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better essay post-submission, what to do!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by eunice, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. eunice

    eunice Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2002

    I submitted my AMCAS application 6/28, and worked on my TX apps after. The TX question helped me to focus more on my goals and visions as a future doctor and the essay turned out much better (if anyone wants to read it and the AMCAS version and give me feedback, i'd love it! please PM me! or email me: [email protected])

    What should I do? Should I send the essay to the AMCAS schools along with the secondaries? or should I wait until I get waitlisted and send the essay then?

    I know they already have WAY too much stuff to read, so would they just chuck my 2nd essay and get annoyed w/ me??? haha..
    And what should I say when I send it? "I wrote a better essay, please read this one too?" ???
    any help would be greatly greatly appreciated!!!

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  3. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    A lot of the secondaries will have open-ended essays or even ask to add anything that might make the admissions committees evaluate you as a candidate. I think it would be appropriate to include the essay there. However, if the essay is just a re-worded version of your original personal statement, I wouldn't use it. It probably is not very smart to send something too similar to your personal statement.
  4. eunice

    eunice Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    thanks for your opinion..
    so the 1st 3 paragraphs of the new version is the same, but the last 2 paragraphs are totally different.
    should i not send it??
    should i just send the new part? i think it can stand on its own.
    thanks for any suggestions!!

  5. squidget

    squidget Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2002
    new york
    Eunice --

    I'm afraid I don't have any advice to give, but I am in the exact same situation you are. Don't want to burden an admissions committee with extra paper, but don't want to sell myself short, either. My plan right now is to add the additional essay if the secondary app is short and asks only a small, specific question, or if the application welcomes any additional information.
  6. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2002
    i wouldn't send it.
    it just looks like you didn't put in enough thought, the first time around.
    it's submitted, don't worry anymore.

    work on the secondary essays now and don't look back.
  7. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    You'll have the chance to incorporate the new info in your 2'ary essays somehow, don't worry about the primary anymore.
  8. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27 10+ Year Member

    Keep the good last two paragraphs for secondaries, especially the "is there anything you wish to add" questions. You may need to attach a different first few sentences/paragraphs (depending on the length).

    Thank God I took a little extra time to revise my PS a couple extra dozen times - in the few days before I submitted I totally changed my ending and opening paragraph a couple of times, and am really glad I did.
  9. oldman

    oldman Senior Citizen 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    throwing in an essay onto their piles of paperwork is not good when it isn't requested. it just might end up getting thrown out. so follow the other's advice and put that extra info into the secondaries.

    2nd guessing yourself is a part of this process. as a doctor you'll face the same thing. sometimes you gotta make a decision and stick to it because it's the best one you've got.

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