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Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by preopt2019, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. vbforlife123

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    Preparing for my interview at Midwestern-Chicago, has anyone interviewed there and could tell me what to expect? Thanks!
     
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  3. SKP957

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    Hi!
    I applied to Salus and they sent me a email saying they received my application on August 20th. I have not heard anything back yet.. kind of a little worried. Is it to email to be calling or emailing?
     
  4. justordinary4

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: August 6th
    Date verified: August 18th
    OAT Scores: TS 300 AA 300
    Major: Biology BA minor Anthropology
    GPA: C:3.25 S:3.3
    Extracurricular Activities:pre-opt club, anthropology club, 40 hours shadowing, working at the optometry school clinic as a receptionist, independent lab study under a professor at IUSO and various part time jobs and volunteer stuff
    Schools applied: IUSO

    Interviews extended/date: IUSO 8/19
    Interviews accepted: IUSO 9/7
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    Acceptance/date IUSO 9/7

    Just apply and show your resolve and passion towards the optometry field. If you have any questions regarding IUSO I can try and answer them. I am so excited my dream came true!!!!
     
  5. purplecowww

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/30/2018
    Date verified: 9/11/2018
    OAT Scores: 330 AA/350 TS
    Major: Psychology
    GPA: 3.71 science
    Extracurricular Activities: shadowing 3 optometrist, volunteer, internship at SUNY, pre-optometry club, scholarships, clinical experience
    Schools applied: SUNY, Salus, MCPHS
    Interviews extended/date: SUNY 9/12/18, Salus 9/13/18
    Interviews accepted: SUNY 10/10/18, Salus 9/27/18
    Interviews declined:
    Rejections/date:
    Acceptance/date:
     
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  6. rsod07

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    Hi! Good luck with your interviews! I have an interview with SUNY as well, a few days after yours (10/15/18).
     
  7. purplecowww

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    Thank you! Good luck to you too!!!
     
  8. Shebsssss

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    Hi! Congrats on the interviews!! Did you interview at Midwestern IL? I have an interview October 1st and have no idea what to expect and was wondering if you can give any info on it! Thank you!
     
  9. optomeyes2018

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    What did you do to study for the OAT and how long did you study for?
     
  10. ieropt

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    I actually haven’t scheduled that interview yet because I’m waiting to see from ICO first!
     
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  11. 326isha

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    I still have not submitted my applications (NECO, ICO, Salus, SUNY) but I'm planning on by the end of the month to mid October. Is that too late?
     
  12. Shebsssss

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    Hey, i actually just called them, its open file and 2 people will be interviewing us, its not MMI.
     
  13. eyes4opto

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    These schools all have rolling admission so the earlier you apply the better your chances, also higher chances of receiving scholarships if the funds are still available. With that being said it's still relatively early in the application cycle so you should be okay even if you apply in October, these are all great schools - best of luck :) !
     
  14. Scrantonlefty25

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 8/13/2018
    Date verified: 8/28/2018
    OAT Scores: 340 AA/ 330 TS
    Major: Neuroscience
    GPA: 3.66
    Extracurricular Activities: 400+ hours intern for optometrist, played varsity baseball for four years
    Schools applied: NECO, Salus, MCPHS, NOVA
    Interviews extended/date: Salus 8/30 (3 year program), NOVA 9/13, NECO 9/14
    Interviews accepted: Salus 10/9, NOVA 10/26, NECO 10/1
    Interviews declined:
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    If anyone else is interviewing for the accelerated scholars at Salus or has any advice for MMI interviewing let me know!
     
    #63 Scrantonlefty25, Sep 18, 2018
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  15. preopt2019

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    What is MMI?
     
  16. Scrantonlefty25

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    It stands for multiple mini interview. It is an interviewing technique that some schools use where they ask these difficult ethical questions and you have about a minute to come up with an answer and present it to the interviewers.
     
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  17. 326isha

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    Great thank you! Also I'm a Canadian student so that makes me worry even more about submitting my application asap haha. Thanks again!
     
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  18. eyes4opto

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    I'm not sure about other schools but I know NECO has large Canadian representation, maybe this eases your worries a bit!
     
  19. chickengirl33

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    How soon after admissions day did you receive acceptance? Congratulations!!
     
  20. liljujube

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 7/29/18
    Date verified: 8/5/18
    OAT Scores: 360 AA/350 TS
    Major: Psychobiology
    GPA: 3.66
    Extracurricular Activities: 3 years internship exp w/optometry, greek life, dance team, hospital volunteer, Sunday school youth mentor
    Schools applied: UHCO, PUCO, Western, SCCO
    Interviews extended/date: UHCO, PUCO, Western, SCCO
    Interviews accepted: UHCO (9/17), PUCO (9/7), SCCO (10/6)
    Interviews declined: Western
    Rejections/date:
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    UHCO (9/20), PUCO (9/14)

    @eyes4opto we were in the same interview group for UHCO! Congrats on getting accepted :)
     
    #69 liljujube, Sep 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM
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  21. aosos1

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    Hi! Congrats on your acceptances! I was wondering if you could tell me how the interview day at UHCO was. Was the interview stressful or more conversational? And did they notify you of your acceptance via mail or email? Thanks :)
     
  22. liljujube

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    Thank you! Interview day as a whole is pretty relaxing and more of the admissions staff showing what UHCO has to offer. The equipment and facility is amazing to see during the campus tour if you get a chance to see them. The interview was straightforward. It was open file so be prepared to answer any concerns they find about your OAT or GPA. But as long as you are honest and seem that you are genuinely passionate about optometry you should be fine . Like in the "what to expect on interview day" file they send to you, the interview is roughly 20-30 minutes depending on what the panel wants to learn about you. The panel at first seemed really serious, but don't let that phase you. Each faculty member is from a different part of the optometry practice so if one of their area is of interest to you, don't be afraid in asking in depth of what they do during your time to ask questions. The typical "why optometry?" and "why UHCO?" came up so be prepared to launch into your answer with that. Since the tour is before the interview, you might be able to add some other things as to why you want to attend UHCO. Lyle, the admissions counselor is very welcoming as well as Michelle, both of them were able to answer any questions I or the rest of the interviewers had at any time of the day. I hope this was helpful, any other questions feel free to ask me! :)
     
    #71 liljujube, Sep 20, 2018 at 6:38 PM
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  23. eyes4opto

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    Aw yes! So happy you heard back as well :) Congrats on your acceptance and best of luck on your next interview!
     
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  24. pnw256

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    [​IMG] Those applying to NOVA may want to reconsider, just a heads up. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  25. eyes4opto

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    I thought more funding would create a bigger positive impact, are you saying reconsider because this is a negative thing? Just curious on your thoughts
     
  26. preopt2019

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    Why should we reconsider applying?
     
  27. Elizah46

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    I was wondering the same thing, why do we need to reconsider?
     
  28. Jasplice77

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    Honestly I only studied for a month. That was a very bad decision and I hated myself for it. I would say 3 months would have been ideal so I wouldn’t have been cramming and stressing as much as I did. That being said- I used Chads videos A LOT (the mans a lifesaver) and I used Kaplan’s practice tests. I scored lower on the practice tests than on the actual test so that was a fun surprise.
     
  29. pnw256

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    It's a complete sellout and incredibly damaging to the profession. You're tying in a corporation with an educational institution. There is a basis for corporate optometry but they cheapen what optometry stands for in the first place. If you're on ODs on Facebook go check out the thread. I doubt this will actually happen. They would lose too much in alum donations.
    Petition Stop the Renaming of NSU College of Optometry
     
  30. aosos1

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    i have a few questions..could you please message me? i am having trouble viewing your profile/messaging you
     
  31. JustInYurEyez

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    Date OptomCAS submitted: 09/22/18
    Date verified: 09/23/18
    OAT Scores: 300AA/ 300TS
    Major: Kinesiology
    GPA: 3.14 (overall) / 3.08 (science)
    Extracurricular Activities: 3+ years of experience as a lead optometric technician, shadowed in ophthalmology, vision therapy, 2 years of being in a pre-health association, undergraduate teaching assistant for biology
    Schools applied: SCCO, ICO, Western, Midwestern (AZ), Midwestern (IL)
    Interviews extended/date: Midwestern (AZ) (09/24), Midwestern (IL) (09/25)
    Interviews accepted: Midwestern (AZ) (10/12), Midwestern (IL) (10/15)
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    Submitted Western's application 09/24/18 and paid SCCO's supplemental fee today on 09/25/18! Have yet to receive an email from ICO stating they have received my application..
     
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  32. bcalter

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    Wow! I can't believe they verified your application so quickly. I feel like most take about a week, but I wouldn't complain if mine worked that quickly. Seems strange because I submitted mine on the 22 of Sept, but it still hasn't been verified. Regardless, good luck with your interviews!
     
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  33. JustInYurEyez

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    I was also pretty shocked! But to provide some additional context, I've had all my official transcripts sent to OptomCAS and received since like early August.. Coincidentally my official OAT scores were processed the day just before I submitted my applications! I was told that everything gets verified relatively quickly once everything has been received! Maybe I was just getting lucky..

    And thank you! Good luck with your application cycle as well! :)
     
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    I also had my transcripts at the end of August and had my official OAT in the middle of August... I hope mine gets verified soon haha:xf: I don't think this matters too much, but did you have your LORs done when you submitted your application?
     
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  35. JustInYurEyez

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    Yes all of my LORs were completed relatively early as well. What does the status of your applications state on OptomCAS?
     
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    That could be my problem... even though they say LORs don't have to be done before they are verified, I could see them giving preference to those who have that all in. On OptomCAS it says they are all "complete".
     
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    I'm also a Canadian student applying - I tried to send you a message as I have a few questions but it wouldn't let me - are you able to send me one? :)
     
  38. JustInYurEyez

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    Submitting and Completing Your OptomCAS Application


    Yeah you are encouraged to submit prior to having everything in but OptomCAS will not verify your applications until they receive everything which includes LOR evaluations!
     
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  39. bcalter

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    Oh dang it, I swear I read somewhere that they would verify without all of the LOR. But thank you for pointing that out for me!! Best of luck to you!
     
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  40. JustInYurEyez

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    No worries! Same to you as well! :D
     
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    Congrats on your interviews! I was wondering how many hours did you shadow in opthalmology and vision therapy?
     
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  42. JustInYurEyez

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    Thank you and on OptomCAS I listed them as "Per diem" and I just put that I would shadow about 5 hrs a week, and put a total of 4 weeks, and it just calculated that. It was kinda annoying to list that during the experiences part of OptomCAS tbh..
     
  43. preopt2019

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    Its been so hard finding a Optometrist that would allow me to shadow them more than 2 times :(
     
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    I just sent a message!
     

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