Taking time off

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Taking time off

Postby Guest » Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:12 pm

Is it okay to take time off in between semesters and especially after I graduate? Does this put me at a disadvantage in the application process? Would it hurt me not to apply to medical school right away?

Re: Taking time off

Postby DrDave » Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:15 pm

As long as you can explain why you took time off, I would not expect it to be a problem. You don't even need to have an academic reason for taking time off - even if it was just to explore other interests for a period of time, I think most people would not view it in a negative way.
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Re: Taking time off

Postby Corpsman-Up » Tue Jun 08, 2004 3:04 pm

Hey, I would RECOMMEND some time off! Some people go to work for a while, others travel, others do some volunteer work. As Dr. M. pointed out, as long as you have a good reason, it isn't likely to be a problem. In fact, I saw applicants this year at my school who did such cool stuff during their down time that it definitely enhanced their application!

Once med school starts, you haven't much time for anything else, anyway, so it is a good thing to enjoy your time. It's your most precious commodity, baby! :-D

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