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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if it is appropriate to write about being rejected from medical school as an answer to UCI's challenge secondary question. To give some context, I know this would not be appropriate as a response to a "greatest adversity" question, but from reading several secondaries, I understand that there are many layers to these kinds of questions. For example, some ask about your greatest challenge, while others, like UCI, just ask about a disappointment you overcame. For reference, I've copy and pasted the question below.

"Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge or disappointment you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1500 characters, not including spaces):"

I could pick a different, non-academic response, but being rejected from medical school is the freshest, and I feel like it would help me discuss what I've done to improve my app. I also feel like I can write about some of the insights I gained from having an extra year to reflect.

Any advice is appreciated :) Best of luck to everyone!
 

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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if it is appropriate to write about being rejected from medical school as an answer to UCI's challenge secondary question. ...

"Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge or disappointment you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1500 characters, not including spaces):"

I could pick a different, non-academic response, but being rejected from medical school is the freshest...

Don't do it!

The prompt did not ask you what you did to improve your application as a reapplicant. That's the only time you talk about what you did to improve your application (until someone points out differently).

We want more gravitas. We want a better insight into what matters to you. Relationships, job expectations, etc. for starters.
 
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Don't do it!

The prompt did not ask you what you did to improve your application as a reapplicant. That's the only time you talk about what you did to improve your application (until someone points out differently).

We want more gravitas. We want a better insight into what matters to you. Relationships, job expectations, etc. for starters.
That makes sense! Thank you for the insight. I'm def gonna write about something else
 
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