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Thank You Letter Poll

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 7FAT12, Nov 16, 2005.

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Why do you send thank you letters?

  1. I send them to my top choice schools so that I can express my undying love for them.

    8 vote(s)
    9.4%
  2. I send them because it is the right thing to do.

    36 vote(s)
    42.4%
  3. I send them because everyone else does.

    15 vote(s)
    17.6%
  4. I send them because I'm afraid that not sending them will negatively affect my application.

    24 vote(s)
    28.2%
  5. Because I made such a profound connection that I absolutely had to thank them in writing.

    7 vote(s)
    8.2%
  6. Because the content of MY letter will standout amongst the 17,000+ other applicants that send them.

    5 vote(s)
    5.9%
  7. I don't send them because I don't see the benefit.

    16 vote(s)
    18.8%
  8. I don't send them because I'm too lazy.

    14 vote(s)
    16.5%
  9. I don't send them because my interviewers should be thanking me for sharing my time with them.

    3 vote(s)
    3.5%
  10. I'm still deciding whether or not I should send them.

    14 vote(s)
    16.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. 7FAT12

    7FAT12 Junior Member
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    Why do you send thank you letters?

    1) I send thank you letters to my top choice schools so that I can express
    my undying love for them.
    2) I send thank you letters because it is the right thing to do.
    3) I send thank you letters because everyone else does.
    4) I send thank you letters because I'm afraid that not sending them will
    negatively affect my application.
    5) I send thank you letters because I made such a profound connection with
    my interviewers that I absolutely had to thank them in writing.
    6) I send thank you letters because I truly believe that the content of MY
    letter will help me to stand out amongst the 17,000+ other applicants that
    send thank you letters.
    7) I don't send thank you letters because I don't see the benefit.
    8) I don't send thank you letters because I'm lazy.
    9) I don't send thank you letters because my interviewers should be thanking
    me for the time that they were fortunate enough to spend with me.
    10) I'm still deciding whether or not I should send thank you letters.

    If you chose option #2, why is sending a thank you letter the "right" thing to do? I’m sure that the first admissions committee to ever receive one found that first applicant to be very thoughtful, but now that sending them has become so commonplace how can anyone possibly believe that you are being sincere? Can anyone convince me of the benefits of participating in this seemingly antiquated tradition?
     
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  3. jbrice1639

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    gdbaby Prettier than before
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    AxlxA Addicted to ***
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    shouldn't you actually make this into a poll through the forum?

    7 here.
     
  6. jbrice1639

    jbrice1639 Cub Fan, Bud Man
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    haha...just got a nice mental picture of a ballerina from that...which leads me to wonder, if "-ina" is a suffix commonly used to denote a feminine entity, would the male form of ballerina simply be baller? kinda odd...who knew there were so many rap songs about ballet...
     
  7. anystream

    anystream Senior Member
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    man, I wish Stritch would give me an interview just because they people who are going there next fall seem so interesting
     
  8. 7FAT12

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    Why is sending a thank you letter the "right" thing to do? I’m sure that the first admissions committee to ever receive one found that first applicant to be very thoughtful, but now that sending them has become so commonplace how can anyone possibly believe that you are being sincere? Can anyone convince me of the benefits of participating in this seemingly antiquated tradition?
     
  9. jbrice1639

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    it's proper business etiquette...so while they may or may not believe you are sincere, it's still proper. it also sends the message that you cared enough to do it.
     
  10. drhouse

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    I send thank you emails. Love the technology.
     
  11. Risa

    Risa like Lisa with an R
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    Do you send a thank you note when you receive a gift? No, you won't be the first person ever to conceive of the notion, but yes, you sure will be rude if you don't do it.
     
  12. tigress

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    I disagree. I think it's nice to send them, but it's not rude if you don't. I answered #2 and #8. Ideally I would send them, but usually I forget and run out of stationery and get lazy and don't send them. But I don't think it's such a big deal. Although I saw one of my interviewers on the elevator today and I sort of wished I had sent her one.

    If I were an interviewer I certainly wouldn't think it rude if I didn't get a thank-you note. In fact, I probably wouldn't notice. If I got one I would either think it was nice or that the person just wanted to look good (probably depending on what it said; too ingratiating probably = trying to look good).
     
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    I was raised to send thank-you notes to people who do "thoughtful" things for me, e.g. sends me a gift or invites me to stay at their house. I figure that this simply translates to offers to interview. True, I am paying an application fee and spending money to come out, but another person is taking time out of their day to get to know me and why becoming a physician is important to me. It means a lot to me, and, therefore, I believe it merits an expression of my gratitude, whether or not it really "makes a difference" for my application.
     
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    Not only are thank-you notes useless and a waste of time, you shouldn't be thanking them for anything. They are getting paid to sit there and the note won't aid their decision in deciding your fate, since they likely made the decision before you got back home from the interview anyway.
     
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    For me, it depends on the interview. Sometimes it has been 1 and 2, once 2 and 5 and a couple of times 2 and 4.

    However, this morning I dumped some thank you notes in the mailbox only to get accepted to the school later in the afternoon. Obviously they made their decision despite my not sending a thank you note (there was three weeks between interview and acceptance, i should have gotten it out in time) making me feel that 4 is not something really worth considering.
     

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