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  1. I accepted my Western offer today! This was after deliberating for a few weeks over UofT, Queen's and UBC. All in all, I was attracted to the program because it was a good blend of both a big school and a small school (Big enough that there are a lot of specialties to shadow and clinical opportunities), but still had the tight-knight community relaxed vibe. I have a few friends at Schulich and they all very much enjoyed the program and people. My sister just graduated from UofT Medicine and she had some mixed feelings about it, especially year 3&4, so she kind of swayed me in the other direction a bit. Honestly, you're in such a good position so don't stress too much! You have good choices either way
  2. https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/05/25/mcmaster-moves-fall-semester-online-amid-covid-19.html "Health-care professional programs will be on campus, but can anticipate additional information from their programs." It's obvious at this point that all med schools across Canada will be online, with a few exceptions for small group interactions.
  3. -Reserving 1/4 of the seats for the online interviewees wouldn't be the fairest way of going about this. -It makes more sense to look at the scores from both in-person and online and see if there are any significant statistical differences in scoring, then make necessary adjustments to the scores. People assume that online interviewees are disadvantaged but this might not be the case, it could just as well be the other way around as there are many factors at play (ex. interviewers more sympathetic to the online interviewee's situation). Only by looking at the results can we ensure fairness to both groups of interviewees. -I am sure UofT has looked at data in the past and found no significant differences between interview dates and offers made. (I.e. there is an even distribution of offers made across all interview dates). Therefore, 1/4 of the seats are basically already being offered to those interviewing on the 28th/29th. Setting a quota likely won't change the numbers much - maybe only a couple of seats. -This is coming from someone who hasn't heard back from UofT and likely will get an R, as I have two years in a row. -I know that this is a stressful time for all involved because it's all up in the air. I'd be lying if this COVID-19 thing hasn't stressed me out. Let's all however try to remain calm, take a step back before reacting, and trust that admissions will make the best well-informed decision going forward in a logical and fair manner.
  4. Whew that's actually good news all things considered. Mac canceling all interviews isn't really sitting well
  5. I don't think you need to fill it out if you're done school. I think it's more a place to explain if you had gaps in your undergrad studies. "Ummmm.....I'm not attending college or university because I respect myself too much"
  6. Thanks for the help! Is that the case? On the dal site it says "For all of the above assessments, you must meet the stated minimum GPA requirement for the applicant category you are applying in, in EACH year being assessed. GPAs from each year of study are then averaged to determine your overall GPA." I thought that this meant they took an "average of averages." Would it not then be better for me to use my best 3 years (years 2, 4, 5) which goes (3.9 + 3.7 + 3.8)/3 = 3.8 overall GPA?
  7. The wording on the Dal site regarding their GPA assessment is confusing me a little. I'm finished my degree, and I did 5 years --> Do they take the 2 most consecutive senior years (i.e. year 4 and 5) --> Or do they take the best 3 years? (for me: Years 2, 4, and 5) Year 1: 3.6 Year 2: 3.9 Year 3: 3.6 Year 4: 3.66 (Does this round to 3.7?) Year 5: 3.8 Do I even qualify to apply? I'm OOP so the minimum is 3.7
  8. I'm still confused on their policy towards graduate degrees. Let's say you have two applicants with Master's degrees, both are conferred already. One is course-based and one is research-based. Would they weigh those two graduate degrees in the same way? In the June 27 livestream, they only addressed how these two are assessed differently if you are applying before the degree is conferred (Course based master's means you're still in the undergraduate pool, basically, if you haven't completed it)
  9. The dude had 4 YEARS to come up with what he was going to say during testimony, but he still messed it up: "there was a boy and a girl pa – lying on the mattress on the floor." He began to say that they were "passed out." The judge picked up on it and he effectively dug his own grave by saying that.
  10. The benefit of opting out is that you have more control of what information about yourself you give to these plagiarism checking companies. With personal data leaks across pretty much every social media site, banking institution, and consumer service platform, it's better to be safe than sorry. For example, if somebody details in their essay personal medical histories or sensitive information, they probably don't want that information floating around out there attached to their name. You never know what sort of information about you is exchanged, sold, or used behind the scenes. I highly disagree with the notion that the admissions committee would view opting-out as suspicious and that it negatively impacts your application. It would be absolutely ridiculous if that were the case. The fact that universities even give you the option of opting-out demonstrates to me that they know this system is ethically ambiguous at best.
  11. Really interesting! I have a concern where one of my verifiers for a high-yield activity (4000+ hours) doesn't really speak English that well and might be confused if put on the spot with a phone call.. (I provided both e-mail and phone number) Do you guys think that if the admissions committee contacted them, and subsequently had doubts to the activity because of the language barrier, if they would give me a chance to clarify before completely disregarding the activity? This is really stressing me out haha.
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