Jason Dugas Email?

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Jason Dugas Email?

Postby esq » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:48 pm

Got an email from Jason Dugas, UVA, asking me to call him back and talk about my application. Has anyone had a good experience because of this? A bad one? Should I be worried?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:49 pm

99% of these are acceptance notifications.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby WestOfTheRest » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:49 pm

esq wrote:Got an email from Jason Dugas, UVA, asking me to call him back and talk about my application. Has anyone had a good experience because of this? A bad one? Should I be worried?


It definitely cannot be a bad thing. I mean, they want to take the time to talk to you on the phone.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby mst » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:13 am

I would be prepared, better safe than sorry. On the off case that you are a borderline applicant and he has some questions/concerns and wants to give you a chance via interview, be prepared to answer the standard questions (why Virginia; i see you did x on your resume tell me more... etc. etc.)

Harvard Dean of Admissions blog:

"I’m writing this, however, to let you all know that I will begin making phone calls to many applicants. This initial interview for people who catch my eye is a chance for me to ask some questions about the things I read in applications. What did you do in this summer internship? What is this activity that has taken up so much of your time? What is your senior thesis all about?"

Best case scenario, you're in at one of the top schools in the country OR you're prepared for an important interview. Worst case, you're prepared for something that doesn't happen. Good luck!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby trudat15 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:19 am

How'd it turn out? In at UVA?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby LLB2JD » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:25 am

Allow me to be the first to say Congrats.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby flyingpanda » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:02 am

mst wrote:I would be prepared, better safe than sorry. On the off case that you are a borderline applicant and he has some questions/concerns and wants to give you a chance via interview, be prepared to answer the standard questions (why Virginia; i see you did x on your resume tell me more... etc. etc.)

Harvard Dean of Admissions blog:

"I’m writing this, however, to let you all know that I will begin making phone calls to many applicants. This initial interview for people who catch my eye is a chance for me to ask some questions about the things I read in applications. What did you do in this summer internship? What is this activity that has taken up so much of your time? What is your senior thesis all about?"

Best case scenario, you're in at one of the top schools in the country OR you're prepared for an important interview. Worst case, you're prepared for something that doesn't happen. Good luck!


Wrong, UVA doesn't work like this. This is, as Vanwinkle said, is an acceptance.
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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby mst » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:11 am

Ok sorry, my bad. Just didn't want you walking into an interview tomorrow unprepared if there was something I could do about it. Congrats on getting in and sorry everyone here has spoiled the suprise, :)

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby esq » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:12 am

No, actually thanks. I appreciate the positive consensus (it puts me at ease about it all), but I thought that your post from Harvard's dean was helpful. It's always good to temper expectations and go in prepared, so I am glad that someone is helping me come down to earth a bit. Besides, if I was accepted, he would have said so - at this point I only know that we are going to talk about my app.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby bk1 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:17 am

I have seen some "please call us" emails be acceptances on LSN, but it is best to temper any excitement, imo.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Nulli Secundus » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:24 am

Yeah, it can always be, "Please call us, even a personal note in rejection letter could not have conveyed how terrible your application is, we have to tell it personally. You have to hear our laughing (actually a video call might be better, do you have Skype?)"

Nah, joking, from what I ve seen, those UVA e-mails generally leads to happy endings.

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby dabbadon8 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:22 pm

esq wrote:Got an email from Jason Dugas, UVA, asking me to call him back and talk about my application. Has anyone had a good experience because of this? A bad one? Should I be worried?


Did you ED there?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby sundance95 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:24 pm

Well? Make it official so we can congratulate you!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:25 pm

So did you call? What happened?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby esq » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:55 pm

It's official, I'm a Cavalier!!! Wahooo!!!!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Nulli Secundus » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:02 pm

Congratulations!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby bk1 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:04 pm

Grats!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby sundance95 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:06 pm

Nice!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby ArchRoark » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:20 pm

Congrats!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Marionberry » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:24 pm

Woo hoo! That's awesome, congratulations!

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Reinschmicker » Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:54 pm

Congrats! That e-mail/call is a pretty intense but awesome experience, isn't it?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Spinozist21 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:13 pm

Congrats man. I take it you ED'd?

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby esq » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:15 am

Thanks everyone for all of the well-wishes. 'Intense but awesome' would be the exact words that I would use to describe my chat with Jason. I've also got to say that I appreciate the insider knowledge that you all gave me about what to expect from my phone call. I can't imagine how nervous I would have been without the positive vibes that came from knowing that 99% of the calls end happily - and ironically, for some reason or other, the image of Heath Leger/The Joker clapping for me was reoccuring in my head throughout the phone call. :wink:

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Re: Jason Dugas Email?

Postby Nulli Secundus » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:10 am

Hahaha, glad to be of any kind of help! (Visual / psychological)




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