Using a doctor's experience during med school for secondary?

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One of the doctors I work with went to a medical school that I am applying to. I asked him about it and he told me everything he loved about the school, and I was wondering if it would be ok to use this anecdote when talking about why I wanted to go to the school? He really hooked me on this school, and I want to use how he talked about what the school has to offer in my essay.
 
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One of the doctors I work with went to a medical school that I am applying to. I asked him about it and he told me everything he loved about the school, and I was wondering if it would be ok to use this anecdote when talking about why I wanted to go to the school? He really hooked me on this school, and I want to use how he talked about what the school has to offer in my essay.
I wouldn't. It just doesn't sound right. I'm in a similar boat and I interact with students at a local medical school (I've made friends with ~50 students) because their school runs a charity clinic that I volunteered at. With that being said, I'm also hooked on that school. I never mentioned it in secondaries, got an II, and have that in my back pocket for anything pertaining to fitting in the school. Address the issues of why YOU want to get to THAT school, not how someone else's experience at XYZ school motivated you.
 
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I wouldn't. It just doesn't sound right. I'm in a similar boat and I interact with students at a local medical school (I've made friends with ~50 students) because their school runs a charity clinic that I volunteered at. With that being said, I'm also hooked on that school. I never mentioned it in secondaries, got an II, and have that in my back pocket for anything pertaining to fitting in the school. Address the issues of why YOU want to get to THAT school, not how someone else's experience at XYZ school motivated you.
Yeah that makes sense. Only thing is it was one of the schools that I just applied to because it fit my MCAT/GPA. I guess I'll just do some research and try to find other things about it though.
 

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Is your doc friend close to your age? There is always a chance that the stuff he told you is no longer applicable. And if you spent time describing these things as reasons you want to go there it might hurt you more than help you. I mean you even stated that you only applied there because it fit your stats and now you'll have to do some research and try to find other things about it. Bad idea to use your friend's memories as your own reasons.




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