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PS: mention being reapplicant?

Discussion in 'Re-Applicants [ MD / DO ]' started by hoosier17, May 25, 2012.

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  1. hoosier17

    hoosier17 5+ Year Member

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    Hi all,

    I am reapplying, but I only applied to one school last year (1. I know is dumb 2. Am currently wait listed on) and am working on my new PS. I spoke with the admissions committee at the school I am wait listed on and they said the major reason was that I applied too late (which was November, everything else was great they said, research, clinical hours, volunteering, GPA, etc. Only knock is my MCAT could be a bit higher)

    My questions is, how should I approach mentioning that I am a reapplicant? Should I mention it at all if I applied to only one school last year? I obviously can't say on my application that I've learned from my mistakes and am applying early this time but I also don't want to only mention that I'll be working on my MCAT. I also can't ream off a bunch of improvements because I only have a handful and they are relative to what I was told was an already good application and that will emphasize a lack of improvement in an area that wasn't necessarily a weakness in the first place (again, based off of what I was told).

    Whether I ignore it, emphasize it, or generally mention it I feel like it is going to weaken my application. But then again I could definitely be wrong. Let me know what you guys think!
     
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  3. cabinbuilder

    cabinbuilder Urgent Care Physician 10+ Year Member

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    Why do you need to mention it? The PS is about you as a person, your passions, your interests. Who cares that you are re-applying? Most people don't get in the first time anyway.
     
  4. robertch8

    robertch8 5+ Year Member

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    I wouldn't mention it in your PS unless it's something that goes along the message you're trying to send in your PS. Schools first of all will know if you are a reapplicant and if they really care, they will ask you during the interview. Plus, something I did was explain the improvements I made in the "Is there any additional information you would like to provide?" section of the secondary.
     
  5. Helen Wheels

    Helen Wheels 7+ Year Member

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    I wouldn't mention it. The only school that knows you are a reapplicant is the one school you applied to last year. You are not a reapplicant at new schools this cycle and the new schools won't know you applied last year.
     
  6. Prncssbuttercup

    Prncssbuttercup Established Member -- Family Medicine Resident 5+ Year Member

    No, do not mention it
     

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