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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Fiddlergirl, May 4, 2007.

  1. Fiddlergirl

    Fiddlergirl 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I searched and found masses of information on the general subject, but no answer to my question. So now I ask all of you...
    I'm putting in the description of activities and work on the AMCAS, and there is a lot more space than I had thought. My school had me put together basically a practice AMCAS and on that I put my descriptions in resume format. Should I stick with that or elaborate?

    Fredericksburg Confederate Luminaria, Fredericksburg, Va. Organizer, 2002-2006. Organized annual Luminaria, which attracks over 1500 guests each year. Represented Luminaria to public and managed advertising. Managed live music, re-enactors, and volunteers.
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  3. chable

    chable A sphincter says, "what." 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Club Silencio
    Does that say "attacks over 1500 guests each year"?

    You can probably write in what your school told you to and add a few sentences describing your experience and what you got out of it and what kind of effect it had on you.
  4. Fiddlergirl

    Fiddlergirl 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    It's supposed to say attracts. Guess I was typing too fast. Although, it would definitely be more exciting if we got to attack the guests instead of answering the same five questions over and over.
  5. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    If you feel you can meaningful elaborate in a way that will benefit you then do so. Otherwise, don't. But mine were definitely not resume format, not even the short ones.

    Mine varied from long sentences:

    To really long descriptions because I didn't feel like I could fit it all into my PS:

    I have no clue if this is the intent but it suited me very well. I really wouldn't recommend the resume format because then when you get to interviews they won't know very much about you. For that matter, you may never get to the interview because they had no idea what the activities you did in college were and what they meant to you. The way I did it allowed interviewers to already have specific questions about my activities and I ended up with a lot of very laid back conversational interviews. Write what you feel you need to but if its pretty self-explanatory avoid the fluff.
  6. nick_carraway

    nick_carraway 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    One tangential comment that I'll add based on alwaysaangel's advice is that for people who are noticing that their PS is turning into a list of achievements in prose, write your activity descriptions first.

    For a lot of your activities, you'll find that you can say everything you want to say in your 1500 character description and leave it out of your PS altogether.
  7. kypdurron5

    kypdurron5 10+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    My first year I was extremely brief and got a comment during an interview about how little information was in my application overall. My second year I wrote paragraph long descriptions for each activity about what I did, why it's relevant, and what I got out of it. I got one comment about how long it all was....but I say that's ok. It might make it more difficult on adcoms, but that's their job. If they decide not to read something then at least you did your part by putting it out there. Even if the length irritates them, they can't completely ignore what you're saying, so make it good and you should be fine.

    As an aside...I generally make my non-medical activity descriptions shorter than my medically related ones. I assume you're going for leadership experience with that what you've listed is fine. Out of personal preference I don't like the resume format; I think it's a little too formal. I would reword it as below; it's just about as short, but a little easier to read (again, COMPLETELY in my opinion/preference).

    "I was charged with organizing the annual Confederate Luminaria, which attracts over 1500 [spectators?] each year. I was the public liaison and also managed the live music, advertising, re-enactors, and volunteers."

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