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  1. You are SO right and what you described is me to a T. And right again that this decision is a fortune, not a hardship...which is why I prefaced my post with a short anecdote about my journey. I am not unaware of the serendipity of this moment.My gut *has* been telling me the answer, but I always want to evaluate new information...I am the epitome of those FOMO commercials. I know the right choice, but what am I missing by making that choice? I think the biggest problem is that all the new information I get is in direct opposition to my gut. I'm seeing "signs" everywhere and I don't even believe in signs. My family says one thing, my coworkers say another, my partner says one, and his family says the other. And I can convince myself either way. Like I said, I know there is no *wrong* choice, which makes the right choice that much more obscure. Your post, essentially telling me I'm not crazy and giving me "permission" to listen to mySELF, is powerful and perhaps exactly what I needed. Thank you. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  2. This, all of this, is Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  3. Completely on the same page as far as the hives go, but it's a misconception that Duke is all lectures. I thought that's what they were known for, but I've been talking to a few first years there, too, which is one of the things that makes this so hard: Duke is utilizing the small-group IBL strategy a lot more than they used to. I'm not saying this to argue or to make any implications - before I heard that from the Duke students, I thought this would be an easy decision because I'm not exactly a great student with the pedagogical style. I'm just wondering how people chose. I'm wondering how parents feel now that they've made that choice. Do you think the curriculum at Wake has been better for the relationship with your child than it might have been at a more structured school? Or is it harder because, even though you might "be home" more, you can't actually participate because you're studying? How is Wake at understanding your role as a parent and that- albeit rarely- sometimes your kid is going to throw up on your way out the door and you'll be 10 minutes late to class? How many of the students commute? Do those who commute feel like they are missing out on social activities for the class? These are all things I asked the Duke students so getting the other side only helps. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  4. Warning number 1: this is a long post. I need help again. But before I get to that, I want everyone to know that this is my third year applying. When I started, I didn't know if I was good enough to get in anywhere. I would literally fantasize about what I would do if I actually got into 2 places, because even a single acceptance would feel like a miracle. And every year I've been on these boards HATING every post I read like the one I'm about to write. Warning number 2: to the people who are discouraged and disappointed about what has happened during this cycle, don't be mad at the rest of this post. Work harder. Improve. Practice. Do whatever you can to get better. When you think you can't work any harder, find a way. And not just for the application, figure out how to be a better person. Figure out what it will take for you to have the personality, drive, and experience for your references to want to go all out for you. Blow them away, not for your application, but to be memorable every day. Now, stop reading. To those who have been accepted or are current students, I am in the incredible, MIND-BOGGLING position to have to choose between Wake (Winston!!) and Duke. I never, ever thought I'd have to make this choice and it feels really weird because...I'm just me. Just...me. And everyone else in the interviews were truly exceptional human beings. I keep thinking there's been a mistake and I'll get an email tomorrow saying so. I'm tearing my hair out. Can any current or future student help? I understand that I can't make a "wrong" decision here, which is part of what makes this so difficult. I've made pro and con lists. I've talked to my coworkers, the physicians I work for, and my family- I've flipped coins, I've had sleepless nights. Last year I almost killed my phone when I got to the posts like these, but being in this position now I understand the difficulty and the gravity of making this choice. I'm in Greensboro so: the cost is essentially identical. The drive time is essentially identical (fairly congested road to wake, wide open to duke). A somewhat "flexible" schedule at both-not the right word, but not a set 8-5 every day meaning a little more time to spend with my 5 year old. Wake started the IBL curriculum which really speaks to me, but Duke is integrating it too. My current manager's husband runs the cadaver lab at Wake, but a PhD anatomist runs it at Duke. Both have similar clinical options as far as electives, proximity, and breadth of specialties. Etc, etc, etc. Is it wrong to pick a school based on the student lounge? Because that's what it might come down to. Please help me. I don't think my partner can handle any more 3am questions about it. (What if there isn't enough room in the fridge for my lunch at Duke?-- Shmfph huh? What's wrong? Are you bleeding??--well, I can't go all day without eating, and I can't afford to eat out. --WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Go to SLEEP!-- But I-- No. Shut your mouth and shut your eyes.) Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  5. I do think the Boone campus was designed to meet the needs of rural WNC, yes. I think current students would be better suited to answer those questions about the particular differences or similarities, though.My goal, however, is to stay in the Triad area and maybe even return to the practice where I currently work. This is my home. This is my patient population. This is where I can do my best work.
  6. I put Winston and actually Elise said I had a very compelling argument for being in Winston but all they had was the Boone spot.It's not that I don't want to go to Boone...I know it's beautiful. It's that I don't want to leave my family, plus me being out there adds another financial burden by having to pay rent and still maintain my mortgage in Greensboro.
  7. Thank you for that information. Can you tell me what a typical week looks like as far as what times you have to be on campus? Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  8. I need some advice. I've been offered a seat on the Boone campus and I'm so excited. But I have a house and a family with a 5 year old in Greensboro and really needed a spot at the Winston campus. Elise said if I take the spot at Boone, I'm locked in there; I can't transfer if a subsequent spot opens in WS. If I turn down the Boone spot, I'll go back on the list. I've been accepted at another school closer than Boone, but the program at Wake is exactly what I'm looking for. Do I take the sure thing and go to Boone? Do I let it ride and hope for movement in the Winston campus knowing I have a back-up? Side note, if anyone at Winston is undecided or has decided to go somewhere else but hasn't informed Wake, you could make my life a lot easier! ???? I just don't want to have to leave my family, especially just as he starts kindergarten. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  9. The decision email I just got said I had been placed on the wait list and gave me my number on the list. I assume that means the list has been ranked. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  10. I'd rather not say my position on the list, I didn't even tell my family the number! But last year they moved a lot, the year before they didn't move at all. It could go either way. Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  11. Just received an email saying I've been put on the wait list. If you've been accepted but have decided to go somewhere else, please let Duke know! ???? Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  12. I interviewed in August and just received an email saying the class is full but I've been selected for the wait list. Does anyone know if that list is ranked? Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  13. I had a great time at my interview yesterday. Listening to all those midwestern accents was awesome. :) Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  14. Pulled off the interview wait list for January 10th but I haven't seen that date mentioned yet. Is anyone else interviewing on Tuesday? Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
  15. It's acceptable and I don't think the admin technically waits for you to finish, rather, they invite the most qualified applicants at the time. You should realize that many candidates will already have all courses completed which, all things being equal (I know, they aren't but for the sake of example), makes you less competitive. It's hard to balance courses, how competitive you are, and submission deadlines, especially when you consider how impressive the applicant pools are. I know you didn't ask for my opinion, but my suggestion would be to try to get your class in before you apply (it would then be included in the CASPA GPA calculation, too.) It's a little expensive, but Central Michigan University offers a great online genetics course. Good luck! Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
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