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Passport Admissions is a San Diego based admissions advising company. Our team of experts is dedicated to one thing: helping you stand out. We believe that:
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We’re extremely passionate about what we do, and we feel blessed to be able to work with such unique students every day. The Admissions Process is Needlessly Complex
The admissions process is needlessly complex. We’ve seen legions of overwhelmed students (and parents) come through our doors, and we know that mastering the admissions process can become a full time job for most students (what, you

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01/31/2024

Have you taken the required AND recommended courses for medical school? You must cover your bases for the required courses, but it can be helpful to take the recommended courses too as a way of demonstrating that you have the knowledge to succeed in medical school and beyond.

Now, don’t bend over backwards to take every course on this list. And the good news is this: you don’t have to take all of these courses by the time you APPLY, merely by the time you MATRICULATE, or by the time you start medical school. So you’ve got some room to maneuver here to make sure you take the courses you need.

Read more about this in Ryan Kelly’s article “Are You Ready to Apply to Medical or Graduate School?”
https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/are-you-ready-to-apply-to-medical-or-graduate-school


01/28/2024

Parents often push students to apply to “just one more reach school” - Harvard or whatever - because they want to see whether their kid can win the admissions lottery. The problem? You’ve already got a stack of essays, and by adding more, you’re necessarily limiting the amount of time and attention you can pay to other, more realistic options.

Finding the right school list requires balance. Apply to enough reach schools to see what happens, but make sure you have plenty of match and good fit schools too. And if someone suggests you apply “just to see what happens?”, tell them thanks, but you’d rather see what happens with your strategized list.

Check out Ryan Kelly’s article “Are You Ready to Apply to Medical or Graduate School?” to learn more.
https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/are-you-ready-to-apply-to-medical-or-graduate-school

How to Know If You’re Ready for Medical or Graduate School: A 10-Question Quiz 01/26/2024

Well, maybe. It depends on whether it’s a balanced 511 with no score under 127. Bonus points for a high CARS score (best predictor of USMLE results) and biology (most relevant to medical school work).

So not all 511’s are created equal, which means you need to look past the school’s average score and dig into the details on MSAR to see what they’re looking for in their incoming class.

Read more about this in Ryan Kelly’s article “Are You Ready to Apply to Medical or Graduate School?” (link in bio).

https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/are-you-ready-to-apply-to-medical-or-graduate-school

How to Know If You’re Ready for Medical or Graduate School: A 10-Question Quiz Applying to medical or graduate school can be a daunting process. Before you rush into it, take this quiz to assess your readiness and preparation. Learn from an admissions consultant how to avoid common pitfalls and increase your chances of success.

01/26/2024

Well, maybe. It depends on whether it’s a balanced 511 with no score under 127. Bonus points for a high CARS score (best predictor of USMLE results) and biology (most relevant to medical school work).

So not all 511’s are created equal, which means you need to look past the school’s average score and dig into the details on MSAR to see what they’re looking for in their incoming class.

Read more about this in Ryan Kelly’s article “Are You Ready to Apply to Medical or Graduate School?”
https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/are-you-ready-to-apply-to-medical-or-graduate-school

01/24/2024

Essentially, this question is asking what the discount rate you give to your money. Is $100 worth more now, or is the promise of $150 (assuming that probability is 100% that it will happen) worth more to you? There are few investments that will net a 50% annual return, so why do some people opt for the money now?

Your time works the same way. We as a species are TERRIBLE at figuring out how valuable our future time is, which leads to a predictable mistake when organizing ourselves for applying: we underestimate how busy we’ll be. We ALWAYS think we’ll be less busy in the future, applying a discount rate to our future time.

Don’t make that mistake or any of the others in this week’s article “Pre-Mortem Your Admissions Dreams: Avoiding Application Missteps”.
https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/pre-mortem-your-admissions-dreams-avoiding-application-missteps

01/19/2024

Admissions officers see you clearly, a little too clearly for your tastes if you’ve got a weakness in your application. Rather than avoid mentioning it, you should acknowledge it head-on and be prepared to talk about it.

Whether you spend precious real estate of your personal statement on that weakness is a question for a good advisor, but don’t pretend the admissions officers won’t notice.

Check out Rob Humbracht’s latest article “Pre-Mortem Your Admissions Dreams: Avoiding Application Missteps”
https://www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/pre-mortem-your-admissions-dreams-avoiding-application-missteps

01/12/2024

1 - “I want to be a doctor because I love science and enjoy helping people.”
2 - “My journey to medicine began with a large order of Burger King onion rings.”

Based on these hooks, which personal statement would you want to read? And take a guess at which one was written by a human vs AI.

Check out the latest article from expert advisor Ryan Kelly to learn more:
"Should You Use AI to Write Your Personal Statement? Part 2”
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/should-you-use-ai-to-write-your-personal-statement-part-2


01/10/2024

Subject line 1: Exploring Collaborative Opportunities with [Recipient’s Company Name]

Subject line 2: Internship Request

Subject line 3: Inquiry: Summer Internship in Neuropharmacology Research

Read our analysis in the latest article from Rob Humbracht and Ryan Kelly to learn more:
"How to Become a Communication Chameleon”
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/how-to-become-a-communication-chameleon

01/03/2024

For a limited time, when you refer a friend to sign up with Passport Admissions, you both get:
A FREE Passport hoodie to keep you warm while you study
PLUS your choice of one:
FREE hour of consulting ($250 value),
$100 Amazon card, or
$100 donation to a charity of your choice

Use promo code PASSPORTGETSYOUIN in the referral form: https://www.passportadmissions.com/refer

But hurry, this offer is only valid while supplies last.

12/24/2023

When presenting yourself to potential employees, it is tempting to restate the accomplishments on your resume.

But will that make you memorable? No!

Turn your accomplishments into a story to better captivate your audience and make your pitch outstanding!

Read more tips about writing an effective pitch in the latest article from Rob Humbracht and Ryan Kelly:
"Networking 101 – From Nerd to Networker: Reinventing Your Elevator Pitch”
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/networking-101-from-nerd-to-networker-reinventing-your-elevator-pitch

12/20/2023

In the world of admissions, where some choose to scheme,
Admit Nick was a beacon, his ethics supreme.
"No rowing façades or Photoshop ruse,
We'll get you in fair, no need for the blues!"

He spruced up each paragraph, each sentence, each line,
With comments and edits both tactful and fine;
Once all was in order, he turned with a jerk,
Not a word did he speak, as he finished his work
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Want to read the rest of the most incredible rewrite of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” of all time?

Check out:
"T’was the Night Before Deadlines” by Rob Humbracht
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/twas-the-night-before-deadlines

Happy Holidays, everyone!

12/17/2023

For a limited time, when you refer a friend to sign up with Passport Admissions, you both get:

A FREE Passport hoodie to keep you warm while you study

PLUS your choice of one:
FREE hour of consulting ($250 value),
$100 Amazon card, or
$100 donation to a charity of your choice

Use promo code PASSPORTGETSYOUIN in the referral form: https://www.passportadmissions.com/refer

But hurry, this offer is only valid while supplies last.

12/15/2023

…when all through the land,
Keyboards were clacking, the hour at hand.
The essays were typed on the computer with care,
In hopes that Acceptance Letters soon would be there.

Continue to procrastinate by reading the rest of this awesome admissions poem here:

"T’was the Night Before Deadlines” by Rob Humbracht
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/twas-the-night-before-deadlines

Happy Holidays, everyone!

12/13/2023

Additionally, 57% of people report that having a stellar business card is essential for networking. This is backed by the fact that 39% of people choose not to do business with a company with a “cheap-looking” card.*

Join us in our four-part Networking 101 series as we discuss strategies for mastering these fundamental skills. Read "Networking 101 – Business Cards: The College Student's Shortcut to Professional Cred" by Rob Humbracht and Ryan Kelly on the Passport blog.
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/networking-101-business-cards-the-college-students-shortcut-to-professional-cred

*25+ Important Networking Statistics [2023]: The Power of Connections In The Workplace - Zippia retrieved from https://www.zippia.com/advice/networking-statistics/

12/10/2023

Situation: Your professor, notorious for being aloof, is wrapping up a lecture. How do you approach them?

Choice A: Rush up to them, gushing about how you'd love to get involved in their research.
Choice B: Shout a question from the back of the lecture hall to get their attention.
Choice C: Approach them calmly after the crowd dissipates and ask an insightful question about the lecture.
Choice D: Wait silently at the edge of the crowd, hoping they'll notice you.

Play our Networking Game to see if your answer is on point 😉 or cringe-worthy 😬!
https://www.passportadmissions.com/networking-game

Read more tips in "Networking 101 – Business Cards: The College Student's Shortcut to Professional Cred" by Rob Humbracht and Ryan Kelly on the Passport blog
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/networking-101-business-cards-the-college-students-shortcut-to-professional-cred

12/08/2023

These printed pieces of cardstock are still one of the most effective ways to network and make a lasting impression.

You’ll also learn how to create a digital portfolio and a resume that showcase your skills and achievements.

Check out the latest article from Rob Humbracht and Ryan Kelly to learn more:

"Networking 101 – Business Cards: The College Student's Shortcut to Professional Cred”
www.passportadmissions.com/blog-posts/networking-101-business-cards-the-college-students-shortcut-to-professional-cred


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