sbowman Posted February 4, 2011 Share Posted February 4, 2011 My top choice PhD program has invited me out for an extensive open house. They asked me to be prepared to be on campus by Wednesday morning for two days of interviews and presentations, but mentioned that there would be an optional social hosted by current students on Tuesday night. Initially, I had no plans to attend the social. I have met a couple of current students already, and my class schedule at my current University conflicted—I would have to have missed two consecutive meetings of a grad-level class to make it. I'm reconsidering, and I'm curious what experiences people have had with these. It sounds fun, but it also sounds like a good chance to get familiar with the terminology, attitude and daily workings of the department before the interviews, which could be a pretty valuable help in being able to ask the right questions and avoid showing off any possible incompatibility to the faculty. Also, as an aside, I've heard only vague mumblings about this: They know that I am interviewing at a couple of other programs that look like perfect fits for me on paper, there any danger in saying explicitly (and honestly) that their program is my unequivocal first choice? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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