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Telling school that they're my only interview in letter of intent

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jaigantic, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Jaigantic

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    I was waitlisted at the one school that I received an interview at this cycle. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to mention to this to the school in my letter of intent. As I understand it, a major impetus in accepting a candidate is banking on the fact that they would accept if offered a seat. What better way to guarantee that I will accept their offer when they start picking from the waitlist than if they know I literally have no other option? I know it sounds almost crass, but maybe with proper wording it can be appealing?

    If it matters, it is a top 10 school. And for those who are wondering how one can have an interview at a T10 and nowhere else: I am a non-canadian international student, making it super difficult to get even an II anywhere :(

    Thanks for the help in advance!
     
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  3. Jaigantic

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    This is a school that actively encouraged updates and such throughout the cycle so I'm inclined to say that the WL may not be set in stone. They also mentioned that its not ranked.

    But you do have a point about the multiple acceptances report. Thanks!
     
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    What you’re referring to is an update letter, which can be good if they’re encouraged. Letter of intent means you tell them you pinky swear you’ll go there if accepted, which is not what you need and makes no sense without having other acceptances.

    Try writing a concise and thoughtful update about what you’ve done since the primary app was submitted.
     
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    So you want to tell them that they were the only interview, that no other medical school thought you werent even good enough to look at? You think that pointing this out will somehow help you and not make you look desperate? You actually believe this? And this is why I advise applicants from writing intent letters as they dont see how their letters actually sound to adcoms.

    You have 5 types of overlapping letters to that can be sent to a medical admission committee

    Updates: new info you want to make the committee aware of. The information should be worthwhile and significant. Some schools encourage these buy many schools discourage or list policies not accepting updates.
    Thank you: after interview
    Letter of Interest: Typically, a post-interview but pre-decision letter that can reiterate and reinforce the school would be a good fit, usually with information you learned from your interview. This usually does not include a promise to attend if selected.
    Letter of Intent: Typically written by applicants who have been accepted by one school but are on WL at another preferred school, outlining the reasons why you prefer it. There is little to scant evidence that these are particularly effective. It should be noted these are thought to have even less impact for those who are just on WL.

    I will add one other type that is rarely used any more, the Reconsideration Letter: This is an applicant rejected pre-interview who has a large anomaly in their academic background that can be viewed through mitigating circumstances and asks to be reconsidered. With the non-screened/minimally pre-screened secondaries, there are plenty of opportunities for an applicant to express these circumstances.
     
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    Sure. When I go on a date with a girl I let them know that they are the only girl that is willing to date me. It makes me more appealing. Correct?
     
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