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"What are 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses?"
"How do you stay motivated?"
"What are some of your hobbies? Would you continue these hobbies once you get into pharmacy school? do you think you'll have time?"
"Tell me about yourself, how did you developed your interest in Pharmacy?"
"If you were on our side (interviewers), what kind of attributes would you be looking for?"
"You have an interesting major. Tell me more about it."
"Why UCSD? What do you want to do once becoming a pharmacist? (clinical? retail? research?)"
"Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies?"
"What are some of your strengths and weakneses?"
"How did you hear about UCSD? Why UCSD?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself. Do you have any questions for me?"
"If a patient gave you a hard time at work, how do you deal with it at home? How would you de-stress?"
"Tell us about yourself? why ucsd?"
"Analyze the book (mentioned above)"
"How many pharmacy schools did you apply to?"
"What kind of sports do you play?"
"Describe your previous pharmacy experience."
"What got you into pharmacy (what interested you in the first place)?"
"How did you choose your major?"
"How did you become interested in pharmacy?"
"What makes a good pharmacist?"
"What is the number one problem in pharmacy today?"
"How did you come about pharmacy?"
"what brought you to pharmacy?"
"When did you become interested in pharmacy?"
"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?"
"What area of pharmacy are you planning to pursue?"
"How did you get started in pharmacy? What leadership positions have you held?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership? How do you balance extracurriculars and school?"
"How did you become interested in Pharmacy? (I was a medical student)"
"Why did you decide to pursue pharmacy? "
"do you have friends in SD? "
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSD?"
"what's your favorite class?"
"You mentioned the strengths of this school, but what weaknesses do you see?"
"what field of pharmacy are you most interested in?"
"Tell me about one of your failures in life?"
"Tell us about yourself?"
"What did you learn during your extracurricular activities?"
"Favorite/Least favorite classes"
"Why Pharmacy/pros and cons of pharmacy."
"How have you demonstrated leadership?"
"how do you manage your time?"
" How do you deal with stress?"
"What have you learned from your experiences traveling the world?"
"Why not [some other profession]?"
"Name three movies you've watched recently"
"What is one of the upcoming challenges to the profession?"
"If we were team members working on a project and I wasn't pulling my weight, what would you do?"
"Have you worked in a group? If you are working in a group, and there is someone who doesn't want to cooperate, what would you do?"
"What is an example of a stressful or frustrating time working in retail?"
"Name me your strength and weaknesses."
"Strength/Weakness in terms of leadership? How do you release your stress?"
"what are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What kind of music do you like?"
"I see you were a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. What did you do and what did you get out of it?"
"How do you de-stress?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your leadership roles?"
"Why pharmacy? What do you like about the curriculum at UCSD? Why UCSD?"
"What have you been doing in the past few years?"
"Why pharmacy? "
"What do you do for fun? Where are you from?"
"Describe [insert EC here]."
"Why didn't you apply to med school instead? (because I mentioned that there were a lot of pre-med students in my undergrad major)"
"what do you see the changes in the future of pharmacy profession? The program here allow PHarm students collaborate with med students, Do you think you will be able to deal with this challenge?"
"Challenges in pharmacy field."
"What are your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"What is your most prized possession and why?"
"Describe one rewarding academic experience. (If you did a research project, bring this UP during the interview and talk about how rewarding that was. They love that you took charge of your own academic careers) Be agressive with that."
"You've been out of school for a while now--how do you think you will adjust to our rigorous courseload?"
"Would you rather be a leader or a follower?"
"How do you deal with difficult people?"
"What leadership positions have you held and what was your role in those positions?"
"What made you choose this career?"
"what are challenges pharmacists face thesedays?"
"If you were doing a project with me and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do my part, what would you do?"
"What would your friends say is your strength? Weakness?"
"How did you motivate your team during the project?"
"strengths and weaknesses?"
"what makes you a good leader?"
"what's a future problem in pharmacy?"
"Why do you choose UCSD?"
"What in your research did you learn about UCSD and what impressed you?"
"What was a difficult situation you faced and how did you deal with that?"
"Describe a difficult situation and you helped solve it. "
"Why should we choose you over the other applicants?"
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSD?"
"What are some leadership activities that you participated in?"
"What are some challenges you see in the future of pharmacy?"
"Did you do any research about UCSD in the past, and what did you find out?"
"What other schoools did you apply to?"
"What was the latest novel that you read?"
"what's your least favorite class?"
"What are your strengths?"
"why pharmacy and not other healthcare professions?"
"what other pharm schools did you apply to? Why?"
"Why Pharmacy? "
"What do you like about our School?"
"How else have you pursued pharmacy?"
"What kind of leadership positions and roles have you had?"
"What kind of classes have you taken outside of academics."
"Do you forsee yourself participating in future extracurriculars at our school?"
"Tell us about your most difficult experience working in a pharmacy and how you dealt with it?"
"What did you do for your Eagle project? We talked quite a bit about my involvement with Boy Scouts."
"Why hardships did you encounter in your research and how did you deal with it?"
" How do you learn? "
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years professionally?"
"What pharmacy field are you considering? Clinical? Community?"
"What are some obstacles you see facing pharmacists in the future?"
"What do you think is the biggest challenge in pharmacy?"
"Have you had any problems with the pharmacists you work with? (retail)"
"You worked at pharmacy over 4 years.. Do you enjoy working in retail?"
"What do you do when you need assistance?"
"How does you family feel about you moving to SD?"
"Could you tell me about the process of becoming a registered Pharmacy Technician in California?"
"Are you interested in PharmD/PhD program? Why research?"
"Do you have any pharmacy experience?"
"What problems do you see in the future of pharmacy?"
"What in particular about UCSD interests you?"
"Why pharmacy? Is there anything you wanted to tell me? "
"What fields of pharmacy are you interested in pursuing?"
"In what field of pharmacy do you see yourself going into?"
"what do you do to release stress? Why drawing? what do you think about teamwork? what kind of skills did you learn through your volunteer experiences?"
"what would you do to help with the problems you mentioned?"
"What kind of music do you listen to?"
"What area of pharmacy would you like to pursue?"
"If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?"
"How have you matured over the last few years?"
"Do you have any questions for us?"
"If we were your group members and I wasn't doing my work how would you resolve it as the team leader?"
"Tell me about soccer."
"What is your impression of the curriculum? "
"Any particular area you are interested in?"
"are you interested in PharmD/Ph.D?"
"the rest were standard interview questions"
"Talk about a leadership role you had."
"What experiences in pharmacy have you had? "
"tell me about a book you read recently?"
"what other schools did you apply to?"
"Would you be interested in joining some clubs at UCSD?"
"What book did you read recently? How did you demonstrate your leadership skills?"
"If you saw your classmate was cheating, what would you do and why?"
"any questions for me?"
"What movies, books, hobbies do you like?"
"What have you done to hone your writing skills?"
"How do you de-stress?"
"Did you apply to any other pharmacy schools?"
"Tell me about yourself and what made you choose the path of pharmacy?"
"How was it like working at so and so? What did you learn from working there?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"what do you do for fun?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"questions about my personal statement"
"Have you had any Pharmacy experience?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership?"
"What do you think are challenges facing future pharmacists?"
"What do you do on your free time?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What do you like about UCSD Pharmacy School?"
"Where else did you apply?"
"What makes you a leader, what are your pharmacy experiences."
"Why do you like about UCSD?"
" What does pharmacy mean to you?"
"How do you deal with stress? Are you good at managing your time?"
"What are your limitations?"
"Tell me about volleyball"
"I talked about cooking, so they asked me about what the significance of a recipe was."
"Do you like to cook? What do you cook? Do you ever change the recipe or do you follow it to the T? (creativity question?)"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"All standard questions."
"Writing Essay: What character will you be in a novel you read?"
"How do you deal situations in which you are misjudged?"
"All basic interview type questions"
"Why not get a PhD?"
"If you were a water-drop, where would you fall and why?"
"What future challenges do you think pharmacists will face?"
"What is your research about what did you do?"
"What did you wish for? (In response to the essay question, 3 wishes from a genie)"
"Was there any question you were hoping we would ask you that we did not ask?"
"What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?"
"What challenges do you see yourself facing in pharmacy school?"
"What is your favorite movie of all time?"
"Why do you like drawing? (b/c I said I sketch portrait for fun and to relax)"
"Describe and tell us what you learn from this book you talked about in your application. (watch out, ppl with ''interesting application'' - this is ''shine or die'')"
"Why did you choose that chair?"
"To explain about my interest in cars. (I'm a girl and wrote that I enjoy working on cars)"
"If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? OR If I was to walk into your car right now what would I hear playing on your radio?"
"What do you like to do at night?"
"The essay question: If you could be any animal (other than a human), what would you be and why?"
"They asked me about a hobby of mine but worded it in a very interesting way"
"Tell me about soccer (I had talked about my love for soccer in my application)."
"What type of music do you like?"
"What would you do (having described a hypothetical situation)?"
"essay question - if you had a superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it."
"If you had to make a game about pharmacy, what would be the goals of the game and the obstacles? What would be the final boss?"
"why change major?"
"are you interested in the ph.d. program here?"
"My interviewer seemed really interested in one of my clubs, so she asked me a lot about it."
"All were basic."
"the interesting question came from the writing prompt which was "if you could invite 3 people, living or dead, to a special dinner tonight, who would you invite and why?"
"None really, except perhaps if you could travel anywhere you want, where would it be and why?"
"What do you like to do in your free time? What do you like to do for fun?"
"What would happen if you caught your friend cheating? What would happen if you caught your cousin, whose mother is your mother's very close sister, cheating (i.e. on an essay, test, etc.)?"
"You went to the same high school as Matt Leinert?"
"Since working/communicating with people is an imporant aspect of pharmacy, how have I demonstrated this in my previous experiences?"
"Do you know the role of Cytochrome P450 in drug metabolism? (Asked because we were talking about some of my favorite classes and the things I learned- I couldn't answer the question which was ok- but I learned some interesting things from them about it)."
"If you can change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?"
"What was the last novel that you read?"
"what is "
"With what kind of people do you like to surround yourself?"
"tell us about yourself?"
"Besides pharmacy, what other career plans do I have?"
"What would you do if you did not get accepted to pharmacy school?"
"Nothing really....just basic interview questions."
"What qualities do you look for in your friends? What traits do you find annoying?"
"Tell us about a positive travel experience."
"If you could be any cartoon character which one would you be and why? (essay question)"
"nothing really interesting."
"Do you have an item that means alot to you and why/what is it?"
"If I was a cartoon character, who would I be and why?"
"Which other schools did you apply to and have you gotten acceptance from these schools? Sort of put on the spot. "
"what was the happiest time in your life, and what was the harderst time in your life, and how did you deal with it?"
" If you get in to both USC and UCSD, where would you go?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership?"
"What's your favorite book?"
"Name three strengths and three weaknesses"
"What distinguishes you from other candidates aside from academics?"
"If I gave a project and provided everything you needed how would you go about it?"
"What other schools have you applied to/gotten interviews for?"
"Outside of academics, what is your proudest moment/highest achievement?"
"All my questions were from the SDN list..."
"What was your most memorable experience as an undergraduate?"
"What do you think is going to be the hardest thing to do while you are in pharmacy school?"
"Any specific disease you are interested in studying?"
"they were all pretty easy. Maybe the question on what problems do you foresee in the future of pharmacy?"
"None were too difficult"
"Are you interviewing anywhere else?"
"How do you deal with difficult situation? For example, there was a group project and your classmate is not working on it. How would you handle it?"
"What future changes do you see facing the healthcare system?"
"what is your weakness?"
"What are your weaknesses? What are your weak skills? (She repeated the question after I answered the first one)"
"What was the most proud moment in your life?"
"What other schools did you apply to? What did you like about that school? (Be careful and redirect the question to emphasize why you want to attend UCSD)"
"What do you see as a future problem pharmacists will have to face?"
"Not really...nothing surprising..the conversation was all about getting to know me"
"Currently pharmacists don't get the appropriate respect from doctors. What would you do to change it?"
"If I bump into your bestfriend today and I ask them what she could tell me about you that no one else would know. What would she tell me?"
"Why UCSD....it was the first question so I was caught off guard and was a little nervous."
"none that were too hard..."
"Why choose pharmacy instead of being a doctor?"
"This is going to sound ridiculous, but refer to "most interesting question.""
"I honestly forget. Probably about the hobby of mine."
"I wasn't asked any difficult questions, but the fact that they didn't ask some expected questions (why pharmacy? why UCSD?) was a bit concerning."
"Tell me about a time that someone did not fulfill their duty in your organization and if you ever had to censure them aka what did you do about it?"
"The interviewers made me feel comfortable so the difficult question was not really difficult."
"They were all your garden variety questions - why pharmacy, how have you prepared yourself, etc."
"Did you think what he did was ethical or appropriate? (I was telling them about a difficult experience in my pharmacy and how the pharmacist resolved it)"
"what was most recent book you read."
"how do you deal with challenges?"
"what negative qualities about you will you bring to pharmacy school?"
"If you find out one of your friend got the answer for tomorrow's exam and ask you to come over to look at it, what would you do? "
"If you saw your classmate was cheating, what would you do and why?"
"All were amazingly easy. "
"None -- the interviewer just wanted to get to know me better, as a person, not in the academic sense! "
"Why don't you choose medicine?"
"What are some of your positive/negative qualities"
"What was the most challenging experience I had and how did I deal with it? How would I deal with circumstances without favorable outcomes?"
"Do you know of any problems facing the health industry such as with Medicare? (I didn't really so we talked about problems pertaining more to the job of a pharmacist)"
"Give me a definition of a pharmacist/pharmacy."
"what have you learned from so and so?"
"Tell me about a time that you were misjudged and how you handled it."
"what are your weaknesses?"
"Why pharmacy? "
"what is one of your favorite books that you have read and why?"
"What would you do if you couldn't pursue pharmacy?"
"Hmm.. they were all pretty fair, standard questions"
"All around the same level.. you just have to be prepared for anything."
"Why UCSD and not UCSF?"
"no difficult questions."
"Give us one word to describe yourself to the committee."
"How do you deal with multiple tasks?"
"Why challenges do you see pharmacists will have in the near future?"
"Why don't you want to teach middle school, why do you want to become a phamacist?"
"Given your interests do you think UCSD is really the best fit school for you?"
"How did you handle stress?"
"Read SDN, read other interview prep questions, practice with friends and family."
"Mock interview with friends and SDN questions"
"Wrote possible questions and answered them and also used the interview feedback from Student Doctor Network"
"Interview feedback from SDN"
"Reviewed application materials, read up on current events in pharmacy, and researched the school and their interview style."
"Read SDN, practiced with multiple friends and counselors, read about interview tips"
"I looked through SDN and talked to a pharmacists who is a ucsd alumni."
"SDN, mock interviews with friends, reread essays and personal statements"
"Practiced by myself by answering questions. Speak out loud and try to pretend I am interviewed."
"Went through the general questions that they might ask you with friends."
"SD website, SDN"
"I reviewed my research project (since I was working full-time as a Research Technician for The Scripps Research Institute). I didn't even review my PharmCAS application. I looked at the name of the two people interviewing me when I signed in, Tony mentioned one of them in the orientation presentation, so I knew a little bit about one of the interviewers before going into the actual interview."
"SDN, School website, secondary application."
"read ps n supplemetal."
"Interview Feedback, application"
"SDN forums, UCSD website"
"SDN forums, UCSD website, looked over supplemental app"
"sdn, practiced with family members, make bullet point of ideas (instead of typing out full sentences) so that I could sound natural and not scripted"
"looked over interview feedbacks on sdn, checked out ucsd website"
"review my application, SDN..just want to say thank to SDN"
"SND, mock interview with friends"
"SDN, school website"
"sdn....typed out questions and had younger siblings ask me"
"Read over my application, looked at previous questions posted on SDN"
"Practicing my answers to common interview questions that I got from SDN, believing in myself, practicing my interview with a stuffed animal"
"SDN, read and re-read school website, looked over application, formulated answers to questions frequently asked at UC interviews in the past, previous interview at another school, podcasts about medical/pharmacy news, subscribed to Drug Topics, etc."
"SDN, reviewed my application, practice interview, practice essay writting, made a list of the reasons I wanted to attend UCSD's school of pharmacy. "
"SDN, talked to pharmacists and my parents, read about the school and their mission"
"SDN, Current issues in pharmacy, mock interview (career center/family), books "
"SDN, mock interviews, same ol'"
"SDN, reading the school website, reviewing applications (always keep a copy of pharmcas and sup apps!!!)"
"i read all the questions on this site, read over personal statements, asks friends, coworkers and family about answers to them. Had a mock interview with a professor i knew."
"SDN, practice questions and answers "
"read over suppl."
"read this website, about ucsd and ucsd faculty"
"read up on sdn, re-read my app, researched the school, read up on current topics in pharmacy/healthcare, practiced questions, made a list of experiences/extracurriculars/qualities that i wanted to incorporate/highlight"
"SDN, read some stuff about where the profession going in the future, paid attention to news about pharmacy"
"Look at SDN and school's website. Also practiced the interview with my friends and family members."
"The school's website, and this one!"
"read over SDN, and thought about the questions that they would ask me."
"read SDN, pharmacist.com, some other offline pharmacy journals, went thru every single interview question posted in the interview feedback section (including non UCSD), practiced repeatedly and tape recorded myself, attended a mock interview held at my school, had 5 more mocks elsewhere, "
"SDN, read up on the school via their web-site."
"Student Doctor Network, read entire UCSD pharmacy website, read up about pharmaceutical care, read articles for continuing education credit in magazines like Drug Topics and at rxschool.net, read NY Times & LA Times health sections, contacted pharmacy students and pharmacists"
"SDN, UCSD website"
"Prayed, read SDN, read other health websites and publications, talked to pharmacists, researched the program and reviewed my application."
"Read this website, and had the experience from my previous 2 interviews... that's about it. Since any question can be asked you just have to speak from the heart, don't try and be someone you're not."
"SDN, UCSD website, went to career services at my school."
"read up, website"
"I laughed with my friend who drove down there with me."
"SDN,school website,talking to pharmacists and pharmacy students"
"UCSD website, studentdoctor.com, review current pharmacy topics"
"SDN, website, read over my biographical essays and personal statement."
"School website, studentdoctor.net, practice"
"SDN, mock interviews at the career center at my school"
"Read SDN, looked at my file, talked to pharmacists"
"SDN, read over personal statement, etc."
"Looked up UCSD website, SDN, talked to pharmacists, mock interview"
"I read over past interview questions on this website and others."
"studentdoctor.net, ucsd website"
"SDN, read UCSD site, interview tip info, talked to pharmacist"
"Web search, SND, personal experiences."
"Pharms I worked with, SDN, and web site."
"asked pharmacists, internet, sdn"
"Looked at UCSD's website."
"sdn, reviewing app, looking up school website"
"Very laid back interview. They honestly just want to get a sense of who you are as a person. The essay portion wasn't timed."
"Interviewers were very laid back and friendly"
"Everyone was friendly and helpful during the interview process"
"La Jolla is beautiful, the school is amazing. Even though they're not number 1, the potential they have to improve is a big selling point."
"The program at UCSD including their curriculum and career opportunities"
"The friendly attitude that the interviewers took on. The many students that came out to answer any questions you had."
"I loved the atmosphere at UCSD. Everyone was very chill and very friendly and I loved the location. San Diego is beautiful and the school is new."
"Very relaxed. They really just want to know you."
"the interviewers were very nice and relaxed"
"Skaggs' accomplishments in the last 8 years"
"The interview was more like a conversation, they didn't drill me with questions. It felt like I was just talking with friends about what it is I had done in the past 4 years (in 30 minutes). We ran out of time and we couldn't cover everything in my application."
"Honors/Pass/Fail Grade System"
"The facility is nice, the interviewers were nice, and the location fits my personality."
"curriculum looks interesting and challenging. research opportunities. electives. 2nd year stress level. some students still work while studying. clinically focused vs retail pharmacy. hot weather. attraction sites.Naplex passing rate. small class .H/P/F system"
"Class with medical students in physiology. I can't explain how much I love this."
"The speech the dean made at the interview- it told us a lot about the university and what a great place it is to get an education. Also the campus is beautiful and the new pharmacy building is very nice. Also, the program is very flexible and there are so many opportunites in the city."
"the laid back atmosphere, very friendly staff and students, beautiful surroundings"
"the building, the friendly faculty, the laid-back yet hardworking students"
"Everything: school, weather, location...P/F system never hurts!"
"The dean, students, and interviewers seemed very laid back and friendly."
"the challenging program offered at this school"
"Small class size, Curriculum"
"Everyone was really nice and I had an overall great experience. They made you feel really comfortable. I also liked that the essay was not timed, so I was able to take my time with it."
"the quality of the education program, how friendly and stressed-free everyone is, and how beautiful the surroundings are, as well as the fact that even though the UCSD pharmacy program is relatively new, it is still up to par and even better than well established ones like UCSF and especially USC. UCSD definitely humiliated USC in my opinion. It wasn't even a contest."
"Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and the program incorporates all that UCSD has to offer, including SIO (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and UCSD's medical school. Also, the facilities are brand new and gorgeous. "
"The interview was soooo chill. I think it's b/c they have an hour orientation and I sat in the way back and just relaxed while eating snacks. My nervousnessness went away. And the campus is beautiful!!! The area is beautiful and sunny!"
"How everything about the school is new (program, building, etc.), how enthusiastic the faculty were about the program's potential, how unique the program is (classes with medical students, small class size). "
"Both students and faculty were very outgoing, happy and super friendly! Plus the area is gorgeous."
"The supportive, respectful, friendly atmosphere, and rigorous curriculum "
"Just a little note: some people on SDN complained about not getting a full tour of UCSD. You guys do not understand how huge UCSD is. A full tour would require at least an hour. Believe me, I did my undergrad at UCSD and had 10 minutes to get from one class to another.. I had to run!! The graduate school is concentrated in one area, but undergraduate + graduate + administration buildings = tons of space consumed. Weather in SD is unbeatable. UCSD is about 5 minutes from the beach. Some places on campus you can actually see the ocean."
"BEAutiful campus, new facilities."
"Everyone was really nice. Some of the students offered to answer some questions."
"The pharmacy building is new and impressive. There are three hospitals located on campus to intern at. The students and faculty were very friendly and helpful."
"the campus and facility was really nice"
"the wealth of opportunities to be involved with at the school... proximity to pharma companies, scripps oceanography, hospitals..."
"the new building, friendly students"
"how laid back everyone was. this was my best interview experience. very nice, closed-knit group of students and faculty"
"The pharmacy school building is new and very modern. All professors and students there were really nice and friendly, whcih made me very comfortable. "
"That everyone I met was super-friendly, and not competitive at all. The faculty seem to stress on a good education and teamwork. Classes are pass/fail/honors."
"EVERYTHING! The school has tons of potential to grow into a great school. They have top-notch faculty from all over the place! The new building is GORGEOUS! Way better than all the other schools i went to so far (UOP and USC). All the students that came in to talk to us were very enthusiastic about the school and LOVED it there. There was a one hour orientation that went indepth of the school and it's curriculum. The location of hte school is great. There's so many things in SD that will more than prepare you for a pharmD degree--scripps, scripps institute of oceanography, children's hospital, VA hospital, UCSD medical center, free clinics... LOTS. They also offered marine pharmacology which sounds cool."
"accepting 60 out of 1058 people (I got one), the intensive curriculum, the beautiful surrounding. "
"The interviewers were so cool! So laid back and friendly. As were the students. Everyone just seemed really happy to be there and excited about the future of the school."
"The aesthetics of the campus, the new building & dynamic possibilities of the program, the friendly interviewers and chatters"
"It will be a great program, hard but great! It is a gorgeous campus. The students are enthusiastic, love the school and have great relationships with the faculty."
"The Pharm D. program has recently received generous funding and the brand-new pharmacy building will be ready in early 2006! They're also expanding the biomed library to accomodate new materials for the program."
"Love the area, the presentation the dean made and the way they think about developing pharmacists were awesome. And they got a $30 million grant and are building new pharmacy buildings."
"It's insane how much money the school has, which is good because the new pharmacy school builiding will be top-notch and the school will be able to recruit excellent faculty members."
"Faculty and students are friendly."
"the enthusiasm of the faculty members"
"The faculty are VERY enthusiastic about their school, and for good reason because there is a lot of money from a lot of influential people going into this school. They were honest in saying that the academic curriculum would be extremely rigorous."
"friendly students and faculty;very organized and to the point"
"They are admitting at least 60 students so I know I have at least a 33% chance of gaining entrance to the UCSD pharmacy program (200 students were interviewed)"
"The relationship between the faculty and the students. The size of the class."
"I loved the students; extremely friendly and encouraging. Faculty seemed very excited about the new school."
"How laid back it was."
"How open and excited the faculty were about their program. They really seem to care about improving their education and tailoring it to fit what they perceive as fitting for future pharmacists"
"Everything, they have a very academically challenging curriculam and expect you to perform as well as their med students. Everyone was extremely nice and they have a very prestigious faculty."
"The students and faculty members are extremely excited about the program and have developed an extremely challenging but strong curriculum which seems to truly prepare you for a long future in pharmacy"
"How easy going and nice everyone was. They tried to keep everyone as calm as they could."
"the campus and the area. drinks and snacks were provided."
"The integration with the medical school, how friendly everyone was (although only saw one student- apparently they were all in class), how gung-ho they are, la jolla (duh!), the size of the class is tiny (30!....could be good or bad)"
"The location of the school, and the potential strength of program this UC school will offer."
"How awesome the campus is. Its in freaking Lajolla (sp?) for christ sake! The beach is literally right across the campus. "
"everyone was really enthusiastic and excited on the progression of the new school. they seemed very confident that ucsd will become one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation in a short amount of time. "
"The campus is gorgeous and the student are really nice. Great place to live in."
"Seeing the beach was nice, school looks modern and sleek. Interview was pretty relaxed, i liked the easy essay questions and my interviewers were super nice"
"The students seemed very gung-ho about the school. The curriculum looks really amazing and integrated, though very demanding. They have high expectations for the school and are confident it will be a top school and offer great opportunities. They have recruited amazing researchers/faculty to work there and more will come when the building is done in 2005."
"Very small alumni network."
"There was no on-campus tour"
"I found that my interviewers were very nice, but I couldn't tell if they were actually interested in what I was saying. They seemed almost patronizing, and it was very hard to read if I did "well" or not."
"My interview was on Saturday and I was really cold in my suit."
"The organization of the interview was a bit off. I came for a 12 o clock interview, but after a one hour orientation, I had to wait until 3:15 for my interview...it was a bit restless."
"I got there half an hour early and there were signs to where the pharmacy school was, but the signs didn't point directly at a sidewalk, so I got lost in the medical building at UCSD, which I arrived at the interview a few minutes late."
"nothing really~it was great!"
"We didn't get a formal tour of the school (but it's OK because I simply explored it on my own)."
"Taking classes with medical school students since there are many unnecessary classes to become a pharmacist."
"The pharmacy building seems isolated from the rest of the campus."
"no information about financial aid. no takehome remembrance from the school...they seemed in cut off budget no folder /newsletter/financial aid papers to takehome. "
"No formal tour. A bit worried about the pass/no pass, but I definitely liked that about the program."
"The grading system."
"Didn't get an official tour, even though we were told to ask the students to give us one, but I didn't have time."
"Curriculum can be difficult."
"No tour was offered."
"The thought, ''It's UCSD. I'll be stuck here again for another 4 years.''"
"only 60 people accepted! :("
"People started chatting in the room where we were all writing our essays. Those inconsiderate bitches should really shut up. We are trying to write a timed essay here. They really should have gone outside to start their conversations."
"It's a reallly new school."
"The interview was on a Monday, so all the students were in class taking a test and there were no students to talk to about the program. Because no students were free to help out with the interview, the interview was conducted by two faculty members. The faculty members seemed as though they weren't trying to be intimidating, but they still were. Having a student present during the interview would have made the experience much more enjoyable."
"That the program has not been around longer. "
"I've lived in San Diego for all of my life. I gave UCSD a mediocre culture rating not because the school isn't diverse, but because San Diego isn't as exciting as say, San Francisco or Las Vegas. San Diego is a little more culturally homogenous, a little more conservative. "
"new school, new building, sharing classrooms with med students..not accredited...only accepts 60....lights in presentation room kept flickering on and off."
"even though the class size is small, i'm not sure how personal it will be."
"the distracted environment where we wrote our essays- peoples' names were being called constantly, always interrupted"
"School didn't give us any formal campus tour (you have to ask the students to give you a tour if you want. But this is optional and I didn't ask since I was kind of nervous and nobody asked that.) "
"Not a thing!"
"The curriculum. I felt that they didn't provide enough practice for the students early on."
"Nothing. The presentation at the beginning intimidated me as it went over the intense curriculum and listed the high calibur faculty the school has worked to recruit but it just highlights the greatness that this school will achieve. "
"That we don't receive acceptance notices until March/April. How nerve-wracking for some of us!"
"Parking blows- but that's about it- so overall nothing to really complain about."
"On the day that I interviewed, all the pharm students were in classes so none of them had the opportunity to interview us. Later on in the day, some of them showed up and answered our questions about the school. It would have been nice to have one student and one faculty interview me instead of two faculty members."
"A little bit unorganize"
"the fact we were interviewed by two faculty members"
"Cramped quarters, although they are expanding, so you may not get to complain about this next year. Also, they didn't even time the essay-writing portion."
"I thought the interview was going to be a one on one basis, but I guess they decided to have two interviewers at the same time. (both interviewers were Pharm D)"
"You write your essay between the interview and the school presentation. You have time, but it's punctuated with a lot of different activities."
"the building of the school are kind of artificial; no artistic based structures; no intereting sites."
"Hard to find parking."
"I can't think of anything that was negative about the experience."
"the pharmacy does not have its own building"
"The room is kind of cramped to write your essay in, a formal tour of the campus would be nice."
"We were all cramped in the room that was smaller than some bedrooms. Also, the fact that the program is fairly new, and the curriculum is not fully developed as of yet."
"A previous poster had mentioned how they always deferred to how impressive their med school program was which is kind of true. I over heard some UCSD pharm student say that if you get your Pharm. D. here you're basically "like a doctor" because you take the same classes (although he failed to mention that its only CERTAIN types of classes) as the M.D. students. When I heard the comment, I was wondering how the student thought Pharm D.=M.D.? Eh?"
"the building that the interviews were in was a dump (the new building is not yet finished). the campus was not that nice. but la jolla is a beautiful city. "
"The school is not yet built, it will be completed in 2007. They seem more focus on their medical program than their pharmacy program, they kept on talking about they how great their medical school is and how pharmacy students are lucky to be able to take classes with med-students. They are really judgmental and they attack you during your interview."
"School seemed big and impersonal. Not much culture compared to my undergrad school (Berkeley). also, there was no tour!"
"There was some confusion about the timing of interviews, essay, etc. and some people missed their interview and had to do it later. Make sure to ask if no one comes to get you at the time on your card."
"Where to park. I was almost late."
"where to park"
"This is probably due to my novice interview skills, but everyone else seemed to have notebooks containing their resumes and personal statements to look over while waiting for their interview. Luckily for me it didn't matter because I was one of the first to be interviewed."
"The school was very new for their pharmacy program and they don't have too many alumni to build a network."
"That I would have a lot of time to prep in between the orientation and my interview. I would've brought something to entertain myself."
"There are signs when you drive into the school of where you can park. I stopped by the visitor's center before finding out that there were signs in place at the school when you get in."
"There is nothing to be nervous about this interview. It's very easy-going style of interview."
"It would've been better if I elaborated more on my answers to better present my strengths."
"Nothing. Overall, it was a perfect interview day. I had a lot of fun, actually."
"If you like research, you will get an opportunity to talk to the dean about the PharmD/PhD Program."
"it's gonna rain. i didn't get to see the dean :("
"There is nothing that would have made a difference."
"They know everything about you and they took the time to read your application carefully."
"low stress, very informal (no time limit on essay)"
"That it was open file. The interviews around know a lot about you from your personal statements and supplemental essays. The interview serves so that they can know more out your personality and what kind of a leader are you,,,and if you are a stressed free jolly person or not. They are looking for people with natural intelligence and common sense, instead of a hardworker, who memorizes slides all day and can vomit everything out during an exam and then forget what he/she memorized next quarter. "
"If your interview time is at the beginning and then you have to write your essay, take it to the Biomedical Library and write it in there. By the time you return to the room to write your essay, students who are still waiting for their interview and have finished their essays will be chatting. It is incredibly distracting!"
"That early weekday interviews are conducted by two faculty members."
"They grade pass/fail! but other than they give you adequate information. Parking was free/close since it was a Saturday. "
"About 40 people were interviewed in the group i was in. and about 5 different pairs of interviewers were interviewing. Whether you get a hard or easy professor is all on luck."
"everyone is very relaxed. plenty of time to write the essay. the interview was casual, like a normal conversation "
"My interview was on Saturday (noon) and it was very bad traffic driving from Orange county. I left my house more than 2hrs before the interview time, but I was almost late to interview. Fortunately, I arrived there 10 min early but I was very nervous for the whole time."
"you're assigned specific times for the interviews... so you sit in a room until you are called and the rest of the time is for writing your essay."
"It was damp. No need to wake up at the crack of dawn to do my hair. "
"How much I would be impressed and love this school. . . unfortunately and fortunately, I had the tough decision to choose between this wonderful school and UCSF. If only I could combine both schools!!! "
"That it rains (or threatens to) in La Jolla. Thankfully it got sunny."
"I wish I hadn't been nervous because it was extremely casual, we even discussed the Academy Awards!"
"That wearing heels and walking from one end of the med school parking lot to the center of the school (where the interviews were conducted) can be quite a sacrifice. My poor feet!"
"how long it takes them to get back to you concerning the decision- not till the end of march/early april."
"Not to worry about the writing prompt. You basically have all the time you need to write your essay, of course, until you check out."
"History of the school of pharmacy - the orientation covered this very thoroughly - kind of a "yawn-er" if you don't care."
"more about the faculty "
"I thought the interview was with one faculty and one pharmacy student. Only a few first year pharm students showed up later to answer questions. Second and third year pharm students did not attend or participate."
"How large the campus actually is"
"nothing to stress about"
"Get there early for parking, the fact that you complete your essay in between doing all of the other activities rather than having a set time."
"That the inerview was not going to be organized, and that you have an unlimited amount of time to complete the essay."
"nothing. everything was smooth"
"I forgot to buy a parking permit, got a ticket"
"Parking was free and easy on Saturday so I did not need to arrive so early. I am sure weekdays are very different."
"UCSD is great. I think their program is the most laid back compared to UCSF and USC, yet it seems that their students are still highly motivated and they encourage collaborative learning."
"Harder than others made it sound."
"This was my first pharmacy school interview, so I am glad it was so laid back. I would recommend getting to know more about your interviewers when they ask if you have any questions for them. I only directed my questions to the pharmacy school student who was interviewing me, and neglected to find out more about the pharmacist interviewing me."
"Don't give up! they interview about 280 people and accept 110 (because they need to consider that some people won't end up going to the school). So if you are accepted for an interview you have 40% chance to get in! The staff and students are really nice there!"
"I loved UCSD. They had the orientation presentation that every school has, but I didn't know much about UCSD since it was considered a brand new school. They were telling us random facts about the school, and how the school has a state of the art pharmacy school, and is consistently improving and getting better. I loved the SoCal environment that UCSD has, and it was great to meet the faculty. My interview was 30 minutes and it was with one staff and one pharmacist. I talked for about 10 minutes while the interviewers talked for the rest of the time. They really made the environment really relaxed, and I showed a lot about myself and how I am with even my own friends. It was amazing how open they were and how interested they were in getting to know me. The essay was very chill. I started writing my essay, and they would call us out one-by-one for the interview, and I left my stuff, did my interview, and came back and finished my essay. I walked around the small campus when I finished my essay, and I talked to some of the pharmacy students as well as some of the interviewees. Overall, I loved UCSD, and after a month, I received my acceptance letter! =D"
"This school focuses on research/clinical so if looking for retail, not a good fit for you."
"Don't pretend to be interested in something because you think that's what the Pharmacy School wants you to be interested in it. Be honest with yourself on what it is you want to do with your life. Have stories and details on personal experiences ready to go. The interviewers will remember you because of your stories."
"I really hope I can get in. UCSD is a pretty good school and I like the close-knit environment."
"at the start you get to check in. dean talks. the 1 hour school presentation. 30 mins interview or you get to write your essay and continue writing after your interview. Interview is arranged by batch. then you get to go student room to chat with students. ask for tour coz there's really no formal tour. then check out."
"The writing sample was completely off the wall (see above). However, I wasn't too professional with my answer, but I hope it was a good read. I liked it."
"My interviewer just wanted to get to know me and didn't have prepared questions to ask. We just had a conversation. My interviewer was super-approachable and down-to-earth. Also, if you have time, stop by the host room and talk to the students. They are really nice. Oh yeah refreshments (water, coffee, tea) and granola bars were provided. Note: I made this entry by mistake before my actual interview, but I went back and entered it correctly."
"Very professionally-run interview, admissions staff and interviewees were very friendly."
"Like everyone else said, the interview was conducted in a very casual way. I had a professor and a 3rd year student interview me. Even though it was open-file, I felt like they didn't really ask me specific questions from my file (they only asked about one EC activity that i listed)."
"arrive at 7:45, powerpoint presentation about school philosophy, handout time for interview, essay writing"
"I went in completely relaxed coz I got into USC very early. I got very nervous half way into the interview since they ask extremely specific questions. I got in though so it worked out. The writing part is a piece of cake. Don't even worry about that part."
"Relaxed interview. Nice yet a bit quirky faculty interviewer. The essay topic was random yet easy to write (Q: What's your fave movie?)"
"I thought the overall experience was great. I left the interview feeling good about it, unlike many of the other ones I had previously. I thought that the interviewers were more interested about getting to know me as a person, rather than define me by my grades and the things I had accomplished. "
"Very fun, got free cookies and milk, which I recommend you drink after you do the interview. Some people had milk breath and surprisingly no one had a breath mint. They lead you to this room where you receive a presentation about how great this school is. Then, you get started on your essay. And all the while, interviewers will come in and call you and lead you to a room, where you will be with one professor and one first year student. The first question is 98%: tell me about yourself. Make this a conversation. Include the interviewers in your conversation because the interview is an interaction, which means both the interviewers and interviewee have to interact. Be friendly and honest. Don't give wishy-washy answers. They can tell if you suck. Therefore, just be youself. Don't stress, love the moment."
"This school is amazing. I had a very difficult time deciding between it and UCSF. You really can't go wrong, though! Also, I did terribly on the essay but did really well on the interview (that's why I gave myself 5/10), but they still accepted me, so don't stress out too much over the essay! Also, a vast majority of my questions came from my essays, so be sure to look over those!"
"It was a great interview experience. The interviewers were sooo nice. The faculty was trying to joke around with me and the pharmacy student was like the nicest person i have ever met."
"I thought I was terrible at the interview. I didn't think I connected with the interviewers, I was nervous the whole time, and I felt as though I failed big time after it was all done. The funny thing is that I still was offered a position in the program. I'm not quite sure how that worked out. They must have sensed that I had done my research on the school, I had prepared for the interview, and that I had a really strong desire to attend the school. "
"It was amazing! They let you write your essay in the time that you are not on the tour on in your interview. It is very very laid back. There is also a room of a few studentst that you can talk to honestly about the program."
"The interview's not bad at all. Very friendly, relaxed .. but it really depends on who your interviewer is. There's an essay but you are given plenty of time to do it. The essay question was a fun question, the kind you would ask your 5 year old sibling."
"I was supposed to be there at noon, but i arrived at 9am. I was a nervous wreck for 3 hours. Then at noon there was a one hour orientation that calmed my nerves, then interviews started. I got the last time slot and again was a nervous wreck for 2 hours. During the interview some of the questions caught me off guard and required me to think on my feet. Because i didn't sound too sure on some answers, i feel that may have negatively affected me."
"The first hour or so is spent listening to a very thorough presentation about the school and curriculum. Then you are given an interview time and essay topic. While you are not interviewing, you can write your essay and just chat with the other applicants. Afterwards, we went on a small tour of the building/library and checked-out. Overall, it took about 3 hours."
"The questions were not difficult at all and the faculty was really friendly. They ask questions mostly about personal experiences. "
"we had a presentation of the school by the dean,interviews, writing sample and tour of library. there was plenty of time to write the essay (it just had to be turned in before we left). one of my interviewers was a pharm. student and the other a faculty member. "
"Overall, this interview experience was great. The students and faculty make you very comfortable. Interviewers are friendly and they don't stress out on the essay too much. The new pharmacy building is nice, and the speech from the dean was great. This school seems like they treat you like an individual, and not a number (unlike their sister school)."
"my interview experience was pretty chill. I was skeptical about this school and didn't even want to go here (cuz i did my undergrad here) but after the presentation, i am truly amazed. UCSD is already great, but there's so many bigger and better plans for UCSD. They are expanding a lot with the grant they got, so i think the school will really run in competition with UCSF later on. it's a great school, but tough."
"FABULOUS. I am definitely going!"
"It was the best interview I had! My interviewers just wanted to get to know me having emphasized that in getting an interview, they knew I would do well academically with them. So complimentary! In summary: awesome people, awesome school! "
"UCSD is a great school. I would love to go there"
"Very conversational though I was afraid I was rambling...very comfortable experience overall. Be prepared for hypothetical questions, know your application well, and sell your best attributes!"
"I attended UCSD for my undergrad studies. The school is exellent in several aspects: Research, faculty, student-body, location, etc. I have nothing but praise for this school and certainly hope and pray to God that I get in! "
"Get there early, hang out and talk to fellow candidates, have about an hour orientation in a little room- they give you water though. Then over the next couple hours it's not really structured, you just have your interview at a specific time and any time you are not in your interview you can be writing your essay or talking to students. (our essay question was "if you could switch places with someone for a day who would it be and why?") I heard the interviews usually involve a student, but since they were in class mine was 2 professors (one full time one part time)."
"overall, it was okay but a bit stressful."
"Everyone was super nice. The students are extremely dedicatd to studying here, so if you're looking to just sun-bathe at the beach (only 10-minute drive away), you'll be disappointed, not that they don't have fun, but the work load is great."
"I was asked typical interview questions.However,the school focuses alot on research, and I wish I had known that before the interview."
"The interview was easy going and laid back. First about 20 students were at the orientation for an hour before interviews and essays began. I was calm and collected and ready for the interview until I sat in the chair. Easier said then when you are in the hot chair. (I had butterflies and felt choked up for a moment) I think having two interviewers made me lose focus because I had to acknowledge both individuals at the same time. I completed the interview and finished my essay afterwards. I finished the day with a tour of the campus and the library."
"Be conversational! Be able to convey your thoughts clearly and succinctly."
"Very laid back. My interview could have gone better, but I was one of the last people to be interviewed and I was very tired by then."
"Overall, a very comfortable experience."
"It was really laid back. We had lots of time for the essay. The interviewers seemed interested in getting to you know better."
"Very relaxing environment, they just really want to get to know you and see what brings you to the school. Nothing too difficult and there is no time limit for the essay. I definitely feel like this will become one of the top schools in a few years."
"Great school, terrific program, enthusiastic staff, very impressive recruitment of faculty members, the interview was very stress-free and everyone was really nice!"
"It was very easygoing. The interviewers knew all about me because they read my essays prior to my arrival. So I didn't have to go into my life story like all my other interviews. They asked questions specific to me."
"you have plenty of time to write your essay. there is a library tour and of course, the interview. very laid back - just the typical interview questions. nothing surprising. "
"Interviewing in the afternoon meant waiting outside the building to be let in for awhile (but at least it allowed me to see one student). After being let in we had a presentation on the status of the school, its curriculum, what to expect (definitely looks intense), how many they were interviewing etc. Everyone seems happy and confident that the school is and will be great. Integration (~40%) with the medical school means that classes will probably be tougher but I think it makes for a great background. Then we were given the interview times and essay topic (Who do you want to see put on Mt. Rushmore?) I lucked out and was one of the first to interview so that it didnt interupt my essay writing time. Both interviewers were very friendly and although we covered a lot of topics, I never felt attacked. I had plenty of chances to ask ?'s about the school, etc. After the interview I wrote my essay and you have an opportunity to go on a tour if you desire/have time. "
"Great potential school, some classes are taken with med students..big deal since your only graded on a curve, and once you get into pharm school your a pharmacist anyway (you are graded by a letter)"
"The interviwers were really nice. Both the faculty and the student interviewed me at the same time. Although, it was the faculty member talking 90% of the time. LOL. I got to San Diego a couple of days before the interview so I had time to tour the campus and the city. Needless to say, the campus is awesome and I think UCSD will be program that will eventually compete with UCSF in the near future. So accept me PLEASE!!! Man, I'm gonna have a hard time studying in UCSD if I get accepted, there is so many things to do there. "
"the interview was really laid-back, and my interviewers were very warm and friendly. it felt more like a friendly chit-chat."
"It was not a very fun interview. The two people that interviewed me was both pharmacists and they like to push your button. They are cruel and not friendly at all. They turn everything you say into a negative thing. The school of pharmacy is way too small and they seem more focus on their medical school. Great campus though and great place to live."
"Overall, a very intriguing program due to its integration with the medical school. Definitely a great place to do clinical pharmacy. The small class size could be positive or negative depending on how well you click with your classmates. It is definitely a cool place and as a result very hard to get into."
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"Suggest giving a tour although the actual school is quite small."
"Better parking info. Even after asking at the info booth I got a ticket :("
"Please give tours"
"Let us know through email about our application status. There was no indication that my application was ever received."
"I highly recommend sending interview invitations via email rather than regular mail"
"Provide a tour of the school and the medicine library nearby., and provide information about the tuition and financial aid."
"They did not have any financial aid information, folder, or and other paper information about the sc"
"Include a formal tour of the school."