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COVID 19 essay??!!! In the ACOMAS primary?

mwsapphire

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Hi everyone,
So I'm on 1 WL and am gearing up for a reapplication, just in case.

I'm reviewing the email the ACOMAS sent to us regarding the " changes" this cycle- and it seems like there is a COVID 19 essay?
Could somebody who has began filling out the application please tell me what this is and if it is optional?

I'm not sure if I'll reapply so I don't want to open a 2020-2021 application just yet. ( Actually, does opening a 2020-2021 primary and filling it out without submitting count as submitting a primary? Like if I do get into my WL school , does it count as having submitted a primary if I never send it in, like, can they see me open it?)

Thanks in advance,
mwsapphire
 
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I am pretty sure it's optional. It's a space to describe how COVID affected you academically and personally, ie a lot of cancelled MCATs, volunteered activities, family members affected etc
I wrote a short essay regardless. Because of the covid, I gotdrifted into working in the molecular diagnostic lab for COVID samples
 
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mwsapphire

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I wrote a short essay regardless. Because of the covid, I gotdrifted into working in the molecular diagnostic lab for COVID samples
The thing is not that much changed for me other than losing a month or so in work. It may take me longer to get a second gap year job but thassit.
Now I think its more for letting the admissions ppl know how COVID affected your application if it did, not some kind of personal essay.
 
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The thing is not that much changed for me other than losing a month or so in work. It may take me longer to get a second gap year job but thassit.
Now I think its more for letting the admissions ppl know how COVID affected your application if it did, not some kind of personal essay.

I would disagree. Above user has shown perseverance getting involved.

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mwsapphire

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I would disagree. Above user has shown perseverance getting involved.

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While that is great, not all of us where able to do that.
My job was as a scribe, and our clinics declined scribes during the pandemic. Everywhere else had a hiring freeze ( unless you already had lots of biotech job experience). I think it's reasonable I wasn't able to do much- most entry lvl jobs shut down.
It would be a bonus if you were able to participate, but If you couldn't there is just no way they could count it against you-none of us could have seen this coming.
 
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I am pretty sure it's optional. It's a space to describe how COVID affected you academically and personally, ie a lot of cancelled MCATs, volunteered activities, family members affected etc

@mwsapphire, yes, it's optional, as the AACOMAS application doesn't have a red asterisk beside that box. I've completed my DO application already and the prompt is below:

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You have 2500 characters (including spaces) for your response.
 
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