some other weakness instead: surely you have more than one.
     

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