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  1. I wouldn't risk it as you would only gain Western if you get a 128, but there is always the downside of wasting all that time to get a similar score or even worse. I would use the rest of the summer to focus on your apps and study for casper. If you choose to rewrite, make sure you can absolutely do better in CARs. You could practice CARs and do a few practice tests from AAMC to see if you are consistently getting 128+. Keep in mind that you would have to write the MCAT ASAP as the summer is half over. Also, Dalhousie would need you to submit casper near the end of summer (which would also require you to submit to other schools that use casper such as alberta, ottawa, mac). This would be hectic as you would have to grind for MCAT and casper and work on med apps. Alternatively, don't apply to Dal and study for the casper test in October and rock it for the other schools.
  2. So its gonna be green then Cause all the other backpacks have a green tinge to the zipper
  3. Coming from a low income background, I was one of those that did the bare minimum for volunteering (I went once a month during certain periods of time, but I wasn't a burden to the program). However, I spent all of my summers working full-time, worked part-time during school, did co-op, etc just to have enough money to finance my living expenses and tuition. Volunteering is a privilege in itself if your parents can help finance your education. I had to bust my ass working 9-5 pm, then study the MCAT from 5-11pm during the summer to compete against other students that had the luxury of not working jobs while volunteering modestly over the summer to study for the MCAT. At the end of the day, I think it was my extensive amount of job experiences that helped me grab some med interviews. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and I am sure the amount of involvement/care that they put into their work is reflected into their application. Ie) If Applicant X only did 50 hours vs. Applicant Y that did 500 hours, I am sure the volunteer coordinator would write a much better and tailored reference letter for Applicant Y...
  4. They told me that only the Passport Infinite has the promotion (30,000 points = $300 if I spend $1000 in the first 3 months), but you have to activate the card ASAP before July 1 for this promotion. They said I wouldn't get the AMEX promotion (15,000 points =$150 if I spend $1000 in the first 3 months) since they cant stack promotions from multiple credit cards.
  5. I just got it set up recently, and I agree its $600 total ($300 for completing the Scotio One cheqing account https://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/personal/bank-accounts/chequing-accounts/scotiaone-chequing-account.html and $300 for completing the Infinite Passport Visa card https://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/personal/credit-cards/visa/passport-infinite-card.html#modal-a55fb01c-9059-429e-9247-1579c5fe1d79)
  6. I emailed my school MD team for the letter of enrollment. Used this http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/common/pdf/personal_banking/Scotiabank_SPSP_representative_English.pdf Just call the representative and tell them what location you are from. They can refer you to someone who is experienced with med LOC near you.
  7. Result: Accepted to London campus! Timestamp: May 14 9:37 AM 2 yr GPA: 4.0 MCAT: 130/128/128/129 Interview: Felt really good, connected really well with my panel. Geography: non-SWOMEN Will most likely be accepting McMaster
  8. Result: Rejected Timestamp: 8:44am 2YRGPA: 4.0 MCAT: 515 EC: Interesting and long term Geography: IP Interview: Felt like I didn't really answer the questions for some MMIs. For panel, the interviewers were stone-faced and asked tough questions. Overall, felt horrible. This was my first interview so I walked out right after and had to really go ham on MMI/panel prep for my other interviews. Year: Last year of masters
  9. Status: Accepted (Hamilton) Timestamp: 7:48AM Geography: IP cGPA: 3.77 CARS: 128 Year: Master's Casper: felt decent, typing speed: 70 words per minute, some questions I ran out of time, several typos all over the place. I prepped by doing it with friends and discussing our answers. This helped me the most as I learned to consider so many different perspectives which I could use on the actual test MMI: Out of the 10 stations, felt great for 5 stations, 4 felt average, completely bombed 1 (I misinterpreted the prompt and it was a disaster during F/U questions). However, I heard Mac drops your highest and lowest station so this worked out well. Mainly posting this to encourage people that might have lower GPAs and CARS scores. This is my second time applying. The first cycle I didn't get a single interview, so don't give up! I was on the waitlist and got the invite a few weeks before my interview, so I was surprised to get the acceptance due to my low pre-interview score. Definitely recommend prepping online with strangers or with friends and try to simulate the MMI as much as possible!
  10. Result: Accepted Geography: OOP GPA: 3.89 MCAT: 515 (130/128/128/129) Degree: MSc (final year) E.C: President of two clubs, 3 years hospital volunteering, 3 years research (co-op & summers), musician for 10+ years Interview: First time interviewing at Calgary and I had a great time! Everyone was friendly and eager to listen to you and I felt great throughout the MMI and panel! Will decline if I get accepted to Ontario schools as I prefer studying close to home
  11. Agreed, one of my friends did that. Apply to UBC, you get interview invites in December. If you get interview, take the English courses online (prob easier) and get it done during the Winter term. If not, don't take English.
  12. At the end of the day your GPA is worth a third of your interview score. Still depends on MCAT CARS section (1/3) and CASPER (1/3). So what's your MCAT CARS score? Here's my own personal experience: I had a 3.70 GPA /128 CARS didn't get interview. This year I had a 3.77/128, got on the waitlist, and finally got the interview two weeks before the interview date. I think my GPA definitely helped me get that little boost to getting on the interview waitlist, but again, who knows how well you can do on the CASPER? I could've improved signficantly on the CASPER (I spent a lot of time preparing for it this year). Also, I know people that had 3.95 GPAs and 130 CARS that didn't get an interview...so anything can happen.
  13. Could it be last year? There were 639 interviewees as opposed to 600. https://applymd.utoronto.ca/admission-stats
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