For some students who apply to a lot of schools, you just get inundated with secondary essays.
You might have 10 or 20 different medical schools to write secondary essays for, and they all hit you at once.
Plus, you still have other things to do—maybe still studying for the MCAT and your remaining classes, shadowing, or just living life in general.
All these things can get in the way of writing all those secondary essays. They will give you thirty days to submit the secondary application. Consider that the normal deadline for primary applications is typically the end of October.
Then you can pre-write your essays, so when the actual secondaries come, you can just triple check your work and send it right back in.
Getting into an elite college has never been more cutthroat.
Last year, Harvard’s admissions rate dipped to a record low, with only 5.3% of applicants getting an acceptance letter. These days, it takes more than impressive grades, a full roster of extracurriculars, and a deep commitment to community service to get into a well-ranked school.
Experts say that a stellar essay is the linchpin that will win the admissions department over.
But that doesn’t mean you should apply to medical school in October. So you need to get the official deadline stuff out of your head.
Submit early with both your primary and secondary applications because it’s not until you turn in your secondary application that it’s complete. They don’t have to be as perfect as your personal statement.