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During interview: say that school is your first choice?

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  1. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer
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    I haven't even submitted my AMCAS yet, but I was curious:

    during an interview, is it proper to say something like "I'm glad I am interviewing today b/c this school is my first choice."

    This is, of course, assuming it is your first choice!!

    TIA
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    only if you have extensive reasons to back up your claim...how your goals fit their mission, etc.
     
  3. The Mysterious Stranger

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    I'm glad you asked this question because I was wondering the same thing. Someone posted a thread a while back providing tips to future applicants. It was stated that one should only hold on to one acceptance at a time because some schools will not offer you an acceptance if you have multiple offers. If I take that statement as true it must mean schools converse with each other. Does anyone know if this is a valid conclusion? How much do schools interact in the admissions process? I know this might be an impossible question to answer given that we are applicants and not ADCOM members but I would like anyone's input.
     
  4. Assassin

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    I told every school it was my top choice during the interview (in not so many words <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ), all 16 of them <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
    I think it's standard procedure, no? :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree with assassin. If you think about it every school you apply to should be your first choice(unless you are ane xceptionally strong applicant). I know some schools ie Columbia are very proud of their school and look for the same pride in their students. Its not too hard to bs this to any school. Instead of saying first choice however,you might wanna say if I got in here I would go because...and give your reasons.
     
  6. Doctor Octagonecologyst

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Mysterious Stranger:
    <strong>I'm glad you asked this question because I was wondering the same thing. Someone posted a thread a while back providing tips to future applicants. It was stated that one should only hold on to one acceptance at a time because some schools will not offer you an acceptance if you have multiple offers. If I take that statement as true it must mean schools converse with each other. Does anyone know if this is a valid conclusion? How much do schools interact in the admissions process? I know this might be an impossible question to answer given that we are applicants and not ADCOM members but I would like anyone's input.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">After May 15, the AAMC allows schools to see what acceptances each applicant is holding - no communication between the adcoms is necessary. After this date, applicants are supposed to hold just one acceptance at a time (there's no limit on waitlist spots, though). Schools that are considering an applicant may refuse to offer an acceptance if the applicant is already holding multiple acceptances, and schools that have already accepted the applicant may withdraw (or threaten to withdraw) their offers.

    However, adcoms could still conceivably communicate with each other (and I wouldn't put anything past them :mad: ). Like you said, there's no way we can know for sure.
     
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  7. The Mysterious Stranger

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    Thanks for clarifying Dr. Oct. !!!
     
  8. Ceez

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    tell 'em that their school is your first choice

    ...or get waitlisted like I did <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
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    As for whether schools communicate with each other, I had already been accepted to my state school when I got pulled off of the waitlist at my top choice. The next day I got an email from my state school interviewer (on the adcom) saying something about how rumors travel fast, then in parentheses saying how all schools let others know of acceptances and was wondering if I would still be there in the fall. So they do communicate, I just don't know the extent.
    As for telling a school its your top choice, I don't remember if I did that during my interviews but I did send out letters of intent to a couple of my top choices indicating that each one of them was my top choice. I didn't really think that they would communicate with each other at that point and it didn't hurt me because in the end I did get into my TRUE top choice. However, I don't know how honest one should be either because at one interview, I was asked, if accepted, would I definitely attend. Now some would argue that if I definitely wouldn't attend, I shouldn't have applied there in the first place. But we all know how random this process is so, if this school had been at the top of my list of schools I had been accepted to, I would attend. Anyway, since I was still unsure of what my prospects would be in the future, I told my interviewer that I would have to consider any other acceptances I had and figure out where I would be happiest, which is true anyway. I got waitlisted and I just wonder, if I had just answered yes, would I have been given an outright acceptance?
    Dana
     
  10. Doctora Foxy

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    If you're going to tell a school they are your first choice, just be prepared to back your statement up with reasons. If you are visiting a school for the first time, they might not believe you, so be prepared to explain yourself.

    For my first interview (at BU), I told them they were my #1 because I really didn't think I would get more interviews, so it was true at the time. I went to undergrad in the area so I was able to back up my statement. After my interview, I mailed my interviewer a letter stating that it was my first choice.

    At other interviews several months later, I just explained to my interviewers why I would like to go there, not really saying the school was my top choice.

    At my UF interview, I was sure that school was my top choice, because it was my last and only hope of going to a med school in my state....so I repeated several times throughout the interview how much I loved UF and that it was my very first choice. I wrote a very strong letter of intent and my acceptance letter was dated the day the Dean received my LOI. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> In the letter, I promised to immediately withdraw my other acceptance and all other applications (including waitlists) if accepted to UF. I also wrote that this letter of intent was not provided to any other medical schools.

    I did not write letters of intent to any other schools at that time--I wrote letters of interest. I don't think it's ethical to tell more than one school that you promise to matriculate there if accepted and that you would withdraw all other applications. Some schools could communicate with each other, and I wouldn't want to take that risk, because what goes around comes around. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    dlc: I think the way that one school knew about the other was b/c the AMCAS system allows all schools to see where all applicants have been accepted after either May 15th or April 15th (this year was a little different).
     
  11. Nuclearrabbit

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    inundating adcoms with buttkissing letters is different then lying to them in their face during an interview. if you honestly feel that it's your first choice, say it. if you don't, then don't. nothing is wrong with being honest, and interviewers can smell b.s. better than anyone else.
     
  12. UCLA2000

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    there is a difference between saying "at this point you're my number one school" and "this is my number once choice. If you accept me I'm definately coming".

    The second choice could get you into trouble.
     
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