SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

Is it a bad idea to tell a school they're your #1?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by yanks26dmb, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. yanks26dmb

    yanks26dmb 7+ Year Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    I was recently asked how I would chose X school over another if I were accepted to both. I straight up told my interviewer X school is my number 1 choice. Maybe I'm over thinking things now, but is this a bad move?
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    4th Dimension
    I told my #1 they were my #1 and they must have been as into me as I was into them, because they accepted me.
    OsteopathicHopeful likes this.
  4. Stagg737

    Stagg737 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Decapod 10
    Agree with both of the above. If you're sincere it's not going to hurt you, but it probably isn't going to help very much. Besides, there are plenty of other ways to show them how much you want to go there other than just saying they're your first choice.
  5. AlbinoHawk DO

    AlbinoHawk DO Student Osteopath 2+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    If you said my school was your first choice, I'd expect you to be able to show that by being able to speak about the specifics that the school has to offer which make you want to choose it. It's only a negative to say that if you don't have good reasons to back it up.
    edgerock24 and Stagg737 like this.
  6. cliquesh

    cliquesh 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    yep, I said the same thing, and ended up attending my #1.
    Mad Jack likes this.
  7. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    We know that you're all lying, and we don't take it personally.

    kelminak and polylux like this.
  8. Promethean

    Promethean Syncretist 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2014
    Western PA
    Is it a bad move? Probably not. Some, maybe even most people who say that probably really mean it, and there is no reason to hold that against them.

    But there is also no reason to put any particular stock in such an assertion. I'm betting very few people ever tell an adcom "Well, you guys are really #3 or 4 on my list, but hey, you are in the top 5, for sure!"
  9. MaduNotSoff

    MaduNotSoff 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Friend of mine was asked this at an MD school last year. He told them that they weren't his top choice but he really liked the school and would highly consider attending. He's an M1 at that school now, so being honest isn't necessarily a bad move
    Promethean likes this.
  10. Othala


    Sep 29, 2014
    I think it's fine to tell them they're your number one. I can't see where it's a bad idea. Don't panic, you're probably over thinking it.

Share This Page