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Pritz Secondary: Relate an experience where you truly helped somebody....

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Tweetie_bird, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    Here's the U Chicago question:
    Relate an experience in which you felt you truly helped some one.

    Now, I have tons of those experiences, but one sticks in my mind which was from HIGH SCHOOL. I was given the opportunity to have a huge drive/fund for an entire orphange in Mexico with 500 (you read that right!) kids. Coming up with a plan that would help 500 little kids was not easy, and neither was the execution of the plan. But somehow, we collected enough stuff that would last these kids 2 years. Anyway, so that little gig I did is near and dear to my heart. Question is: is it a faux pas to write about high school stuff?? And does the question not specifically address "how you helped someONE?" can't we have 500 little ones? LOL

    I have stories about research subjects and patients and how I've been there for them etcetc etc. But I assume almost everybody is going to write about that. My PS was about that. I want to do something fresh and new, but is it too risque?

    Lemme know, please!!
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  3. jot


    though i posted in another thread about avoiding highschool stuff when they ask for post-seconday - your experience seems like fair game - especially since it is so interesting. you can also mention how the effect of this experience didn't just stay in highschool - encouraged you to do other things in college. but just my opinion.
  4. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27 10+ Year Member

    if any adcom gives anybody a hard time because they did great stuff in High School, then they seriously need to have whatever large object is lodged in their ascending colon removed.

    Just make sure you've got some good stuff in college too, which I'm sure the vast majority of us have. But the U of C app has 5 essays, they'll have you're PS, and they have the AMCAS post-secondary I'd use a HS experience if you have a good one.
  5. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    that's exactly what I'm thinking--
    I have tons of experiences in college (sorry if i sound like I'm bragging); done publications/research etc etc; I am kinda tired talking about sciences and compassion. Although the above means a lot to me, working with children's organizations has given me as much fulfillment as meeting patients and having them feel better just by talking to me.

    My PS was about how I have gone out of my way to help patients and how i like being there for people etc. This Mexico experience is really new and different. I doubt anybody has one like it. So as far as not having college experiences, I don't think any Ad Com in his/her right mind would say that to me. All they have to do is read the AMCAS.

    I guess I am just nervous about having to say "HIGH SCHOOL" in any of my college essays. Any other opinions?? I am writing the essay right now, but I'll keep looking for more opinions.
  6. longhorn

    longhorn Banned Banned

    Jun 24, 2002
    WHy does your quote say and this year I get in. Have you applied before?? I only ask because you sound like a strong candidate.
  7. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    From your description it doesn't sound like they specifically asked for post-secondary acts of kindness. Infer from that what you will.
  8. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    Hi LongHorn:
    Thanks for the compliment. :) No, I haven't applied before. I decided that this would be my quote on Jan 1st, 2002. This quote just serves as an inspiration (or shall we call it motitvation?) for me to get just once acceptance BEFORE this year ends. Why? Because I am leaving the country this Dec to get married and would like to have good news BEFORE I go. :) Long story.. .....but if you want more info, PM me. :)

    To others that were kind enough to reply:
    I have already finished the little essay. Thank you so much for the support.
  9. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    Hope to see you at a UofC interview THIS year and that you get accepted THIS year also :)

    BTW, your essay will be a refreshing one for the adcoms, and I highly doubt that someone is going to look beyond that and go "hey.. this is not about her helping one person, she helped 500! how horrible!" ;)

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