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  1. I got the exact same advice when I started uni. I was skeptical and went to consult with my program advisor and was still told to not do a full courseload in first year as it would be too hard on me. These people know nothing bout the med school admission process. The only reason I don't qualify for UofT's weighing is because I did not take full courseload in first year, and no, summer credits do not magically turn your year into a full courseload for med schools. All it does, is it will count as a full courseload for your university, which med schools don't care about. I highly suggest you take a full courseload during the fall winter term to take advantage of all the different med school's weighing system and eligibility.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gathered God axed Thor's hammer; incapacitating Ragnarok's evil deity.
  6. Quite interesting that others are not a fan of study groups either. I have never been in a study group since high school; and my productivity level is thousand times higher now. I can do everything at my own pace, no irrelevant discussions, often study groups are only useful if you're already caught up on material and just want to review them with others. I don't think ADHD will put you at a major disadvantage. Look at how you're progressing now, are you able to excel in your courses? Are you able to pull high marks? If yes, then, all you have to do besides that is build a strong volunteer record which I highly doubt would be relevant to ADHD. As for lectures, if concentrating in class is hard for you; record them. Go home and listen to them over and over again until they stick. I firmly believe that almost anyone can excel as long as they give it all they got. Of course, it might be harder for some, but it doesn't make it impossible. Good luck
  7. developments Dude, everyone vapes. Every lowlife Ontarian proudly makes E-cigarettes, nevermind Tobacco smoking.
  8. This is a generic copy and paste from their FAQ website
  9. So who was talking here about how emailing them and expressing concerns wouldn't do any good? This is what my post was about earlier. This is the communication that is needed to happen between adcoms and students. We didn't know if they would listen, but they did and that's all we were banking on. Good day for my francophone friends!
  10. "We are not permitted" lol Really? Who didn't permit you? The MCAT police?
  11. I think it's interesting that Ottawa makes a huge change in their admissions and relays the information by merely adding a one liner to their FAQ page. Look at other schools, e.g., UBC changed their prereqs and was basically updating their decision on it 24/7. And when they did make the decision, they provided thorough reasoning for it because a lot of people were upset that they'd done the prereqs for "no reason". Now, I'm not saying whether UBC made the right or or wrong decision by removing prereqs, but ottawa's neglectance by being non transparent and vague is very disappointing. Yes, we need to suck it up in the end and adapt, but this isn't reason for us to silence ourselves and give in to everything without at least an input. This is exactly the kind of detrimental mindset that some people adopt going into medicine. By not being expressive, we justify the actions of those above us (e.g., adcoms) in any shape they deem proper. The adcoms need to be able to put themselves in our shoes, and make decisions by compiling feedback not only from within themselves but also from the very people they will be training to become future physicians. Again, schools like UBC, and UofC (where Dr. Walker keeps in touch with the applicants on his blog), really demonstrate a higher level of interaction between the school and it's applicants. In the end, communication is the key, and although emailing the admissions so early might be an overreaction, one might consider that uOttawa may be the cause of this due to vague, uninformative, sudden changes to requirements. People are not going to keep calm when you subtly change a huge aspect of an admission criteria.
  12. Yup! I am aware that most people would already be preparing for the MCAT either way. Most people don't just bank on Ottawa. Actually, this change probably favours me because I was going to do the MCAT anyway and my GPA isn't super high. But any change that can hurt a particular subset of applicants, however small, is not a fair one as you mentioned.
  13. Being vague with admissions requirements isn't really about premeds "gaming" the system. It is about transparency and being informed. Just because hiding information from applicants favours the admissions in terms of selecting applicants however they'd like to, it doesn't make it the "right" way to do things. I do support the decision of adding the MCAT component, as ottawa's GPA cut offs was just skyrocketing into ridiculous levels. But I am very concerned if this change is meant for people applying this cycle. People are not obligated to worry about the MCAT if a school does not require it, so pulling the mcat card out literally 2-3 months before the application deadline is just unfair. So what, people are supposed to prepare for the mcat in a month? whoever was planning to do other things this summer would now have to possibly quit their job or other commitments and do the MCAT on an insanely last minute notice. I think if enough people call and show their concern, they would listen, or at least I hope so. EDIT: watch their requirement be a ranked order list from the top, like Western lol. Could possibly be some 130 CARS cut-off
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