Northwestern's secondary application poses three essay questions, one of which asks for the applicant to describe the distinguishable characteristics (non-academic) they possess and how they will be of benefit in a career in medicine. Overall, it's a decently fun prompt. Among a couple other personal traits, I'm strongly moved to briefly discuss my sleep/wake pattern in that I frankly don't have one. I require very little sleep and sleep sporadically. In my four years of college, I'm sure I've had about 200 instances where I didn't sleep in a given 24 hour period, not to mention regular all-nighters (and a couple semesters when I operated on a straight nocturnal schedule). Neither my body nor mind show any signs of suffering from the utter lack of a schedule (otherwise I would obviously change my habits). As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the most beneficial traits a person can have for getting through medical school and residency, and later, as an on-call physician. However, I'm concerned that it would come off to the committee as strange and irresponsible, especially if I described it in this detail. Any thoughts? Edit: Ha...I actually said "unresponsible." Wow.