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What are Second Looks for?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by notdeadyet, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    (I actually did try to find a relevant thread on this on the search engine...)

    Assuming you researched to death all the schools you interviewed at and asked all the questions you had of deans, professors, students and alums, what exactly is the point of the second look weekend?

    I like being schmoozed as much as the next guy, but I'm hesitant to drop any more money on this process unnecessarily. Is there any benefit of the second looks, or are they for acceptees in need of some salesmanship?
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  3. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    They are for people with extra money laying around.
  4. Lorienne7

    Lorienne7 Austenophile 2+ Year Member

    The most important thing about second look for me is the opportunity to meet and get to know some of my future classmates. It's really important for me to know who I'll be spending the next four years with because ultimately, it's the students that make the med school what it is.

    Plus, some of the schools I'm interested are located in places I'm completely unfamiliar with, and I had no time during my interview to explore. Second look provides you with that opportunity too.
  5. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    don't med schools pay for your 2nd look????
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    They usually put you up with somebody and feed you. Most places make you get there on your own dime.
  7. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    wow. it is truly amazing how much more expensive med school apps are compared with grad school apps. -_-
  8. smq123

    smq123 John William Waterhouse Administrator Physician SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Second look weekends tend to be like expanded interview days - a lot of salesmanship. Some people who are trying to decide b/w 2 or more schools will use 2nd look weekends to try and come to a decision.

    Other people use 2nd look weekends to go and hunt for apartments and stuff.

    You don't have to go to 2nd look. I didn't go to mine because a) I knew where I was going to live and b) I had already decided where I was going to go. It made no difference.
  9. QuantumMechanic

    QuantumMechanic Avatar=One of the Greats 5+ Year Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Hilbert Space
    Vandy pays! :clap:
  10. Stolenspatulas

    Stolenspatulas 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Gettin' Blitzed and Hookin' up.
  11. eekonomics

    eekonomics 2+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    I see - so I should definitely bring my girlfriend.
  12. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    no...i think the point is that you SHOULDN'T bring your girlfriend >D :smuggrin: :smuggrin:
  13. trying

    trying Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    sf pays half of expenses
  14. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
    no . . . i think his point was THREESOME!!!!
  15. crimsonkid85

    crimsonkid85 7+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    hahahahaha :p *ok where do i sign up....
  16. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    If it was too expensive for me I probably wouldn't go, but as it happens it will be pretty cheap to go to mine since I'm really close and I'm sharing the costs with someone else from my undergrad (hotel, drive, etc).

    To answer your question, I am taking the 2nd Look Weekend as an opportunity to meet my future classmates. I think it would be nice to know some of their faces so that I don't feel completely lonely when I move in during the summer or during the first days of class. Also, it's an opportunity to get to meet some faculty (PR's never hurt) and eat free food for a weekend. :D
  17. photo_girl07

    photo_girl07 Western Blot Queen 2+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2006
    Yeah...I agree with the general sentiment. 2nd look is mostly great to get to an idea about your prospective classmates. Also, it gives me an opportunity to get a better look at the living (since the whole time at interviews, I wasn't sure if I'd get in). Plus, it is a nice distraction from school. I will most likely only go to the schools, I really am interested in :) It will be $ well-spent :D
  18. dudemeister

    dudemeister 2+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    really? I thought they only helped out in cases of financial difficulty. Did I miss something in their packet?

    If they pay for half, I might just go! It's awfully expensive to fly to the west coast otherwise.
  19. Bubblehead-to-MD

    Bubblehead-to-MD Emergency Blow! 5+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    I completely agree with you. Second looks can be particularly useful if you are really trying to decide between 2 or 3 schools that you absolutely loved. All other things being equal, those potential classmates of yours can really be the determining factor in deciding where to go.

    They really afford you the opportunity to figure out if these are the people you'd like to spend the next four years (maybe even longer if you end up staying for residency) of your life with. The interview days simply do not provide a large enough sampling.

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