Keep in mind that there is always some type of evaluation process taking place, even if it is informal or “off the record.” Always be polite and respectful.
If student hosts take you in and allow you to stay overnight in their home, be thankful. Sometimes they are studying for exams, and they are always busy. Do not cast aspersions toward them by insulting their school, the school to which you are applying, while you are staying with them.
When applying to a medical school, you are asking them to honor your request for admission. It is important to keep in mind that entry into medical school is a privilege and not a right, no matter how outstanding an applicant’s grades or experiences are.
This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.