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  1. A few months late, but thank you very much for your post. At the moment, I'm working a job that isn't bringing me closer to becoming a doctor, but the thought is still there, looming. Your kind words mean a lot to this stranger on the other end of the keyboard. Hi Julia, Thank you, really, for your great post. I honestly did not expect anybody to read this, so it's a nice surprise. Ya know, I don't know if I've truly carved out the "why" yet. "To help people" is kind of a weak reason. Many professions help people, so what sets medicine apart? Rereading my journal entry is interesting, because my feelings and thoughts have changed even since then. Who knew we change so much over so little time? I will write another entry and address some of the things you brought up.
  2. Can we be raw for a minute, here? Life is fucking hard, man. If I don't put forward the amount of effort society deems necessary, then society scolds me. And rightfully so. Those who work hard deliver results. We can fight about it all we want; we can bitch about how much society demands from us as humans, but we know the truth. It's not that we are lazy--I'm not sure I believe in lazy--it's that we don't have a strong enough "why". Meaning is such a powerful concept that I lost along the way, or maybe I didn't have it to begin with. So, you're wondering: who the hell is this dude and why do I care? Well, you probably don't care, and I support your decision to not care, because this is 80% for me and 20% for someone else--whomever that may be. Anywho, my name is Dan, and I'm a recent graduate from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Computing Systems (Software Engineering). My cGPA was ~2.97. First year was a 3.5, and it tumbled year over year until graduation day. I don't know why it tumbled. Maybe I didn't love the courses or the teachers or the homework? Or, maybe I had no reason to perform better? Maybe I had no why? Yes, I suspect my lack of motivation was a combination of disorientation and an absent overarching reason to be there. It was like that in high school, where my average was 66%! The point of these posts is to give me a space for self-reflection and expression. It's also to call myself out on some things, though. I titled this post "< X-bar", because I truly believe that, at the present moment, I am performing less than average. By average, I mean the performance of an average student admitted to medical school. High standards to live up to, but I'm tired of being this person that I am, and this blog is my "coming out"--so to speak--to you, world. This blog is me saying "I have not lived up to society's and my own expectations. I have not failed, but I have not succeeded." These posts are also a plea to you, world, to hold me accountable, to give me strength, and to call me out when I have taken more than I have given. The greatest doctors, I must assume, are also some of the greatest givers. The seed of wanting to become a doctor was planted in me long ago. Well over 10 years ago, when I was in high school. But, I was not serious back then, and I was not mature in the ways I ought to have been. After high school, I tried college 5+ times--dropping out each time. I burned 10s of thousands of dollars on a fruitless pursuit. To this day, it is my largest regret. Perhaps I will forgive myself for these actions some day; perhaps not. To add jet fuel to the fire, I jumped from job to job, burning bridges as I went. I quit jobs without notice--I simply didn't show up one day--and I quit the military 2 weeks into basic training because it was too hard. I told my section sergeant it was for moral reasons, which at the time I felt it was, but looking back, it's clear I quit because that's what I do when things get hard. Then, I met my girlfriend (now fiance), who pushed me to do well in first year of university. I am so thankful for this. This was the greatest thing that could have happened to me, but I retreated back to my comfortable zone of slacking by, and I don't blame her for not being on my ass all the way through university, because that's on me. I was the student. Not her. Still, she's an amazing person, and if something terrible were to happen or the love were to fizzle, I doubt I would pursue love again. I told that to a counselor once, and he didn't believe me. Ah, well. I think that's all I have to say for now. You know who I am and where I've been. This post was a background and introduction, and I welcome all comments--not just the good ones. If you want to say "Dan, you sound like a low life piece of shit, and you will never become a doctor, because there are people out there far better than you...", then I accept that. I thank you for your openness and expression and wish peace and goodness upon you. I also accept positive posts or shared stories of your own. Silence is also accepted, for it's unlikely anyone will even read this. Until next time. -Dan
  3. Lol, that got me (also, that website is hilarious). To the OP: http://www.casn.ca/en/FastTrackAcceleratedBACCPrograms_114/ That link is for all of Canada, but I assume you're smart enough to deduce the Ontario schools from the list. Good luck!
  4. http://www.casn.ca/en/FastTrackAcceleratedBACCPrograms_114/ Here's a list of all the accelerated programs in Canada. Many of them require certain prerequisites (such as biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and statistics, for example).
  5. I've marked down all schools that do not require physics. Preferably, I would like to focus on schools in Ontario, though. But I'm open to anywhere, for the most part. I'll be taking the prereqs (bio, gchem, and ochem) as well as some higher level biology (such as cell, micro, biochem, and molecular). Thanks for all the input, everyone!
  6. Hey everyone, I'm currently in second year, majoring in philosophy, but I have not completed any prerequisites yet. My plan is to take first year biology and chemistry over the summer, and then take organic chemistry and some other second year biology courses next fall and winter. My question is regarding the level of the courses I'll be taking. Because I didn't snatch up the prerequisites in my first two years, I will have to take a few first and second year courses while I'm in third and fourth year. I'm wondering how that will affect my application? To outline: Year 2: Taking mostly second year philosophy courses Summer 2013: Introductory biology and chemistry courses Year 3: ~1.5-2.0 credits worth of third/fourth year philosophy ~2.5 credits worth of second year biology and organic chemistry 1.0 credit worth first year mathematical statistics (this is optional) Year 4: Will be consisting of ~1.5-2.0 credits worth of fourth year philosophy and ~2.0 credits worth of third year biology (there will be other courses to maintain a full course load as well) This outline is approximate (I'm at my girlfriend's place and don't have my course spreadsheet I made with me), but I hope it displays what I'm trying to convey. Main concern: will taking this amount of second and third year courses while in third and fourth year be viewed differently than if I were to take appropriate courses in appropriate years? Thanks.
  7. I felt obligated to post this, but I'm going to Learner Services tomorrow, because I have similar symptoms (lack of motivation to study, for example). Indeed, I achieved a 3.5 GPA in my first year of undergrad, but this year I am getting marks in the mid to low 70s, and I don't know what's changed! Thank you.
  8. I'm thinking about getting a part time job stocking shelves and taking a few classes part time. Also, volunteering around a little bit, and of course hitting the beach a couple of times! Should keep me nice and busy.
  9. Slightly off-topic... I signed up for an account on studentdo.ca. Good to see the site is under active construction! . Any ideas on how long it takes for a username to become activated? Mashmetoo: you have almost entirely convinced me to become a DO.
  10. Any kind of yoga is good for you, usually. If you have ever done a session or two of it, you will know that it is not for wimps at all. I found that some positions I didn't have the strength to maintain composure for the full duration!
  11. Maybe your grades will go up? My girlfriend keeps me focused on school, and I have her to thank for how well I'm doing. Why not go for it?
  12. Hey all, I apologize if this has been posted before, but I did a search and turned up nothing on the matter. I have been looking into applying to some American DO schools, among others, and many of them require one full year of English. I am currently in my first year of a University Transfer program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, and I am planning to go into year 2 at Trent U next year. Since I am transferring into university, the courses I am taking this year will merely say "Pass" or "Fail" on my Trent transcripts. I am taking a full year of English (1.0 credit) this year, and I was wondering if that would satisfy the pre-requisite for these schools? Hope someone knows the answer to this. Thanks! -Dan
  13. That picture is priceless!!! It's seriously getting really sad how much the Leaf's are losing. Every time I hear about them on the radio/friendly chatter I always brace myself before hearing how bad they lost.
  14. I have changed some things, and others have left unchanged. I had a passive aggressive mentality towards education in high school. I would ignore my homework, do assignments that I needed at the last minute (sloppily, of course), and was extremely satisfied when I got a test back that said "50%". Unfortunately, my habit of not studying for tests has followed me through my college life, though I do not leave homework to the last minute anymore, I still do not give it my entire devotion. Though I do talk a lot more than I used to . Changes in life we must make for the greater good of ourselves. Hard work. Attainable.
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