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Admissions Is Not a Lottery

The idea that the college admissions process is a lottery is a common one among frustrated applicants. The popular variation is often phrased, ‘Admissions is a crapshoot,’ with the additional implication that you don’t have great odds in this particular lottery. Some, however, have taken the idea a bit more seriously. Writing in The Atlantic, Rob Goodman […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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Too Far Away or Too Close to Home?

For many students, the factor of distance becomes crucial in the college admissions process. Sometimes a parent wants to veto any school outside a certain radius of home. Sometimes a student feels such a need to distance themselves from childhood that any school in California starts to look a lot more attractive. It’s important not […]

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Lower Acceptance Rates: What Do They Mean?

It seems that every year now acceptance rates at the top colleges drop even lower. In 2014, Stanford University accepted just 5% of applicants, a record low. An article in the The New York Times noted that chances at other elite schools aren’t much better: Harvard and Yale are around 6%, Columbia and Princeton about […]

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Waiting on the Waitlist

It’s a tough place to be, the waitlist. If you’ve been dropped there by your top choice (or maybe your top three) you may feel helpless, confused, resigned, or maybe just depressed. This is not the way admissions officers want you to feel. The first thing to remember is that you’re on the waitlist because […]

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5 Things Not to Do When You’re on the Waitlist

1) Don’t give up. While it’s important to be realistic about your low chances, don’t give up if you want to attend a school that has waitlisted you. A decision may feel distant, but it’s worth staying focused and doing what you can. 2) Don’t send too many letters/emails. Sending letters is one way you […]

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Choosing the right Medical School for You

1) MD or DO? Both types of degrees will enable you to practice medicine within the United States, but the taught curriculum can vary a little between both programs. DO programs place an emphasis on osteopathic manipulative medicine, but the medical training for both are otherwise very similar. MD and DO hopefuls apply through two […]

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Back to School Tips

Summer’s winding down. I don’t want to put a damper on your last weeks of freedom, but it’s time to start thinking about the impending school year. A little foresight and planning will make your year more successful and more relaxed. I’m leaving out those who are going to be entering their freshman year—and secondary […]

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Questions to Ask during Medical School Interviews

A common stumbling block for many med school hopefuls comes at the very end of the interview. You’ve hit it off with your interviewer, received glowing praise regarding your extracurriculars and academic resume, had a couple of laughs over your mutual hometown, and just as you’re getting ready to mail yourself an acceptance letter, the […]

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Tips for Medical School Applications

1) Start early. Most medical schools operate on a rolling basis. That means that the earlier you submit your application, the better your chances at an interview and, subsequently, an acceptance. Starting early also gives you a cushion of time to work with, in case you get stuck on your personal statement or run into […]

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