Secondaries

How to Answer Tufts University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer Tufts University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

“What are they looking for?”

Pre-meds find themselves asking this question a lot as they complete their secondaries.

For Tufts, there doesn’t seem to be one straightforward answer. Based on its offerings, it seems to have a little bit for everyone. So, it appears that the school is keeping its secondary prompts rather broad, so that applicants can play to their own strengths.

How to Answer George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Secondary Essays

How to Answer George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

“What are they looking for?”

Pre-meds find themselves asking this question a lot as they complete their secondaries.

For George Washington, it seems like the school wants doers, movers, shakers, and producers. Candidates with conscientiousness, but also the will to put that into action.

How to Answer Boston University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer Boston University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

Fans of Savvy Pre-med might be familiar with our numerous past guides to secondary essay writing. If not, check them out, post-haste.

Why so much focus on secondaries? Well, we’ve seen students struggle with secondaries year after year, and we recognize their potential to undermine someone’s entire application.

The Five Most Common Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts for 2018

The Five Most Common Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts for 2018

By: Ryan Kelly

Remember Valentine’s Day when you were a kid? If your grade school was anything like mine, we had to give Valentines to every other kid in the class. The night before, I often ran into my classmates at the Hallmark store, buying packs of the Muppets/Harry Potter/My Little Pony collection, all with the same puns on them. “I’m ready to Kermit to you,” or “I Adumbledore you,” or “Valentine, you are Twilightlicious.

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

By: Ryan Kelly

People tend to view their strengths and weaknesses as unchangeable - certain superpowers or fatal flaws that are hardwired into their genes and personality.

Think about it - how many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not a math person” or “Me and technology just don’t get along!” These statements aren’t facts; they’re just stubborn refusals to change or do what’s uncomfortable.

3 Practice CASPer Questions and Best Responses

3 Practice CASPer Questions and Best Responses

By: Ryan Kelly

CASPer Scenario 1 - Video

(My written account of the video)

One member of your student group, Sue, is showing up unprepared and not contributing. She blames this shortcoming on a paper she had to write, but the other members argue that they were responsible for the same paper yet still managed to show up prepared. Two other members begin confronting Sue about the problem.  

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

By: Ryan Kelly

The word ‘Casper’ might evoke an image of the personable cartoon ghost from tv and comic books.

But is the CASPer as student-friendly as our beloved ghost?

A timed online test to determine your medical school admission seems frightening, but I’m going to show you why it’s not as bad as it seems.