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Writing your personal statement during a pandemic

Writing your personal statement during a pandemic

I want to say a few things to students who, on top of applying to schools this year, are doing it in the midst of a pandemic. That means they have had fewer standardized testing opportunities. Fewer extra-curricular opportunities. They’ve often had to take their...
Future docs: how to write your med school essay

Future docs: how to write your med school essay

A little secret about me: I might be the only person on the planet who loves going to the doctor. I go every year, whether Dr. Horn wants to see me or not, and when I’m in her office, I relax so deeply I might as well be having a massage. Her nurse takes my...
How to write a dynamic academic resume

How to write a dynamic academic resume

See that photo up above? That’s of my dog, Tilly, after I said the words “academic resume” to her. In fact, say the words “academic resume” to anyone, canine or otherwise, and watch just about everyone’s eyes glaze over with equal...
During the pandemic, find your passion project

During the pandemic, find your passion project

In this crazy time of COVID, I found myself on a hiking trail last week thinking about passion projects. It was a pretty day, the forest trilling with birdsong, the leaves on the trees that new, tentative green that only exists in the spring. My dog Tilly and I were...