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When the application says "briefly elaborate," what does that entail? Does that mean a paragraph, a few lines, less than 100 words, there are really now guidelines, so what do you guys think? I was thinking a paragraph, but at other schools, briefly elaborate it like 300 words. Thanks
 

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I wrote a paragraph for each of the WF questions. I'm not saying that's the right length, but I figured that if I was sorting through stacks and stacks of secondaries, all I would want to read is a paragraph.
 

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Could you guys let us know what the Wake Forest secondary questions are?

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These are the ones I wrote down, don't exactly remember the limit to them though and there might be one more short one:

In which service activity that you listed on the AMCAS application do you feel made the most impact on someone else?

Which service activity had the most impact on you?

Additional comments....

Read the 2 questions above carefully, they are different.
 

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Hey Scienceriot,
If you don't mind me asking, how did you find out that you were on the holdfile list? Did you have to call them, or did they send you notification? Thanks.

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Just wanted to get something clear, did Wake Forest send you a postcard to let you know your file was complete, they sent me an e-mail telling me that mine was complete.
 

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i got an email too
 

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By the way, as someone who has gone through the process at Wake, I've said this before, and will say it again, make sure you show interest in the school. They extend interviews to some people, reject some people, and the majority are put into a hold type category. Since they haven't actually started interviewing yet (I think Monday is the first day), they are probably booked up for a month or so. However, I know quite a few people on that hold list who called, and basically scheduled an interview over the phone. They want to know that you are interested and that you are willing to follow up. So if you have called once, wait a month, and call again. And if anything changes in your application (grades, EC's, etc.) send them a letter to let them know.

If you do interview and really like the school, send them a letter and let them know that, especially if it is your first choice.
 

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wfu2005, I recently got a job as a phlebotomist. Do you think I should send them a letter letting them know this? Thanks for the help. At this point, I would do anything to get out of the "interview pool."
 

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I would definitely use any excuse to let them know that you are interested and you are thinking about them. I wouldn't send them a letter every week saying "I really like you guys, can I have an interview?" but I would send them something saying you got a job to better prepare you for your future career in medicine and you would appreciate the opportunity to have an interview to discuss this future...yada yada yada.

Keep it short, to the point, and then call in a few weeks to see if they got your letter and check on your status. Think of it as a waiting list, if they think you are really interested, then why not bump you up on the list. If you were good enough to not get rejected, then you're good enough to be interviewed. Wake just has a TON of applicants, especially for a private school, and you got to do something to stand out from the crowd.

I think people are afraid of bothering the admission people, which is a valid concern if you are calling every other day. There's persistance, and there's pestering. Keep in monthly contact, and ask if there is anything else you can provide to help them make their decision. If you have any particular reason why you really want to go to Wake, put it in a letter and send it off.
 

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Wow, thanks wfu2005. I will send them the info ASAP. :)
 

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just to add my info, for the 2ary ?s my 1st response was 2300 characters, 2nd = 3200 characters, 3rd = 2400 characters. i thought my responses were rather long for their "briefly elaborate" statement, but i guess it was alright.

sent 2ary: 9/02/02
app complete (notified by e-mail): 9/13
int invite (notified by e-mail): 9/17
 

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two years ago I was rather late in the app cycle (had to take the August MCAT, then waited until I got my scores to apply), and Wake eventually sent me a letter saying that while I was in an "interview category" they didn't have time to interview me. Perhaps that's the same as "hold for interview" except they never told me my status until way late in the game.
 

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Quick question: in the past month a manuscript from my old lab has been submitted to the Am J Physiology, and a manuscript from my current lab is being prepared for submission....is this definitely something you'd tell every med school about? I've got presentations I've done listed on AMCAS, but no actual journal publications.

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