Again, thank you so much for your advice. It's stressful enough going through the process. I would just like to minimize any unnecessary things that may be looked upon unfavorably. You have been a great source of information!I've seen other applicants walk in with briefcases and/or notepads so I don't think it would look completely out of place. I was more of a minimalist when it came to interviewing and preferred to carry nothing
I'm really dating myself here but I vividly remember growing up and reading thoseI've carried a portfolio to many interviews and never wrote anything. It's more for carrying around the materials the program gives you in the AM. IMO, carrying around the folder they give you all day without anything to conceal it just looks sloppy.
Goofus forgets a portfolio and just walks around all day wit his paper folder. Gallant is professional and remembers to bring a portfolio to hold his paper folder