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  1. HarryH00d

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    Out of curiosity...how many of you ended up completing all of the secondaries you received?

    I saved several of my 'least favorite' essays/secondaries for the end, and now that I'm finally coming back to them (after submitting >25 already), it's more of a +pissed++pissed++pissed+ sensation as I write essays that I feel are very unauthentic.

    I think it might be time to cut ties and save some money.
     
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    I'm completing all of my 31 (have two left) but that's partly because my stats aren't so high so I need to finish all of them. I came very close to re-thinking my decision to apply to some schools because of the essay prompts and general burnout
     
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  3. HarryH00d

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    Nice! More power to you.
     
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    I completed all secondaries I received, but it was only 23 (so not some outrageous number) and several of them were schools like mayo and Harvard that don't really have essays.
     
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  5. HarryH00d

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    You're school list is rad though...I would be very motivated to write secondaries for every single one. I think I over applied to safety schools and ran out of reasons for 'Why school XYZ' especially for those with a primary care emphasis when my background is research heavy.
     
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    I've completed most of my 30 secondaries thus far, but I didn't have the strongest reasons to attend every school hahah. I just wrote about the location or the environment and pressed submit in some cases.
     
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    Complete my last secondaries today. I received over 40...

    Let's just say it wasn't fun
     
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    Written a solid amount of mine 17/23, burnout is starting to creep it but I'm still intent on fighting the good fight! :)

    Some of these though really do take it out you (Miami, USC Greenville, GTown)

    Kudos^^
     
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    I've been slacking pretty hard lately. Still have 13 to do (though, most are damn near done).

    Hope it doesn't bite me in the ass.
     
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    I still have three more to go with one of them being Duke. FML.
     
  11. Spector1

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    28 down, 10 more to go XD.


    I also have an equal number of rejections and interviews. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing[​IMG]
     
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  12. pageantry

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    22 down. 9 to go. Starting to get downright chatty with these essays.
     
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    I completed the last of the 31 I've received, and have been twiddling my thumbs waiting for 6 schools that haven't gotten their secondaries to me yet.
     
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    !!! good luck
     
  15. winterwind_23

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    Completed 29 of the 34 I've received so far. Waiting on three more MD secondaries to come in! Hopefully will finish these 34 by end of next weekend.
     
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    Yessss haha I feel the same :laugh:
    Not even striving for eloquent, coherently written essays anymore. Just slappin' down an answer to the question + submit!
     
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    I completed all 8 of the 8 I got (I only applied to 8 schools).
     
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    It sucks, but push through it and get it done. If you're giving up just on writing secondaries then med school itself will be a real pain for you. Keep on keeping on!
     
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    I just looked at my bank account today and almost cried. I then went to my excel spreadsheet and crossed off 5 schools that I don't even really want to submit secondaries to anyways
     
  20. HarryH00d

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    Well, I don't think that's entirely accurate.
     
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    WHAT I LEARNED IN BOATING SCHOOL IS
     
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    I'm on 19/20 (although I think I'm screened out of one most likely) and debating adding 2 or 3 more
     
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    13/20 oh my
    someone anyone please take me
    currently writing two, hopefully send them both by tomorrow.
     
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    so burnt
    at the beginning the question was "what should i write about"
    now the question is "do i even have anything to write about"
     
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    And by the end of the stretch it's
    "so how do i fit (squish, squeeze, deform) this vaguely recyclable topic to this somewhat ...kind of relate-able one?"
    /did it /recycle, my new favorite word /recycle, the Goddess who smiles upon me during times of despair
     
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    26 complete out of 29 received. Waiting on three more!
     
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    I just completed five secondaries in a row and filled out a personality test while clutching a tidy glass of scotch.
     
  28. Spector1

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    I clearly applied to too many schools

    [​IMG]
     
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    added more schools to my primary so im even deeper now -____-
     
  30. rocklobstr

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    I'm at 9 out of 17 :oops:

    But, I have finished them all within two weeks of receiving them, which is good. Starting to get backup up though.

    Also, am I the only one here who didn't apply to 25+ school?
     
  31. tea guzzling traveler

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    I added a couple a week ago as I realized some secondaries were pretty screened.

    And also applied to 25+ schools. @rocklobstr I think I applied to so many just because I didn't want to regret not applying to more.
     
  32. rocklobstr

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    So, more like a "I don't want to regret NOT applying to this super awesome school" than a "I have to apply to 25 schools because I need to based on my competitiveness."?
     
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    I have FAP so the cost of applying broadly is the one part of the application cycle where I feel like numbers are on my side.

    28 down. 3 to go. Waiting on four.
     
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    I cry when I look at my bank account
     
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    You'll go numb soon enough. *pat pat*
     
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    exactly, if you apply to too many, you will kick yourself for wasting some money

    if you apply for too few, well then you're screwed for the cycle.
     
  37. theguardsman

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    31/44 ugh this has been a rough month especially with starting a new full time job... Trying to find motivation for the final push
     
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    I feel for you guys.. Hang in there, after you finish you guys can go out and have fun.... Since next part is more grueling waiting for IIs x_X
     
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    Finished 37 out of 38 MD secondaries today! Just waiting for UCSF now. I think I'm going to put off my 6 DO secondaries until next month.
     
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    Applied to 30 schools,
    3 rejections out right, no chance for secondaries=thank you very much! cause I don't mind
    Already 1 rejection post-secondary, Georgetown
    Received 20 secondaries so far
    Filled out 13/20
    So burned out
    Really have the respect for those who have submitted over 25 secondaries in the last 2 months!
    Will be thinking about you tomorrow morning when I start on my #14
     
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    Received 19 MD secondaries, 1 DO so far (AACOMAS just got verified, ugh). Currently have about 4 left, and waiting on 4 more DO secondaries. Props to those of you who have cranked out so many in a short amount of time!

    Going to the beach after Labor Day because I need a vacation! :sleep:
     
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    I'm not going to look at my bank account until its done completely. I'll just trust in it to survive the month.

    Am I the only one compiling a giant excel chart to keep track of secondaries, completion, IIs, Login Info, progress, etc?
     
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    luckily, I did Miami in the beginning when I was full steam...it worked out that most of my more intensive secondaries came first.
     
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    I applied to 20 MD's, only submitted 16. 1 was a soft rejection from Emory based on my old MCAT; I could have updated them on my new MCAT score and requested a secondary but I only scored like a point above the cutoff on the new one so I was like forget it...

    I'm still waiting on DO's to start running in. Doing 10 of those.
     
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    If I didn't have my Google spreadsheet I would be so lost.
     
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    Google Doc & Spreadsheets are invaluable!!!!!!
     
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    Apparently I'm the only old school one here. I have a notebook, and I have made several tables in it with all of my information.
     
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    I completed 24 out of the 25 secondaries I received (ended up passing on Duke).
    Still waiting for a Vandy secondary (I may not pass their screen).
    Glad the writing is pretty much over, that was a tough July getting it all done.
    Tried to outline and pre-write some paragraphs, but didn't work out too well.
    Pretty much started from scratch, but after the first 15 or so, got a good selection of essays I could reuse.
     
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    I've found that reusing hasn't been as convenient as I had thought... Maybe it's just the schools that I applied to, but most of the time that I tried to reuse an essay, I edited it pretty extensively due to slight differences in prompt or character/word limit.
    Plus, whatever I wrote previously almost always sounded like garbage when I returned to it.
     
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    If you passed on Duke, you may not want to get the secondary from Vandy!
     

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