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About bubusaur

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  • Location
    Los Angeles
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Genetic Counseling
  1. I interviewed there last Friday. It was just a standard interview. You arrive, they have an info session with everyone. Then there are 2 slots of interview, you will have 1 of the 2 slots, each 45-ish minutes. Then lunch with current students. Then 2 slots of interviews where you will have 1 of the 2 again. So overall, 2 interviews each 45 minutes, and 2 slots where you roam around and chat with the other applicants by yourself. They focus on your resume/CV and personal statement. I had forgotten that they had asked about a personal experience with death or genetic conditions in their personal statement so that sort of threw me off when I was asked about it. My other personal statements had not included that bit. Some people, including me, got some scientific questions where they give you a scenario and want you to think out loud to how the scenario came to be. I was a little thrown off about it, but they seemed understanding that some of us have been out of school for a while so the genetic terminologies may not be fresh in our brain. As long as you can reason it out in your head and think of some possibilities, they seem to accept the answers. Mine is this Friday too! I'll see you there!! Hi! Welcome! I took my GRE twice. First time I took it, I haphazardly studied about 2 weeks from books, but didn't do much practice questions, and just "YOLO took it". I got average. Then last year I took it again in October with more effort in studying. I highly recommend downloading the Magoosh GRE words app and do the flashcards whenever you're free. There is also an app called Prep4GRE or Ready4GRE. It's free and I cannot thank it enough. I feel like even though I was sort of skeptical on how it would have helped (as it is a little buggy and messy sometimes), it really prepared me for the GRE. It being an app on the phone really encouraged spontaneous studying. So I would do the verbal sections whenever I'm commuting, and leave the math sections for when I can sit down and do them. Although it is an app and is not super detailed in explanation, I think by the time you finish all the little modules in there, you pretty much have a thorough glimpse on the tricky questions on the test. On top of that I bought some prep books, but I had worked through them for my first attempt. By the second attempt I relied mostly on the ready4GRE app and the practice tests to just practice, and focus less on concepts. For the essay questions, I spent the day before the test just reading over lots of practice essays. Noted some words that I could use to seem smarter and some ways to format the issues to save time on the GRE. I didn't do any practice essays, just went straight for it at the test. It may seem daunting, but I'm sure if you give it a good month of studying, you can do pretty well. I also discovered I learn better with practice questions instead of focusing on concepts, but that's a personal preference. My scores ended up a lot higher than I expected myself to do. Good luck!!!
  2. I've only interviewed at Mt. Sinai, Sarah Lawrence, and UCI so far. Before the interviews, I had a semi-clear list of my school ranking, after half the interviews, I threw the list out, just because I learned waaaaay more about each program during the interview that my idea of them from their sites are all generic information that doesn't really matter anymore. The biggest impression the 3 school made so far is the difference in student lifestyle and learning environment. Mt. Sinai is set in a medical school building in Manhattan, they take classes with medical students and therefore their program is structured in a way that some classes cannot be altered to fit their needs. However, with a class size of 8 to 12, the specific GC classes can be tailored, which is nice. Students seem to have lots of fun in Manhattan, nice student apartments around, and seem pretty close-knit as friends. Sarah Lawrence is in a liberal arts school, so you see the graduate students walking around campus along with undergraduates. My impression of the program felt like a really nice seminar style classes in undergraduate, while also having a professional aspect during rotation. Apparently, classes are dogs friendly and seem quite casual. They constantly make changes to the program based on student feedback, since they aren't operating under a hierarchy of authority (like medical schools). Staff is super lovely. Students talk about volunteering and life in New York and hanging out outside of class, etc. UCI is set in a medical office building, everyone is dressed professional, take classes inside an office-setting (like in a meeting room), and the 8 students share a cubicle area. Overall impression of the program felt like a 9 to 5 job (confirmed by students). Students say they don't have much time for anything else like volunteering (unlike the other 2 schools). You're pretty much confined to the one building except during your rotations. The staff was cool too, and it seems like class is less formal than, say, Mt. Sinai, since it felt more like a group meeting rather than a lecture (at least for that one class we attended). Students felt more like colleagues than friends. So far I think the environment has struck me as the most dynamic among the 3 programs. Of course there are other things like rotations, courses, volunteering, location, but it just seemed like they sold their programs pretty well in general. You really wouldn't know about the lifestyle and environment differences if you don't talk to the students.
  3. Everything looks good! If you have nude tights, I'd prefer nude tights. I don't have one so I'm going with black. Make sure your new flats don't kill your feet either! I bought new flats and it killed my feet...gonna take a while longer to break them in. I'm also wearing a skirt to my interview but I've been warned that since it's in NY, I'm gonna freeze. People have been telling me to wear dress pants, but they simply don't look good on me (hence I'm not comfy in them either).
  4. Whoa! That sounds like a long stressful trip but also fun. I wish I could join but our schools don't match!
  5. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully the coming ones will be better! I'll keep you posted about Mt. Sinai! Same. I felt like the more I thought about the upcoming interviews, the more anxious I am. And in all honesty, I'm not even sure how exactly to prep for the interviews. I just brainstormed ideas and reviewed my volunteer experiences in my head. I'm crocheting for self-care
  6. It's been kind of quiet this weekend. How's everyone holding up with their interviews? I have my first one this Wednesday at Mt. Sinai. We all got so far already and it's definitely a stressful time to be in. Don't forget to relax and de-stress once in a while! Good luck!
  7. I don't know much about the program but I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. I think you're going to have a great time in Taiwan and it's going to be so full of adventures. The whole culture is so different from USA but also has a modern twist to it. If you're brave, I think you're going to like the food a lot! Good luck on your program!
  8. Thanks for reassuring me. I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt the program website wasn't super informative. I have my own reasons to apply to those schools, but like you said, it doesn't help too much when it comes to each program's uniqueness. Oh yeah...that would be an additional stress to what was already stressful.
  9. Ahh. So the interview was more personal-oriented, getting to know you and your life. I heard from a student last year that Stanford's interview was more a series of questions that made her feel like she's under interrogation. Very impersonal and very business oriented. So what you're describing is definitely better, but it also depends on the school I guess. How did you prepare for the "why do you want to go that program" question? I did some of my research when writing my personal statement, but the answers seem really shallow. I just read the GC page of each program and commented on how I like when their rotation starts, where they have their rotations, etc. Did you do anything else to prepare for a more personal answer? And likewise, what kind of questions did you ask them? Sorry for a bunch of bombardment. Nerves talking.
  10. 6 different interviews definitely sounds likes a long day! That must've been stressful but it sounds like it went better than you thought. Congrats!! Did you see a pattern on what kind of questions each staff was asking? I'm guessing they wouldn't all be the same questions, but it'd be odd to jump into an interview without the "Tell me about yourself" a little.
  11. I have 2 interviews back to back next week and my nerves are going through the roof. Can someone who had an interview (or interviews) describe how their experience was like? The night-before dinner, showing up the next day, reception? How the interviews are sort of structured and was it more like casual conversation or was it like grill grill grill questions? I know this topic came up before in the thread too, but were most people dressed how you expect them to be before you had the interview? I just went all out shopping for business casual clothes and now I'm dreading that I'd feel self-conscious in them. Also, walking around NY with a skirt in March sounds painful. I'd really appreciate the help. Even if it's just supporting comments
  12. Not yet. I haven't heard from most of my schools yet so I'm just nervously waiting too.
  13. Oh my gosh. I waited to sign up for the March 9th interview for Mt. Sinai and now it's all full. I might have to book two flights to NY then... I'm going be so broke. First world problems.
  14. Mt. Sinai's sending interviews out now! Their schedule is on Wednesdays. I previously booked a flight to NY and arrive on Wednesday morning 7am (red eye flight). Now I'm wondering if I should just suck it up and do the interview at 10am same day, or book another flight to NY again...what do you guys think? I would have to carry my luggage around to the interview site too...
  15. Hey y'all! So far I only have an interview from SLC. I thought of your idea before. Is there any chance anyone wanna split a hotel fee or something around SLC campus? I'm not very familiar with NY and I'm not even sure how I'll make it from the airport to SLC, it'd be nice to have a buddy to spend the night and split the cost of the already expensive trip. (No creeper lol) Anyways my interview is March 9th afternoon and I'll be arriving March 8 morning and hopefully attend that evening get together. Anyone on the same date?