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What factors do you consider when answering "Why this school??"

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by strawberifields, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. strawberifields

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    hey yall, need some more wisdom :)

    as I'm writing out some secondary essays and preparing for inevitable interview questions, I've had a recurring doubt. we all know that a lot more than academic reputation, research money, facilities, etc goes into our interest in a particular school, but what factors do you deem appropriate to actually share with the school? in a secondary, for ex, do they care if I am attracted to the geographic location or 8-12 class time schedule? or are these the kinds of things I keep to myself as I praise them on their fantastic research opps?

    what factors do you write about when telling a school why they're the one for you?
     
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  3. Web MD

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    I'd try to be as school specific as possible, talking about reasearch, how they set up their curriculum, feel you got from interviewing/touring there/talking with students, and other extra curricular opportunities offered by the school are pretty solid IMO. If the school has a unique philosophy/mission statement maybe tie that in too if you actually believe it
     
  4. Application Doc

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    It's definitely great advice to be as specific as possible. However, don't give a laundry list of specific things about the school. Be selective.

    Also, don't re-word the essay from start to finish for each school. Change only the things you have to in order for it to sound personal. Med school rewards efficiency. It's not too early to start!
     
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  5. circulus vitios

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    Regurgitate the school's mission statement.
     
  6. n3xa

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    I focused on research and outreach opportunities available to students, making sure to tie in my experiences to explain why I would be a great fit for the school's program.
     
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    How do you know about research opportunities at the schools?

    For example: Tulane

    The website explains research that is going on, but nothing specific of what student opportunities are.
    http://tulane.edu/research/index.cfm

    The MSAR says nothing

    SDN says nothing~
     
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    Am I the only one that literally used the search function on each medical school's website? I did just that on Tulane's site using the URL you posted and came up with a bit of info, so it exists.
     
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    ah, there is a search feature

    needless to say I am poor with computers. Thanks
     
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    One thing that I've found very helpful is searching old SDN threads where accepted students are trying to decide between 2 schools. They usually outline very specific pros and cons which you could highlight in your "why us" essays (well, maybe not the cons).
     
  11. AZFutureDoc

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    That is an excellent idea.
     
  12. chronicidal

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    Unfortunately many accepted students extol nebulous qualities like a friendly/relaxed/diverse/smart student body or a good feeling at the interview.
     

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