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Hey guys,

I'm sure everyone is so tired of secondaries the mere sight the word is like needles in the eye, so I apologize in advance for the pain :D

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So when it comes to secondaries in general, I feel that although it's supposed to give a better idea of who we are, there is also a kind of "meta-writing" (probably not a word....) going on. If it says "describe the hardest moment in your life", people give me the advice that you should relate it back to how it makes you a better physician or how it makes you a better fit for their school. Am I just thinking too much about it? When I get a prompt that asks me to talk about myself, I feel there's so much to write, but the fact that I feel compelled to relate it to medicine (even though it's not in the prompt) completely paralyzes me. Someone tell me I'm over thinking things please :eek:.

Also, how do you guys deal with the questions asking why we want to go to a school or why their programs make us interested in them? Cause honestly, after browsing through 10-15 different schools using their websites/wikis/sdn, they always sound like fantastic programs and have great curriculums, but hardly "unique".... I feel like if I write about why I want to go to a school, there's a nagging feeling that says to me, " those other schools have the same thing, why are you emphasizing this?". Is there any way to find out more of the school's unique points that I can learn more about?
 

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Hey guys,

I'm sure everyone is so tired of secondaries the mere sight the word is like needles in the eye, so I apologize in advance for the pain :D

mini WALL OF TEXT INC

So when it comes to secondaries in general, I feel that although it's supposed to give a better idea of who we are, there is also a kind of "meta-writing" (probably not a word....) going on. If it says "describe the hardest moment in your life", people give me the advice that you should relate it back to how it makes you a better physician or how it makes you a better fit for their school. Am I just thinking too much about it? When I get a prompt that asks me to talk about myself, I feel there's so much to write, but the fact that I feel compelled to relate it to medicine (even though it's not in the prompt) completely paralyzes me. Someone tell me I'm over thinking things please :eek:.

Also, how do you guys deal with the questions asking why we want to go to a school or why their programs make us interested in them? Cause honestly, after browsing through 10-15 different schools using their websites/wikis/sdn, they always sound like fantastic programs and have great curriculums, but hardly "unique".... I feel like if I write about why I want to go to a school, there's a nagging feeling that says to me, " those other schools have the same thing, why are you emphasizing this?". Is there any way to find out more of the school's unique points that I can learn more about?

definitely relate it to medicine if it's an open-ended question.
 
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