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  1. Taking summer courses can help ease the load, but some people have summer commitments (work, family obligations, etc) that get in the way of taking courses. Also, not all schools offer a robust catalogue of summer courses (e.g. of the 20 courses I need to finish my program, only two are offered in the summer semester). And while taking hard courses during the year may definitely contribute to burnout, doing a full year of school, with no summer break, presents its own challenges to mental health and well-being. Burnout suuuuuuucks. Between school, work, ECs, volunteering, family commitments, and a (nonexistent) social life, I felt like an overstretched rubber band that was perpetually on the verge of snapping. And I did snap eventually- I attempted suicide in the summer after my third year. Things are better now but it took a huge overhaul of the goals and expectations I had for myself to get to a healthy place. I totally feel you on the sense of losing some resiliency. It's hard to give 100% of yourself for a goal that seems so far away, especially when it feels like so many people around you are moving on to the place you want to be. It's even harder to keep going in the face of rejection, when it feels like all of it has been for nothing. IMO a part of the problem is conflating personal development with professional development, in that there's an expectation that even things we do for ourselves will/should benefit our med school applications and/or future careers (i.e. "demonstrating well-roundedness"). But it's OK- necessary, even- to do things just for yourself, just because you want to do them, and not give two thoughts about how it will look on a med school app. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to talk Also, Good2Talk, the post-secondary student helpline, is a really wonderful resource when you just need to vent or get something off your chest.
  2. Time stamp: 1:17 PM EST Result: Reject wGPA: 3.85 MCAT: 11/9/10 ECs: Diverse and long-term including employment, research, hospital volunteering, work with disadvantaged youth, mental health advocacy, intramurals, health promotion work, crisis hotline, community service awards, scholarships, etc Essays: Very happy with two of them, disliked the other two Year: 4th year UG Geography: IP Can't say I'm not disappointed, but it's at least nice to know!
  3. Also just got my rejection. Hopefully there's good news coming for those of you who still haven't heard back yet
  4. Yeah, no worries, I do recognize that a 3.8 wGPA isn't exactly in need of rescuing. I wrote my essay because I was dealing with some serious financial issues in my first two years that affected my GPA. My cGPA for my first two years was ~3.5, but my 3rd year (after getting financial assistance from school/scholarships) was 3.95. My wGPA came out to be ~3.85 and while I recognize that this certainly isn't bad by any means, it's also far from the previous wGPA accepted averages of 3.94-3.96, and I didn't feel like it represented my true academic ability. From reading over the past few years of accepted/rejected threads it doesn't seem like there are a lot of undergrads with <3.9 GPA so it seems like wGPA is pretty important in the assessment process, at least for non-grad students.
  5. Wait, so, is there any point of writing an academic explanations essay if we already have weighting and a 3.8+ wGPA? From what you guys are saying it sounds like the most they'll do GPA-wise is bring someone up to full weighting if they didn't previously qualify.
  6. Seconding CBT! It's super helpful in confronting feelings of perfectionism, social anxiety, etc. In particular, try using a thought record (link to another sample worksheet + explanation of how to use it). Thought records really help facilitate that self-reflection piece and allow you to see things in a different light.
  7. Now that an April wave has gone out, is it safe to assume that those of us who haven't heard back yet are among the aforementioned competitive rejections?
  8. You seem like you've been super responsible and proactive in terms of study habits, and you should give yourself credit for that- it takes some people well into their 3rd/4th year to develop study habits like that. And, to echo what others have said, an 82 is a really strong grade in any first-year course, let alone an applied math course. Still, it's definitely disappointing when your grade doesn't match your goals. Few questions for you to think about: How have your marks been in other classes? Maybe there's something about calculus that just isn't jiving with you. However, if this is indicative of a more general pattern throughout your courses, you may want to look into revamping your studying and test prep strategies. In any event, it may be worth debriefing this with someone who's knowledgeable about this sort of thing: https://www.uwo.ca/sdc/learning/peer_assisted_learning/index.html Following from that, do you get really anxious/stressed before tests? That can be a significant detriment to performance, but there are lots of simple strategies to help mitigate test anxiety. Where/what are your actual errors? The great thing about math-based courses is that it's possible to go through the problems step by step and figure out exactly where your errors in judgement are, which can help you understand the logic behind those mistakes and prevent you from making similar ones in the future. Ask your TA/prof to go through your test with you to help see where those mistakes are. We all have off days sometimes! There are lots of factors that might have affected your performance on this exam and it's totally possible this was just a fluke. Again, look over your exam to understand what those mistakes were and why they happened. It might have been something as dumb as dropping a negative sign or misplacing a decimal. If you've been getting 100% on all the online assignments, I'm willing to bet there aren't huge gaps in your understanding of the material. Do you think you'd be as upset about your grade if your friend hadn't done as well as he had? I know it's frustrating and disillusioning, especially because he used your notes to help him get that grade. My advice is to put some metaphorical horse blinders on yourself and focus on doing as well as you can, and try not to get caught up in comparing yourself to your peers- comparing your "behind the scenes" to everyone else's highlight reel, etc. Take it from someone in 4th year- in general, the first years who breeze through tests/exams on raw ability (and/or luck) have a much tougher time in upper years, while the people who have been cultivating good study habits and time management skills are in a much better position when the material becomes more demanding. I know that doesn't make this particular experience any less frustrating/disappointing- just something to think about. It sounds like you put a hell of a lot of effort into studying for this test, and it sucks that it didn't pay off the way you hoped it would. But in response to your original question, it's entirely possible you haven't done anything "wrong" per se...until you look over the exam it's hard to know what advice to give. Try to remember that undergrad is a marathon, not a sprint, and that while an 82 is disappointing, it's still an objectively good grade that won't set you back. Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
  9. Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 5:25 PM EST cGPA/wGPA: 3.80 Year: 4th year undergrad MCAT: 30 (11 PS/9 VR/10 BS) ECs: Average-strong, filled all 48 spots (5 long-term work commitments, 2 years of research w/posters and pubs, intramural sports, published a novel, work with underprivileged youth, founder/president of multiple clubs, crisis hotline volunteer, academic scholarships, etc) Geography: IP Congratulations to everyone who got an invite!
  10. Does school have services for students with disabilities? Try talking to them about what you've been experiencing- it could be that you have an undiagnosed learning condition or mental health issue. I had this exact problem and spoke to a disability advisor, and long story short, I was diagnosed with a learning disability and got accommodations for tests/exams that allowed me to compensate for the LD, which prevented me from making stupid mistakes (and/or catching and fixing them before I handed in the exam). My GPA went from 3.6 --> 3.9+ after getting the accommodations. Feel free to PM me with any questions about accommodations or the assessment process!
  11. Can I ask what school follows this formula? Last I heard U of T did 60% GPA, 10% essays, 9% ABS and 21% letters.
  12. According to the OMSAS website: "All online banking payments...must be initiated by October 1, 2016." (emphasis mine) I'm like 99% sure you're good!
  13. Unfortunately, it's not included in this year's fee, so Mac applicants will have to pay the $125+50 (including taxes on the CASPER fee). Really sucks for us low-income applicants but what can you do. From the McMaster page on OMSAS:
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