jenm12 wrote:Would you say it's worth going to ASD if we've already taken a tour?
In my opinion, no. But if you want to sit in on a class (which is a great way to get a glimpse of what the school is like in terms of faculty), then do go.
jenm12 wrote:lso, did most people bring guests with them?
It was pretty split. If you are relatively outgoing, I wouldn't worry too much. The staff was very friendly and conversational.
Side note: I was really surprised how many admits brought their parents with them.
majnana wrote:the food was very good
majnana wrote: jenm12 wrote: JXander wrote:
Well, Admitted Students Day was today (which was awesome) and the staff was busy with that nearly all day. Hopefully you get something on Monday.
Would you say it's worth going to ASD if we've already taken a tour? Also, did most people bring guests with them?
(I'm going to put in my $0.02 even though I'm not the one quoted.) I'd say it's a really nice function and worth going to even if you took a tour, because it was fun meeting everyone and sitting through a class. Also, they feed you (ha) and the food was very good. A lot of parents were present, although not everyone took a guest.
That being said, it's not worth traveling there for an ASD if you've had a tour already. You won't get a lot of new information. But if you already live in Dallas, or nearby, it's a nice program to attend.
I agree in that I don't think ASD is very useful. Most people this past weekend asks good questions along the lines of "why YOU vs. UT/Baylor/Etc" and the responses were meager at best. The summation of the dean's comments along with students comments was this: go to SMU if you want to work in DFW because it has great connections with law firms, clerkships, etc. If you've done the smallest bit of homework you already know this.
In my opinion attending the ASD is helpful only because you get to see what the students and classes are structured like. I personally was more impressed with the professor/class I sat in for Baylor (1 month ago). I thought some of the students had an air of douchery (One guy sitting right in front of me actually rolled his eyes because we were in his class and his friend LITERALLY scoffed when someone in their friends group said "should we say hi to them?". I know this doesn't speak for all of SMU but being from the DFW area I can't say I was surprised. SMU students tend to have a bit of a reputation about them.
However, I think the school is great, one way to sum it up was the dean's choice of "Traditional". Nothing special but it gets the job done and it truly is great for networking.
Hope that helps! Also yes, mostly everyone brought parents/wives/husband. And if you're close to DFW then yes GO, it'll make you feel special and give you a sense of excitement if nothing else.
EDIT: I hope this doesn't make me sound like a hater, SMU right now may be my #1 despite my comments above.