During interview, admit to being a fan of american football?

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I'm a huge fan of american football, and I could easily end up talking about it during an interview. However, I'm worried that this might make me look bad since:
  1. High injury rate
  2. Many people hate football (i.e. b/c it's dangerous, violent, or just b/c they don't understand it).
Is this a legitimate concern? Might the adcoms look down on the fact that I'm a fan of this sport?
 
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Miami's secondary asks about interest in sports and I talked about my love for football. You're thinking about it too much.


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Just be yourself! And read the room. I got into a convo about sports with one of my interviewers but I know some of them probably wouldn't have been interested. As long as you don't talk about soccer you'll be alright ;)
 
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If it weren't for football, I probably would not have spent hours upon hours reading about concussions and other topics related to neurological health. In fact, Dr. Ann McKee, one of the more prominent concussion researchers in the country, is a huge Packers fan.

During interviews, you can certainly use football as a springboard for health related discussions.
 
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When academia obsesses over trivialities like microaggressions and safe spaces, a man learns that he must tread carefully.
Aint that the truth.
 

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Many academic centers care for the local sports teams, rather than boycott them. You'd be hard pressed not to find at least some local sports fans on any faculty. Many faculty might not want their own kids to play football but still regularly watch the games, so there's some hypocrisy afoot.
 

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When academia obsesses over trivialities like microaggressions and safe spaces, a man learns that he must tread carefully.
Yeah, no. Maybe if you are the media and need a story, you make it out to be that way....

Adcoms are people. Many people in the US like football, many physicians like football.
 

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I'd reject you for having such a dumb - ass concern.


I'm a huge fan of american football, and I could easily end up talking about it during an interview. However, I'm worried that this might make me look bad since:
  1. High injury rate
  2. Many people hate football (i.e. b/c it's dangerous, violent, or just b/c they don't understand it).
Is this a legitimate concern? Might the adcoms look down on the fact that I'm a fan of this sport?
 

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I've watched myself and @Goro become progressively saltier as the season has gone on

We don't mean to be this mean. Spend like an hour every day on SDN lurking with the search function, as though it is studying for your future career (it is!). Look at the current threads. Look past the first page.

On pain of us humiliating you, search search search, and only when you are truly desperate, and convinced your question cannot be addressed without the personal attention of a physician, should you start a thread

All of the above, is very good training for how to think like us, get along with us, and problem solve like us

Also, you can PM members who seem to know what they are talking about with your questions (phone a friend, aka curbside a peer, time honored tradition to save each other from humiliation!)

I know we seem like these bizarre unicorns that will bolt at the slightest Millennial microaggression, but our skins are thicker than that
It's true adcoms are nitpicky.

Just read the post histories of the adcoms on here to get a flavor of their thoughts. There's thousands of posts spanning years.
 
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When academia obsesses over trivialities like microaggressions and safe spaces, a man learns that he must tread carefully.
This statement might be precisely why self-identifying as a football fan could leave a bad impression.
 

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One of my interviewers was from the same undergrad as me and we spent a good five minutes talking football at our school and sharing our mutual passion for the sport... You're being way too paranoid about it.

Then again, this interview did take place in Texas...
 
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I'm a huge fan of american football, and I could easily end up talking about it during an interview. However, I'm worried that this might make me look bad since:
  1. High injury rate
  2. Many people hate football (i.e. b/c it's dangerous, violent, or just b/c they don't understand it).
Is this a legitimate concern? Might the adcoms look down on the fact that I'm a fan of this sport?
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Nahh dude your fine. I think I will talk about it if interviewer asks me about hobbies other than volunteering. Good luck :)