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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by samyjay, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. samyjay

    samyjay Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I just have a general question. Where do people get the funds and time to apply to 30 or more schools? Is there a point where you guys are sacrificing time and quality for shear quantity? Thanks
     
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  3. tBw

    tBw totally deluded 7+ Year Member

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    from my bountiful trust fund of course.....
     
  4. SolidGold

    SolidGold Florida winters are the best! 10+ Year Member

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    AMCAS Fee Waiver sure helps.
     
  5. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    I only applied to 23 schools, but my mom helped with the typing/mailing, etc. which was a godsend as I was studying for the August MCAT. My folks picked up all application costs as well. Thanks, Mom & Dad!
     
  6. agent

    agent agent, RN 7+ Year Member

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    im probably only going to be applying to 3 schools considering I cannot move due to family restrictions.

    anyone else only applying to in-state schools?
     
  7. tBw

    tBw totally deluded 7+ Year Member

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    hmm, interesting - I am applying out of state but why only 3 schools for you? I thought there were 5 or 6 in Chicago (UIC, Pritzker, Northwest, Rush, Loyola, CCOM are the ones I can think of)?
     
  8. lola

    lola Bovine Member 7+ Year Member

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    I thought the AMCAS fee waiver only picked up a certain number of schools (10?)

    I work full time, and my parents are helping me out some. I'm only (ha!) applying to 25 schools.
     
  9. 2badr

    2badr **Switch** 10+ Year Member

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    I will probably only apply to in-state schools as well.
     
  10. agent

    agent agent, RN 7+ Year Member

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    Yes, but I only really feel like applying at Rush, Loyola, and UIC.

    I guess I could apply to Pritker, but I have no idea what my MCAT score will be so if its good enough then maybe i will.
     
  11. TroutBum

    TroutBum Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Visa, baby, it's everywhere you want to be.

    I applied to 18 schools, and for me I think it was pretty much a 50/50 split for schools that wanted checks and those that let you pay with plastic. So, I channeled pretty much all the money from my second job into application fees, and for the rest I charged it.

    I agree with you Samjay, I don't think I would be able to handle 30 applications and feel like I did a good job on all of them--I was feeling pretty much rocked after 15.
     
  12. blues

    blues Member 7+ Year Member

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    I applied to 30.... but half of them screen. I am not expecting many from the screeners. I figured I will try anyways! Only an extra $30!

    Blues
     
  13. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member 7+ Year Member

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    I applied to an insane number of schools through AMCAS... like 35... but I'm planning on only doing about 17-18 secondaries. I don't know what I was thinking with AMCAS... oh well.
     
  14. kidsmd

    kidsmd Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    i applied to 33.... yes, the number can be overwhelming but I've tried to invest as much time to each of them as i possibly could (while that is extremely tiring with a full-time job.)...BUT after awhile there's a lot of taking some things from one essay and adding it to another.. and then, there's the thought that since this is something i really want, i better put my all into it regardless of how exhausted it may leave me. I have a cold right now and i'm surprised i didn't get it sooner considering how tired i've been and how much more vulnerable that makes little ol me to getting sick. Anyways i got rejected from one already (Stanford, big surprise!)... so that takes it down to 32...and i've gotten every secondary except from some of the UCs (gee, that was hard to figure out)... and most of the secondaries i got were from schools that didn't screen.. FUN, fun this process is.
     
  15. blackbird03

    blackbird03 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Do you guys know if it is possible to get a fee waiver for secondaries even if we didn't apply for a fee waiver for AMCAS?
     
  16. Random Access

    Random Access 1K Member 7+ Year Member

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    Helps definitely for AMCAS. What about for secondaries?

    And then flying to interviews, yikes. Ideally they'll give you at least 2 weeks notice, or those fares will jump sky high, unless you fly all the great low-fare airlines (JetBlue, Air Trans, Southwest, etc.)...

    -RA
     
  17. ocean11

    ocean11 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    50 schools... no joke! + 10 in Canada and (worse comes to worse) 2 in the carribean (Saba/St. George)... I have to start in September 2003.... so that is 62 in total....yeah.... I better get in lol:p
     
  18. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

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    Most schools will allow you to use the AMCAS fee waiver to waive secondary fees as well. As for flying, that's what I'm nervous about (the cost), but it's not like we're gonna get 20 interviews right? heh
     
  19. Centrum

    Centrum SMILEY KING 7+ Year Member

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    Wow. How are your stats?
     
  20. ocean11

    ocean11 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hi centrum my GPA is 3.5, I redid my MCAT this August I think I did alright... lots of extra curricular activities... anyvayzzzz I have plenty of time on my hands (just graduated) :) and taking this year off.... I do want to work though... might interfere....
     
  21. Centrum

    Centrum SMILEY KING 7+ Year Member

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    Good deal. Best of luck!!
     
  22. kawaiij

    kawaiij Junior Member

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    I applied to ONLY 24 schools, I kinda had to because I've only got one state school, and that is U.S.News top ranked primary care, UW. Plus washington residents complete with 4 other states for the spots. Anyways, I thought 24 would not be that many, but I work full-time and I'm struggling to get all of them done. I find that the ones that have lengthy essays attached, get put into the back of the pile, CWRU, etc.....I'm really getting behind, so I took off of work early (I'm in sales so no one will ever know, hehe) and ended up not doing secondaries like I was supposed to and spending my time cruising SDN instead.
     
  23. CaNEM

    CaNEM Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    You guys are insane! Not to mention rich.

    It took me a while to convince myself to go up to 11, but I'm definitely done now.
     

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