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  1. I would suggest applying early because you'll find out a lot sooner if you're in or not. I submitted my CASPA on Sept. 1 (which I believe was the last day for Western and USC's deadline was Oct. 1? but now it seems fuzzy...) I was still waiting for CASPA to finalize and send out my app when I was seeing all these people posting (on this forum) about acceptances already! It made me feel really nervous and I wished I had gotten it in early. By the time I got my interview, I was worried that there weren't going to be many seats open and there still a lot of applicants being considered. I was lucky enough to be accepted, but while I was waiting that long dreadful time, I swore that if I didn't get in this year, I would apply as early as possible the next year. USC is an amazing school and you will be so impressed with their interview process. I also interviewed at Western and it was very different (in a bad way, in my opinion.) I felt so anxious and awful after my interview at Western and sure enough, I didn't even get wait-listed there. USC was very reassuring. They told me that if you make it to the interview, they already know you have what it takes. They just want to get to know you and see what your passions/personalities are like so they can see if you're a good fit for the program. Then you can just be yourself and not worry about trying to impress them with all your accomplishments. I definitely appreciated that. If possible, try to audit a class, go to the info sessions, or e-mail your questions so they will be familiar with your name. I think that was key! They're super helpful and want you to feel familiar and at ease in the surroundings by the time you get an interview. Just FYI, I did not have any paid health-care experience and while I wouldn't recommend not doing that, it just goes to show that you can still get in without it! I'll be starting in the Fall and I am so excited, nervous, giddy, scared, ELATED! Best of luck to you!
  2. Hi John! I met you last month when I was auditing a pharmacology class with Dr. Durham. You probably don't remember me, but I was blown away by that experience. Everyone was so warm, welcoming, and helpful. I was so impressed that everyone was so positive about their experience so far at USC. I had an interview 2 weeks after that and I'm ecstatic that I got a call from Dr. Lohenry last week! I have been looking at scholarships, also, and was wondering if you have the name of that CA scholarship you mentioned. I will be applying for as many as I can, even if they're small amounts. Every little bit helps! Thanks for your help! BTW, did you go to D.C. yet?
  3. I had Miguel and 2nd year student James. They seemed like they were trying not to be especially threatening, but they did not smile a lot or offer much encouragement. (i.e. I left feeling like I didn't make a good impression) That could just be my perception, but I am used to more affirmation and acknowledgement when I am conversing with someone. Their lack of response made me feel more nervous and then I started babbling. My gut feeling is I won't get in, but who really knows. I did answer their questions and I think I had intelligent and appropriate responses. I was just super jittery saying them. Good luck to all of you who were there today!
  4. I had Miguel and 2nd year student James. They seemed like they were trying not to be especially threatening, but they did not smile a lot or offer much encouragement. (i.e. I left feeling like I didn't make a good impression) That could just be my perception, but I am used to more affirmation and acknowledgement when I am conversing with someone. Their lack of response made me feel more nervous and then I started babbling. My gut feeling is I won't get in, but who really knows. I did answer their questions and I think I had intelligent and appropriate responses. I was just super jittery saying them. Good luck to all of you who were there today!
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