6 out of 10
At the school
"where is home for you? (i think trying to figure out if i want to be in ny)"
"you took courses after college? (way to read my file)"
"most questions were directly related to my file, which was fine. he did a good job, i think, fleshing out the details from it."
"about the origin of the research institute i currently do research at"
"honestly, not that much. some of the students who came in to the waiting room for the free coffee were very friendly. also, the members of the admissions office staff were nice and helpful. students were in general very positive about columbia--they had a lot of pride"
"my interviewer. i tried to keep a positive attitude, even though he was superlate for my interview, but he acted like he thought the interview was a waste of his time and only brightened up when i asked him about himself. also when i went to anatomy lecture, it was on reproductive organs, and although it may sound dumb, most of the class wasn't there but the kids who were there were giggling like they were in a 6th grade sex ed class--not really want you want from future doctors!"
"that it's hard to get a good picture of columbia from the interview--maybe take some time to explore on your own a little bit. there's no presentation or anything, you just walk in and wait, so i found that a little surprising."
"i think that i may not have gotten a very good view of the school. it was a very busy interview day--lots of kids in the waiting room, and i missed part of the tour. i had heard so many wonderful things about it, it had definitely been my first choice NY school, if not my first choice school, before the interview. i still think i'd be really happy there--some other people seemed to have really cool, friendly interviewers, and the students were very happy. they seemed friendly, but i definitely got the "on residency, docs will give you more respect just b/c you're from columbia, even if kids from state schools are smarter than you" spiel too. school pride is one thing, but acting proud you're benefiting from a name-brand education even if you don't deserve it was not very impressive. and all this from a 3rd year..."