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I am writing an LOI, do you think it is ok to mention that one of the reasons you want to go to that school is cause your fiance is near by? I think it gives a good reason, but I am not sure if that is something that shouldn't be mentioned. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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st85 said:
I am writing an LOI, do you think it is ok to mention that one of the reasons you want to go to that school is cause your fiance is near by? I think it gives a good reason, but I am not sure if that is something that shouldn't be mentioned. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

That is a perfectly legit reason. I know some people may have other opinions, but it does show that you know what you're getting yourself into moving there, and that you'll have social support there.

Oh yeah, a sig. other is one of the very few reasons schools will accept transfers too! So it has to be a valid point for wanting to go somewhere.
 

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I doubt it, because you are saying you want to go there for a reason that has no relevance to the school. Therefore, the school itself isn't a factor in your decision to attend. Leave it out.
 
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mentioning your fiance would show that you have interest in starting a fam. but it might also seem like you only picked the school cuz it was "in the neighborhood." depending on what else you put in there, mentioning your fiance could work. if it was a major factor in your decision, then mention it
 

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I doubt it, because you are saying you want to go there for a reason that has no relevance to the school. Therefore, the school itself isn't a factor in your decision to attend. Leave it out.
Personally, I agree with you, I just wanted to get others thoughts on this.
 

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st85 said:
I am writing an LOI, do you think it is ok to mention that one of the reasons you want to go to that school is cause your fiance is near by? I think it gives a good reason, but I am not sure if that is something that shouldn't be mentioned. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
It's a very good reason actually. Most non-student members of adcoms are married and realize the importance of being close to your loved one. It is, in fact, a stronger reason that just, "I have fallen in love with your school based on my eight hours of visit time and your website" which is what 95% of LOIs boil down to. Most schools realize the true value of such a statement and weight it accordingly. Not that it will hurt to write the standard stuff about how much you like their school and want to attend... but a compelling personal reason, like my family or my spouse, who will give me stability and an emotional anchor through the stress of med school, is in the neighborhood is a very good reason for having a strong interest in a particular school.
 

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exmike said:
That is a perfectly legit reason. I know some people may have other opinions, but it does show that you know what you're getting yourself into moving there, and that you'll have social support there.

Oh yeah, a sig. other is one of the very few reasons schools will accept transfers too! So it has to be a valid point for wanting to go somewhere.
of course!
i know the dean at davis said that make a decision on what medical school you want to go to should also include your SO, if you are serious along in the relationship...which you are.
it shows that you would have support at the school and that you would be happy there since obviously your fiancee would be there as well.
your happiness will reflect on your attitude towards the school and also on how well you do.

good luck on your LOI.
 

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INclude the Spouse part, plus other things you like about the school. I think schools will try not to separate a couple whenever possible. I agree with Exmike and JLee
 

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I think it's definitely valid when it is your fiance or husband/wife becaue you have already made that commitment and they shouldn't look down upon it. It's a totally valid reason to want to be near them for the next 4 years...

BUT... what about if it is a boyfriend/girlfriend? boyfriend for 4 years? 2 years? 1year? 6 months? At what point is it valid and at what point would they think that you are flaky and just following a significant other around. :confused:
 

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I agree....

does significant other count boyfriends/girlfriends? i am in a serious relationship but he's not my fiancee..... so where do you draw the line?
 

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It's a good reason, but don't forget to mention the multitude of other reasons why you like the school. I mentioned it in my one letter of intent, and I got into that school. At worst they would be ambivalent to the comment regarding your fiancee.
 
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