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What is your app's biggest weakness?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by vandsocc91889, Aug 9, 2011.

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What is your app's biggest weakness?

  1. MCAT

    21 vote(s)
    21.0%
  2. GPA

    24 vote(s)
    24.0%
  3. Clinical Experience

    19 vote(s)
    19.0%
  4. Other ECs (volunteering, research exp, etc)

    21 vote(s)
    21.0%
  5. Personal Statement

    3 vote(s)
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  6. Secondaries

    3 vote(s)
    3.0%
  7. Interview Skills

    9 vote(s)
    9.0%
  1. vandsocc91889

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    I'm mostly just curious about what people perceive to be the biggest weakness in their application.

    For me I think its the secondary essays. I don't consider myself a great writer and I've had a hard time getting them up to par with what I think is the expectation. With the PS it wasn't such a big deal because I had a lot of time to work on it and have lots and lots of people read it.
     
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  3. aSagacious

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    My science GPA + clinical experience
     
  4. me too but mine is lower
     
  5. Bumbl3b33

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    I have a feeling this thread is going to make me really angry with kids with 3.6+ saying they have low GPAs and 'low MCATs' of 35s
     
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    Research experience. I write like a mofo, have a perfect GPA, can interview circles around people, and I haven't taken my MCAT so I can't say, but I have absolutely no research and probably will only have about a year's worth.
     
  7. NickNaylor

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    Protip: you often overestimate the severity of your weaknesses and the greatness of your strengths.

    Thought I'd inject that before people get all down on themselves.
     
  8. vandsocc91889

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    :thumbup:
     
  9. Narmerguy

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    To be fair, the question was what their "greatest weakness" was, so it may be that their app is outstanding aside from a 3.6 GPA (or 35 MCAT). A 3.6 GPA is not a great GPA by any means. It can work and you can still get in places, but it will limit your choices at quite a few schools.

    Personally, I have pretty weak clinical experience :(
     
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    Everything!!!! :scared:
     
  11. circulus vitios

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    Probably my ECs. I'll have shadowing and volunteering (50-100 hours each) and work. I don't do clubs.
     
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    Mine is research. I have a bit of it, but nothing like these SDNers who have been doing research for eight hundred years and have six first-author pubs in Science.
     
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    MCAT. We'll see what happens today around 3-4PM...
     
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    Gooood luck! :luck:
     
  16. Narmerguy

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    Eh me neither. I tried it Freshman year and just hated it.
     
  17. paul411

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    I think people overestimate how much research they need to be competitive for medical school. Just start early in a lab, be diligent when you go to lab and stay in the lab for a while (> 1 semester). That's all you really need to do... the rest of the stuff (pubs/posters/presentations) will happen depending on your luck.
     
  18. TheMightySmiter

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    Well, my problem was that I hated working in the lab. I just dreaded going every day. So I did it for a semester, and couldn't take it any more. I wasn't going to do something I hated just to put it on my application. I only listed it on AMCAS so that if it comes up, I can explain that lab research really wasn't my thing but I at least tried it. I did do a summer of policy research that I enjoyed, so I can speak more positively about that if asked.
     
  19. FattySlug

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    Agreed. Having publication for most people is about being in the right lab at the right time.
    My weakness would be the fact I took the MCAT 3 times, 2 of those with 8 in VR section.
     
  20. n3xa

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    ACCORDING TO WHATYOUSAY IM JUST OLD :( THATS WHY MY POST CONTAINS LOUD NOISES


    On a serious note, my verbal score. I also have a difficult time mustering up sympathy for unmotivated colleagues in pre-med land, which is fortunately completely different from how I interact with clients as a HIV counselor/tester.
     
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    I chose other because I have had some personal medical problems that caused me to withdraw from multiple classes. I know it is an uphill battle with withdrawals, but I plan to work my butt off during application season for next year when I will be submitting my application.

    I've worked hard to graduate from high school and college with a good GPA, so I plan to do nothing but my best. I am going to follow the MCAT study plan that is posted on here and have already purchased some of the books, but I have two classes left until graduation in December so I will not focus on studying for the MCAT until after I graduate. I plan on taking it in either March or April.

    I do have clinical experience and did an independent study with a Family Medicine Physician last year where I was able to get lots of hands on experience and I was a pharmacy technician for 4 years, so I hope those experiences will help me out with my application. Plus I have a rough draft of my personal statement, but I know it needs to be refined.

    GOOD LUCK to everyone applying this application season! I hope to see lots of acceptances on here! :D

     

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