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Starting a thread for Pacific U because communication will begin January. I really hope to attend this school! Does anyone know what the committee looks for (Holistic review?)?
 
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Starting a thread for Pacific U because communication will begin January. I really hope to attend this school! Does anyone know what the committee looks for (Holistic review?)?
I'm so glad you started this thread. I have been looking for one. I applied and so nervous. This is my first choice. I did call them around early December and the gentlemen in charge told me everything you do counts as expirence, being a mom, babysitting, teaching all expirence so I believe they are very holistic in their review. Good luck!
 
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I'm so glad you started this thread. I have been looking for one. I applied and so nervous. This is my first choice. I did call them around early December and the gentlemen in charge told me everything you do counts as expirence, being a mom, babysitting, teaching all expirence so I believe they are very holistic in their review. Good luck!
I’ve been where you are! Current student here - my cohort is full of super smart, awesome people with a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences - they definitely review applications holistically and care about applicants as dynamic people. In years past they start to send out interview invites in one batch mid to late January and another mid February. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to who gets invited when, so don’t fret if you don’t hear anything for another month. But do call or email Jon-Erik to check in if you haven’t heard anything in a couple weeks, and let him know if it’s your first choice and how excited you are for the opportunity (and thank him for his time - admissions season is nuts and he works his butt off). Worked for me! Let me know if you have other questions!
 
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Thank you! I will for sure. What are you favorite things about the program? I am attracted to how much hands on learning is incorporated into the curriculum. Any tips or insights on the interview process?
I’ve been where you are! Current student here - my cohort is full of super smart, awesome people with a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences - they definitely review applications holistically and care about applicants as dynamic people. In years past they start to send out interview invites in one batch mid to late January and another mid February. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to who gets invited when, so don’t fret if you don’t hear anything for another month. But do call or email Jon-Erik to check in if you haven’t heard anything in a couple weeks, and let him know if it’s your first choice and how excited you are for the opportunity (and thank him for his time - admissions season is nuts and he works his butt off). Worked for me! Let me know if you have other questions!
 
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I’ve been where you are! Current student here - my cohort is full of super smart, awesome people with a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences - they definitely review applications holistically and care about applicants as dynamic people. In years past they start to send out interview invites in one batch mid to late January and another mid February. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to who gets invited when, so don’t fret if you don’t hear anything for another month. But do call or email Jon-Erik to check in if you haven’t heard anything in a couple weeks, and let him know if it’s your first choice and how excited you are for the opportunity (and thank him for his time - admissions season is nuts and he works his butt off). Worked for me! Let me know if you have other questions!
I have my interview in February! Do you have any advice/tips/ what to expect?
 
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I have my interview in February! Do you have any advice/tips/ what to expect?
I don’t know for sure what the format is this year, but in years past there were two big groups for each interview date - one gets there at 8am and does tours lead by a current student, writing prompt session and interviews, then the other group gets there at 10am and everyone has an info session with the director/panel of current students and the second group has tours/writing prompt and interview after. The interviews are done individually -you’ll be interviewed by 2 people (faculty and sometimes alumni) who will have read your personal statement from your application and know a bit about you beforehand, so questions can be pretty holistic and individualized, which gives you a great opportunity to show that you’re a unique person who will contribute to the cohort and do well in the program. Everyone is genuinely nice and laid back and understands how nerve wracking the process can be! I don’t know what the writing prompt will be, but you’ll have one or two questions on a piece of paper and be given a pencil and like 30 min (in a quiet classroom with others from your tour group and the current student leading it) to write your response. A lot of my classmates have said they felt like they bombed it but clearly they didn’t! Put some good thought into what makes OT and the treatments/ exercises we prescribe different from other healthcare professions and have some examples handy of how functioning in little, everyday activities contributes to a meaningful life. Qualities that make a good OT - not just with patients but also as someone who can collaborate inter professionally- will probably come up, so think about what you’ve observed while shadowing and examples of how you have and/or are working on developing those qualities. You don’t have to be perfect! But having a good idea of what OT really is and some insight into yourself is important. I hope this helps!
 
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I don’t know for sure what the format is this year, but in years past there were two big groups for each interview date - one gets there at 8am and does tours lead by a current student, writing prompt session and interviews, then the other group gets there at 10am and everyone has an info session with the director/panel of current students and the second group has tours/writing prompt and interview after. The interviews are done individually -you’ll be interviewed by 2 people (faculty and sometimes alumni) who will have read your personal statement from your application and know a bit about you beforehand, so questions can be pretty holistic and individualized, which gives you a great opportunity to show that you’re a unique person who will contribute to the cohort and do well in the program. Everyone is genuinely nice and laid back and understands how nerve wracking the process can be! I don’t know what the writing prompt will be, but you’ll have one or two questions on a piece of paper and be given a pencil and like 30 min (in a quiet classroom with others from your tour group and the current student leading it) to write your response. A lot of my classmates have said they felt like they bombed it but clearly they didn’t! Put some good thought into what makes OT and the treatments/ exercises we prescribe different from other healthcare professions and have some examples handy of how functioning in little, everyday activities contributes to a meaningful life. Qualities that make a good OT - not just with patients but also as someone who can collaborate inter professionally- will probably come up, so think about what you’ve observed while shadowing and examples of how you have and/or are working on developing those qualities. You don’t have to be perfect! But having a good idea of what OT really is and some insight into yourself is important. I hope this helps!
How was the writing prompt for you last year?
 
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How was the writing prompt for you last year?
Honestly, I felt fine about it. It was kinda nerve wracking to be doing it on the spot With others around and not have a ton of time...I’m not sure if I even had the chance to go back and read what I’d written (the adrenaline of that day makes my memory a little blurry tbh) but I just had the attitude of I know what I know, I believe OT And it’s holistic view of what helps lives work can be powerful medicine and did my best to convey that, and whatever will be will be. If you’ve made it this far in your journey and the process for this program, you’ve got something special worth offering to others. Everyone in my cohort is really bright but some students are stronger writers than others- I’m not sure how much that one portion plays into things, but we’ve all gotten better at writing and doing things on the spot in the past year through the program. I wouldn’t stress too much about that part! Just go into it with excitement for the opportunity and things will fall into place
Oh and don’t forget, in this crazy competitive feeling time, the people you meet on interview day are future friends and collaborators. I was definitely intimidated by some of my fellow interviewees, but am glad I made the effort to try to enjoy the chance to meet cool people and share enthusiasm rather than thinking too much about having to be better than others. Teamwork makes the dream work, and positivity is contagious!
 
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Honestly, I felt fine about it. It was kinda nerve wracking to be doing it on the spot With others around and not have a ton of time...I’m not sure if I even had the chance to go back and read what I’d written (the adrenaline of that day makes my memory a little blurry tbh) but I just had the attitude of I know what I know, I believe OT And it’s holistic view of what helps lives work can be powerful medicine and did my best to convey that, and whatever will be will be. If you’ve made it this far in your journey and the process for this program, you’ve got something special worth offering to others. Everyone in my cohort is really bright but some students are stronger writers than others- I’m not sure how much that one portion plays into things, but we’ve all gotten better at writing and doing things on the spot in the past year through the program. I wouldn’t stress too much about that part! Just go into it with excitement for the opportunity and things will fall into place
Oh and don’t forget, in this crazy competitive feeling time, the people you meet on interview day are future friends and collaborators. I was definitely intimidated by some of my fellow interviewees, but am glad I made the effort to try to enjoy the chance to meet cool people and share enthusiasm rather than thinking too much about having to be better than others. Teamwork makes the dream work, and positivity is contagious!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! Do you know about how many people interview and how many they accept? Your help means alot. Hoping for the best!
 
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