... I know we all must have them. I am reminded of my irrational fears by the thread about interview portfolios. In my other life, I am a landscape architect. For the past 10 years, an interview has meant pulling together a portfolio of designs & drawings... these can be extremely labor intensive and expensive and are a nighmare if they are not updated regularly (hello, application process). I've been working in a civil engineering firm for the past few years, and most of the work I have been doing isn't graphically compelling (not nearly as interesting as my school work) and the designs are pretty cut and dried. Lately, I've been doing a lot of presentation drawings, including a lot of hand sketches and renderings which are fairly attractive, but do not represent "good design." I stress out about the drawings because there is something in my head saying "Ooohh, I can't show these at my med school interviews because they will know they are crappy designs..." I woke up in the middle of the night a few weeks ago wondering if I could pull together the new portfolio material and get all of my secondaries done in time and still be able to get Christmas cards out. I guess it saves my brain from worrying about getting in.