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  1. me neither... I'm actually kind of glad because I can't try and over analyse it now
  2. couldn't say it better myself! I also go to one of the 'notorious' lifesci programs but I actually am glad I did. I feel like when you're in a really competitive environment its more motivating-I am always so impressed by how hard everyone works and how much the people here care about their studies. Is it more work to keep a high GPA? Maybe, but I wouldn't go to a different school given the choice because I am happy to be here, as are the vast majority of students in my program despite it's reputation
  3. like you said, it's getting harder to get in every year. Choose the school you would be happiest at, and that way if you don't happen to get into med school (and not I'm not saying you won't), you won't have spent 4 years at a school or in a program you didn't like, for the sole purpose of possible increasing your chances of getting in to med school by some tiny percentage.
  4. haha well if it makes you feel any better I might be stuck ON anyways because of their weighting schemes-I had an iffy first year and Dal's website doesn't say anything about weighting/GPA needed etc, so I was wondering if anyone knew!
  5. Do any of you happen to know what kind of average it usually takes to get an interview at Dal? (for maritime applicants)
  6. I found myself in a similar position to you-the issue with loans (when your family is poor) is that the loan still assumes a minimal parent contribution of min.7,000per year, at least in my province. Now, like you I can't ask my parents to give me that-they simply cou;dn't given their salary. It would put my family well below the poverty line but somehow the goverment feels like thats ok.... In the end, I'm finding ways around it. Here's what I've done in case it's of any help: -don't go straight to university, I did grade 12 part time for 2 years while working 40hrs/week, and 60+ in the summers. The trick here is you remain a full-time student when applying to uni so you still get scholarships (better than taking a gap year). you also get more working time. So there's years 1-2 of undergrad. -tutor, mow lawns, babysit, and any other form of non-taxable work. I.e. the goverment doesn't know, so it doesn't get taken off your loans -now that you've made it through years 1/2, time to be an RA seriously one of the best things I did-I love it, and I live and have a meal plan for free! in the end, it's very tough, but I'm making it through so far without taking anything from my parents. The hardest part is coming up with the money to actually apply next year, but I'm hoping to have enough by the end of the summer It really is doable though, so if it's your dream don't let guilt stop you. I know the feeling well. And just think, when you're a full doctor you'll be able to help them financially
  7. I agree with this 100%, I'm looking forward to the (hopeful) day when I get accepted and know that i'll finally be on the same financial path as everyone else. I've had to fund my entire undergrad because my family is low income and I can't accept any money from them. They need it more-I can get student loans. But those dont over the summer months, and the cost of the MCAT last year, and applications next year makes me scared because my student loan is MUCH less generous than OSAP, and doesn't cover extra's.I did take a year to work before starting undergrad, but once the interest on my savings was seen by student loans they denied me a loan this year to force me to spend it all on my tuition. There's so many barriers-working during school, MCAT studying, it's all working against you and never for you :S I'm still in shock over that 140,000 average though...... I wish schools would see this as a wake up call and implement something like the FAP program for americans *I apologize for the rant. its stressful subject
  8. you'll be fine. I had a 3.3 (yep...) in my first year. It sucks-I had to work like crazy and still feel like the 'stupid kid' no matter how many A+s I get. But I've had a 3.95+ in every year since and I'll be (hopefully) graduating with a 3.8cGPA, 3.97ish for the last 2 years. But if I don't get in (1 interview) this year, then I'll reapply next year (once they can use my 4th year grades) and that first year (yep it was calc that got me to...) will be history. Or close enough. So long story short, work your butt off next year and you're fine. The MCAT can help too.
  9. no need to belittle. getting accepted into university is not an easy path for everyone and does not deserve your mockery.
  10. check out the pdf (somewhere's online, just google canadian med stats) that's got all the stats for different schools from last year. It essesntially makes no difference where you're IP, with the exception of ON
  11. http://imgur.com/gallery/3Bsf7 this describes the socio-economic/rural thing pretty well
  12. it's all a game and you just need to learn to play it well
  13. As someone who swtiched majors 3 times before deciding, I can say there's a lot less difference in difficulty than people seem to think. I've been a chem, bio, biochem major and I honestly had to work the same in either program to get 90's. They are all very different-chem is harder math, concepts. But the amount of time it took me to memorize everything (literally...) in bio was as long as a massive chem lab. I just find people in some programs like to complain more
  14. You forgot the east coast! But unless you are a resident, Dal and MUN are pretty tough with limited OOP seats. But the MCAT cutoffs are low if that is the issue and everything else is great
  15. what science student hasn't experienced this....
  16. Exactly, the Ottawa 3.94 is true for non-ontario It's actually listed on their website as another category-besides OOO, and the stats are gone from their site now but I looked at the cutoff was listed as a 3.91 this year, as a minimum. I know because I have literally identical stats to this person (also NS) and I'm not applying to Ottawa next year since it's a lost cause
  17. Yes I was thinking for along how would it compare in terms of prep time/difficulty to MCAT sciences-I worked full time when I did that but being in school during the DAT time seems way tougher. I was thinking to tackling PAT in late August and then brushing up on my sciences in october
  18. thanks for the advice! Good to know about the bio section
  19. Totally doable, I'm by no means naturally gifted at this kind of thing and scored >30 while doing NSERC and volunteering on weekends. Just find what works. Personally, I'm a morning person (and I went to the lab at 9am), so I'd study from 6:30-8:30 in the morning because I was more productive than after work when I was tired. Then I just did a couple more hours at night! and Still got to play intermurals and (mildy) enjoy my summer
  20. It seems like you've gotten a lot of negative comments about being privleged to do this-but I wanted to say thanks for posting this. As someone who also comes from a poor family but it considering the US if I can't get in here, it's nice to see someone else who isn't (actually) privledged financially finding a way to finance a US education and pursue their goals congrats by the way
  21. thanks! I was thinking that PAT seems to be more of a skill rather then memorization, I was thinking of taking a look at it near the end of summer break so I don't have to study so much during the term, since it doesn't seem like something you'd forget how to do entirely?
  22. For anyone who's written both-how much time would you recommend studying for the DAT (during undergrad, next Nov) having written the MCAT recently if you had 12/13 on those sciences? And how much time does PAT/RC stuff take?
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