HairyCow

Sweeping the Nation
10+ Year Member
Jul 11, 2006
40
1
Status
Pre-Medical
"Comic Strip Cartoonist"

I was debating whether or not to add this as one of my activities, but since art has always had a role in my life (I almost went to college for architecture), I decided it was an aspect of me I wanted to bring out.

Too "out there?" I hope not. I'm not syndicated or anything, but I've been published in student newsletters, so I figured there's some merit behind it.

I was going to call myself a "comic strip artist," but I didn't want anyone mistakening me for a funny stripper, which I may or may not be.

Any comments on this or other unusual activities?
 

Writer1985

Mistress of Spices
10+ Year Member
Jan 6, 2005
365
3
Status
Attending Physician
HairyCow said:
"Comic Strip Cartoonist"

I was debating whether or not to add this as one of my activities, but since art has always had a role in my life (I almost went to college for architecture), I decided it was an aspect of me I wanted to bring out.

Too "out there?" I hope not. I'm not syndicated or anything, but I've been published in student newsletters, so I figured there's some merit behind it.

I was going to call myself a "comic strip artist," but I didn't want anyone mistakening me for a funny stripper, which I may or may not be.

Any comments on this or other unusual activities?
I'd say go for it. It's something unique that will give the adcom an idea of you as a person, not just a bunch of numbers. Plus it could be a cool talking point in your interviews.
 

Rafa

headbutts like zidane
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 16, 2006
2,343
5
the internets
dailywarnews.blogspot.com
Status
Pre-Medical
My advisor recommended leaving off my summer stint in "Bangin' Brazilian Babes III - Rio de Pleasuro!", but I felt it was a strong part of what made me unique. I ended up tying it into my PS. I'm expecting secondaries any day now.
 

notdeadyet

Still in California
Moderator
15+ Year Member
Jul 23, 2004
11,731
1,892
Status
Attending Physician
HairyCow said:
"Comic Strip Cartoonist"
Run with it. The one truism I've seen from hanging around premeds at college, in hospitals, at nonprofs and on SDN, is that premeds are largely pack animals.

Comic Strip Cartoonist is something different. It shows an adcom that you're not your died in the wool premed that goes through the motions and has very little life outside of the premed fishbowl. It'll make you stick in their mind.
 

quanct

Member
10+ Year Member
Jun 4, 2006
30
0
Status
Rafa said:
My advisor recommended leaving off my summer stint in "Bangin' Brazilian Babes III - Rio de Pleasuro!", but I felt it was a strong part of what made me unique. I ended up tying it into my PS. I'm expecting secondaries any day now.
Oh, oh my, ohhhh, oh my god, you're him, you're, you're him aren't you? Ummm, wow, god, I've practiced this speech a thousand times, and, and now I'm speechless. You are my hero man. I freakin' worship you. BBB is my all time favorite. All I got to say is bang up job man. Bang. Up. Job.
 

str8flexed

10+ Year Member
Sep 11, 2005
316
1
34
Status
Medical Student
HAHA reps for you.

Wait, there are no reps on this forum...
 

Rafa

headbutts like zidane
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 16, 2006
2,343
5
the internets
dailywarnews.blogspot.com
Status
Pre-Medical
quanct said:
Oh, oh my, ohhhh, oh my god, you're him, you're, you're him aren't you? Ummm, wow, god, I've practiced this speech a thousand times, and, and now I'm speechless. You are my hero man. I freakin' worship you. BBB is my all time favorite. All I got to say is bang up job man. Bang. Up. Job.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
 
OP
HairyCow

HairyCow

Sweeping the Nation
10+ Year Member
Jul 11, 2006
40
1
Status
Pre-Medical
Thanks for the support. That's why I love SDN :laugh: .

Rafa, having a part Bangin' Brazilian Babes III definitely shows that you have stamina and drive, and you work well with others. Loved the acting, too!
 

MiesVanDerMom

D.o. or Die
10+ Year Member
Nov 16, 2004
1,454
14
With my husband, my kids, and the hellcat
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I lsited singing in a riot grrl punk band, and being a stay-at-home mom. so comic strip artists sounds fine to me. I also listed a bunch of political activities even though everyone around here says not to bring up politics. you gotta sell what you got. I'm not capable of being not offensive to at least half the population at all times.... :thumbup:
 

bretticus

NeuroIR fellow
10+ Year Member
Jul 13, 2006
751
2
Missouri
Status
Fellow [Any Field]
I put that I play bass in a rock band. I don't really think it's that unique, but it's interesting I think.
 

sicem07

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jun 19, 2006
20
0
Status
Pre-Medical
I've been juggling for 10 years, so i put that down.....why the heck not?
 

oxeye

Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Feb 12, 2006
6,265
2
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I put down my hobby in dog showing and breeding. :)

My other non-medical or school thing was playing the piano. I've playing the piano for almost 22 years.
 

63768

Guest
10+ Year Member
Mar 5, 2005
2,202
4
Status
Medical Student
rofl at Rafa's comments.

being serious, my most unusual and gutsy AMCAS activity would be a tie between breakdancing (especially as a community service thing) and autocross (amateur auto racing).
 

Haemulon

Slippery When Wet
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 1, 2006
3,596
2
On SDN
Status
Resident [Any Field]
I did not put anything very out-there in my EC list, kinda wishing I added some of my hobbies like Guitar and Riding Harley's, so they would see that I actually do unrelated fun stuff too. But I suppose that is some of the stuff I can talk about during an interview.
 

braluk

SDN Surgerynator
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Apr 30, 2006
11,826
56
The Big Easy
Status
Medical Student
quanct said:
Oh, oh my, ohhhh, oh my god, you're him, you're, you're him aren't you? Ummm, wow, god, I've practiced this speech a thousand times, and, and now I'm speechless. You are my hero man. I freakin' worship you. BBB is my all time favorite. All I got to say is bang up job man. Bang. Up. Job.
Where is this from? i thought i heard this on family guy before?
 

FujiApple

Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 23, 2006
272
0
Status
Pre-Medical
I listed competitive ballroom dancing and performing lindy hop... any other ballroom junkies or lindy hoppers out there?
 

Svidrillion

Member
10+ Year Member
Jun 15, 2006
154
2
F-town
Status
I put that during the fall I usually spend 4 or 5 hours a week mountain biking and that in the summer that number goes up to perhaps 20 hours a week.

Then, after I submitted, I got worried that they'd think that was too much time for such frivolous pursuit.

I could have spent that time in an African AIDS clinic, curing first-world diseases, or volunteering as a candystriper.

But then again, it's so damn fun.
 

CopperStripes

Member
10+ Year Member
Dec 2, 2005
175
11
Status
Attending Physician
sicem07 said:
I've been juggling for 10 years, so i put that down.....why the heck not?
I put fire juggling on there. It could make for some fun, easy conversation during interviews.
 

Depakote

Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Moderator Emeritus
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Nov 2, 2004
20,811
102
SOCMOB
Status
Attending Physician
CopperStripes said:
I put fire juggling on there. It could make for some fun, easy conversation during interviews.
Just make sure you're not lying. You never know when your interviewer's going to light something on fire and throw it at you.

Happened to me twice, and I didn't have fire juggling on my AMCAS.
 

jms622

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Feb 27, 2006
46
0
Boston, MA
Status
Pre-Medical
HairyCow said:
"Comic Strip Cartoonist"

I was debating whether or not to add this as one of my activities, but since art has always had a role in my life (I almost went to college for architecture), I decided it was an aspect of me I wanted to bring out.

Too "out there?" I hope not. I'm not syndicated or anything, but I've been published in student newsletters, so I figured there's some merit behind it.

I was going to call myself a "comic strip artist," but I didn't want anyone mistakening me for a funny stripper, which I may or may not be.

Any comments on this or other unusual activities?

Go for it! I'll be adding "licensed skydiver" to mine (in 3 states, hopefully 4 by the time I apply). :smuggrin:
 

Callogician

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Sep 15, 2005
424
3
36
Philadelphia, PA
Status
Medical Student
sicem07 said:
I've been juggling for 10 years, so i put that down.....why the heck not?
That's a no-brainer. I had been unicycling and juggling for only three years, and I added it. Can you do any big tricks? Can you put up seven? I'm out of practice, but if you come to Drexel, we can do some club passing.
 

Phillyborn

illadelphia
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 20, 2006
102
0
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Depakote said:
Just make sure you're not lying. You never know when your interviewer's going to light something on fire and throw it at you.

Happened to me twice, and I didn't have fire juggling on my AMCAS.

That's pretty funny. Wasn't there a story on here a couple weeks ago about someone who put that they knew Swahili on their ap (knowing a few words and phrases). And the interviewer was from Kenya or something, and proceeded to do the entire interview in Swahilli. Ouch.
 

Rafa

headbutts like zidane
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 16, 2006
2,343
5
the internets
dailywarnews.blogspot.com
Status
Pre-Medical
^ In a case like that, it's a thousand times better to interrupt the interviewer as soon as s/he starts talking in the language, apologize, and ask to conduct the interviewer in English, instead of attempting to continue a second longer in a language you don't understand. :laugh:
 

MahSpoon

is TOOOOO big
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 20, 2006
321
1
Status
Medical Student
Anyone speed cubing?

My 1.5 minute time for a 3x3 rubiks cube is pathetic compared to world records but it's faster than the general population...
 
OP
HairyCow

HairyCow

Sweeping the Nation
10+ Year Member
Jul 11, 2006
40
1
Status
Pre-Medical
MahSpoon said:
Anyone speed cubing?

My 1.5 minute time for a 3x3 rubiks cube is pathetic compared to world records but it's faster than the general population...
I set the world record for speed-slow-cubing at 4 minutes. Then I retired for fear of getting too fast.
 

DPS319

Guest
10+ Year Member
Mar 11, 2005
182
0
Status
I do a killer peanutbutter-jelly-time. That has to be worth something.
 

farikanok

Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 9, 2006
262
0
Status
MahSpoon said:
Anyone speed cubing?

My 1.5 minute time for a 3x3 rubiks cube is pathetic compared to world records but it's faster than the general population...
yes! i have record of 1 min 19 sec. i should've listed that!
 

govikings10

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
May 12, 2006
187
17
Status
Resident [Any Field]
DPS319 said:
I do a killer peanutbutter-jelly-time. That has to be worth something.
lol, i actually had that song as my cell phone ringer for a while.

And speed cubing... I'm at about 2 min, i don't know how the people can get it done in less than 20 sec.
 

Depakote

Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Moderator Emeritus
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Nov 2, 2004
20,811
102
SOCMOB
Status
Attending Physician
govikings10 said:
lol, i actually had that song as my cell phone ringer for a while.

And speed cubing... I'm at about 2 min, i don't know how the people can get it done in less than 20 sec.
I've seen it done. I have no idea how...
 
OP
HairyCow

HairyCow

Sweeping the Nation
10+ Year Member
Jul 11, 2006
40
1
Status
Pre-Medical
Depakote said:
I've seen it done. I have no idea how...
You gotta apply the algorithms and combos, man. Lube the cube. And practice in your car. It also helps if you quit school for a couple years, tuck yourself away in cave, and cube yourself silly until you reach Rubik's Nirvana.
 

Hoberto

Squirrel Girl
10+ Year Member
Apr 10, 2005
8,457
6
Status
Attending Physician
Brewing beer.
 

SitraAchra

Attending Anesthesiologist
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Apr 19, 2004
1,282
177
Status
Attending Physician
i talked about getting a perverse pleasure from beaching grocery carts on the grass island rather than parking them in the stall which is right next to my car.
 

notdeadyet

Still in California
Moderator
15+ Year Member
Jul 23, 2004
11,731
1,892
Status
Attending Physician
SitraAchra said:
i talked about getting a perverse pleasure from beaching grocery carts on the grass island rather than parking them in the stall which is right next to my car.
Lots of fun! It's even better when you just park the front two wheels over the curb of said island so that the body of the shopping cart blocks the parking space. Ah, simple pleasures...
 

scotttennis

Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 17, 2006
94
0
36
Des Moines, IA
www.illiteratewithdrawal.com
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Svidrillion said:
I put that during the fall I usually spend 4 or 5 hours a week mountain biking and that in the summer that number goes up to perhaps 20 hours a week.

Then, after I submitted, I got worried that they'd think that was too much time for such frivolous pursuit.

I could have spent that time in an African AIDS clinic, curing first-world diseases, or volunteering as a candystriper.

But then again, it's so damn fun.
This was probably a good thing to put down. Who knows, you may get a biking enthusiast as an interviewer! On my AMCAS I put down that I completed an Ironman and my student interviewer at MCW and I just talked about biking and running for almost the entire time. At one point he even laughed and remarked about how similar we were. Once I learned why he was laughing I felt much better.

One suggestion, I noticed that you aren't applying to MCW. The Southern Kettles have some great mountain biking and aren't too far away. Or are you more happy with real mountains and downhill mountain biking?