Statute of limitations on extracurriculars?

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  1. brontehardyeliot

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    I was looking over a secondary application from one the Texas schools and I noticed that the intructions specified that applicants should not list honors, activities, work experience, etc. from more than three years ago. I'm pretty new to this whole process (I've got a good two years before I'll even be ready to apply), and I was wondering if this is common practice. Are other schools' secondaries restrictive in a similar way? Even more importantly perhaps, are (gulp) AMCAS and the statewide Texas application service like this? I know I've got time to do more volunteer work and research and all those other things to help strengthen my application, but as a nontraditional applicant who did quite a bit in the community as an undergrad, it's rather disheartening to think that some medical schools won't even want to hear about it. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks!
     
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  3. SMW

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    Welcome to SDN!! :D You can always write about your "old" EC's in your essays. Apparently the new and revised AMCAS app for this year is going to limit the number of EC's. I forget what the limit will be, but apparently adcoms got tired of wading through very long lists. Many secondaries have you condense your list of EC's to about 6. I applied to 23 schools, and never saw a time restriction. In fact I put down a couple of high school things that were pretty big deals.
     
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    Usually they want what you did in college and not high school. But on my last interview they wanted to know what I did every summer since my junior year in high school! I almost couldn't remember, so I brought up stuff I did during the year. So you can always find a way to work it in, but make sure you do LOTS of stuff during college just to be sure. :)
     
  5. brontehardyeliot

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    Thanks for the info. :) That's fine if they don't want to know much or anything about high school years. I'm not sure I remember many specific details about that stuff anyway. I just didn't want admissions committees to spend all their time staring at my post-bacc stuff and ignore my undergraduate career, you know? After all, I worked hard, although I wasn't in "doctor mode" at the time. Thanks again. :)
     
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    Does "POST-SECONDARY" include the summer after high school? i.e. if you did research/volunteer the summer before college starts, where does that info go?
     

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