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i've recently had an interview and will be sending thank you emails soon...

is it okay to thank them for their time AND also add a few sentences expressing my wishes for an acceptance and matriculation into their school?

or is that just too desperate...?
 

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I sent cards - there is not a whole lot of room to write, but in addition to thanking them for their time, I reflected on some points during my interview and also threw in a couple sentences on how my visit to the campus confirmed my wishes to attend that institution.

I've read here that the "Thank you notes" aren't a critical part of your application, and are just good polite practice, but I've also heard they do get thrown in your file.
 

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Go for it. Too many SDN'ers are giving in to the expected neuroses at this time of year. Short of issuing a bomb threat or kidnipping an adcom's child, there isn't too much you can write that is going to affect your chances. That said, I really don't think expressing interest is going to hurt you, even if your interviewer sees it as desperate or pathetic.

Ugh... I know it's supposed to be SDNers not SDN'ers. Damn my love for the apostrophe.
 

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i've recently had an interview and will be sending thank you emails soon...

is it okay to thank them for their time AND also add a few sentences expressing my wishes for an acceptance and matriculation into their school?

or is that just too desperate...?
No.....desperate would be offering to blow your interviewer. Pathetic? You bet your ass.
 

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Or don't write them at all. The adcom member/interviewer I talked to said thank you notes don't do anything to improve your application and can have a negative affect (if you beg for an acceptance/sound like an idiot). He said he'd rather not get any as he interviews a lot of students and is busy as is. I know a lot of people say it's the classy thing to do, etc. But, remember you are the one paying $50-100 to apply to the school (and even more to travel there).
 

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Or don't write them at all. The adcom member/interviewer I talked to said thank you notes don't do anything to improve your application and can have a negative affect (if you beg for an acceptance/sound like an idiot). He said he'd rather not get any as he interviews a lot of students and is busy as is. I know a lot of people say it's the classy thing to do, etc. But, remember you are the one paying $50-100 to apply to the school (and even more to travel there).

really? where was this? I would have never imagined thank you card will actually have a negative effect. Instead, I heard many stories where TY cards sounded so sincere that it actually helped them get into the schools.
 

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It was at an interview workshop held by our premed advising office with a member of the school's adcom who also does interviews. He said that students too often tend to beg for acceptances/suck up and they see right through it. I have taken his advice and not written thank you notes and have received 2 acceptances from 4 interviews (haven't heard back from the 2 other schools yet). A thank you note definately won't make or break you but in a completely random process, why take the chance if it potentially does more harm than good?
 

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TheAmazingGOB, i don't understand where you are getting your assumption that thank you letter "potentially does more harm than good." that is based on one person's opinion and i think it's a premature assumption. in fact, if it does more harm than good, i don't think there would be a "tradidion" of people sending TY letters to their interviewers.
Having said this, I was only advised to send in TY letters only when you were well connected to your interviewers. You are right in that they can see right through your BS. It makes sense that you send in TY letters when you are well connected with the interviewer and genuinely like to thank as well as express your desire to go to that particular school
 

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TheAmazingGOB, i don't understand where you are getting your assumption that thank you letter "potentially does more harm than good." that is based on one person's opinion and i think it's a premature assumption. in fact, if it does more harm than good, i don't think there would be a "tradidion" of people sending TY letters to their interviewers.
Having said this, I was only advised to send in TY letters only when you were well connected to your interviewers. You are right in that they can see right through your BS. It makes sense that you send in TY letters when you are well connected with the interviewer and genuinely like to thank as well as express your desire to go to that particular school

I agree wit ya byong..because at alot of my interviews..the admissions officer/director always says "If you would like to send thank you cards...you can juss mail them to us and we will give them to the physicians ourselves" which means that schools actually do encourage thank you cards rather than look down on them...:)
 

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there's nothing wrong with sending thank you letters. They're footnotes compared to what they're really looking at. But if you can send a note and just say thank you and comment on your interview and send a positive vibe, I mean, why not? it can't hurt and it could even help. But yeah, if you sound like an idiot in it, it'll do harm, because yes, you sounded like an idiot, when does that help? Most of the interviewers probably just glance over it and say, ok, its a thank you note, move on and they don't even think much about it at all.
 
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A couple of places told me not to send them--waste of time. The mail just clutters their boxes.

My school decides your fate the day of the interview--no point in sending mail. Most of the time, they already forgot your name by the time they receive your correspondence.

The others are right. If it makes you feel better, go for it. It's never something that crossed my mind. I wanted to go to a school that wanted me as much or more than I wanted them, so our respective thanks to each other should be a wash. Better to spend my time doing other things.
 

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1) Email is lame. Send a card, handwritten.
2) Just thank them. Your interview was when you were supposed to promote yourself. Let it go.
 

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really? where was this? I would have never imagined thank you card will actually have a negative effect. Instead, I heard many stories where TY cards sounded so sincere that it actually helped them get into the schools.

I think it's the difference between a "thank you" note and a "i'll do anything to come to ________" note.
 

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I think it's the difference between a "thank you" note and a "i'll do anything to come to ________" note.
Yeah, the former they simply throw away. The latter, they wipe their ass with it and mail it back to you along with your rejection letter. :laugh:
 

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Yeah, the former they simply throw away. The latter, they wipe their ass with it and mail it back to you along with your rejection letter. :laugh:

They wipe their ass with them all. Send the thank you after you get in.
 

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i don't think email is lame--i think it's convenient for you AND for them. i've sent all of my interviewers thank you emails one full day after my interviews, and >75% of them have written email responses back.
 

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i've recently had an interview and will be sending thank you emails soon...

is it okay to thank them for their time AND also add a few sentences expressing my wishes for an acceptance and matriculation into their school?

or is that just too desperate...?

hummmm....when I read the thread title I thought you meant letters and a box of chocolates/flowers or something like that...:idea:
 

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i've recently had an interview and will be sending thank you emails soon...

is it okay to thank them for their time AND also add a few sentences expressing my wishes for an acceptance and matriculation into their school?

or is that just too desperate...?

Hmm, in some of my thank you notes I didn't explicitly say "Please take me," but I did mention that the school seemed like a good fit and then I gave reasons why. Hasn't hurt me yet.
 

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They know you'd like an acceptance. I think it's a good idea to thank them for allowing you to express yourself in a stress-free environment or other specific things that you enjoyed discussing. Don't make it too long, and don't kiss their ass.

Maybe a good overall rule here is not to plan on your email/letter having an influence on the school's decision, if that will keep you from kissing ass.
 

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hummmm....when I read the thread title I thought you meant letters and a box of chocolates/flowers or something like that...:idea:

My first thought was a "thank you" and a lap dance. More effective than flowers.
 

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My first thought was a "thank you" and a lap dance. More effective than flowers.
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