if you had to choose, which one would you choose and why?
other than, of course, location since it's obvious nyc is better than philly. at least to me.
My interviewer at Penn told me that the school is definitely not worth the price tag and that there is very little community among the students. Plus I hate that dungeon clinic. P/F/H grading is better than normal grades in my opinion. I hate to rip on Penn so much, but I've also heard that the renovations to occur there may have students working in makeshift clinics in trailers/other buildings. Columbia is also cheaper. So, Columbia.
I already was accepted at Penn. I have nothing to gain by lying and bashing the school. But to be honest, I was very surprised when my interviewer said that to me. He claimed that he has seen too many people get sold on the school and then when they get there they end up resenting the place when its not all its cracked up to be. He interviewed another student too and told that kid the same thing.
Also, I dont understand why people rave about Penns facilities, they have a nice LOBBY but the actual clinic and classrooms are awful. The sim lab is smaller than my closet. The students there all just talked about how hard the classes were and how bacterial pathology was going to make our lives a living hell. Penn is relying on its ivy reputation and the deans scholarship to attract good students.
Like Harvard and Columbia arent doing the same.
Very true, but at those p/f ivies with smaller classes it seems like the students are more taken care of and are happier. In contrast to Penn, where according to my interviewer they are attracted to the school and then are miserable.
Honestly, I think the interviewer was just trying to see how bad you really wanted to go to UPenn. Mind games my friend lol.
I am just curious on how you know soo much about their students' happiness from an interview from a professor? I would think you would find this out directly from students who attend, and honestly when i was at Columbia I had several students tell me that they didn't like it there but only came bc they like new york. So that theory that they treat you better does not hold up, sorry try again.
Haha interesting theory but that really wasn't the case. How bad I wanted to go there? I just sat there and listened to him talk and really gave little reaction except thanking him for his opinion and honesty. I didn't pretend to know more than I do and blindly stand up for UPenn. And i got in, so I don't think it was mind games. When I say that the students seemed unhappy I was mostly thinking about the three students that sat next to me during lunch and the one student that showed me how to find Corkys office, however my interviewer had mentioned this also. Literally all they talked about was how bacterial pathology was going to ruin my life. Maybe I just had a few bad apples and its wrong to generalize, but when I combined that with what my interviewer was saying I just got a poor picture of student life at Penn. Im sure many people have gone there and loved it. It is a sweet campus.
cobalt..... are you choosing Columbia?