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Student Q&A Session

NoPlanB

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Every school interview has a Q&A session which you can ask current pharmacy student questions. Faculties are never around for this session.

I have interviewed at 5 schools. For 3 of these schools, I asked questions during student q&a session and I got accepted to each. I did not ask questions during student q& a in two schools and I got wait listed by them. This got me thinking, does admission staff ask these students to monitor applicants? Or maybe I am paranoid. If anyone else can share their experiences at these q&a and whether they got accepted, maybe we can find a pattern.
 
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ForumHangout

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Every school interview has a Q&A session which you can ask current pharmacy student questions. Faculties are never not around for this session.

I have interviewed at 5 schools. For 3 of these schools, I asked questions during student q&a session and I got accepted to each. I did not ask questions during student q& a in two schools and I got wait listed by them. This got me thinking, does admission staff ask these students to monitor applicants? Or maybe I am paranoid. If anyone else can share their experiences at these q&a and whether they got accepted, maybe we can find a pattern.

What are we? irregular citizens living in the world that the regular mass don't cross and don't know about? do we work for the CIA? am I a field operative of the KGB? this kind of work is very stressful and tragic.

We don't have to be in them so why try to be? you got accepted to a few school so that's that for the first half of the hard part. Just celebrate and focus on the next part lol. Accepted to 1 should be enough for you to forget about the rest. Getting accepted to even one school mean you MADE it! so why look back?

------------- my serious thought on your question tho ----------------

Those pharm students prolly not even really pharm students. They're prolly adcoms who look VERY VERY young in disguise as pharm student. GG GG GG GG GG GG GG GG.
 

kcha90

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Every school interview has a Q&A session which you can ask current pharmacy student questions. Faculties are never not around for this session.

I have interviewed at 5 schools. For 3 of these schools, I asked questions during student q&a session and I got accepted to each. I did not ask questions during student q& a in two schools and I got wait listed by them. This got me thinking, does admission staff ask these students to monitor applicants? Or maybe I am paranoid. If anyone else can share their experiences at these q&a and whether they got accepted, maybe we can find a pattern.

Yes, this is exactly why you were wait-listed.
 
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riggylou

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This should not be the case assuming that you showed expressed the same level of interest in each school to the faculty during your actual interview. Did you ask the faculty questions about these schools? Thinking that maybe if you didn't have any questions for the students that these were not your top choice schools and that maybe that somehow came through in your interview. If there is any correlation, it would be indirect.
 

PharmacyGirl88

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Every school interview has a Q&A session which you can ask current pharmacy student questions. Faculties are never not around for this session.

I have interviewed at 5 schools. For 3 of these schools, I asked questions during student q&a session and I got accepted to each. I did not ask questions during student q& a in two schools and I got wait listed by them. This got me thinking, does admission staff ask these students to monitor applicants? Or maybe I am paranoid. If anyone else can share their experiences at these q&a and whether they got accepted, maybe we can find a pattern.

The one school I applied to told us straight up at the orientation before the interview that EVERY step during the day was being evaluated including the conversations you have with the tourguides, the Q&A with 3rd year pharm students, as well as the obvious parts (interview, essay, etc). They told us the other pharmacy students give a good insight on how a person will interact with their peers should they be accepted.
 

Corpseman

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The one school I applied to told us straight up at the orientation before the interview that EVERY step during the day was being evaluated including the conversations you have with the tourguides, the Q&A with 3rd year pharm students, as well as the obvious parts (interview, essay, etc). They told us the other pharmacy students give a good insight on how a person will interact with their peers should they be accepted.

FYI the Q&A was not evaluated.
 

DrDrugs2012

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EVERY aspect of an interview day is evaluated. Interviewers will notice if the applicant next to you dropped a pencil which rolled under your seat and you didn't make an effort to retrieve it for them. So why would anyone think that a Q&A isn't also evaluated? Yes, it is true, most Q&A's are probably not evaluated in the context that one-on-one interviews are, but if you ask not a single question and silently stare off into space, I assure you that such information will be passed along to the powers that be. I recommend every applicant engage interviewers in every aspect of the interview day... that includes the tour too!

The bottom line: Students should be as discriminating in their choice of schools as schools are in selecting their students. Asking questions specific to the school (i.e. which differentiate one school from another) specific shows genuine interest and discriminating taste.
 
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