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The 2017 Acceptance Thread

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I'm still happy, so thoroughly happy for Creekland and her DS. It's like the world is brighter now that he is going to be doing what he should have been planning on doing months ago.

 

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((Creekland))

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Me, too! I had been just feeling ill every time I thought about what had happened to him--and it was such a joyous thing to hear the good news! It makes me smile every time I think about it.

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I'm still happy, so thoroughly happy for Creekland and her DS. It's like the world is brighter now that he is going to be doing what he should have been planning on doing months ago.

 

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((Creekland))

 

Thanks. We're heading back to Rochester next week so he can sign a lease and get needed medical stuff (vaccines, titers checked, etc).  He's also getting sized for his white coat.  ;)

 

Me, too! I had been just feeling ill every time I thought about what had happened to him--and it was such a joyous thing to hear the good news! It makes me smile every time I think about it.

 

I kept banging my head about not continuing on with my guidance counselor role too so he could have had better advice.  I've completely skipped the "parental involvement in college" thread because I wish I had been more involved (with that part alone), but also really think students who go to their college advisers regularly (as he did) shouldn't need parental involvement.  A college shouldn't have advisers for things like Pre-Med if those advisers know nothing about their job - no experience in it themselves, nothing.  At least then students would know they're on their own figuring it out instead of believing inaccurate advice from folks they are supposed to be able to trust (by title of their job).

 

It's all a good "life lesson" I suppose, but a very infuriating one.  I still haven't decided if we're going to donate any money to URoc after youngest's college is paid next year.  My guy loved everything else about the school - still does - and we do too, but that incident is just burned into my mind.  I have a year to decide.  Our original plan was to continue donating to all three of my boys' schools after we were done paying college bills in gratitude to the terrific financial aid they have given us making the schools affordable - and our kids have loved their experiences.  I'd like our donations to go toward helping others afford the schools.

 

The med school gave him a small scholarship and a five figure grant toward costs.  He'll still have a ton of loans when he graduates, but not as much of a ton.  Maybe we'll direct our money toward helping him pay off his loans instead - then perhaps donate to the med school.  I'm not sure at this point.  At least I have a year to decide.

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Creekland, I wish college advising was decently reliable. We have found out that this is SOOOOOOOOO not true! GRRRR...says the mom of a kid who will probably need an extra semester to finish his four year degree, all paid for out of pocket because his scholarship is only for eight semesters, and the college fully admits he had bad, bad, bad advice from two different advisers, but hey...it's a money maker for them so they don't really care!!! 

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Creekland, I wish college advising was decently reliable. We have found out that this is SOOOOOOOOO not true! GRRRR...says the mom of a kid who will probably need an extra semester to finish his four year degree, all paid for out of pocket because his scholarship is only for eight semesters, and the college fully admits he had bad, bad, bad advice from two different advisers, but hey...it's a money maker for them so they don't really care!!! 

 

But it's not a money maker for URoc to keep horrid med school advisers.  When it affects top notch kids like my guy so negatively, it lowers their stats on entrance to med school - a negative for them that one would think they'd want to fix.  Higher stats would be better for their status.  

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But it's not a money maker for URoc to keep horrid med school advisers. When it affects top notch kids like my guy so negatively, it lowers their stats on entrance to med school - a negative for them that one would think they'd want to fix. Higher stats would be better for their status.

I'm guessing the difficulty is finding well-qualified people to take what is likely a fairly low-paying job. When my husband was in pharmacy school, they had two people who arranged the final year internships, although they used a computer program to actually assign the students, due to the number of factors being considered and the number of internships required. My husband had already been in academia for many years by that time, but he said their level of incompetence was almost unbelievable. They had no background in anything medically related and seemed to have no idea what they were doing. The really galling part was that fourth year tuition was by far the highest because students were paying for a full-year of off-campus internships minus one six week break. All that money was obviously not going to find and compensate competent placement people.

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I'm guessing the difficulty is finding well-qualified people to take what is likely a fairly low-paying job. When my husband was in pharmacy school, they had two people who arranged the final year internships, although they used a computer program to actually assign the students, due to the number of factors being considered and the number of internships required. My husband had already been in academia for many years by that time, but he said their level of incompetence was almost unbelievable. They had no background in anything medically related and seemed to have no idea what they were doing. The really galling part was that fourth year tuition was by far the highest because students were paying for a full-year of off-campus internships minus one six week break. All that money was obviously not going to find and compensate competent placement people.

 

Probably true.  One would think such an expensive school could afford to pay nicely for qualified people in important fields like that (status fields), but they aren't hurting for applicants, so I suppose it isn't important enough.

 

I doubt this is the only school where one can have problems.  This is probably why outside/private consultants are able to stay in business.  I'll admit to wishing we'd gone that way in hindsight - or that I had done the research myself.  I put way too much trust in the way life should be rather than the way it actually is.

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I kept banging my head about not continuing on with my guidance counselor role too so he could have had better advice.

I think you should smack yourself upside the head because you don't have any doctors in your family.  If you had just done that, he would have been accepted without issue. 

 

Be gentle with yourself, okay?  You are human, after all, not omniscient.  ;)

 

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I think you should smack yourself upside the head because you don't have any doctors in your family.  

 

Well... we are now in the process of fixing that oversight.   :coolgleamA:

 

We (multiple family members and some close neighbors) have, of course, warned him ahead of time that many of us will be expecting advice.  As we choose which boy's basement is our future home, his might be up there at the top of the list.   :lol:

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I'm mad on behalf of Creekland, too. I relied on a friend who applied one year ahead of me. The in house med school admissions counselor was good for 2 things:. She could read my LORs for me and pick which ones were the best. She also told me which state schools I ought to apply to, since most don't consider oos applicants.

 

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I'm mad on behalf of Creekland, too. I relied on a friend who applied one year ahead of me. The in house med school admissions counselor was good for 2 things:. She could read my LORs for me and pick which ones were the best. She also told me which state schools I ought to apply to, since most don't consider oos applicants.

 

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Interesting thing to mention.  My lad and I were talking today about it all and I told (reminded) him this board is the only one I've shared it on publicly - and that's solely due to wanting to warn others who might come behind us (any school).  He said to tell everyone that his best advice is to talk with students who are already in (or accepted to) med school.  They know what is current - and what is expected, etc.  He's been helping several peers behind him.  There are many (since he's been an RA for three years and has oodles of contacts in the student body).

 

It seems not much changes over the years (meaning where the best advice comes from - not meaning the app itself).

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