jsong812

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I was thinking about including this into the "additional info" section of the Columbia Secondary, but I'm afraid it may have too strong of a religious undertone. Please feel free to leave comments/criticisms of what you guys think. Thanks in advance.

"As much as researching and volunteering influenced my decisions in wanting to pursue a career in medicine, no experience has shaped me more than my involvement with my Christian fellowship and Church. Granted, there are certain experiences in a laboratory or hospital setting that one would, otherwise, never come across in a church, but my desire to serve, in its most rudimentary sense, has come from the many years of being a part of my church and fellowship. As alluded to earlier, many of these sponsored activities were to help the underserved. Therefore, I have had many opportunities to participate in these events giving me a real first hand experience of what it is like to be at the "front lines." Even more, we are planning to have a very prominent missionary from Ghana come on staff with our church, so I am very excited for the windows of opportunity that will open up in the near future.
I do realize that bringing religion into the realm of medical school applications may stir up some controversy, thereby forcing one into somewhat of a biased standpoint, albeit positive or negative. But I want to be transparent to give an honest vantage point of who I really am, so that is a risk I am willing to take. I would hate to side step the very experiences that have had the most impact in my life in fear of being labeled a bigot; especially because it was my faith that gave me the final push to go this route in my career. In no way, shape, or form do I plan to use this as a platform to proselytize, but I do know that my faith will play a very large role in the way I conduct myself in the hospital."
 

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haha, im stealing it and sending the secondary to columbia via express next day delivery mail so you cant use it. :D

haha just kidding. You sound very well spoken there, and you acknowledge the risks of talking about religion. because schools cannot discriminate by religion, sex, race, etc, I doubt that they would reject you because of what you say in your secondary. You do not sound preachy, or evangelical in that sense, so i wouldnt discredit it as a moot secondary
 
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braluk said:
haha, im stealing it and sending the secondary to columbia via express next day delivery mail so you cant use it. :D

haha just kidding. You sound very well spoken there, and you acknowledge the risks of talking about religion. because schools cannot discriminate by religion, sex, race, etc, I doubt that they would reject you because of what you say in your secondary. You do not sound preachy, or evangelical in that sense, so i wouldnt discredit it as a moot secondary
:) thanks.
 

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Personally, I think that you should just put it in there because it is who you are. However you need to reword this sentence due to way too many commas: "Granted, there are certain experiences in a laboratory or hospital setting that one would, otherwise, never come across in a church, but my desire to serve, in its most rudimentary sense, has come from the many years of being a part of my church and fellowship."
 
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