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    woodsman reacted to Steins;Gate in Chances @ U of T dental school   
    As someone directly involved in the interview process, I would not only lighten up a bit but also be a bit careful with your tact which may come off as a red flag on interview day.
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    woodsman reacted to longteethgriffy in Chances @ U of T dental school   
    I literally just gave him a proper answer. He's middle of the pack. He has a good chance since a lot of the class is chosen from there. Interview should be important for him and make or break him. Idk what he was expecting but his GPA is great, his scores are okay. I don't think I need to spell everything out considering we're all grown adults and can figure things out on our own or ask for an explanation if needed. But oh look you're not OP so if he understands what I was trying to say it really doesn't matter does it. Just saying... If you have any questions about how to prepare, interview process, etc just lmk op
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    woodsman reacted to Bambi in Is It Insane To Turn Down Your Only Medical School Offer?   
    If you refuse an acceptance for a so-called better shot next year, you are a fool as you may never be accepted anywhere again whether you realize it or not. The best possible medical school for you to attend is the one that accepted you. 
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    woodsman reacted to NotASerialKiller in Is It Insane To Turn Down Your Only Medical School Offer?   
    Didn't even read the post, the answer is yes.
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    woodsman reacted to Fresh fry in Is It Insane To Turn Down Your Only Medical School Offer?   
    Accept and defer for a year if you absolutely have to. Otherwise it's like winning the lottery and throwing out the ticket because the next jackpot is bigger and hoping you win that one.
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    woodsman reacted to next.med88 in Disappointed With Assignment To Uoft Mississauga Campus   
    I am sure everybody who got rejected or wait listed would not have any second thoughts about moving away to the other side of the country if it meant getting into medical school...
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    woodsman reacted to Medi_27 in Why Doesn't U Of T Take The Mcat Seriously?   
    I believe you are underestimating the weighting by half. 3 courses is 3 full courses, or 6 semester courses. Also many people, like myself apply after 4th year. Thats 4 full courses, or just shy of 1 full year. Thats a lot. My wGPA was still pretty crappy but was an improvement of more than 0.3 over my cumulative GPA.
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    woodsman reacted to rmorelan in Why Doesn't U Of T Take The Mcat Seriously?   
    that is a common problem with most selection systems - the truth is the applicant pool is so good there is a vast number of very good applicants - many fold higher than the number needed to fill all the spots. After a point and some reasonable tests you can almost randomly pick people and get a very strong applicant class - particularly since the very testing methods - mcat, GPA, ECs etc are already imprecise. That is a very hard thing to swallow though of course as we are all really strongly depending these systems to do something that maybe is simply not possible - select the "best" X applicants with assurance.
    Since we don't even have a very good exit testing system in Canada you cannot even really compare well the output of different schools on a macro level. The differences are so small and the sample size fixed at a ha under powered point (ie our class sizes) that the entire process is really challenging
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    woodsman reacted to insidious in Why Doesn't U Of T Take The Mcat Seriously?   
    I don't think there's any ever real motivation to change anything - I'll refer to this as organizational inertia.  This is especially true in a system of admission: whenever a change happens a lot of people become upset - think of Western's cutoff changes, Ottawa's possible addition of MCAT,  etc...  Whether the change is perceived as good or bad, often depends on the perspective of the individual: but in general, the subset of people who are currently more benefitting from a given system will not have any interest to change that system.  
    In the case of GPA at UofT, there is probably a long term danger of hitting a ceiling in terms of applicant GPAs (i.e. an excessive number with 4.00s).  Ottawa may possibly be having issues, and it seems as if it could be looking at remedies including the MCAT.  UofT could approach the issue with MCAT, but could also look at other criteria - although it may also become increasingly difficult to distinguish applicants looking through ECs, etc...  
    At one point, GPA was probably a very distinguishing feature amongst applicants : the historical trend on UofTs webpage certainly points this way.  This does not appear to be the case anymore, however.   
    The only objective argument for a change is that overall the system could somehow be functioning much better, if a given change occurred.  However, given the vast supply of high achieving applicants, I think that it's not an easy case to make.
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    woodsman reacted to slickvic in Academic Explanation Essay   
    Cool, thanks guys for the honest feedback. I won't write an essay 
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    woodsman reacted to bruhh in Academic Explanation Essay   
    Switching majors is not something that needs to be explained. You're treating this academic explanations essay as an extra essay aside where you're gonna explain random stuff that happened in your undergrad. You need to realize that nearly every  applicant has done something similar in some way. Many applicants' grades fluctuate year to year (as it did for me), switch majors (as I have), or have experienced other things. This isn't essay where everyone talks about their undergrad path and why you did something at some point. This is an essay where you explain something that you think the adcom would want an explanation for, such as maybe taking too many pass/fail credits one year, or failing some courses, not going to school for some years, having a really low GPA in one year (not 3.92 lol). These are things that an adcom would want to know whether they reflect on poor ability or are due to extenuating circumstances. Then in that case, if you did deal with special circumstances then you would submit the explanations essay. Switching a major is not frowned upon, adcoms understand that people change decisions and follow different paths throughout their life; so it's not something that they would care to know about.
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    woodsman reacted to _ _ in Academic Explanation Essay   
    Switching majors is irrelevant. What is your point, you switched majors and.....? Your grades dropped a tiny bit? 
    That's not the purpose of the essay. You don't need to write one with a 3.97. It's useless.
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    woodsman reacted to sdj78we9jtf2o3mgfvj298j in Academic Explanation Essay   
    Look, that essay is for legitimate reasons (e.g. issues with finances, family, illness, etc). Not because you found the courses hard. 
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    woodsman reacted to bruhh in Academic Explanation Essay   
    I would agree with you if your wGPA was 3.92. Then yes, even though that is high it would be on the lower end for UofT's super high 3.96 average GPA. But you are talking about one of your years being 3.92, and no med school has ever distinguished 3.92 as a low GPA for which you would need to submit an explanation for.
    Truth is, you are slightly more competitive than the average accepted person GPA-wise. So, yes, complaining about a 3.92 in ONE of your years is like trying to say "look I wasn't perfect in my 3rd year because blah blah", It is extremely rare to get 4.0 every year, and no one, including med adcoms expect to see a perfect applicant. Frankly, trying to "explain" why your GPA had slight fluctuations between 3.9-4.0 is just pure overkill. Feel free to submit the essay if you want, no one is stopping you, but I personally would not look at that essay and go like "oh wow, so that's why he/she got a 3.92 in one year, that really explains everything because it was such a weird thing to see a 3.92".
    Furthermore, if I were to justify your logic for needing to explain a 3.92 GPA, then every applicant could probably think of a similar, if not more plausible, way to come up with an academic explanations essay.
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    woodsman reacted to bruhh in Academic Explanation Essay   
    Are you guys seriously discussing submitting an academic explanation essay for a 4.0 --> .3.92 trend......with that kind of unreasonable logic, every single applicant should submit an "explanation" of why they got a couple more A's instead of A+'s in one year. I need to go back to hanging out with real people off of PM101 who don't complain about their near perfect GPAs. 
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    woodsman reacted to robclem21 in Extracurricular Advice (Beyond "do What You Like")   
    I had zero medical related experience and I know several others in my class who also just "did what they liked". Whether you buy it or not, it is great advice. You are getting interviews so your application is not the problem. Two interviews would suggest that the issue is clearly with your ability to clearly convey how those experiences have impacted your life or how those experiences have shaped you into a person who will be a good future physician.  You should attempt to get some good unbiased advice on your interview ability. Even though you thought the interviews went well, there is some disconnect with how it actually went. My two cents anyways...
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    woodsman reacted to positivetension in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    Yeah, don't take this the wrong way, but 6 interviews and no acceptance is extremely statistically unlikely, you can't really chalk it up to lack of luck at that point, there are probably some very key things you are doing wrong in interviews.
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    woodsman reacted to zaxop in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    OP, while I don't deny that this type of volunteering can help improve your communication skills, please think about the people on the other end of that phone and really consider your motives before signing up to volunteer. I have been a crisis responder for several years and have also called a fair few number of crisis lines in my time, and from both sides of the phone, I have encountered responders who are clearly just there to check off a box on a grad school application. This is definitely not to say that you shouldn't be interested in crisis volunteering as a learning opportunity. It's also not to say that premeds make bad responders, as many of the applicants I've encountered are deeply empathetic and genuinely cared about each of their callers. But the people who were there for more self-interested motives? Their lack of sincerity could be crushing for callers (including myself). I don't know you and I'm not making any judgments/assumptions about your character or your motives. I'm just saying that if you're thinking about crisis volunteering, think about what you can bring to the table rather than just what this experience can do for you. If you're interested in this kind of work, I'd suggest looking into 7 Cups of Tea, which is an online text-based distress network that could help you ease into this kind of volunteering before applying to a full-on crisis line. 
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    woodsman reacted to Young Pappy in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    Found the SSBM player, haha!
    I think its fairly obvious that your application is stellar if 6 schools wanted to interview you. I would take this time to explore ECs that will really facilitate your communicative skills for your next set of interviews.  If I may make a suggestion, I volunteered at the Toronto Distress Center as a crisis-line responder for over a year. It taught me how to listen and empathize better, and it gave me a wealth of experiences to talk about during my interviews. I would highly recommend it .
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    woodsman reacted to next.med88 in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    When I applied to medicine, I also applied to another program that I was interested in (this program was not competitive to get in, guaranteed entry as long as you fill out the application correctly) so when I did not get in, I started this back up program.
    I really enjoy the program I am in now, so when I got rejected again this year it was not as devastating (still pondering whether or not to apply again next year)
    Find something you would want to do if you do not get accepted into medicine, because realistically, you may not get in again next year, or the year after that, or even ever! (sorry to be harsh, but I like to be realistic)
    If I were you, I would live my life as I would like to live if I never got into medicine. Would you truly enjoy having a BSc and working as a research assistant getting paid practically minimum wage?
    You may not have a back up plan yet, but I would take this year to think of one
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    woodsman reacted to JohnGrisham in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    You got a lot of interviews, so take the time to work, and do things that you've always wanted to do (think bucket list), and keep growing as an individual. You will get there, your marks and involvements aren't a limiting factor obviously, but maybe interview skills can improve. 
    You CAN improve these indirectly by simply putting yourself out there more on a daily basis, and getting new experiences (re: bucket list) that allow you to feel more confident and have more breadth of life experience/viewpoints.
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    woodsman reacted to JohnGrisham in Rejected This Year, Help Planning For Interim   
    I disagree with this, OP got 6 interviews this year,  so its really just their interview and getting a bit of experience to do better in that realm. This is much more doable, then repairing a poor GPA or MCAT or lack of ECs etc, like the majority of applicants - whom like you said, may not get in year after year.
    Although i definitely agree in principle about not putting your life on hold and pursuing other options. Though i'd say pursuing things personally important, and not professionally would be the better approach. No use jumping into another degree etc for OP given that they have extremely little barrier to entry to the interview stage, given 6 interviews. 
    OP chalk it up to poor interview skills, and maybe a bit of lack of luck.  
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    woodsman reacted to doctor111 in May 10 Support Thread   
    Schulich plz put me out of my misery 
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    woodsman reacted to sdj78we9jtf2o3mgfvj298j in May 10 Support Thread   
    Please based Schulich save me!!
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    woodsman reacted to ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) in The Most Unfair Undergraduate Program   
    Yup. I know a good handful of people who had their parents dish out a few grand to attend Gr. 12 at a private school so they could get 90s and attend Health Sci, Schulich business, etc. They certainly were not the brightest kids in their classes to begin with but they're doing much better than everyone else now.
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