1. What do you find most helpful? Give us your feedback on the 2019 SDN Member Survey to help further the SDN mission (and win prizes!)
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

Program-Specific Info / Q's Pacific University OTD

Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by aspiringot96, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    I would like to go exploring a bit after all the interviewing and stuff is done! Maybe check out some stuff in Portland!
     
  2. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    Definitely going to hit Multonomah falls! I would recommend these waterfalls to everyone who will be visiting
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  3. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    I am definitely practicing. I haven’t found any other blogs about what they ask for the interviews, but I’ve been trying to find some. Can anyone send me links that they have found to study from?
     
  4. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    I LOVE that place! I am originally from Southern Oregon!
     
    sasswood likes this.
  5. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Common Graduate School Interview Questions: *Tell me about yourself. *What are your strengths and weaknesses? *If you're not accepted into graduate school, what are your plans? *Why did you choose this career? *What do you know about our program? *Why did you choose to apply to our program? *What other schools are you considering? *In what ways have your previous experience prepared you for graduate study in our program? *What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program? *In college, what courses did you enjoy the most? The least? Why? *Describe any research project you've worked on. What was the purpose of the project and what was your role in the project? *How would your professors describe you? *How will you be able to make a contribution to this field? *What are your hobbies? *Explain a situation in which you had a conflict and how you resolved it. What would you do differently? Why? *Describe your greatest accomplishment. *Tell me about your experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution? *What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve your goals? *How do you intend to finance your education? *What skills do you bring to the program? How will you help your mentor in his or her research? *Are you motivated? Explain and provide examples. *Why should we take you and not someone else? *What do you plan to specialize in? *What do you do in your spare time? By Tara Kuther, Ph.D., About.com Guide

    This one is more OT specific:
    7 Questions to Expect in an OT School Interview

    I have also heard a big question right now is, "Why OTD and not MOT?"
     
    kamimochi and sasswood like this.
  6. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    Thank you SO much for these interview tips!!!!
    Anyone have any info or helpful tips for the writing portion? I have no clue what to expect on this part of the interview!
     
  7. AwesomeOT

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    7

    I have an interview as well on march 2nd see you there
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  8. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Nice!!!
     
  9. OTcait

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    13
    I received an email today inviting me to do a Skype or Zoom interview. Was anyone else asked to do Skype instead of in person?
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  10. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Awesome! I had heard another person did some time back but I believe she lived pretty far away. East coast. Maybe because it is also a bit of short notice to travel.
     
  11. mellyjellyy

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2018
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    I got a rejection email today. It sucks but I will be applying again in the fall!!
    Best of luck to everyone!!! Please let me know how the interview goes and what to expect for the writing prompt :)
     
    sasswood likes this.
  12. meanttobeot

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    2
    Does anyone know how many people were/are in each interview round?
     
  13. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    I believe it’s 60 per interview date so 120 people interviewed in total. I know there are different interview times, so I’m not sure how many people are in each round.
     
  14. meanttobeot

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    2
    How did things go for people who interviewed today? Has anyone who interviewed the first date heard anything back yet?
     
  15. Aspiring_OT

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I actually got an acceptance email Friday afternoon from Jon-Erik. I was surprised because I wasn't expecting to hear anything until after the 2nd set of interviews.
     
  16. FutureOThooah

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    7
    I did not go. I got into one of my top choices! Good luck
     
  17. meanttobeot

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    2
    Thanks! And congrats on getting in to your top pick! Savor the relief!
     
    FutureOThooah likes this.
  18. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    I felt very welcome and really enjoyed myself. I think I did good but who knows, right? It felt more like they wanted us to make sure PU is a good fit for us, less emphasis on whether they think we are a good fit (although that was a theme too...just not as heavily pushed). I really enjoyed myself, I enjoyed learning the history of the school and the department. The tour was short but nice. It is a very quaint campus, a small cohort, but nice! I hope I get in!
     
  19. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    Has anyone else been accepted yet? I keep checking my emails!
     
  20. kamimochi

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Occupational Therapist
    Jon Erik said we won’t here back until March 11/12 or til March 19/20
    So first wave of acceptance will be this week!
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  21. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Um...I have been biting my nails and refreshing my email every few minutes....I actually had to disable notifications and put my phone in another room!!! I am so nervous! I felt my interview went great!

    Additionally, I had sent Jon-Erik an email early last week and his response said he would not be back in the office until the 11th. I believe he may be part of the deliberations so maybe first wave tomorrow?
     
  22. meanttobeot

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    2
    I’m in the same boat, and it’s rough. He also has not responded to an email I sent early last week. Just trying to remember that those making decisions are people with lives that probably have lots of things going on besides determining parts of our fate. (Easy enough to say...)
     
  23. OTcait

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    13
    Just got an email that I was placed in tier 1 of the waitlist at Pacific. I had already been accepted to 5 other schools so I definitely did not give the interview my full effort. Hopefully everyone else will be hearing soon!
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  24. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Congratulations OTcait!! Is it your top choice?

    I got an email today of acceptance and I literally cried for an hour!

    Has anyone else heard!?!?!
     
  25. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    I got an email for Tier 1 waitlist- this is my top choice so I’m bummed, but I’m staying hopeful!
     
  26. aleinaOT

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    6
    Received an acceptance email this afternoon, I screamed in public what a sight it was!! This is my top choice and I feel so relieved and lucky. Good luck to everyone! I will be redacting my enrollment in Creighton's OTD program so if any of you are on Creighton's waitlist there will be a spot opening. :)
     
    HettyOT likes this.
  27. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Dont lose hope!!! Pacific U is a late in the game school. A lot of people have already signed on for other schools potentially from the first group of interviewers! Tier 1 is good!
     
    sasswood likes this.
  28. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    My top choice too!! I actually had to have someone else read the email after I stopped crying, to make sure it was real.
     
  29. OTcait

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    13
    My top choice is University of Washington and I was accepted there.
     
  30. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Thats awesome! Are you accepting at Udub?
     
  31. OTcait

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    13
    I think so! I’m also considering Puget Sound and will be visiting both schools next week.
     
  32. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    I have heard amazing things about Puget Sound. It is also BEAUTIFUL in Olympia! I almost applied there but ended up not in the end. Good luck with your choice!
     
  33. OTtmc

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    I found out yesterday I was accepted as well! I'm so excited! I'll be looking for a roommate or two (preferably two because 3 bedrooms are more affordable). If anyone is potentially interested in being roommates let me know! But I'd also love to start getting to know my future classmates regardless.
     
    aleinaOT likes this.
  34. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Yay! Thats awesome! I am also potentially looking for a roommate, although the cost won't make much difference to me because I would have to rent two rooms. One for myself and one for my almost 11yr old! I am still pondering it though. I have found some decent two bedrooms around hillsboro and beaverton, but it gets more and more expensive. Keep an eye on the market! Do you know where you would want to live? Beaverton is about a 30-40min commute depending on traffic...or...you can ride the train and do homework!
     
  35. OTtmc

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    I'm considering living in either Beaverton or Hillsboro. I'm pretty young (23) and I'll be on my own and paying my own bills for the first time, so I want to keep it as low stress as possible for me. And also to save on gas it'd be awesome to be within biking distance of the campus. The apartments there are pretty expensive though! Luckily it seems like they're all nice quality, so I'm sure you'll find a great place for the both of you. Also congrats on getting accepted!
     
  36. sasswood

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    4
    Does anyone know the chances of being accepted as a waitlist in Tier 1? Or know of anyone who was accepted who was oringinally waitlisted? In the email it says “for the past 2 years, we have dipped into Tier 2”, so that gives me a lot of hope, but the waiting game is stressful since I live in California and can’t wait too long for loans, housing, roommates, etc
     
  37. OTtmc

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    From past years' threads it looks like there were some who were waitlisted Tier 1 who were later admitted. It seems like it took about a month from the date of the first email until they were finally admitted. So don't lose hope! The email I got said the deadline to submit a deposit is March 26th, so once that deadline has passed they might start contacting those from the waitlist if any spots have opened up. Hopefully you hear something soon. I wish you the best of luck!
     
    sasswood likes this.
  38. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Yes, I agree. I have read the past few years of blogs and have found the same thing. Last years interviewees were even saying most of the year one students that were helping out at the interview day were pulled off the waitlist!

    I believe tier 1 is good! And even if they are getting through tier 1 to tier 2, that's even better!
     
    sasswood likes this.
  39. meanttobeot

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    2
    Have any folks who’ve been accepted heard anything from financial aid or know when award/loan info is supposed to go out?
     
  40. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Yes, they are going to work on OT financial aid awards the next couple of weeks (I know....I need to know too!!)
     
  41. HettyOT

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    11
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Thank you, you too! I'll be 38 this year so I know the routine! Ha... I am also looking in the Beaverton and Hillsboro areas and in between. I think if I end up past beaverton, I may take the train so I can spend that time studying instead of driving!
     

Share This Page