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  • Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Fullerton
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why do you want to attend SCCO? What websites have you used to research the school? Would you still want to come here if it was in Iowa?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What instruments have you worked with? What insurances have you dealt with the most? (I think I only had these questions because I have worked as an optometric technician.)" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What made you choose optometry? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How many hours a week do you think the OD you worked for put in, including time both in and out of the office? Is there anything you think we should have asked (anything else you want us to know about you)? What books have you read lately?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think will challenge you the most about being an optometrist? What part of his job do you think the OD you worked for likes the least? What makes you think you have the self discipline it takes to study in your own time and succeed in optometry school? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I practiced questions from studentdoctor.net, spoke with several practicing optometrists, researched the school as much as possible, looked up optometry legislation, and practiced general interview questions with a friend applying for a masters program in another field. (Perhaps I over-prepared, but it gave me a lot of material to discuss!)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school had great facilities, everyone was very friendly, and the other students at the interview seemed very qualified. It was also my first time visiting the area, and I loved the school's location and the rest of Fullerton." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It was raining the whole time I was in Fullerton- but that obviously wasn't the school's fault." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"After reading feedback from this site, I brought granola bars, water, a book, and even a resume/cv of my awards and research experience. However, I think I was the only one to bring these things (except maybe the book); water and snacks were offered and I ended up carrying around a bunch of extra stuff. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was really nervous for this interview (as I think most people should be), mostly because it was my first one and one of my top choice schools. The fact that everyone was so nice made it a little bit less stressful. I debated wearing a suit, but ended up being extremely happy that I did. I didn't know how I'd performed because I felt like some of the questions were really tough, but I ended up getting accepted :-)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

John Wayne Airport

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Fullerton Marriott

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/24/2009

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

9 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

10 out of 10

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