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Do minors matter to adcoms?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by WSUCougar2012, May 12, 2008.

  1. WSUCougar2012

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    Hi,

    Do minors actually play an important role in the application process?

    I've heard that's a tiny space for minors on the application and that it is often overlooked. If this is the case, is there a way minoring in something could be used in your favor? (Besides learning the subject because you want to)

    For example, I want to major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology and Spanish, but if minors don't really matter, I might drop Spanish because although it's something I want to learn, I'll be glad to drop Spanish to make my schedule a bit easier.

    Should you emphasize it in your personal statement in order to stand out? If so, how?

    Thanks for your replies.
     
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  2. chessknt87

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    It isnt an important factor at all. They do like to see that you take a broad variety of classes though, so if minoring gives you a breadth of classes outside of the sciences then it can be slightly beneficial.
     
  3. EpiPEN

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    that question is too vague. It depends on your situation and it depends on how you sell it.
     
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    The best you can hope for is something like this in an interview:

    "Oh, you were an X minor? That was my major. What did you like most about it?"

    Other than that, only do it if it's something you truly enjoy.
     
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  5. ilikefudge

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    it can be used positively at interviews. when they ask me to tell them about myself, I tell them that i'm majoring in bio and minoring in art history. they immediately ask why i'm interested in art history and so we go into that:)
     
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  6. TheRealMD

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    True, it can be used to your advantage in interviews, but it's not very efficient. And if a person is asking this question, then they aren't 100% doing it for themselves (they want others to notice, otherwise, why ask?)

    Plenty of people get in without double-majoring or minoring at all. If it suits you, then by all means, full speed ahead! But if you're hoping for "special treatment", I suggest you look at other, more beneficial things instead.
     
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  7. JFrusciante

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    What if you have no minor at all?
     
  8. WSUCougar2012

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    I'm doing it for myself..but if I want to tack on another minor, I want my work to be recognized. I don't want to just be one thing adcoms look at for one second.

    What if your major and minor are related? How could you use it positively at interviews then?
     
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    It has been said multiple times here it doesnt not help very much, definitely not worth the time investment to just do it in order to impress the adcom.
     

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