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  1. I would agree with the above. There are no "premed" programs in Canada. You can get accepted with a music degree. However, I did BMSc at Western and I feel like it prepared me EXCEPTIONALLY well for medical school. There are people in my class who didn't go the same route (engineers for example) and they often mention that they struggle with some concepts or even full courses that I have already learned about while I was in undergrad
  2. One person I know who got the Schulich Scholarship found out while we were in the first week of the Blood Block. From what I remember that was the first or second week of October last year.
  3. There's 16 of the Schulich Scholarships given out each year (the 26K/year one)
  4. I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  5. This isn't relevant to this years cycle, but I had a conditional offer last year. Western doesn't officially take into account your EC's (they don't look at your ABS), and I didn't talk a lot about my EC's in my interview. My one year GPA was 3.99. I think it has to do a lot with how your interview goes.
  6. Hey everyone! I'm looking for 1 female roommate to join me in my house behind Sherwood Forest Mall. I am in my first year of medical school, and my 2 current roommates are both mature students/professionals as well. We are tidy, quiet, and not home very much. The room is available June 1st. Rent is $500+ utilities. Utilities include Hydro/Water/Heat, and typically come out to $40-60 each a month each. Internet is included in the base price. The house is just behind Sherwood Forest Mall (5-10 minute walk, or 2 minute drive to 2 gas stations, Food basics, McDonald's, Tim Hortons, BMO, TD, LCBO, Beer Store and a Starbucks down the road). Close to the 9 and 31 bus stops (2 minute walk) and about a 10 minute walk to Wonderland to hop on the 10 (or just transfer from the 9). The 31 will take you to Alumni Hall, and the 9 will take you downtown. There is a washer and dryer in the basement. The house has all new appliances and is super new and clean. Short term lease until end of August 2018 is an option if you need a place to stay for electives, or a full year lease. House is furnished, other than the bedrooms. We also will have 2 friendly cats. We are very flexible so please respond with any questions!
  7. I wore a purple-ish blazer to my interview to try to stand out, and my interviewers actually made a comment saying they liked it! We had a laugh about it, specifically because it was my Western interview. Who knows if it did anything, but I feel that it made me stand out.
  8. I mean, it might have. I really have no way of knowing. I would say it would have helped me with the CARS score if anything, rather than the GPA. No one really knows the calculation of who gets in after the interview. It could be that anyone who hits the cutoffs (3.7+ and all the MCAT categories) gets an interview and then all that matters is the interview after that. Or there could still be some weight and the interview only makes up a portion of your final score. I've known people with a lower GPA than you who have gotten in who weren't SWOMEN. I would just say try your best on the MCAT (if you haven't taken it already), and there's always the option of taking another year of this degree before you graduate to up your GPA a bit. Did you apply to this cycle? Or will you be applying in October?
  9. @infinity101 Of course! From what I can remember, I had a 3.99 GPA in my 4th year, which is the year I used for my application. I applied in my 5th year, so I knew I needed to get above a 3.7 that year or I was screwed for Western. My MCAT was 515: 130,126,129,130 (SWOMEN application, which is why I was fine with below 129 CARS). I tried to have a variety of EC's but I had no research. Had 3 academic reference letters from old professors. That's pretty much all I can think of right now, let me know if there's anything else specific that you would like to know!
  10. I would say you want to get comfortable talking about yourself, highlighting what's good about you, and try to be able to articulate what you gained from the EC's that you've done in the past. Try to get a sequence down for how you would consistently answer ethical questions. If you're in London right now, try the MMI practice sessions that Western runs. They were super helpful last year (even if you don't have an interview that's in MMI format). Here's the link. I think it was $5 per session last year and a lot of the people from Western who got in with me were at those sessions. http://success.uwo.ca/careers/events/multiple_mini_interviews_mmi.html . Message me if you have any other questions, I'd love to help
  11. Make sure you do the MMI practice sessions that Western runs. They were super helpful last year (even if you don't have an interview that's in MMI format). Here's the link. I think it was $5 per session last year and a lot of the people from Western who got in with me were at those sessions. http://success.uwo.ca/careers/events/multiple_mini_interviews_mmi.html
  12. I got in right off the bat to the London campus this year with a conditional offer!
  13. Cut offs get posted the day the interview invites go out!
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