I know I preach about hard work, but I think the word PASSION is better suited to what I truly mean. I am a passionate person, whether it is staying up late reading papers, studying for exams, running experiments over night, waking up early and working out, or vacationing with family - I go all in. I put hard work into everything I do, and when I preach about hard work, know that what I really mean is passion.
Over the years, I have learned a thing or two about graduate and professional school admissions. Five degrees down, half-way done with my last two, I never knew getting ‘into’ school was as much a skill as actually graduating. While each type of program has a different constellation of requirements, one part remains the same: the personal statement.
So to recap — the thing I think every student who is a freshman-junior in college should work on is making sure they have fulfilled all of these important parts of the application. Make sure your GPA and MCAT are competitive. Make sure you have shadowing experience. Make sure you have some type of research experience. Make sure you have some volunteer and leadership experience. And make sure you know what makes you different and what sets you apart.