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    I just received an email from St John's saying I can attach any additional documents to strengthen my application. I'm applying for medicine however so I am not sure as to what counts as relevant. I have referenced an essay, should I attach that? I have also talked about my art. Should I attach a few pictures of my sketchbook?
    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by Ali Bomaye!)
    I just received an email from St John's saying I can attach any additional documents to strengthen my application. I'm applying for medicine however so I am not sure as to what counts as relevant. I have referenced an essay, should I attach that? I have also talked about my art. Should I attach a few pictures of my sketchbook?
    Thanks in advance.
    No idea what exactly John’s wants, but one thing for sure is they’d (= Cambridge) only be interested in something relevant to a subject you’re applying for. So if you’re applying for Medicine, Art won’t be of their interest and it won’t strengthen your application.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    No idea what exactly John’s wants, but one thing for sure is they’d (= Cambridge) only be interested in something relevant to a subject you’re applying for. So if you’re applying for Medicine, Art won’t be of their interest and it won’t strengthen your application.
    Fair enough. What if the art is about medicine though?
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    (Original post by Ali Bomaye!)
    Fair enough. What if the art is about medicine though?
    Is it a serious question?
    Do you really think your ability for painting or drawing (or whatever in your sketchbook) will prove your ability to be a good medic?
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Is it a serious question?
    Do you really think your ability for painting or drawing (or whatever in your sketchbook) will prove your ability to be a good medic?
    At this point I'm just looking for something that may help me stand out, even if it isn't entirely relevant. So when they get to deciding whether I get a place, they think "oh that's the guy with the talent for art". Besides, even if it gets ignored, it cant hurt my chances right?
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    (Original post by Ali Bomaye!)
    At this point I'm just looking for something that may help me stand out, even if it isn't entirely relevant. So when they get to deciding whether I get a place, they think "oh that's the guy with the talent for art". Besides, even if it gets ignored, it cant hurt my chances right?
    Standing out in what way?
    If you really think sending them irrelevant info for medicine application when they’re extremely busy with examine all sorts of actually relevant information for all applicants is a good idea and it may make difference to your application, that’s your decision.
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    (Original post by Ali Bomaye!)
    I just received an email from St John's saying I can attach any additional documents to strengthen my application. I'm applying for medicine however so I am not sure as to what counts as relevant. I have referenced an essay, should I attach that? I have also talked about my art. Should I attach a few pictures of my sketchbook?
    Thanks in advance.
    I believe this will show that you are an all rounder and is not limited only to academics. Btw are you an overseas student or a UK resident?
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    I believe this will show that you are an all rounder and is not limited only to academics. Btw are you an overseas student or a UK resident?
    Cambridge doesn't care about if you're an all rounder, extracurriculars that aren't related to the subject you want to study are irrelevant for admissions
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    (Original post by Ali Bomaye!)
    I just received an email from St John's saying I can attach any additional documents to strengthen my application. I'm applying for medicine however so I am not sure as to what counts as relevant. I have referenced an essay, should I attach that? I have also talked about my art. Should I attach a few pictures of my sketchbook?
    Thanks in advance.
    Try asking in this new thread

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=5041574
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    Also worth pointing out that the medical profession is very keen on "outside interests" these days, as part of de-stressing, promoting a healthy work-life balance etc.

    Now, I'm not sure if the same can be said about Cambridge medicine admissions, but it would be a mistake in general for people to think that medicine positions only ever care about stuff directly related to medicine.

    Hobbies, outside interests etc, do matter somewhat. I'm personally a bit unsure if that's actually a good thing or not, but it is undeniably the case. Application forms and interviews at specialist trainee level can ask about interests outside medicine, for example.
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    Also worth pointing out that the medical profession is very keen on "outside interests" these days, as part of de-stressing, promoting a healthy work-life balance etc.

    Now, I'm not sure if the same can be said about Cambridge medicine admissions, but it would be a mistake in general for people to think that medicine positions only ever care about stuff directly related to medicine.

    Hobbies, outside interests etc, do matter somewhat. I'm personally a bit unsure if that's actually a good thing or not, but it is undeniably the case. Application forms and interviews at specialist trainee level can ask about interests outside medicine, for example.
    The Cambridge AT confirmed in their other thread that the OP should indeed send the sketchbook, especially when it was mentioned the sketchbook included medical sketches
 
 
 
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