Handwritten notes from Interviewer

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MoldyCheese

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I just received some correspondence from a school I recently interviewed at. It was signed by all of the admissions directors, but one of them (the dean who interviewed me) wrote a little note on the side telling me how much he enjoyed meeting me and how he hoped I would keep in touch. Is this typical? 95% of me knows that this is probably a common courtesy and that all interviewees receive some kind of note, but 5% of me keeps hoping that this is a good sign of some sort. Has anyone else gotten anything else like this?
 

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i assume they wouldn't give that letter to anyone who they weren't intending to give an acceptance to (if they haven't already).

whether this is a unique act, or a generic letter sent to all the people who it sent acceptances to, that's hard to guess. my feeling however, is that assuming the grad program isn't too big, it isn't difficult to fathom them sending it out to all the people the send an acceptance to, as a form of a recruitment tactic.
 

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I just received some correspondence from a school I recently interviewed at. It was signed by all of the admissions directors, but one of them (the dean who interviewed me) wrote a little note on the side telling me how much he enjoyed meeting me and how he hoped I would keep in touch. Is this typical? 95% of me knows that this is probably a common courtesy and that all interviewees receive some kind of note, but 5% of me keeps hoping that this is a good sign of some sort. Has anyone else gotten anything else like this?

Are you talkng about Penn? I got a similar letter a little over 7 years ago. And here I am. :D It would be interesting to see if there is any difference btwn accepted and non-accepted, though I assumed it a common (but delightful!) courtesy at the time.

I have to say, if you are talking about Penn, the letter is a true representation of the individualized care they take with their students. :love:
 

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It sounds like Penn. Everyone gets a letter from them. I got one and rotted on the waitlist till June. I've known others who got the letter, with handwritten notes or whatever and never got in off the waitlist (nobody gets a post-interview rejection BTW). Don't read too much into it. It's a marketing ploy to try to keep you hanging on since they don't send their acceptances out till late. They don't want you to think "I haven't heard, so I'm not getting in", but rather "Oh wow, I got this nice letter which means I have a shot!".
 

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Neuronix, you are so awesome for telling it how it is.
 

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yea i immediately thought of penn. i also got one with a little handwritten note from the director. it's not one of my top choices, tho, so meh.
 

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Neuronix, you are so awesome for telling it how it is.

Yeah, Neuronix is the man!

If i had to vote who should be running the AAMC in the future, it would have to be Neuronix.

People who aren't full of BS rock.
 

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I can only wish someone would put me in power. My changes would be too radical, so it will probably never happen. The other people in power tend not to like my suggestions, because I don't believe in the monopolistic hegemonies that dominate our society. But, these sorts of things keep certain people very wealthy, so they continue.

In any case, I appreciate the love ;)
 
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