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  • SUNY - College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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?

Open file

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

"Why optometry and when did you first hear about it and think about it seriously?" Report Response

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

"Do you want to do research?" Report Response

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

"What are the criteria that you are looking for when you are deciding on which school to attend?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the difference between the scope of optometry in Canada and the US?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"30 years from now, what will be the most memorable event from your undergraduate years?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN forum questions, practice with admissions counsellor at undergrad institution, practiced in front of a mirror, talked to med friend who was on the med school admissions committee to find out what to say and what not to say...." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Amazing facilities! Everything is in one location and every floor is so different in terms of patient population and specialty! It is great- patients may need vision therapy for their children but low vision for themselves- and they can get all this with the coordination of specialists in the same buildling- makes eye care more accessible to everyone! Student guide was really honest and nice. SUNY is not as competitive as it shows to be- they are really nice ppl- but definitely very ambitious and intelligent! Dr. Johnston is so amazingly kind and approachable! Plus the school is in the heart of Manhattan,,,can't get better than that! We also had the best swiss cheese, turkey sandwich!!!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"NYC's subway system is the most complicated ever, like Toronto's....." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There would be this essay beforehand- about who or what influenced you to go into optometry... and that it was not a grilling of questions...." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was open file and really chill- they were really nice and wanted to get a feeling of whether I was sincerely and passionately interested in optometry and I was- just be totally honest and professional while maintaining your character- whether you are a generous, funny, enthusiastic person! Just be yourself and I was most relaxed at this interview and it worked out great! They told me I was accepted two hours afterwards!!! :)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

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?

JFK

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2007

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

8 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

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