We have compiled a Medical School Secondary Essay Database, with prompts from all the medical schools.Look up the schools you’re applying to, and if your primary application is submitted, get started on your secondaries.You don’t need to re-work everything and re-frame things and tell new stories. Some schools just want it in their secondary and not in the primary application.
Some essays will specifically tell you not to repeat anything that’s in your primary application.
If that is the case, then you can’t even talk about the same experience. It can be frustrating when schools do that, especially when they ask about your most meaningful clinical experience and you already put that in your personal statement.
You will find that writing secondary essays gets easier and easier over time because a lot of them are around the same theme.
The second biggest mistake students make with secondaries is letting them sit on your desk or unopened in the mailbox.
On this podcast, I’ve covered a lot of different topics related to the application process, including personal statements, applications in general, and interview prep.
But I’ve never actually talked specifically about writing your secondaries until now, so I want to touch on this topic today.I cover this in more depth in Session 281 of s you get later in the cycle, there’s a decreasing number of seats available and an increasing number of applicants in the pool.This is why you need to apply early and understand how putting off the MCAT can affect you.Specifically, we’ll discuss the most common mistakes students make when it comes to secondary essays.One of the biggest mistakes students make is waiting for the request for secondary essays to come before they start working on them.Let’s say you scheduled a vacation in the middle of application season for some reason, and your secondaries are just sitting there for a couple of weeks while you’re traveling. [Related episode: Does It Matter How Fast I Turn Around My Secondary Essays?] You will find out that a lot of the questions are very similar from school to school.If you’ve submitted your primary application and you’re not writing your secondary essays, then you’re behind.Some schools will monitor how long it takes you to send a secondary back and they will use this as a gauge on your interest to get into their school.If it takes you three weeks to respond, while their average response time is a week and a half, chances are that you could be put lower down the list.Remember that the medical school admissions process is a rolling admissions process, which means that as soon as applications open, the clock is ticking.