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5 Secondary Essay Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes the number of secondary applications you receive can be overwhelming, but it’s important to take them seriously and avoid taking short cuts or making mistakes because you are hastily trying to submit them.    Since secondary essays are such an important part of the application process, in this blog post we want to talk about 5 of the most common mistakes students make so you can avoid them.   Here are 5 secondary essay common mistakes…   1. Waiting for the request to start writing. If you’ve submitted your primary application and are waiting to get a request for your secondary essays before you start working on them, well, you’re already behind. You don’t have time to wait and oftentimes schools will gauge your response time to determine how serious you take their program. Remember, medical school is rolling admissions, meaning as soon as applications open up the [...]

How To Develop And Tell A Compelling Life Story Throughout Your Application And Interviews

Your GPA, research, MCAT scores and extracurriculars can all help you stand out in medical school applications, but what’s the easiest way to stand out and be remembered?    It’s to tell your compelling life story.    A narrative-based approach to your medical school application will convince admissions committees to want to learn more about you. And not only are we talking about in your personal statement here– but your entire application can and should tell a cohesive story about who you are, how you got to where you are and why you want to become a doctor. Even during your interviews!   Every piece of your application is different, but together they should form a cohesive story.    So today in this blog post, we want to give you 5 tips to help you develop and tell your life story throughout your medical school application and interviews…   [...]

Preparing For The Unexpected In Your Medical School Interview

The medical school interview is one of the most important steps of the application process. It’s essential that you understand what to expect, what to wear and how to prepare for the unexpected question that may (and probably will) come during at least one of your interviews.   There are several different kinds of interviews including in-person one-on-one interviews, video interviews and multiple mini interviews (MMIs). Remember, while you’re being quizzed, it’s also a good opportunity for you to ask questions, tour the campus and learn more about the program.   How to prepare for your interviews   First of all, read. Read, study and read. Learn all about the school you’re interviewing at, as well as read up on current events, medical events in the news or publications from your institution.   It’s also a good idea to practice answering questions with a friend, mentor, professor or doctor. [...]

3 Of The Most Common Secondary Essay Questions And How To Answer Them

Filling out and submitting all of your primary medical school applications is quite the accomplishment, however don’t let out that giant sigh of relief too early because you will have even more essays to write!   Medical school secondary essays are usually required and are meant to provide the schools with more specific information about you and whether you’re a good fit for their program. The questions are generally geared towards the specific mission, requirements and goals of the program.   Each school will have their own secondary requirements– some asking for one or two essays and others asking for 5-10. Double check the requirements of each school to be sure you submit everything.    Although each school is different and will ask  questions unique to their program, there are usually more similarities than differences in topics and what they are asking you to explain. They are all looking [...]

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Med School Interviews

Once you reach the interview stage of medical school admissions, you can concentrate your efforts on making sure you nail them. After all, you’ve completed your MCAT, essays, and volunteering. You’re well on your way to finishing your senior year pre-med. Now, the only thing standing between you and that acceptance letter is your interview Your medical school interviews determine what the rest of your life looks like, and preparation is everything. Even though interviews don’t start until later this fall and go into the winter, beginning your preparations months in advance can make the difference between being offered placement on a waitlist or on an incoming class roster. Code Blue Essays has coached hundreds of students in your position, and interview preparation is one of our primary services. Below, you’ll find some ways to mentally prepare for your interviews that we have found helpful for past students.   Know [...]

How to Juggle Application Season with a Full Course Load

As a pre-med student going into a school year after submitting medical school applications, your schedule should be smooth-sailing, right? You have beaten the MCAT; you conquered your personal statement; you hit “submit” on your official application to medical school. You have accomplished so much! Most of your work is complete, but you are not finished. At Code Blue Essays, we’ve got the advice you need to seal the deal on the application to the medical school of your dreams and end your senior year seamlessly. Keep reading for tips you need to dominate this fall.   Waiting productively As you begin your final year as a pre-med, one of the most stressful things you’ll be doing is waiting. You have been so busy for so long that it seems like you should be doing something. Unfortunately, waiting is part of the process. There are ways to remain productive, however. [...]

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