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First Choice

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by premeddick, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. premeddick

    premeddick Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    When people ask you what your first choice is, what do you typically say? I mean clearly my first choice would be Harvard or another "top tier school" but realistically I would be pumped to get into my state school.
     
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  3. DblHelix

    DblHelix Member 5+ Year Member

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    I always gave my realistic top choice, the school that I would most like to go to that I have a reasonable chance of getting in...not my shot-in-he!! choice.
     
  4. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Right behind you
    Call me supersticious (sp) but I never said anything just in case I was jinxing it. My favorite response was "Whoever accepts me!"
     
  5. MDAdam

    MDAdam 10+ Year Member

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    I always begin my reply naming about 6-8 schools, and then I end up saying, "I don't know."
     
  6. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    I think your first choice is by definition the medical school you most want to go to amongst the schools you applied to.

    If you applied to Harvard and it's your dream school, it's your top choice. If you didn't bother applying, it's not a choice at all.
     
  7. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

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    If you're in the beginning of the process, pick a school you think you like. I picked Columbia, just to have an easy answer. Once you're more involved in the process, and start interviewing, you can pick a school that you have better chances at (i.e. one that you interviewed at).

    You just need an answer, people don't really care, they just ask because it's the thing to do. It's not worth your time explaining that you will only get into a few of the 50 schools you applied to.
     
  8. BigRedPremed

    BigRedPremed Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I say UCSF.
     
  9. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

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    i take a moment to explain that the admissions process is so tough you can't bet on any one school. when they reply that given that what school would i most like to go to, i tell them my absolute top choice.
     
  10. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

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    Ivy league is a good ambition if you want to do a competative specialty or have extra money lying around.

    My first choice was the best fit for me based on the quality of my application.
     
  11. youngnflyy

    youngnflyy Member 5+ Year Member

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    My response is always whichever school I get into!
     
  12. Corndog67

    Corndog67 Second Job=Garden Gnome 2+ Year Member

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    I just prefer to say Puerto Rico and leave it at that.
     
  13. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

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    i always said UChicago b/c my stats were good enough to gain acceptance and i always loved the school. now, at the same time i applied to harvard and baylor and washu and other schools ranked higher but i always said my first choice based on realistic chances and personal preference and not based on ranking. and it turns out i didn't jinx myself.
     

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