Hello, this is my second post regarding my chances of making it into UBC med.
When I wrote my first post a little over a year ago, I had finished up to third year undergrad and now a year later I've graduated with my B.Sc. I submitted an application last cycle to UBC just to gauge and see where I stood in terms of competitiveness, and unfortunately was rejected pre-interview (TFR<40). The news stung quite a bit but I'm unsure if I was completely surprised with my score. Instead I told myself I'd work harder and smarter both in school and with extracurriculars in order to build on what I had at the time. I have also calculated my aGPA (including 4th year) to be 84.1%, which I know is still quite below the traditional average of accepted students over the years. I re-took my MCAT last year since my old MCAT score was about to expire and got a 513 (125 CARS). In terms of my EC activities, comparing myself to a lot of the other applicants that have generously posted their ECs, I don't have any publications, research experiences or even prestigious scholarships/awards which made me felt undeniably incompetent when I basically left those fields empty on my application.
This gap year, however, my plan is to focus more on improving my ECs, and also to really take the time and do things I believe will be positive life experiences and rewarding rather than for the sake of trying to improve an NAQ score alone. I've also considered re-writing my MCAT just for the CARS score alone in hopes of making me eligible for other schools in Canada, although i'm still on the fence of whether this is a good strategy. In my original post, I asked the question of whether it would still be plausible for me to remain hopeful of getting into UBC med, or any school in Canada (an MCAT re-write may definitely need to be considered).
Overall, sincere congrats to all those who've made it this year, however I'm absolutely not ready to call it quits yet. As I believe med school rejections should be handled as an opportunity to take some time to put things into perspective, and also to reflect and learn what we can do to make ourselves grow into more rounded and mature individuals.
Any advice is appreciated.