Summary of Experience:
The interview here was more of a DIY experience than at FIU. They only introduced us to one admissions staff member and their presentation was video-recorded which was kind of disappointing. I didn't really like the location of the school and how everything (including the gym) was in one sad building. I did really like the students I met and their words about the school were uplifting. They are changing their curriculum and it will be brand new for 2017. I originally thought this was a good thing, until my interviewer (works to create the curriculum) told me that he was disappointed in the change. Philadelphia was a cool city and per the students living in the city is doable should I choose to commute from there. Overall, I think it was telling that the most exciting part of this day was getting a II from UMiami.
Summary of Experience:
Interview-- Honestly this school was a really pleasant surprise. I was definitely not feeling too good when I landed the night before and got to my hotel because the area around the school is pretty desolate. Besides the location, the people at the school were extremely nice and there was a good sense of community between everybody. I thought the presentations were great and I loved how it was a campus as compared to 1 old dingy building. It was my first MMI, so I was pretty nervous but honestly it was not terrible. The students and staff constantly told us not to be nervous and that it would go by super quickly. The interviewers were all really nice and it was nice that they had a list of follow up questions to ask so that you weren't forced to try to talk for 6 minutes straight. I definitely messed up on one of them but seemed as though that particular lady pushed some of the other interviewers as well. Overall, I think I would like this school because of the people and some of their interesting programs, but again the location is really pretty desolate. They did mention that some people commute from NYC but that seems hard and I wouldn't want to be disconnected from my fellow students for the first year. But, hopefully this one works out because I could always do 3rd and 4th years fully in the city!
FIU was such a pleasant surprise. I honestly had no idea what to expect going into this. I was a nervous wreck before my first interview, but FIU staff, students, interviewers were so nice and made sure to make us feel comfortable. I loved meeting so many different people from the school and could really feel that there was tight-knit community. My only downside would be the location which is not that close to Downtown Miami/South Beach Area. Overall, I think I'd get an excellent quality of education from this school and I would be happy to attend.