Just an FYI for those who are applying NEXT YEAR - I've been able to secure three "informational" interviews with deans of admission at the following schools for over winter break: University of Cincinnati Northwestern Ohio State University. Rush and Loyola weren't interested - said they were too busy to mess with those not in this year's cycle. Check with schools in and around your hometown - they met let you sneak in and say hi, too! I figure it doesn't hurt to see what these schools are about early. Also, just a suggestion if egg nog isn't keeping the familiar relative banter interesting!