Applying to Med School
December 5, 2011

Being a Unique Applicant: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

by Patrick Boyle, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

How many of you have been in a lecture hall of over three hundred people? How about in an auditorium with over a thousand people? Now imagine walking into a stadium with 42,880 other people. I would imagine it would be very easy to feel anonymous in a crowd that large. Well, last year 42,880 of your peers applied to medical school. Last week, the new AMCAS application opened and the first applications will be submitted at the beginning of June. Now keeping in mind you are in a “stadium” with roughly 40,000 …

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Applying to Med School
December 5, 2011

Making the Personal Statement Personal

By Patrick Boyle, Kaplan Elite MCAT Teacher

The AMCAS application opens in early May and thus begins another excruciating application process for hopeful premeds across the country. Number after number defines them – AMCAS ID, GPA, MCAT – and the application seemingly becomes a very cold process. Students are characterized by years of undergraduate work in their GPA and the one day exam of the MCAT. But are you really the person that your numbers paint you to be? Do you think you can effectively show your personality through statistics alone?

Absolutely not! While many students look at the personal

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