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  • Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Winchester
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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 Pharmacy?" Report Response

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

"Why Shenandoah University?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if you caught your friend cheating at a test?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Did you have any trouble during your academic pursuit of your major?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had someone in your group plagiarising material for your group paper, what would you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN. Basically wrote any questions that could possibly come up (Why pharmacy, what did you do to prepare, etc.) and the SDN questions and wrote them all down along with answers." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Took a tour of the school before the interview. It is within walking distance of the Winchester Medical Center (downhill walk of 2 miles or so). They had a museum of an old pharmacy office, and they showed me a simulation office where they hold mock scenarios in order to prepare the students. They really stress on technology intergrated education and the laptop that is included into the curriculum will be used extensively(like for taking tests and notes)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I was interviewed during a test day (thus all student interviewers were busy), thus I had two faculty members interviewing me. One just sat and asked two questions while the other did most of the talking." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The interview is split into a tour, the interview, and a essay. Also found out that the school likes to get interviews 2 days out of certain months." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Interview: I got the e-mail for the interview the week before the actual date. I had a choice between the next week or the week after. After scrambling to get all my travel plans together, I made the call and got my interview time. I went to the airport two hours ahead in order to get through security the day before the interview. Unfortunately my flight with American Airlines was canceled and I had to resort to waiting for the next flight (which took 8 hours!). When I finally got on the flight I took some Tylenol PM's in order to get some sleep and was knocked out within 30 minutes. I managed to get some sleep, and landed at Dulles Airport in DC. I rushed to take a shower, and had my interview clothes ready to go (my worst fear was that the airlines would screw up the baggage that had all of my clothes). When I finally got to Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy (with the help of some relatives), and introduced myself to the secretaries. They were extremely polite, and I left a message earlier about probably not making it to the interview due to my situation with my canceled flight. They were genuinely concerned about me and I appreciated how thoughtful they were. I was taken on a tour by one of the faculty that ended at the office where I had my interview. Another faculty member greeted me, and the two began the questions. I roughly recollect how nervous I was and everything went by in a blur. After the interview, one of the secretaries escorted me to a small room to write my essay about a pharmacy related topic (mainly about situations that can possibly occur). After finishing my essay within the time limit, I walked around the school of pharmacy. When I got back, the school e-mailed me 5 days after that I got accepted (which left me in complete shock since most schools usually don’t bother to contact until you actually get the letter). Stuff about the school: The school is next door to the school of nursing (actually they are in the same "building" but with some distinction). The school also offers an MBA along with the PharmD. Basically it adds from $7,000-8,000 with the PharmD tuition. There are prerequisites for getting into the program that you can take at the main campus, which is the reason why they delay the program for PharmD students. The school gives you a chance to decide to take the course during the winter/spring of your first year. There is a tentative schedule at the school website along with the MBA option (basically you take 1-2 extra classes per term [including summer]). Housing: As far as housing, you have a choice of choosing at least 5 on campus halls (be aware that Shenandoah University has quite a few music majors and thus expect to hear some noise at odd hours), and it is recommended that you find an off-campus apartment (I found 9 within a 3-10 mile radius of the school with rent at $300-$750 per month). A word of caution: just because this is a rural community does not mean it is completely safe. I heard that some of the off campus apartments used to or still have “meth” labs in the area (among other things), not to mention that the populace seems to be heavily inclined to carry a gun at home (and I am not talking about for strictly hunting purposes). I think that it is better to be informed (even if it is gossip given the time I had) than be totally ignorant, and I still would go anyway. A little about the community: Found out a little of the history of Winchester and that they are big on apples (I think there is an annual apple harvest fair of some kind). You are within sight of the Appalachian Mountains and the Shenandoah River (of course). This is a rural area, but it is steadily growing since most workers from DC are actually moving in the area. Some of the homes are selling from a quarter to a full million already. I had a chance to look around saw a noticeable Hispanic population, and I later found out that a majority are the field hands (not to offend anyone but it is just something I have heard). I spotted the Wal-Mart here, but they also have a Borders, a Target, Starbucks (if your into that), Cold Stone, Best Buy, a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, a Taco Bell, and a slew of small restaurants and stores. Yeah the houses are spaced every half-mile from the other, but otherwise you are not far from decent hangouts. I did recollect seeing quite a bit of road kill. First one I saw was a fox arriving at Winchester, then the main road menagerie started, which ended with a deer (really bad mess too) on my way back to Dulles Airport. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

IAD

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/20/2006

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?

8 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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