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  1. Greatly appreciated trojjanhorse! Would you mind posting here as well when you're planning to hold one? I don't have twitter.
  2. I'm planning on applying to Mac this year and I'm trying to decide who to use for my references. I have one person in mind who could potentially be a strong reference, but I hesitate to ask her because she spends pretty much all of January-April every year travelling to remote areas and is rarely accessible by a consistent phone number. So I guess what I'm wondering is, does anyone know if McMaster actually contacts references by telephone? What would they do in the event that a reference can't be reached by phone? Thanks!
  3. Interested as well! Were you thinking of Skype, or meeting in person?
  4. Hey folks, I have a question that might seem slightly odd for all of you science wizards. Do you think it would be possible to obtain an NSERC grant as a student enrolled in a BA program? I'm a psychology student, which is a bit of a grey area as far as the distinction between social science and natural science goes, but nevertheless our department has a quota of 7 awards. I haven't taken any of the basic sciences but I have some background in neuroscience/neuroanatomy as well as cognitive psych. I've email one of the eligible professors and he said he'd be happy to meet with me to talk about possibly supervising me. I know you won't be able to tell me for sure whether it's possible but I'd like to hear your thoughts. If it helps to know at all I have a 3.99 gpa and relevant volunteer research experience. I don't want to get my hopes up if I'm likely to be flat out rejected!
  5. I compressed my studying for verbal into a fairly small amount of time, so I didn't really have to worry about running out of study materials - I just used AAMC practice tests and EK101. I did one EK101 full test every day and one AAMC every few days. My main problem was that I'm a slow reader, so it was really helpful for me to do full tests with a one hour time limit. Other than that I didn't really have any special strategies. Keep in mind that a lot of it comes down to luck. When I was practicing my scores were consistently in the 10-14 range, but it really varied between tests (I ended up scoring 13 on the actual MCAT). So don't get discouraged if you have one bad test, just practice, practice, practice!
  6. I've been on a varsity team since first year so I can tell you a bit about my thoughts and experiences. 1. I'm not sure how it works with your season being only September/October. My sport's competitive season is in the winter, but we start training in September. So keep in mind that there will possibly be some out of season training as well. 2. Varsity athletes typically train at least 15 hours a week. If you do decide to pursue this, know that you're likely going to have to make sacrifices in other areas. It is possible to participate in other extracurriculars and have a social life outside of your team, but academics and your sport need to be your biggest priorities (side note: don't forget about sleep!!) 3. ^ That said, TIME MANAGEMENT. I can't stress this enough. There's a big jump from high school to first year in terms of academics, so you're going to have to work super hard to stay on top of school work. 4. I have had to miss some class for competitions. They're usually on the weekends, in which case you'll at most have to miss a Friday or a Monday, but I've occasionally had to be away overnight during the week as well. Make friends in your classes and borrow notes, ask the prof if you can get someone to record lectures, etc. It's inconvenient but manageable. 5. Being a varsity athlete has been one of the best experiences I've had in university. I feel like a big walking cliché saying this but your team will become your family. Feel free to post here or message me if you have any questions
  7. I gave myself about 3 weeks to study for verbal and to be honest I only really improved during the first few practice tests. So for me I don't feel like having 3 extra months, for example, would have helped all that much. Also, how are you doing in terms of the other sections? If you're pretty solid with your sciences then I'd say 3 weeks doing verbal + reviewing sciences is enough. If you still have new material to cover then it might be a bit tough.
  8. This isn't really a traditional "premed course" either, but in first year I took a course in social determinants of health. It was super interesting and completely reaffirmed my enthusiasm for medicine.
  9. Just to add to what ProvenGuilty posted above (which has most of the info you're looking for), ECs are pretty much only important insofar as how you are able to talk about them on CASPer and in the interview. You do need to submit reference letters, but I'm not entirely sure how they're used. Maybe someone else can confirm this, but I've heard that they're only looked as a tiebreaker.
  10. Do you find that you're not understanding because of the vocabulary? Or is it because you're not focused (i.e. you find the passages boring and your mind starts to wander)?
  11. Although I'm really happy with my program (cultural anthropology major, psychology minor), if I could go back to the beginning of undergrad I would probably do a B.Sc in psychology. It seems like the best of both worlds to me: get most of your science prereqs out of the way in first year + psych, then spend upper years taking a variety of courses in bio psych, social psych, developmental, abnormal, stats, etc. All really interesting and relevant to medicine imo. Of course it also depends on what your skills; while some social science courses are evaluated by multiple choice, many are more essay based.
  12. Man oh man I log off for like 24 hours and this is what this thread becomes...
  13. Yes, I did. I figured I'd have as good a shot as anyone else at McMaster if I did well so it was worth it for me.
  14. Thanks everyone. Sounds like the consensus is that I should learn chem and physics in case McMaster doesn't go well this year.
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