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As promised, I, Roger, will be writing about my interview process at MCPHS in Worcester, Massachusetts.  I will eventually get around to writing about all of the other interview processes. But since I am attending MCPHS as part of the class of 2017, I figured I'd tell about their process first. 

When we set out for our trip to MCPHS, we had already become travel veterans.  It would be our 5th trip, all driving, that we had made in just about 4 weeks time.  We left for the interview on Wednesday afternoon after my chemistry lab.  This meant that we weren't leaving for Massachusetts until about 4pm, making for a long day (mainly because I was not a fan of chem lab).  We had already been to Massachusetts about two weeks before and the drive is extremely easy from our home, so all was good.  Fast forward until about midnight when we arrived at our hotel room, exhausted and ready for bed.

Luckily for us we were scheduled for a 1:00 pm interview at the school, so we were able to sleep in and collect ourselves.  Leaving that morning, we relied on the GPS to get us to the school and eventually after some GPS detours we were there and wondering where to park.  We pulled in and went in through the doors to (thankfully) find a security desk right in the front lobby.  They assured us we were fine to park where we were and she had us take a seat.    Myself and the other candidates were then eventually greeted and taken upstairs for the actual interview process.  

psst-- it's Taurie :)  During our day at MCPHS, the only thing I got to do with Roger was go on the tour of the school.  The rest of the day, I sat in the lobby and watched CNN.  It was an interesting day, as the Jodi Arias trial was being televised, they had just found the women in the house in Cleveland, and the Boston Bomber's body has just been removed from Worcester.  So it was far from a boring afternoon for me.  Long, but not boring.

When upstairs we were taken into a room and given a pamphlet with topics for a writing sample. My sample involved a great obstacle and how it led to my current development.  We were given plenty of time, something like 30 minutes, and I put together a quick two pages.  I was pretty happy with what I had created and also had enough time to double check and edit my passages.  After the writing sample we were taken on a tour of the campus.  

The campus is a renovated hotel and is simply beautiful.  The rooms are open to students 24 hrs a day with their access keys (a huge plus for me since I like to get up early to study).  Lectures are going to be recorded as a study aid and all of the lecture rooms are equipped with some great technology.  I was surprised to see a room which is put together exactly like the room at the national boards.  This was something that was at some of the other schools, but I was happily surprised to see it at MCPHS.  We took a quick tour of the clinic and everything looked great, overall I was pleased with everything they had to offer

After the campus tour we went back upstairs to be interviewed.  My interview was back in the room we had the writing sample in. We were also given data sheets on the OD’s who would be interviewing us.  I found these beneficial as you knew the areas of expertise and could base questions around that information (this is something that didn't happen at the other schools).  Then came the interview, complete with two OD’s and one large table.  The questions were the same like at other schools, “Why optometry?  Why MCPHS?  Tell us about your undergrad experience?  What motivates you?  How do you relieve stress?" 

It was a great interview and I was glad to meet the OD’s.  I then made my way to a smaller waiting area in the admissions office.  Here I got to meet quickly with an admissions officer who was a great help and even offered great places for dinner.  We were provided with maps of the city, brochures, and all sorts of other things.  The admissions officer also provided us visiting candidates with a $300 gift card to help with travel expenses (something that I couldn't even imagine!  None of the other schools did this!). 

I was then taken back downstairs and Taurie and I were on our way home!  The admissions officer also wanted to meet Taurie!  It was a great experience at MCPHS!


6 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! I'll be interviewing there soon and this was very helpful.

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    1. So glad you found this post! Roger is now a third year, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, via comment or email! Good luck :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experience! I found this very helpful for my interview preparation at MCPHS.

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    1. Skyler,
      I'm so glad you found this! Best of luck with the rest of your interview process, wherever you have applied.

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  3. Did you end up getting accepted to the program? And if so how long did it take to get the acceptance? I got an interview there almost 2 weeks ago and I've been going crazy!

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    1. Hi! Roger did get accepted at MCPHS, and he's currently a fourth-year student on his externship rotations. He'll be graduating in May. We think he heard between one and two weeks following his interview, but he applied late and didn't interview until the first week in May, so that could have been a big reason for the expedited response. It's rolling admissions, so I don't think there's a set timeline. Rog has a classmate who applied in September and didn't even get called for an interview until June, so don't go crazy yet!

      If you'd like to chat a little more about the whole process, please comment back, message me on Facebook, or email me hello@eyeloveyoublog.com... I'd love to answer any questions you might have! Best of luck!

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