How do you answer secondaries that don't apply to you and don't say "optional"?

Sep 30, 2020
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I want to pre-write a few of my secondaries or at least get started on them, and so far for a few schools, I have seen prompts that don't say "optional" next to them, and do not apply to me. For example, one prompt was

"Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice?"

Becoming a physician is my first choice. Should I use the 2000 character limit to talk about why its my first choice? Or simply state that it is. Sorry if the question is dumb, just not sure how to go about these sort of prompts in the future.


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I think you're misinterpreting the question. They're just asking whether you worked for years in finance, were a concert cellist, or WNBA player. Otherwise you can just say "no."
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