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About Bane Srdjevic

From my experience as a normal college student as well as an editor for a university newspaper and a blogger, I have realized there are more students than there should be who don’t fully understand the range of possibilities taking a graduate exam can open up for them. I have heard from many students about how the time and effort these exams require are not worth rewards, but when I asked why they thought they weren’t worth the work students would respond with something along the lines of ‘it’s just another standardized test.’ That’s when I realized many students need help on a much more fundamental level, and I would focus my blogs on not just tips and tricks for taking the exams, but why the exams are worthwhile in order to get them into the test rooms.

I am currently a blogger for Spark Hire, an online video interviewing site, and am looking for another niche to write for. The Spark Hire blog currently focuses on job seekers and students fresh out of college which means that several of my posts have dealt with options for furthering education. But from a technical stand point, I was trained by Spark Hire to incorporate keyword rich SEO techniques into every blog in order to help boost traffic.

I am a recent graduate from Purdue University and have been taking my graduate tests over the past few months. I recently took and passed the GRE and am preparing to take the LSAT on February 9th. The reason why I am not just taking one or the other is because I like to keep my options open, and by writing for the Kaplan Test Prep blog I want to make sure that other students understand graduate tests are doorways to opportunities and not just stepping stones. By making sure I have these scores down I will have nothing keeping me from pursuing whatever field I want whenever I want.

During my time at Purdue I was also an editor for the daily newspaper and had a chance to work directly with Russell Schaffer, the senior communications manager for Kaplan Test Prep at the time, and he helped me write and research several articles on the changes that were being made to the GRE and the MCAT. While it isn't much, it is some experience that I have had writing with Kaplan Test Prep.

As a writer for the Kaplan Test Prep blog, I would bring all of the experience I have and use it to educate students and prospective test takers about not only how to prepare for the exams but why the exams are so important. The easiest way to fail at something is to not try, and I will try my best to keep as many students as I can from failing.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

July 22, 2013

Another Kind of Med School Review: Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis

Indiana University is a huge school, so it makes sense that the Indiana University School of Medicine would be huge as well. It has nine campuses spanning across all of Indiana and the second largest medical student body in the U.S. In this med school review, we'll focus on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis, the largest of all the med school campuses. A Few Fun Facts
  • There are 873 students across all programs at the Indianapolis campus.
  • The school has a strong primary care program — 39.3% of graduates from 2010-2012 entered primary care specialties.
  • Tuition for a year costs $32,692 for in-state students and $50,133 for out-of-state students.
  • Residency pay for American med school graduates averages between $40,000-$50,000, but the average salary for American doctors working in single-specialty practices was about $240,000 in 2010 while multi-specialty practice doctors earned $258,000 on average during that year.
  • The 2011-2012 average for graduates accepting in-state residencies after graduation is 38%.
  • Some of the most popular residency and specialty programs for the 2011 and 2012 classes include anesthesiology, neurology, and pediatrics.
  • The class of 2012 entering class had an average GPA of 3.7 and an average MCAT score of 30.7.
You've Got to Reach Most doctors are born with an innate desire to help people in need, which is why they become doctors. IU School of Medicine uses that knowledge to steer its extracurricular agenda more to that effect. All med school students are expected to go beyond the required classwork, and the school gives you ample opportunity to do so through outreach programs such as Project Joy, an initiative focusing on geriatrics. Using Your Surroundings to Your Advantage Being a student at a school that has more than 60 clinical departments and specialty divisions means you'll never run out of information to explore. But everyone needs a break once in a while, which is why being in a city as big as Indianapolis is a great advantage. You can catch a Colts game at the Lucas Oil Stadium during football season, or you can check out any of the many museums, from the Indiana State Museum to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Along with museums and football stadiums, big cities always have a thriving bar scene. While you can go ahead and explore every inch of the city for the perfect pub if you're a brew aficionado, there are several hangouts right around the school that might be a little easier to get to. You can check out AJ's Lounge, a bar with a relaxed vibe, a juke box, and a friendly owner named Gwen; or Downtown Olly's Inc., a food and drink joint right outside the Central Library. These are only a couple bars to go to, but there are many more for you to discover. The Four Seasons Being in the Midwest, Indianapolis is a city left to the mercy of all four seasons. The summers can get hotter than Hades and the winters can get below zero with heavy snowfall, so make sure to bring clothes for all conditions. Luckily, the city knows how to make the best of any situation by opening seasonal attractions, such as ice rinks in the winter and putting all animals on display at the Indianapolis Zoo in the summer. IUSM Wants You to Succeed IUSM is part of Indiana University, a giant school with many resources, and one of the resources you'll have access to that goes beyond the school of medicine is the school career services. The school offers networking opportunities, workshops for resume writing and residency planning, as well as several other services for its students, but that's not where it ends. Upon graduation, you become a member of the IU Alumni Association and are given access to all the resources the association has to offer. That means career coaching, job tools, job search skill building, as well as access to a network made up of countless other alumni. Your tuition dollars go further than you think. Indiana University is a big network that can offer you a lot that some other schools simply cannot, and we've addressed some of the major things you can expect in this med school review. We've addressed a few of the key concerns you probably have as a med school applicant, and if IUSM has caught your interest then all that's left is to get yourself over to Indianapolis and see it for yourself. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] more

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