typing secondaries

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  1. hobbes007

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    Hey..i was just wondering how you guys were doing your secondaries. are u just writing them out by hand? for the online ones, is there anyway of just typing them on to the form. i don't know if you can do that with a pdf file, but i was just wondering if there is a way. and for the ones that come in the mail, are people using a typewriter. please help!
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    hobbes
     
  2. jot

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    the online and pdf ones you can type onto - all the pdf ones i think, maybe the full adobe acrobat is required to do that. if you need it let me know. for the paper ones i think i might type them (we have a typewriter lying around) - but if i didn't i would just write neatly (though i can't) and send them out. it seems like almost everyone has an online or pdf analog though.
     
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    Last year, I used a typewriter for all the paper applications. I don't have "pretty" manuscript. I know some sly foxes on here bought typewriters whenever they needed them and then returned them. Typing looks so much more professional, so I'd recommend it any day. All of my online apps were web applications in which you just type in your stuff.
     
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    If you have to fill out a paper copy and it only has a few essays, you can put the secondary in your printer and print directly onto it. You just have to make sure it will line up and fit properly. I did that for a few secondaries. It took a little bit of time to line everything up, but it looked nice and neat when it was finished.
     
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    But, there's always the remote possibility that the printer will choose that particular moment to avenge you for any past abuse. This brings back memories of the "printer ate my secondary" threads from last year. :laugh:
     
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    I hand-wrote parts that just required names or addresses.

    For essays I did one of two things: either print it out on the same color paper and just cut and tape (neatly, of course) OR some schools give word documents as secondaries and you can just type in the word document like normal. Those are the best kind -- except maybe for the on-line ones.
     
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    Sometimes you just have to take chances :eek: I was always worried that my printer would get a mind of its own right as it began to print my secondaries, but it all worked out fine. I just hate type writers and white out. Live on the edge ;)
     
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    a prof. once told me that unless you have the most beautiful handwriting in the world, you should type your applications....it just leaves less room for missinterpretation of handwriting by people. :)
     
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    in order to fill out a pdf document with the pdf reader, the creator of the pdf must have created the fillable forms on the pdf itself. Otherwise, you need the full version of Acrobat to create the forms yourself and fill them out afterward.

    not one of my secondaries was sent out with hand-written words. They were all typed or printed from a laser printer.

    You want to appear professional and meticulous here.
     
  10. Wahoo07

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    What about paper? Is it advisable to use "fancy" paper, or is plain old white office paper good enough?
     
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    I just type essay in PDF file. I did that in Tulane's secondary.
     
  12. DrBravesgirl

    DrBravesgirl Surgeon for a year
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    but there are some pdf's you can't type into...slu's won't let you type into it (you can type your name in, but there's no way you can get the numbers for your SSN inside those boxes)..
     
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    I typed or printed out all my secondaries last year. The concensus among last year's applicants was to definitely type if at all possible. Some people got really great deals on e-bay.
     
  14. Drako

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    That is why you have the full version of Acrobat, which allows you to create form fields and fill them in.

    The secondaries that were in pdf format without fillable forms, I just created them and fill them in. The result was a professional looking document.

    I used resume paper for all my secondaries and letters to the schools.
     
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    I agree with that. You would just have to create field where you want to type your stuff.
     

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