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  1. It is COMMON for the 'high' Wait List at UWO to clear. However, it is not guaranteed. It is possible that more people decide to go to Western this year than previous years. This situation has occurred in a cycle. Therefore, if you were to reject your offer of acceptance, I would say you would be taking a risk and could possibly end up without an acceptance at the end of the day. If I were in your situation, I would accept the offer on the table. As the old saying goes, "Better one in the hand than two in the bush."
  2. "ramadan is coming soon, you are blessed to get in don't worry"
  3. Your GPA is very impressive. Although you are worried about your ECs, I would actually say that they are spectacular and would probably be somewhat unique to your application. If you do well on the MCAT, you have a relatively strong chance of submitting a winning application. Best of luck.
  4. Hey friend, don't feel bad for asking questions. We're all on the same team! I'm sorry to hear that your grades aren't up to your standards. I would love to give you advice, however, I must ask: which school do you go to? People experience hardships in many different ways. It is part of life. Getting bad grades when you really want good ones can be devastating. However, it seems that you really improved after your first semester; your overall average was about 13% higher! Maybe you can bring it up even more by changing your study techniques or optimizing your schedule?
  5. No, it is not. I sincerely hope that you receive good news! And may the wait be less grueling for everyone still waiting.
  6. you better get the sun screen on because it looks like you're going carrib
  7. It's pretty easy, isn't it? I don't think getting name changes on this forum happens very often...
  8. waitlist timestamp: 8:35am gpa: good cars: good oop interview: felt great coming out, but with time I really started to doubt many of my responses best of luck all!
  9. Yes, generally it doesn't matter what courses you're taking. The one exception I can think of from the top of my head is Toronto, where if you apply after 2nd year, the majority of your 3rd year must consist of upper level courses.
  10. waitlist (good) | edit: apparently there's no good waitlist or bad waitlist, damn timestamp: 7:37 am gpa: good stream: english ECs: mediocre according to my U of A app and other rejections interview: the first part went VERY poorly, but I think I was able to keep my composure bless up
  11. No problem at all. Thank you for being courteous. My original post was targeted towards someone who absolutely just wants to get into medical school and nothing else. If you choose to stay in engineering, that is your choice. But, once again, you are going to have to work harder than most in order to achieve a reasonable GPA. If you are to do so however, it would be all the more impressive, and I think that your engineering background would set you up for tremendous research opportunities in biomedical engineering. In terms of your ECs, they are good for someone who just finished first year. Use you summers to your advantage by building your CV/resume. Do things that you enjoy. Work on yourself as a person. Continue volunteering and working part time throughout the term. Perhaps join a club or two with minimal time commitments that also look good on paper. Get a leadership position in your degree's student society. Perhaps in one of your summers, if possible, get a job in research. That way, if the topic does come up in an interview or essay, you'll be able to spin your engineering background with your research experience. If working as an undergraduate summer student at your institution is very difficult, at least try to volunteer. I think that it is widely known that engineering is difficult, so if you have the opportunity to bring it up and talk about it in your applications, I think it will really work out to your benefit. ECs in medical school applicants aren't exactly an exact science -- mileage may vary among applications. Do things that you enjoy and do not wait for opportunities to come to you. Make your own luck.
  12. It goes without saying that a good GPA goes a long way in medical school applications. So, in some ways, you are disadvantaged at schools that look at all years of your undergraduate degree. That being said, to answer your question, no, your chances are not blown. There are a variety of schools that have GPA weighing policies that may benefit you greatly, provided you do better in your next few years. I suggest doing your own research on each school in order to figure out which one you may have a shot at. You need to be real with yourself. Medical school admission policies are becoming more and more strict as the applicant pool becomes more and more competitive. If you are seriously considering medical school, you need to really improve your performance. Engineering is not a joke. Changing programs may dramatically change your performance. Almost all Canadian medical schools do not assess the degree of difficulty of their applicants' programs. It is not to your benefit to remain in a difficult one. Cut your losses and move on. I understand that engineering is a very attractive plan B, but think of it like an optimisation problem; if you have too much going for your plan B, your plan A of medical school may suffer. Your ECs are looking okay so far, but they need some work. Obviously, however, before your ECs are even assessed, your GPA is considered. You do not want to have good ECs and get screened out of applications because of a low GPA. Again, engineering is quite difficult -- if you were to switch to an easier program, you would have more time to work on them. For reference, out of McMaster's currently roughly ~630 medical students, 6 hail from an engineering background. That's less than 1%. For engineers it is possible but improbable.
  13. I definitely agree with the author's viewpoint. Definitely a very well-written and well-presented article. That being said, I do not agree with some of the recommendations set out by the author. I think that his admiration for the humanities has biased his conclusion. I think requiring medical students to study humanities in order to understand their own entitlement is a bit overboard. Rather, medical schools and educators should adopt different attitudes towards teaching, as the author so eloquently described in the article. Two things about medical school always stood out to me as extremely arrogant: the white coat ceremony and the same-colored backpacks adorning medical students. I understand the white coat ceremony is a celebration; an opportunity to revel in the accomplishment of entering medical school. However, at least from a public viewpoint, the ceremony does not include the much-needed caveat that these students understand practicing medicine typically requires inordinate amounts of responsibility. The white coat ceremony gives many new students the opportunity to brag about entering medical school. I think this is harmful for both students and the public alike. For students, the effect is as described in the article -- learners that feel that they've 'made it' and are above reproach. For students who were denied entrance or are yet to be admitted, a toxic sense of envy can manifest. The public can develop a sense of distrust for students who present themselves as being of a different social class. In essence, no one likes a bragger. Medical students should not feel that they are superior to others. The same-colored backpacks remind me of the jackets "jocks" wore back in high school. Everything about it screams elitism. In some medical school admissions videos, medical students will literally flaunt their backs in front of the camera, almost like a sign that says, "YEAH, once you're in our club, you get to wear these exclusive cool backpacks too! And everyone on campus will respect you because it means you're a medical student!" Medical students should aim to be the most self-effacing students on campus. Sure, it allows one to approach their studies with an open mind. But, more central to this discussion, it also allows students to approach everyone else they meet with an open mind too. That way, when students start treating their own patients, respect and cooperation are things that come naturally. Being humble is not just an admired character trait because of normative approval, but rather because of the very real consequences that accompany alternatives.
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