Go Wide

Go Wide

Having a varied list of things in which you were involved will allow you at a later date to use this activity bank you’ve created to determine and explain a situation in which you were a leader, you problem solved, you interacted with diverse people, you were humbled, you struggled with a moral issues, and a variety of other questions thrown at you on secondary applications. Giving football recruits tours taught you leadership, public speaking, confidence, working with others, or maybe even your love of teaching. Watching TV at the French house shows your dedication to diversity, interest in global issues, ability to relate to others regardless of language barriers, etc. You will inevitably be able to find the significance of your activities. This is not something for you to worry about now.

Tip: traveling is a fun way to learn about yourself and enhance your resume. I traveled to Israel for a month with a friend of mine, we visited a few hospitals along the way, and I later wrote about the trip and its effect on my opinion on the availability of healthcare as a global issue. This was not my intention for the trip, I had a fabulous time, and I also really didn’t have to stretch my imagination at all in explaining my deeper understanding of global issues upon return. I had one less avocado smoothie while in Vietnam and was able to tour a local emergency room and speak with one of the nurses about how trauma patients are triaged.

Think of doing stuff not only as an investment in your medical school application but also as a deposit to your overall life experience bank. Stuff will lead you to finding out what it is that impassions you; one of the more difficult and yet empowering questions to answer about yourself.

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Sally Greenwald

Sally Greenwald is a MD MPH student at a medical school in Boston. She is a dancer, a flutist, a swim lesson instructor, a right fielder in softball, and is conversationally fluent in French. She graduated from Tufts University in 2007 and spent a year as Guest Representative of the Emergency Room and Clinical Researcher of the ED at Stanford Hospital.

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