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  1. Totally agree with you. Did my undergrad at UBC, and the prospect of a different province and a smaller-community lifestyle is enticing. If I get off the waitlist for Queen's I could see myself declining my offer to UBC.
  2. Big shout out to the group of interviewees that were trapped in an elevator for something like two hours today. What ridiculous luck. Hard not to let that rattle you a bit.
  3. There may have been something wrong with their email client, because I didn't get the original confirmation of my interview time for this weekend. Just give them a call or send them an email and they will resend it.
  4. Mine was April 9th - OOP applicant here. I wasn't expecting an interview so late.
  5. Just got my email, my inbox says 1:08 PM PST. Hang in there everyone!
  6. Time stamp: 9:11 AM Invite/Reject: Invite GPA: 3.84 CARS: 131 Casper: First time doing it, it felt like it went not so bad. OOP Completed undergrad Excited for the opportunity to learn more about McMaster in March!
  7. TIME STAMP: Thurs, 10:42 AM Interview Invite: Invited GPA: 86.8% AGPA (if applicable): 87.5% MCAT: 128/131/128/130 (517) ECs: One year of full-time work in clinical research/care position, volunteering and leadership at a suicide hotline, two 2nd author pubs and posters, leadership in two UBC student clubs, lots of activities over the years related to themes of mental health/outdoors/travel. Feel free to PM me if you want any details. Year: BSc, graduated 2015 Geography: IP Wow! Definitely a relief to get an interview from UBC. Although I didn't have high hopes for last year, being rejected last year was a good reminder that you really never know for sure. Fell into some good opportunities over that last year that seem to have boosted up my NAQ. For anybody disappointed or worried by a low NAQ score, just know that there's a lot of opportunities to bring that up, even if it takes an extra cycle to do it. With that being said, it's been a hard year. Personal issues aside, I've been left with a fair amount of disillusionment with the way this entire process is conducted. Good luck with the next step everyone!
  8. UofT does not differentiate between IP and OOP applicants, so that's clearly a plus when you're applying from BC. They've got a ridiculously high average acceptance GPA though, which isn't always kind to UBC students converting their percentage grades. UofT also a quite sizable qualitative assessment component to their application, so it's anyone's guess. I'm holding out some hope for McMasters and Western, mainly because of they have a high emphasis on the MCAT, particularly CARS. I only applied to UBC last year and everybody told me I was stupid for limiting my chances. If you really don't want to move out of the province though, I think it's fair to give yourself a year to hold out for your top pick.
  9. So sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you this year. It sounds like you've had a lot of responsibilities to juggle beyond your own personal career path. I wish I could say that I believe that medical adcoms do a good enough job at taking those sorts of things into consideration, but I don't necessarily think so. For the UBC application, I hope that you listed some of your exceptional circumstances as EC entries in themselves, maybe that's something to consider next time if you didn't already. I wish you all the best, hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. Sounds like you'll get a boost to your AQ after finishing your last year and qualifying for weighting, which is always nice. Even if you have to work for a year after that, I'm sure that will give you plenty of opportunities to focus on boosting your NAQ as necessary. Good luck!
  10. A UBC admissions member once said that the differentiation between Volunteer/Employed experiences was only made on the application to make it easier to report your hours. Everything ultimately goes into the same pot.
  11. I put "Completed BSc." Honestly, I really wouldn't worry about it.
  12. Personally, I would keep to one ABS entry for each ABS statement - trying to combine two ABS entries may be confusing if they cross-reference your ABS statements with your full ABS. The wording on the guide seems to line up with this reasoning: If you felt like you could split the two positions as separate ABS entries, then you probably should be consistent in writing about each one as a standalone experience. Just my two cents!
  13. I actually ran that exact question by UofT admissions awhile back. They said that attending a conference and presenting at one are quite different experiences, so we can put them as separate activities under the ABS if we'd like.
  14. In a perfect world you'd be choosing both? I would choose your three strongest activities, provided that collectively they cover all four of the clusters. Every activity doesn't need to cover all four, just make sure that collectively they cover all four. If one or two clusters aren't adequately covered by your top-three, then start thinking about what activity best exemplifies the remaining clusters. Personally, I'd try and make sure I have a solid activity that covers each. Good luck!
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