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  1. I think being genuine is the main thing. No matter what personality you have, you will get along better with some types of preceptors, and less so with others. An outgoing happy-go-lucky person can come across as immature or annoying to a stoic preceptor just as a calm collected introvert can come across as stuck up to a more jovial attending. Learning how to deal with preceptors that you don't naturally mesh with is a skill in itself. I'd argue that outgoing students being annoying/putting their foots in their mouths would be a worse outcome than a quieter student not laughing at every joke. This is of course assuming both students are equally effective team contributors.
  2. Thanks for the quick replies! I'm currently interested in Addictions, Geriatrics, Personality disorders, and Psychotherapy. As these are all large aspects of the field, are there any programs that you all think rise to the top in these respective aspects or will they all be more than adequately addressed in most schools? How much does "home school advantage" apply to fellowships compared to where you do your residency? What are the "most competitive" residencies to get into? ( I imagine Toronto, BC, Calgary are up there) Thanks for any and all responses to the above
  3. What are some pros/cons (outside of geography) of some of the psych programs in Canada? I hear Toronto, BC, Calgary, and Manitoba are "good", but good for what specific reasons? Any particular strengths (ie. geriatric, addictions, psychotherapy) of these or other programs? Thanks!
  4. Yep, got an 85 off mostly the final. Definitely more a reflective writing-heavy course and my experience/aptitude towards that helped, but the best part is that you don't have to go to class except for the lecture where the prof gives a bonus piece of info to those in attendance to bump up their exam mark. You can get that through networking though.
  5. On this subject, what do you have to bring with you to meet with advisors? A printout of an "Offer"email, a receipt of deposit/enrollment confirmation, or do I have to wait for my police record to be cleared?
  6. Hey, Does anyone have any insight as to what areas are like /pros and cons to each living area in Windsor? I've read the housing booklet but wanted to solicit a bit more advice from those who've attended or been to Windsor. I was leaning towards staying Downtown and commuting via car, or on campus. I like having easy access to food, the Gym, and class for the campus side of things, but would save on cab rides and get more of the big city vibe if I stayed downtown. Also if I stayed in Residence/on campus, I may get annoyed at the youthful and carefree undergrads, but also may make many more friends. Anyone wrestling with this same living issue?
  7. Never taken it so, take my recommendation with a grain of salt, but all the people I've known who've taken it said it was an easy humanities.(Edit: Actually an Arts course, I did my Psychs for Humanities). Do you read fiction/ in general for fun? Seems like the "homework" could be enjoyable if so. '
  8. Took it with another prof, heard it got a bit more difficult but still nothing hard to grasp, just memorizing. Also second 2300, It's the history of sport so if you're into that it has much more in common with ancient athletic competitions than Zeus and Hercules. 2300 is a full year, 1.0, 4 non-cumulative exams pretty easy to get 2 90/85+s on your script (with that 1.0 weighting). Any Psychology courses that are non-cumulative and/or all MC exams are generally easy unless notably not (Never took Drugs and behaviour, people seem to be intimidated by that large amount of T/F). Let us know about other specific courses you have in mind and we can let you know what we thought of them/ specific info. One big note though; courses change, the syllabus is the best information source as it may differ from the ones we had.
  9. Yeah take this seriously, this could be your future after all.. BUT enough of the reprimanding; UWO's 2 year calculation requires a 5.0/semester load in those two years as well. If you don't get answers here, try each schools sub-board and look for a "WGPA Question??" thread, there should be plenty. all the best
  10. Because of the conversational tone, it's easy to overanalyze this interview once you're done. A common thought process I've had aligned with that classic "What are my chances" sticky; Confident walking out, then crippling doubt, and further oscillations between the two. It's out of your hands, enjoy the new freedom from appraisal. Also in case there is even one premed out there worrying; Western vs UWO is a branding thing, it shouldn't influence any decisions (others feel free to correct this thinking).
  11. Hey MM, Like others have said your self awareness and apparent willingness to persevere are great assets that shouldn't go undervalued. I also agree that a second degree is your best shot at maximizing your shot at multiple schools in multiple regions, but adding on a 5th year should your 4th year be successful is also an option along with re-writing the MCAT between those two years (Not sure what a relative good score is on the new cat so excuse my ignorance if yours is stellar). Positivity Perseverence Perspiration; pick your platitudes
  12. Never enough (Coming from 60 lb dumbbells but still)
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