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If you had to do it over again...

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by jun99, Apr 12, 2007.

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If you had to do it over again, would you..

  1. Apply earlier?

    35 vote(s)
    58.3%
  2. Apply to more schools?

    16 vote(s)
    26.7%
  3. Apply to less schools?

    15 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Spend more time on personal statements?

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  5. Take more classes to boost GPA prior to applying?

    12 vote(s)
    20.0%
  6. Get more pharmacy experience/EC's prior to applying?

    19 vote(s)
    31.7%
  7. Prepare better for your interviews?

    8 vote(s)
    13.3%
  8. Other?

    4 vote(s)
    6.7%
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  1. jun99

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    What would you do differently?
     
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  3. KellyBean

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    Applied early and LESS schools or should I say, to the right schools. I wasted a lot of money on Pharmcas and there are a few schools that I know I wasn't qualified after I started reading from their websites and from SDN, but according to pharmcas, it was a different story. But thank god that I don't have to do it all over again cause it was a pain.
     
  4. eddie269

    eddie269 Still in shock...
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    I wish I could've decided on pharmacy earlier in my undergrad years. I had no intentions of going to grad school so maintaining a 3.0 gpa was good enough for me. Then when I needed to get a higher gpa, it was already too late.

    I would've definitely aimed for at least a 3.5 gpa if I knew earlier about grad school.

    As far as this year, I have no regrets because I learned how to play the admissions game the past few years. This year, I was on top of my game! :cool:
     
  5. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst From the shadows
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    I'd have probably taken a greater role in campus organizations or some other volunteer activity. Right now all my volunteer time is either directly related to my church or 3 years old+. Most of this has to do with the fact I've been married for going on 4 years, have two kids and a full-time job in addition to going to school full-time. I'm not sure exactly what part would need to be cut out to accomplish building up the volunteer hours/EC, but in theory that's the only part lacking from my application.
     
  6. davyjone96431

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    take classes to boost up gpa. pharmacy schools are lying, they really do care about the gpa and any situation that might have affected your gpa.
     
  7. Trackster

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    I would have applied to more than one school.I was overconfident of my GPA and I forgot all other aspects. Also, I will apply to schools in my state and make sure to research the schools very well because a lot of schools will not tell you how many out-of-staters they take.
     
  8. PrePharm1980

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    I would have started pre-pharm right out of high school. Can you imagine graduating at age 22-24? wow.
     
  9. emkobiet

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    same here...only if i knew about the 6-year programs back then...:cool:
     
  10. sputnik25

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    I would have started undergrad classes right after highschool instead of almost 4 years later
     
  11. omnione

    omnione SDN Pharmoderator
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    I tried to avoid using 20/20 hindsight on this question. For example, I think it is 20/20 hindsight for me not to take Human Anatomy because a few schools didn't require the class. However, I wasn't aware last semester that I would get as many interview offers so late in the application cycles so I would have taken it anyway even if I applied early. So, I would have...

    1. Applied Early = not for Spring slacking-off's sake, but I would have had less stress had I been accepted earlier

    2. Apply to more schools = I screwed up applications to good schools like Auburn and UF while missing the PharmCAS deadlines to other good schools.

    3. Prepare better on my interviews = Though I think I did well on all of my interviews, I should have practiced my delivery more.

    4. Get more pharmacy experience = My lack of pharmacy experience was the weak link in my application. Even if you had told me that I would get interviews, I felt that I could've screwed myself w/o pharmacy experience. Fortunately, it didn't make a huge difference.

    On a side note, if you got into the school of your choice, then I wouldn't change anything at all. This comment comes from the Trekkie side of me where making changes in the past to better your future can backfire. I got into one of my top schools, and there were schools I would have strongly considered had I applied correctly, but changing the past could be disastrous if something weird happens and I don't get into any school.
     
  12. alicek

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    I would have applied earlier to schools with rolling admissions, and not applied to so many out of state schools. I spent a lot of money on applications and travel and now I realize I don't even want to go to those places.
     

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