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SkepticalStudent

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  1. Okay. Yes, I verified this at one of their information sessions last week from an adcom member. Was the condescension really necessary to ask that?
  2. Probably not, especially if you don't have someone back then who can verify it (because you lost contact with them or they stopped working there or something else). Bartending though? I think that would actually be a good one to put down. Isn't there a tonne of customer interaction? (I am pretty ignorant about bartending so feel free to correct me...)
  3. I believe that "Diversity of Experiences" is exactly the right place for that award! I have a service award listed there, also, that was given for other activities that are listed. Make sure you don't double-count the hours, though; if the award you're talking about was awarded for the hours spent on those other activities, don't put those hours under the award's entry. That wouldn't be "eligible" to be under the "High Performance" category. (Someone else mentioned a good rule when deciding whether to put anything under that category, which is "would any other one or two applicants in this pool have this or something like it?" If yes, then it probably doesn't belong under "High Performance"!) Just going off of the Help Guide for both of your questions (1 and 2, this one) - yes that was the right thing to do! And congrats on winning - that's awesome.
  4. A high school graduation science award? What is it awarded for? As far as I know, UBC wants only things like scholarships, fellowships, or academic prizes in its awards section. I put one award from high school in the non-academic activities section, under "diversity of experiences". (Even though it was an academic award, I didn't receive any money so I figured that was probably where they would want it (and the help guide seemed to indicate that so...).)
  5. Yes you can write it in bullet form. It is perfectly acceptable! I wrote my descriptions like I would on a résumé - omitting pronouns and all in past tense.
  6. You release your scores after you receive your scores, yup! The release takes between 24 and 48 hours. So if you receive your scores on the 23rd of September and release them to schools you list right after you get them, the schools you released them to will see them on the 24th or 25th of September.
  7. I'm getting a little confused. I looked at a few other threads but to no avail, for the most part. Is the GPA on the UCAN the weighted GPA? Or is it the cGPA? Mine seems like it has included my summer terms (one of which is detrimental to my GPA) and my worst year. I would be much obliged if someone could enlighten me, even if he/she thinks I am asking a stupid question!
  8. I asked a former adcom member once and she was suuuuper condescending about it. There still seems to be a stigma surrounding gaming, and I wonder if there would be people on the adcom who buy into the "gamers = violent kids" stereotype. I think the hand-eye coordination you can gain from some games would be useful in a surgical specialty, maybe...
  9. Yeah I didn't answer on purpose - because I'm not sure myself. I received a number of awards in high school but I'm not putting them down. Again, I don't think they'd penalise you, but... it might not win you many points (or any) - depending on the award. If you got a community service award or something though, I think that's worth putting down.
  10. Admissions has said that: So if you feel your activities in high school were very relevant to your medical school application, then it doesn't seem unreasonable to include them!
  11. What's the rationale behind using the present tense? I don't even know how that would look... "I receive this award"? Definitely past tense!
  12. You can also check out the other thread on this in the UBC section of the forums: What is "High level of performance in area of human endeavour"? For me, as a pianist and a tennis player, this would probably mean winning in international or national piano competitions or winning first or second place in the Grand Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, or the US Open). Or, you know, curing a type of cancer, as someone on the other thread suggested.
  13. The early deadline was August 15th, so confusedpremed must have applied before then! I'm curious about this too! Actually I heard this is a good thing, and students who interest the adcom are further scrutinised (i.e., have their verifiers contacted). So hopefully this is good news for you? : )
  14. UBC doesn't require you to entire letter grades... I myself entered the percentages, since the Help Guide says to enter the percentages if your transcript has both percentages and letters (which most UBC transcripts do). ETA: Did you scroll down far enough in the little window that opens when you input grades?
  15. Honestly, I can see where everyone who says "include it" is coming from. When it comes down to it, OP, when you look at who is responding you can see that those who are more experienced say to include it. I think you could make good arguments for both sides. I doubt they will penalise you for including it. (But I'm still not including any of my friends' or family members' deaths on my application, even though they have all shaped my life in different ways - all for the better.)
  16. Hey medkfb! I'd consider myself a non-trad as well, although I don't know if older non-trads would agree. Have you seen this page on the UBC Med website? One of the criteria is that you have 90 credits remaining after having your worst year dropped... I think. There are a bunch of examples on the linked page above: I think with your credits you would have your worst year removed, because: GPA credit total (for you) = 30 + 30 + 30 + 27 + 15 = 132 Worst year credit total = 30 132 - 30 = 102, so they will remove 30 credits of the worst year (i.e., the entire worst year). Indeed, these are the grade conversion tables they use. At least, according to their website! However you did your degree at UBC, so: They will use the percentages from your transcript at UBC. It will be different at other schools, as you mentioned (about the OMSAS). Also: You're still eligible at UBC, but they do require you to write about why you took a gap year and/or why your studies have not been continually full-time. I'm not so sure about other schools, but I know I had to write something on the OMSAS also about why I had one year of part-time studies, and I'm pretty sure U of C and U of A also require something similar (if not the same thing). I know someone more experienced will pop by to offer insight, but as for the second degree part: from what I have seen on these forums, we shouldn't do second degrees unless our first GPA isn't anywhere near competitive. Personally I like the idea of a second degree, but I've incorporated the prereqs into my current degree so there's no advantage for me to do it, really. I would think there would be more advantage to doing it for people who haven't done any of the prereqs, though I'm not sure... I can't comment on your last questions! I don't even know competitive I am, with all my business-related ECs. Best of luck with whatever you decide!
  17. I disagree. This thread has had some yays and some nays. Ultimately it is the OP's decision, but no one implied the OP "should have played ping pong instead of crying". Death is horrible, and it should change one's perspective on life (or at the very least make our own mortality that much more salient). Most of us that said nay were making the point that the NAQ is for things you did (as rpcswint wrote originally and most succinctly of all).
  18. There was a question like this on the UBC Med blog last year, so I'll copy and paste the question here: The answer from whoever runs the UBC Med blog was: If someone on the forums has tutored and included it, of course they could save you the trouble of e-mailing. It might be best to e-mail anyway so they can hopefully respond in the next week (in case no one here can provide some insight)!
  19. The impression I've got is that admissions committee members who read over the files do have backgrounds in science and usually hold master's degrees or PhDs in some science-related field. I don't know if they're responsible for whole files (i.e., the NAQ section), though... I've only met a couple of former-adcom members from UBC Med, but one was involved in immunology and pathology, another in genetics. I know the help guide asks for a "clear, specific description of the context, duties, and people involved" in your activity, but make sure you're not losing the big picture or overall importance of the activity in the finer details (i.e., complex technicalities)!
  20. Have there been any cases that set this precedent? It seems pretty hard to uphold this law. (I was cognizant of it before but have always wondered...)
  21. I wouldn't put it down. I feel like the non-academic section is much more about what you have done rather than what has happened to you. The diversity of experiences section is described in the help guide as being for "[a]ctive participation in events or activities [that led] to the accumulation of knowledge and skills." We don't actively participate in death (unless we're the ones dying, of course), no matter how painful it is to "experience" (not literally) someone else's death. (Hopefully this doesn't come across as exceedingly rude... I am pretty biased because I have had a number of encounters with death in my life, and I always assumed it was something that had happened to everyone at least once ("something" being "having someone you know pass away").)
  22. I think you're asking whether UBC offers the biochem pre-requisite courses (either BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 and BIOC 302) as online courses. If that is indeed what you're asking, as far as I know the answer is no. As for the level of difficulty, I have heard BIOL 201 is easier than BIOC 202, but I only took the latter so I can't comment on that. I think biochemistry at UBC is challenging, but it is by no means impossible to achieve a good grade. I'm assuming you transferred your English credits from Athabasca to UBC? There seem to be difficult rules about credit transfer, depending on whether you transfer those credits before admission (to UBC) or after.
  23. I was wondering this myself. I think the hours should be 0 if the award was listed for the hours you spent on another activity you listed (just mention it in the description or frequency of the activity). I don't see why we shouldn't put awards for other activities mentioned, unless we all start running out of slots to put our achievements. As for start/end dates: I'm wondering this myself, and will read through the "Help Guide" again!
  24. Your transfer credits are affecting your GPA? Mine don't appear on my transcript at all, so I don't think they're affecting my GPA at UBC. They only appear in the "Transfer Credit" section on the SSC. Is this just me? Thanks for all the recommendations! I have taken a couple upper-year-level philosophy courses, and I'm a business student so I had to take a business writing course as part of my degree (my prof was a very tough grader, unfortunately - much tougher than the profs for other sections). My 7 was unexpected; I was a predicted 6 but aced the IB exams. I wish it would affect my GPA (it might drag it up a bit)!
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