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dmobbby

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So I understand that the portal opens sometime in June, but I don't understand how people can work on it before then. Does that mean from now until then we get our LOR's and essays done? What exactly are the prompts? And where do we even mail out the LOR's out to? Is there a website with information regarding this?

HELP ME OUT DUDES AND DUDETTES!
 

UCSFx2017

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You can start working on your personal statement now. It's not a response to any question.

I would to go to professors, PI, or dentists, in person, and ask if they could write you a strong LOR. When AADSAS opens, there is a section where you can enter the recommenders' email addresses. AADSAS will send an email to the LOR writers and they will each upload an online copy to AADSAS (all the instructions are in that email that AADSAS sends to LOR writers).

After you do all this, you can then worry about secondary/supplementary applications that some schools send to some qualified or all applicants. Search the web to see if the school of interest even has a secondary and if they do what questions they ask on it. The secondary/supplementary is where you write in response to an open-ended question. There is also a word limit.
 
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You can start working on your personal statement (its a free write and you can get ideas online or the adea dental guide has a few suggestions), getting your LORs (have them save it until the portal opens), I suppose you could get a copy of your transcript; I found that was the most tedious part of the application. Figure out which schools you want to go to (I realized that 3 schools that I applied to as a backup I had not interest in) and start saving to pay for both the applications, secondary applications, and interviews; it will add up. I don't know when they come out with the adea guide book, but it's pretty clutch for $30, all the stats you would want to know about each school.
 

leejunsoo

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You can start working on your personal statement now. It's not a response to any question.

I would to go to professors, PI, or dentists, in person, and ask if they could write you a strong LOR. When AADSAS opens, there is a section where you can enter the recommenders' email addresses. AADSAS will send an email to the LOR writers and they will each upload an online copy to AADSAS (all the instructions are in that email that AADSAS sends to LOR writers).

After you do all this, you can then worry about secondary/supplementary applications that some schools send to some qualified or all applicants. Search the web to see if the school of interest even has a secondary and if they do what questions they ask on it. The secondary/supplementary is where you write in response to an open-ended question. There is also a word limit.

I have a question regarding reference letters.
I've heard of this thing called Interfolio where we can ask the individuals who will be writing the reference letters to submit to interfolio so that we can submit everything at once ourselves when June comes, Ofcourse we wont be able to look at these.

Can someone explain how interfolio really works? I heard that the good thing about interfolio is that its legitimate and thus the letters can be used again.

thanks
 

Wiredtrix

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Also, you will want to send out your transcripts to AADSAS the day the portal opens. If you wait very long it could take months for them to process and it won't matter when everything else you have is sent in. They won't send your application to schools until they have received your transcripts.
 
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