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Discussion in 'Optometry' started by AT747, Nov 22, 2002.

  1. AT747

    AT747 Junior Member
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    Sep 28, 2002
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    I just received invitation letters from both PCO and ICO. And I have few questions for those of you who are currently attending these schools or had an interview in there.

    1. What's the cost of living in a one bedroom apt ?
    2. How should I prepare myself for the interview ?
    3. Do you guys like PCO more or ICO ?
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  3. christie

    christie Senior Member
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    Jun 13, 2001
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    To answer your questions,

    1. A 1-bedroom can range anywhere from $600-$900. It depends on where you live.

    2. Just be yourself.

    3. PCO is a great school!! But prepared to do a lot of work! I've learned so much here, but its unreal how much work we have to do! :rolleyes:

    Go to both interviews and see which one suits you more better.

    Gotta go study!
  4. Eyegirl2k7

    Eyegirl2k7 Bridget Jones here
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    Nov 23, 2002
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    I don't know about PCO but here's what I know about ICO:
    (1)In Chicago, what neighborhood you live in can drastically change the amount of rent you pay. I know the RC (ICO dorm) is about $600 or so a month, Bridgeport is around $1100. I don't really know about anywhere else. What about a studio? Those are cheaper.

    (2)To prepare for my interviews, I studied the schools' website, read over my application and research, and practiced answers to questions I might be asked.

    (3)AS I said, I don't know about PCO. ICO Is a great school with an EXCELLENT clinic. They don't do research. I agree with Christie that you should interview at both and see how you feel after that.
    Good luck
  5. r_salis

    r_salis SDN Supa-Mod Emmetrope
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
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    1) Generally, cost-of-living is higher in Chicago than Philly -- though PCO is located in a fairly affluent suburb (if you're trying to live right next to the school).

    2) I agree w/christie and eyegirl's advice. I don't know the format of ICO's interview, but PCO's is closed-file -- they're just looking to see what you are like as a person more than anything.

    3) Both schools have a solid fanbase on SDN, so they must be doing something right. ;) When you interview at them, try to imagine yourself going to school there and hanging around with the students you meet -- trust your impressions.

    Good luck!

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