"Describe the distinguishable characteristics (non-academic) you possess and tell us how you think these characteristics will enhance your success as a FSM medical student and future physician." My question is what qualifies as "non-academic"? 1) If I become friends with professors outside the classroom or because I work with them as a TA is that non-academic? (A stretch) 2) If I am a TA for pay is that non-academic? (Probably not) 2) If I do research for a semester for credit but then do it as a fellowship during the summer is that non-academic? (Stretch) 4) If I hold leadership positions in student organizations that pertain to an academic subject indirectly (ACS) is that non-academic? I'm going to assume number 3 is not regarded as academic, but I'm wondering on 1, 2, and 3. I have other things I will write about, but I was wondering what kinds of things they are trying to get out of this essay. I understand they don't want me saying that "I am a genius and always get As." or "I am magna cumma magna phi beta kappa meiosis diploid." Could I just talk about the activities in reference to some characteristic I got out of it? Such as becoming a mentor or building relationships with students and professors.