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    pixie094 got a reaction from helicase in "Best" MCAT   
    I’d like to think that they would pick the MCAT score that meets all section cutoffs or gives you the highest file score.
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Maryxz in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Calypsoo in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from starmay in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Nidhogg in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from ballercat in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from DrOtter in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Medi_27 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    I guess there was a wave today?!
    TIME STAMP: 1:35pm EST
    Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1st, 2020 (MD)
    Result: Invite
    wGPA:  3.96
    MCAT: 517
    ECs: Diverse and strong I think. However, they weren't good enough to get UBC or Calgary OOP. PM for details. 
    Essays: I thought about them for most of the Summer, but didn't start until a few days before the deadline. After making mistakes with these essays in previous cycles, I think what helped me this year is making sure that my essays were actually personal and demonstrated that I learned something from the experiences I discussed in them. 
    Year: Second year MSc. So I suppose I'm in the graduate stream
    Geography: IP
    After a MCAT rewrite and four straight rejections this cycle, it's a blessing  to be given the opportunity to interview at my dream med school! Best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear back about interviews! 
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    pixie094 reacted to rmorelan in Next round of invites   
    common fear and it is natural to basically over think everything 
    but I think you don't have to worry about that - first they check for that bias I am sure regularly as all schools do (you would be amazed at the checks that go on). You know you obscessed we collectively are at checking everything regarding our applications - well imagine that personality 10 years from now when you are in charge of the admission system. 
    Second if they find they have more applicants that qualify than expected etc they simply create new interview weekends - this has happened in the past. There is no limit effectively on the number of available interview spots, just a limit on the number of seats for the class at the end. They never become more picky. They are picky enough as it is
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    pixie094 reacted to erythrocyte in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2018   
    Not to sound rude, but the previous interview invite thread for UoT was already deleted because of people posting things other than their invite or regret. 
    For the benefit of people this year, and for future applicants looking to see when people received invites, can we please keep this strictly about invites/regrets and save your questions for other threads?
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Dr_dreaming in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Is anyone else finding it hard to stay motivated as a re-applicant? I just find that as the days pass by during this cycle, I become less confident in my application. I suppose I should provide a little exposition.
    I first applied two years ago to Ontario schools. Luckily I scored an interview at Toronto, but was rejected in the end. The following cycle, I reapplied with a higher cGPA/wGPA, more items on my ABS, more long term commitments on my ABS, more effort put into my essays, etc. In short, I felt that if anything, my application was overall stronger than the first year. However, I did not score an interview, despite being rejected from Toronto a few days before the last interview date, which makes me feel as if my application was being held on some sort of interview waitlist in case someone cancelled last minute... 
    I guess what bothers me most is that with each year that passes, I feel more discouraged. My fear is that the interview I got in my first application cycle was my one chance to get in, and I didn't seize it... I do hope that third time is the charm for me, especially for Toronto. It is my dream school In any case, I will still keep trying to improve myself and my application, and re-applying each year, as medicine is my goal and passion. However, one does begin to wonder if they are cut out for it as each application cycle occurs and passes. 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from barc16 in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Is anyone else finding it hard to stay motivated as a re-applicant? I just find that as the days pass by during this cycle, I become less confident in my application. I suppose I should provide a little exposition.
    I first applied two years ago to Ontario schools. Luckily I scored an interview at Toronto, but was rejected in the end. The following cycle, I reapplied with a higher cGPA/wGPA, more items on my ABS, more long term commitments on my ABS, more effort put into my essays, etc. In short, I felt that if anything, my application was overall stronger than the first year. However, I did not score an interview, despite being rejected from Toronto a few days before the last interview date, which makes me feel as if my application was being held on some sort of interview waitlist in case someone cancelled last minute... 
    I guess what bothers me most is that with each year that passes, I feel more discouraged. My fear is that the interview I got in my first application cycle was my one chance to get in, and I didn't seize it... I do hope that third time is the charm for me, especially for Toronto. It is my dream school In any case, I will still keep trying to improve myself and my application, and re-applying each year, as medicine is my goal and passion. However, one does begin to wonder if they are cut out for it as each application cycle occurs and passes. 
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    pixie094 reacted to Olaf in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Hey, successful re-applicant here! The first time I applied, I got rejected everywhere and the second time I applied, I only scored a single interview (which thankfully was all I needed). As a non-trad applicant, I felt so frustrated after the first cycle and was feeling pretty hopeless after my second time applying but one thing that helped me was reminding myself that each year I applied, my application got stronger as I was adding more ABS items, had more experience with the MCAT/Casper/essays, etc. Unfortunately, there is a huge element of luck here as you can't control what the pool of applicants that you are up against looks like but just like it can work against you one year, it can work in your favour the next - I only got my interview at Western because their MCAT cut offs dropped for my second cycle! Use your determination and passion for becoming a doctor to push you and continue to build on yourself each year - try to identify where your areas of weakness are in your application and work to fix them.
    As long as you persevere, you have a chance! One time when I was feeling pretty hopeless, a colleague told me about a friend of hers to applied ELEVEN times before getting accepted. If you can get an interview once, you can get an interview again, just keep going!
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    pixie094 got a reaction from attempt2 in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Not knowing what you will be doing the following year, and having friends get in and move on to med without you is definitely hard to deal with. However, just try to focus on doing whatever you can, whether you're back at school or working/volunteering during a "gap" year, to improve yourself as an applicant, but also more importantly as a person.
    As for my references, they stayed the same between my first two apps. This current cycle, only one of my three has changed. I believe the two that have stayed throughout my applications are strong references, so I do not believe it is a matter of my LORs not being strong enough. One reference did wait until the last minute to submit last year however, so that may have been a factor... nonetheless, that reference has been changed for this current cycle. 
    What you really need to analyze is how strong your non-academic admissions criteria are. In an application population that is always increasing in terms of academic achievement, great GPAs and MCAT scores don't really help people stand out anymore. It's really the components of your application that will decide if you interview or not (depending on the school).
    I believe the main difference between my first year application (to U of T) and my second year one was the quality of my essays and 3 ABS statements. While I think they were written stronger and better in terms of writing in my second application year, they likely were less personal, and didn't hit the 4 clusters as well as my first year applications ones (I think). I am quite happy with mine this current cycle though. A lot of work went into them, and they underwent many revisions, so my fingers are crossed. 
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    pixie094 reacted to attempt2 in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    I feel you, for most of us who receive more rejections than interview invites it becomes really taxing when you don't even know what you'll be doing next year + when you see all your friends get in and feel left behind..
    I'm just curious though, in-between your two applications did you change your references? I'm worried since I got an interview at UofT last year but am fearing the worst as I know a few people who didn't get repeat interviews despite a stronger app.. mine didn't even change that much
     
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    pixie094 reacted to Captrex_501stlegion in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Definitely know how you feel. In my case I have written the MCAT 3 times and the last time i scored 128+ in bio, cars, psych only to score 122 in p/s. Each year I apply and i rewrite the MCAT while my friends get acceptances. it really is tough but at the end of the day you need to remind yourself why you are doing this and to use the time to improve not only your application but to improve yourself as a person so when you do get that acceptance, you are a better person than when you started out! Also, take solace in the fact that you are not alone and you have others also in this struggle!
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Heisenberg_ in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    I am sorry to hear about the rejection from UBC. It's never a pleasant feeling. But you are right, every failure is a learning experience and a motivation to improve. Try to stay positive! You said that you had opportunities last cycle, so I'm assuming you had multiple interviews. Although UBC didn't work out this year, you may very likely get another chance at the other schools you interviewed at last year. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you
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    pixie094 got a reaction from Heisenberg_ in Staying Motivated as a Re-Applicant   
    Is anyone else finding it hard to stay motivated as a re-applicant? I just find that as the days pass by during this cycle, I become less confident in my application. I suppose I should provide a little exposition.
    I first applied two years ago to Ontario schools. Luckily I scored an interview at Toronto, but was rejected in the end. The following cycle, I reapplied with a higher cGPA/wGPA, more items on my ABS, more long term commitments on my ABS, more effort put into my essays, etc. In short, I felt that if anything, my application was overall stronger than the first year. However, I did not score an interview, despite being rejected from Toronto a few days before the last interview date, which makes me feel as if my application was being held on some sort of interview waitlist in case someone cancelled last minute... 
    I guess what bothers me most is that with each year that passes, I feel more discouraged. My fear is that the interview I got in my first application cycle was my one chance to get in, and I didn't seize it... I do hope that third time is the charm for me, especially for Toronto. It is my dream school In any case, I will still keep trying to improve myself and my application, and re-applying each year, as medicine is my goal and passion. However, one does begin to wonder if they are cut out for it as each application cycle occurs and passes. 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from MunHeon H. in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I spoke to admissions again today, for an unrelated reason to my call with them on Thursday. Without me inquiring about it, the lady on the phone mentioned that some invites will be sent out until the end of this week, with some files held on to in case of cancellations. This sparked some follow up questions on my end. When I asked her when we can expect to receive notice, she said most likely closer to the end of the week. So maybe we'll hear back on Thirsday or Friday? I'm expecting invites Thursday, and regrets Friday. I was also told that the ad coms have nearly completed all file reviews with only a few left to review/finish. So I'd expect file reviews to either finish up today or tomorrow, and then we will be informed following that. So with that all being said, it's likely we'll be in limbo for the next couple days, so try to stay positive and good luck everyone!
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    pixie094 got a reaction from anbessa21 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I spoke to admissions again today, for an unrelated reason to my call with them on Thursday. Without me inquiring about it, the lady on the phone mentioned that some invites will be sent out until the end of this week, with some files held on to in case of cancellations. This sparked some follow up questions on my end. When I asked her when we can expect to receive notice, she said most likely closer to the end of the week. So maybe we'll hear back on Thirsday or Friday? I'm expecting invites Thursday, and regrets Friday. I was also told that the ad coms have nearly completed all file reviews with only a few left to review/finish. So I'd expect file reviews to either finish up today or tomorrow, and then we will be informed following that. So with that all being said, it's likely we'll be in limbo for the next couple days, so try to stay positive and good luck everyone!
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    pixie094 reacted to Chenin-blanc-fanatic in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I called admissions today as well. She told me that they are still sending out invites for the April 8/9 spots and should expect to hear between now and the 31st of March. I don't want to read to much into her tone of voice and go all Nancy Drew up in here, but she did have a positive tone. Hang in there guys. I know it's a long, long, long, long ... long process, but I feel as if the detailed file review system that Toronto has really does give all candidates that go through the review process an equitable chance. 
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    pixie094 reacted to northpole15 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    Thank you pixie094! Your post has renewed my enthusiasm and hope! 
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    pixie094 got a reaction from aray623 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I have a feeling that by the end of either today or tomorrow, our fates will be known.
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    pixie094 got a reaction from anbessa21 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I have a feeling that by the end of either today or tomorrow, our fates will be known.
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    pixie094 got a reaction from anbessa21 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2017   
    I think if you read your own words, then you should still feel confident about your file being reviewed fairly this late in the cycle compared to someone who has their's reviewed earlier. The ad coms and file reviewers very likely try to review each application as equally and objectively as possible and make conscious efforts to commit to that (just as you do). Also, U of T has interview spots that are still open because they review files so late into the cycle. I'm sure that the amount of spots they have left open for this file review batch is relative to all other file review batches at any point in the cycle. If not, then the randomized process would be unjust and if that was the case, I doubt it would be the method U of T would go about application review.
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