If you bring a purse...not too fancy and not too cutesy. It has to be a professional-looking purse.Originally posted by Premed2003
Do I bring a purse?
And I bought a skirt suit, but it's wintery and it's supposed to be 85 degrees in the city. Oh no. Am I going to look ridiculous?
i brought a purse to my first two interviews and then it ended up being a pain. most schools will give you a folder with some handouts. after the first couple of interviews, i brought a very nice and professional looking courier bag. in it, i kept a leather portfolio with my AMCAS, resume, and paper on which to write. i never pulled it out during an interview, but if asked, i could provide it. also, it gave me something with which to write on when presentations were given. i also had gum/mouthwash, a comb, and extra stockings in my bag.Originally posted by Random Access
If you bring a purse...not too fancy and not too cutesy. It has to be a professional-looking purse.
Originally posted by racergirl
People sweat this stuff WAAAY too much. If you feel like you need to bring your purse to carry stuff, then go ahead and bring it--just make sure it doesn't have any "l love heroin" buttons on it or anything. I carried a Tote large enough to hold the folders and stuff the schools invariably give you when I interviewed last year. Schools usually give you paper too, so you really don't need to drop bucks on a leather-bound notebook either. I remember at one interview there was this group presentation, and EVERY interviewee had what looked like the exact same leather notebook out on the table. You should have seen the stares I got when I pulled out this old spiral notebook from a biochem class that had some blank pages in it. It was like these people thought I had TOTALLY blown my chances through my choice of writing paper--please! I got into that school despite my old spiral notebook.
So just to reiterate--bring a purse if you want one. If you feel your interview suit is going to be too warm, wear something else (as a woman you have a LOT of ladditude as to appropriate attire). Be yourself and be comfortable. I guarantee, yes GUARANTEE that wether or not you carry a purse or a leather notebook will have NO bearing on you getting in. Now if you if you decided to take notes on fuscia paper using a purple crayon, that might get you noticed--and probably in a good way.
Good Luck this year everyone, and try not to sweat the small stuff too much !