AMCAS allowed submissions of your application to begin yesterday! I cannot stress this enough: SUBMIT YOUR APPS AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. I finished mine and sat on it for 2 weeks after I could have submitted because I was so nervous. That means my secondaries were delayed for 2 weeks because I was dumb.
Secondly, start writing your secondary application essays while your primary application is being processed. The internet is filled with people telling you what your secondary essays are likely to be. Big ones are “How will you contribute to diversity here?” and “Who do you look up to?” or “What is something in your life that you have overcome or an experience you have gone through that will make you a good doctor/taught you skills you will use in medicine” something like that. Get cracking on those so that when your secondaries come in, you can tweak them a little and send them back ASAP because you have done most of the work already!
“But Monarchess, why is it important for me to get this done so quickly? Ugh. Summer!” BECAUSE IT INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF GETTNG ACCEPTED. 50,000 people will apply to MD schools this cycle for like 22,000 spots. Many of those schools do rolling admission, meaning they accept students as they go throughout the fall and spring shortly after you finish your interview. You should get all of these things done early so that you have the most interview date choices and so that you are being compared to fewer candidates for admission, because the longer the interview cycle goes on, the more people adcoms are talking to, and the more people you have to compete with for that spot. If you get your application in late, many of those 22,000 spots have already been filled. Get in while there are the most amount of spots for you.
That said, GO FORTH AND BE AMAZING. I believe in you, and my ask box is always open to answer questions!