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Consider The Typical Open House Schedule
You check-in during the morning and eat some breakfast.
You listen to presentations until lunch.
At lunch you may get a chance to talk to admissions.
You go on a tour after lunch.
You come back for more presentations and panels.
Then finally you get another chance to talk to admissions.
This entire process presents a number of opportunities for you to leave a lasting impression on the hosts. At check-in you can impress the hosts by being on time, being professional-appearing and looking engaged. During the presentations you can leave a good impression by asking questions, paying attention, taking notes. Later at lunch you can meet and network with fellow participants and admissions. Then, during the tour, make sure you take advantage of further networking opportunities. Finally, as the day nears its end you can do further networking, give thank-you notes to key people, and leave a great lasting impression with your hosts.
As the day drags on, there are plenty of opportunities for fatigue to derail how you are presenting yourself. Yet, a brief interaction may be all you get with admissions and other key people at the school. You absolutely don’t want to your only impression to be a bad impression. Be sure that you have snacks, caffeine, and that you maintain your focus, especially at critical times. Below we’ll go over some pitfalls to avoid and tips to capitalize upon when you attend an open house.
We’ve mentioned this a few times before, but one of the biggest benefits to open houses is networking. I’d recommend first reaching out to medical students on our site here and seeing if they will be in attendance and / or can introduce you to other medical students in attendance while at the open house. Utilize these connections in order to learn more about the school, if it’s a good fit for you, and if you can see yourself there for the next four years. Then later, when you decide that this is the school for you, bring up your connections and what you learned from them when you are on the interview cycle at the school.
Some Pitfalls You Need to Avoid
Advice for Open Houses
Pretend that you are the ONLY person at that Open House and that all eyes are on you. This is your moment to shine!
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