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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by jtremend, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. jtremend

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    i have an interview coming up at temple and im pretty nervous just because it will be my first. i understand that there is a pre-interview essay and the interview itself is conducted with a group of applicants/candidates and a group of interviewers. my first question is for those who have already interviewed at temple: what is the best way to prepare for the essay? second, how was the group interview conducted (ie. specific questions to individual students or a more general free-for-all format)? any input would help calm my nerves. THANKS
     
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  3. GTchick

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    This is a great interview to have as your fisrt because it is really laid back and Mark is great. The essay is nothing to worry about. You are given a topic that has to deal with moral and ethical issues. If you don't like your topic you can trade it for another. Mine was about cheating. I know there is one about AIDS too. The interview is actually kind of fun. There are usually 2 dental students and a prof that interview a group of 3 applicants. I only had 2 students interview me though and my group was 4 applicants. They asked a question and we all had to answer but the questions were pretty basic. I was asked why I would want to move up there, how I would handle a patient that didn't want to follow my treatment plan, and about my shadowing experience. About half the intervie wis them asking you questions and the other half is time for open discussion and you can ask them questions. The students I had were extremely nice and I laughed a lot during my interview. I absolutely LOVE temple and hope that I get in because I think it is my top choice thus far. Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  4. Temple 2006

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    Just wanted to tell you all that school here is great and if you do decide to attend, you will fit in. They choose people who belong here and that will get along and suceed. Got any questions about the school ask. I am over a month into it, love it and I am very busy too. Good luck to ya'll
     
  5. Rovert

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    Hey Temple 2k6... how is it living in philadelphia? do you live near the school? Is the area really as "ghetto" as everyone makes it out to be? Also, how have your classes been so far? Thanks for any information, as I am quite interested in temple so far.
     
  6. GTchick

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    I don't see why people say the area around Temple is ghetto. I was there for 2 days and did not think it was at all ghetto. I even was out at night. Maybe I am just used to living in a high crime area or something. Philadelphia seemed like a cool city to live in.
     
  7. DesiDentist

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    I agree with GTChick. Believe it or not after my interview I refused to pay 12 bucks for a cab ride. I just walked 2 miles through the "ghetto" to Temple's main campus to catch a bus. Yeah, people looked at me weird because I was the only one wearing my suit. I didn't feel threatened or unsafe. So I think half of these rumors are brought up by people who have experienced culture shock. Of course Philly is going to be a little different than Provo, Utah or Maine. Honestly, I think Philly is an exciting place to live. It's not as big as New York, but I love the history and culture as well.

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  8. Temple 2006

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    Philly is very safe. Temple has the third largest police force in the state of Pennsylvania and Philly is #1, so security should not be and is not a problem. You rarely are at school when it is dark and if you are, you can call for a free escort. They take care of you here, because they need future dentist to care for their people. Living is not too costly, car insurance is crappy, but I live 15 minutes from school. My rent is only $475 a month with all utl. and I live with friends from college. You will be safe, so long as you don't provoke any incidents. Ghettoes are all around the school, but that is your patient pool. Why would you ever go to a dental school in a college town, (UNC, or Michigan????) who are your patients??? College Students, I doubt they would want to waste half a day in your chair so you can do a simple procedure. Go to the cities where people need the care and you are not at a loss for patients. Think about it....

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  9. Rovert

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    good points temple... thanks for the feedback.
     
  10. ItsGavinC

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    In regards to the "ghettoness" of Temple:

    GTchick, you must have been there for a couple of days BEFORE all of the inmates got out on parole.

    Desi, whether or not you felt safe doesn't mean you were safe. There's a reason that Temple has one of the largest police forces in the state.

    As for culture shock, I've lived in Seattle, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and numerous cities in eight other states. I attended a high school where I was one of 14 caucasians (out of 1200 students). Culture shock has nothing to do with it -- the school is simply in a crappy area. As Temple2006 said, you aren't there when it is dark and if you are, you call for an escort.

    Having said that, Philly is a beautiful city and you can't beat the historical signifigance of the town. It should be noted, lest anybody become confused, that these comments have NOTHING to do with the quality of education received at Temple. I believe Temple to be a fine school.
     
  11. DesiDentist

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    I totally agree.
     
  12. groundhog

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    When we did the Temple tour.back in 2000 we talked to a student about security. She commented that the only ones who got in trouble were the naive souls who would do things like park their cars far away from the school in the "deep ghetto" in order to save a few bucks and then return to them unescorted in the middle of the night after a long day in the lab. Well Duh. Some folks have to learn the hard way. I guess we owe those types a debt of gratitude. Some poor soul way back when had to eat a batch nightshade in order that the rest of his clan could benefit from his blunder. But, I would have thought those types would have been eliminated from the gene pool by now. I think Temple is a great dental school.
     

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