In the US, applying to medical school is a three step process. Step one is a standardized application form filled out through AMCAS (primaries). Besides the logistical submission of school transcript and MCAT scores, primaries also include a splendid personal statement, detailed listings of activities, and trusting letters of recommendations.
Step two is the submission of supplemental information (secondaries). Many schools require additional essays for this part. Although most of these are not as tough to write as the personal statement, the prompts are different for every school. If one hears back from several schools, and each has a few questions, then the work really adds up.
(Actually, some of them are essentially another personal statement… ugh…)
This is the step I am now on. Over the last few days, I have had a huge rush of secondaries come in all around the same time. Because of rolling admissions, these need to be done in a timely manner.
In short, I am taking a brief intermission from blogging to finish writing all the essays. While I love to write, I can only do so much typing each day. Still, I will try to fit a blog post into my schedule next week, and I will certainly reply to all the comments. In the mean time, feel free to enjoy some of the posts from the past.
As a side note, I am also taking some time off to catch up with anime: Occult Academy, High School of the Dead, K-On!!, Majutsus Index (high priority because of the coming sequel), and Aria (also high priority because the DVD’s are rented).