5 out of 10
At the school
"What is the most challenging thing you've dealt with?"
"How are you going to continue your activism while here?"
"What type of patient population do you see yourself involved with in the future? What things are crucial to good health care interactions?"
"How would you fix the present health care system?"
"the university is absolutely gorgeous. the technology is very impressive and totally intertwined into all facets of the educational experience. "
"most students live in this freshman dorm thingie...ya know...with like shared bathrooms. uhhh...been there...done that...not interested in doing it again. "
"overall...the interviews went incredibly well. they asked lots of interesting questions directly from my application. they both would be reading through my application, asking questions as they went, taking copious notes. they were very friendly. the difficult questions that they asked came directly out of our conversation, and not out of the blue. thus...if you don't want to talk about something, don't bring it up. the student that i was interviewing with said that Harvard really wants to see that you're going to add something unique and special there. so you gotta be aggresive and tell them not only what's different about you, but also how that is going to impact the environment and enrich the education and experience of your peers. interestingly enought, neither of my interviewers aksed why i wanted to go to harvard. it was almost as if they were so convinced how wonderful their school was that they wouldn't even bother asking someone why they wanted to come. "it's so obvious why...it's harvard!" however, everything outside of the interviews was kind of a let-down. the students were not down-to-earth at all. in fact...they were a bit full of themselves and not the most friendly people. our tour was given by this pair of (pardon the expression) totally jappy girls who said "like" every other word and spent the great amount of their time telling ridiculous stories made to make us laught and go "really?" rather then to actually give us a sense of the place and answer our questions. then again, it's a pretty big class, so maybe i just happened to come across all of the superficial harvard med students today. overall, the place seems like a country club. very elitist. then again, that might be your thing. "