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  1. Mellow Pharaoh

    Weird EC's?

    It seems like there are mixed perspectives and mixed results with regards to involving gaming as an EC. I'm on the verge of taking the leap and risking it. At this point, the odds are nowhere near being in our favour, so you might as well throw in a wild card and hope for the best. Hopefully, I end up with a hipster and a committee that incorporates students into the process. xD Here's hoping! Realistically, I'm planning on using these EC's, but I do want to gauge the experiences of others and what they did a little bit more before I'm 100% committed to including them. Not to mention I have to work on the formatting with regards to how I want to voice these EC's. A shame about that stigma associated with gaming though. It is nowhere near a general truth. As mentioned earlier, I've met a lot of different people during my time gaming. From engineers, medical students, pre-med students, longshoremen off-duty, and even a Ph.D. student! The list goes on. Nonetheless, your perspective is an important one to consider. You are right about gauging the progressiveness when it comes to such a topic. I'd imagine such a topic would be better accepted at schools that incorporate students into the admissions process. There is another thing that I could probably look into. Thank you for voicing your perspective!
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    Weird EC's?

    Firstly, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to write that and providing your perspective. As for the descriptions provided here, they are nowhere near complete. I'm still debating on whether or not I should include these EC's and how to do so (mostly leaning on including them at this point). As a result, I'm still in the development phase and the descriptions here are pretty much just a from the top of my head culmination of things that pertain to this extracurricular activity. In fact, I'll change my initial post just to make sure nobody else gets a false conception that those descriptions are my final drafts. Sorry if you got the wrong perception that these were the finals drafts or anything close to it (pretty sure a lol in an EC description would be good grounds for rejection xD) With that being said, I like what you mentioned when it comes to looking at the sentence structure, the utilization of specific words, and what you should go further into detail. My only issue with that is the amount of space given. But you may counter this by saying that condensation and reflection upon the activities will help with this aspect (just thinking out loud here). Even then, I will be applying to some American schools and for the description of EC's for some apps, you only have a 100 character limit. But then again, probably will have to do my best with regards to condensation. Overall, thank you for the constructive criticism. I'll be taking in all of the information provided here and input it into how I construct my perspective with regards to how these EC's can be representative of my capabilities and character, along with how that can be reflective upon what I can contribute when it comes to medicine. I'll try to create finalized versions of how I would input these EC's as soon as I can so that I may be able to get some even more feedback so that I don't end up with the situation you mentioned in your second sentence. For now, thanks once again.
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    Weird EC's?

    Understood. I see where you're getting at. I think I'm able to carve out something going that route.
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    Weird EC's?

    What if they ask for the name of the organization in the application? PSL refers to PremierSniperLeague and CSL refers to Competitive Sniping League. Should I list them like that (like mention both in the same title box)? Or should I still put Online Gaming Community? Thanks for your perspective btw. I definitely agree that if this is all you have, that isn't a good thing and there are other things that need to be prioritized. Thankfully, this isn't my case.
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    Weird EC's?

    Understandable. Thank you for your perspective. That gives me a wee bit more confidence in including them on my app. I can definitely give good written justifications based on my experiences.
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    Weird EC's?

    I thought it would be exactly what it suggests. Thanks for the advice, compliments, and your perspective! @Meridian definitely brings up a good point with regards to the structure of how I represent things.
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    Weird EC's?

    That's totally understandable. I get what you're saying. I'll definitely consider this when I'm constructing my application! Thanks for playing the counter perspective though. It definitely makes me more aware of the flip side of things.
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    Weird EC's?

    That's true. That definitely is something to consider. Kind of risky I assume then (high risk, high reward?)? However, I feel like including these specific EC's gave me leadership experience, as well as introduced me to new skills and people that I would have never met before. A few people I met online are also pre-med and we have ties that go for years. We all still talk to each other from time to time as well.
  9. Mellow Pharaoh

    Weird EC's?

    I like that format. Makes it look a bit more professional too. Should I add in the names to the communities though, but as abbreviations (CSL/PSL)?
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    Weird EC's?

    Glad to hear this! Was kind of worried about how it would look to an adcom for a moment there! Pigeon farming definitely sounds unique. What exactly did that pertain to (or is it exactly what it would suggest)?
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    Weird EC's?

    Premier Sniper League 2014-2015 Player base of 300 Online Call of Duty based community for competitive e-sniping, Moderator, Lead GFX Artist, Administrator. - Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Managing Tournaments & rankings, spectate matches and review match results (esp. when dilemma's between teams arise), designing logos and banners, creating update videos, reviewing & uploading content, managing staff, upholding bans on hackers (not joking with this as it got to such a bad point that a ban list was needed lol), and managing the website. Competitive Sniping League 2017-2018 Player base of about 1,000 Online Call of Duty based community for competitive e-sniping, Moderator, Lead GFX Artist - Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Managing Tournaments & rankings, spectate matches and review match results (esp. when dilemma's between teams arise), designing logos and banners. I feel like both of these experiences really introduced me to new people, exposed me to unique experiences, and taught me a whole lot about leadership & responsibility. Not to mention the skills you pick up are something that I'll have forever (design and familiarity with C4D/Photoshop is something that was expanded upon after I was introduced to it back in 2011 by a fellow competitive player). They also taught me a lot in terms of dealing with people and being able to decipher problematic situations. Not to mention you have to grow a thick skin in order to take on the heat from some people that can be a pain to deal with (*shudders* remembering some horrific Skype calls I've gotten). Hockeybuzz.com 2013 - Present Member base of 10,000 Hockey Forums website to discuss, blog about, and read everything about hockey, Moderator, Blogger - Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Moderating posts and posters, as well as writing up blogs. This experience has led me to create bonds and ties with people that have a common interest in Hockey, as well as upholding responsibility in creating a good environment to discuss hockey-related matters. It has given me a platform to develop and get better at argumentation, as well as develop my passion for Hockey. The question remains though. Do you think these EC's are too weird to include or exactly what a unique EC would consist of? Any input would be appreciated! Disclaimer: The descriptions are rough, rough drafts of thoughts from the top of my to just get the ball rolling. Please be merciful.
  12. I have done two paid internships (one in Uni and another in High School). How would I list them when applying to medical school? Would they go under work experience (this is what I think)?
  13. Mellow Pharaoh

    Clarification On 2/3 Year Positions (Newbie)

    Thanks for the link (looks like they got some pretty neat content that ranges over a broad spectrum), and thanks in general!
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    Clarification On 2/3 Year Positions (Newbie)

    I did a load of 19 credit hours of that in my first semester during the 3rd year (ahead due to AP credits) and it went great. I love Biochemistry and the stuff we are learning about clicks in my head relatively quickly (thankfully). The research as you mentioned isn't well understood, but I try to grasp at tangents and expand from there (really loving epigenetics and the latest research on that... I've had to do 2 presentations/projects on it so far and its a pretty cool topic, especially in correlation to tissue engineering). My GFX/digital art portfolio: https://www.behance.net/DynamicallyDivergent Some of my work isn't on there (especially websites and logos for small businesses) since they were previously on my mediafire account lol (back when I was a noobie and thought that was a good place for storage and transferring files to clients...) and I haven't really focused on transferring those files, better do that now than never I guess). You'll find most of my custom YT banner and logo work, etc in my portfolio atm.
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    FAQ: What are my chances?

    EC's are great. Ta loco research is weak... a summer immunology research award (I assume it was a competitive position?), clinical research project, and a course based thesis project are pretty epic to me, even though you got no pubs out of it. Great experience to write about if you can Solid GPA. Solid MCAT. DON'T retake the MCAT, especially if it will be your 4th time. Re-evaluate your personal statements. Could be your LOR's?
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