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    Wasteman reacted to OwnerOfTheTARDIS in Recommended Hours of studying per week   
    My school also recommended 2-3 hours studying/work per hour in class. I usually took a 16 credits plus 2 uncredited labs so it would have been literally impossible to study 40-60 hours per week. Most weeks I only spent ~10 hours per week out of class studying and working on assignments. 
    I have absolutely no idea where college administrators got the 1:3 ratio, it’s an unrealistic, unnecessary and discouraging standard.
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    Wasteman reacted to MedCoachMD in Going back to school   
    There were two people in my med class with a similar situation.
    One man was 42. He was working for a while and went back to finish his PhD so he could apply to medicine. 
    The second was a woman in her late 30s with two kids. She also had to quit her full time job, study part time and was accepted into medicine.
    I can tell you that for both cases, there was definitely a financial concern. The concern is your expenses for those 4 years in medical school before you start making a salary. However, the banks give you a huge line of credit when you get in. It seems like a lot of debt, but if you plan properly you can pay it off in up in less 10 years after you start working.
    Also for both, despite the financial difficulty and the debt, they were 100% happy and did not regret their decision.
    What is better? Living  a comfortable lifestyle your whole life but always regretting not following your dream? Or living a very comfortable life with 10 harder years in between but knowing you are doing something you are passionate about?
    Passion = ability to overcome difficulties. Find the former and you will solve the latter.
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    Wasteman reacted to graham_cracker in Studying Full Time At Ocad, Science Prerequisites During The Summer At Another School   
    You can do it at Ryerson it's down the street. But you might have to sign up as a non-degree student which you'll have to pay out of pocket (OSAP won't pay for non-degree).  I'm a BFA dance major at York right now and I'm doing all my prereqs at York. I'm doing my MCAT this summer and apply this fall.
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    Wasteman got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Would You Pursue Your Med Dream If The Salary..   
    Yeah, hell nah. It's too much of a sacrifice. If I were rich and money wasn't an issue, than hells yah. I would definitely become a doctor. Both other than that I could just work as an artisit and open my own studio. 
     
    Becoming a doctor, and the money it brings, achieves several goals that I want for myself:
    It moves my family up in social class. It provides the income necessary to give my children the things I wanted but had to work hard for/never got to do such as:  studying classical art under a contemporary master, learning an instrument, having tutors, being able to go out with friends for something as small as pizza without worrying about money, and have legitimate vacations, not to feel guilty about getting more expensive presents. Go on field trips. I will have excess income to ensure the future of my grand-kids provided that I invest wisely. I can use skills that I've learned to help others. So yeah, the money is important. Not just because of the greed, but because of the freedom and security that the extra money brings.
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    Wasteman reacted to newline in My PI Just Gave Me An Ultimatum...I'm Completely Torn   
    Depends on the school and position - at smaller schools, a professor's job is precisely to teach and train undergrads, since there are typically no or few grad students.  At a larger center, sure - research and teaching would be paramount, with a focus on post-docs and/or grad students for most faculty, but lecturers will have different responsibilities.
    Grad school is a much rawer deal for most - as I mentioned above, the overall chances of getting a tenure track job is very low for the average PhD even with post-docs.  Plus it takes even longer with lower pay compared to residency and staff.  Still, the high debt, if one didn't match to CaRMS especially wouldn't be an enviable burden either.
    And as far as work hours are concerned, try working for Prof. Carreira (see link).
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    Wasteman got a reaction from PreMedJen in Would You Pursue Your Med Dream If The Salary..   
    Yeah, hell nah. It's too much of a sacrifice. If I were rich and money wasn't an issue, than hells yah. I would definitely become a doctor. Both other than that I could just work as an artisit and open my own studio. 
     
    Becoming a doctor, and the money it brings, achieves several goals that I want for myself:
    It moves my family up in social class. It provides the income necessary to give my children the things I wanted but had to work hard for/never got to do such as:  studying classical art under a contemporary master, learning an instrument, having tutors, being able to go out with friends for something as small as pizza without worrying about money, and have legitimate vacations, not to feel guilty about getting more expensive presents. Go on field trips. I will have excess income to ensure the future of my grand-kids provided that I invest wisely. I can use skills that I've learned to help others. So yeah, the money is important. Not just because of the greed, but because of the freedom and security that the extra money brings.
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    Wasteman got a reaction from MMEDD3333 in What Skills Do You Wish You Further Developed Before You Were Admitted To Medical School?   
    Lol, wow. Thanks for your input. I'm still in the first year of my undergraduate degree and I recently started oil painting classes. Was just about to give it up because of work and school. Gonna make sure and definitely make time for it now.
     
    As a side note, I don't know if you all know this but your input and sharing your experiences really are really helpful for someone still early in their career.
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    Wasteman reacted to HiHopes in If You Couldn't Do Medicine, Which Profession/career Would You Choose?   
    I would go a completely​ different way. I'd like to be involved in cinema, music or a career that'd allow me to travel far and wide and get to know different cultures better.
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    Wasteman reacted to Edict in What Skills Do You Wish You Further Developed Before You Were Admitted To Medical School?   
    I wish i had learned how to enjoy life before medical school (i.e. having hobbies) because I don't know how to enjoy life in medical school. 
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    Wasteman reacted to codebar in What Skills Do You Wish You Further Developed Before You Were Admitted To Medical School?   
    I wish I learned younger how to be happy/satisfied with what you already have. I'm not speaking in term of materialist things.
    Achieving goals won't make you happy per se if you can't find happiness along the road. In my opinion, it is the most important skill someone can develop.
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    Wasteman reacted to John Galt MD in Is It Okay To Punch Nazi's?   
    What you are thinking of does not sound like Nazism in the traditional sense. What distinguished Nazism from its sister forms of fascism was an inherent bias against racial groups, specifically Jews, Roma, and other "non-Aryan" races. If you examine various Nazi policies (i.e. the Nuremberg Laws), you will see a significant distinction between religion and ethnicity. A person who did not practice the Jewish faith, for example, could still be classified as a "subhuman" due to the existence of a Jewish parent or grandparent. Nazism actually refers to Jews as an ethnic group, and not as a religion. If you've read Mein Kampf, you will see that Hitler specifically hated ETHNIC groups, not just religious groups. While he was not a particularly religious man, he did have a special place in his black twisted heart for the occult, so your opposition to religion is obviously very different from his. It is safe to say that Nazism is inherently Anti-Semitic, Anti-Roma, and pro eugenics, as Hitler made repeated statements about eliminating "the weak" from society. Now, if you truly believe that this is an acceptable statement, which I sincerely hope is not the case, just remember the positive contributions to society made by people who would be deemed inferior by a traditional eugenicist or Nazi. (One of the finest scientific minds of the generation would be screened out in this case! Also, this is not my major argument for why Eugenics is wrong. I think this argument may appeal to people who dislike emotional arguments, which is what a lot of my main arguments against eugenics entail.)  
     
    You might be mistaking what Eugen-ism is for the idea of genetic engineering, the idea that we may be able to fix genetic problems in utero that we can screen for. This is an interesting topic with some fascinating ethical dilemmas that is a very valid topic for discussion. Eugenics, however, in popular discussion, generally refers to the idea that some races are inherently superior to others. If you are referring to genetic engineering, I think you should clarify this, as self-proclaimed eugenicists from the past 200 years or so have made some particularly horrifying claims that any self respecting, decent human being should abhor. 
     
    I actually think it is unfair to compare Nazism to Socialism for a number of reasons. The biggest one being is that socialism is not inherently racist. While I think it has serious flaws, Socialism is ultimately born out of a genuine attempt to create equality for everyone (whether or not it is a fair method or an effective one is obviously up for debate). Nazism is based on the idea that one race, specifically the "Aryan" race, is inherently superior to other races and as such must triumph over them. As an ideology, therefore, Nazism is INHERENTLY racist. Socialism, however flawed, is a significantly different ideology, one not based on racism. (Feel free to disagree with me on this point about socialism. My point is that the two ideologies are inherently different. And I am aware that Nazism is an amalgamation of National SOCIALISM. My point is that Nazi ideals go far beyond this point!)
     
    On the topic of punching a Nazi, while I completely understand the urge to do so (I lost a LARGE portion of my family in the Holocaust), I don't think punching a Nazi is really the best way to get your point across. The best way to counter bad ideas is with good ideas, in my opinion. I think the best way to deal with a situation where you are confronted by a Nazi is to explain why their ideas are wrong. That being said, I cannot emphasize enough, I do understand the urge to punch a Nazi. Anybody who subscribes to such an ideology likely has either not thought very deeply about the world, or is just a nasty human being. I just think there are better and more effective ways to counter this ideology.
     
    *Also, just a note on your beliefs on religion. This is a statement that definitely needs more explanation. Please explain why you feel that it is common sense that religion is stupid and claiming that it is pure evil. You need to flesh out these claims. It comes off as insensitive and a little arrogant to be honest. 
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    Wasteman reacted to SunAndMoon in Is It Okay To Punch Nazi's?   
    The use of violence can be justified based on context, but I would find it hard to justify simply on the basis of encountering someone whose views differ from yours, irrespective of how extreme they are. It could definitely be understandable imo, but not necessarily justifiable. 
     
    Sit. 1: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. You punch them. Imo this would be something that I do not understand nor find justifiable.
     
    Sit. 2: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. You are Jewish yourself and this reminds you of family who was put in concentration camp. You punch them. I can understand why, but I am unsure as to whether that is justifiable. It is a human reaction though.
     
    Sit. 3: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. Every day, they go to the local synagogue and intimidate or shout antisemitic remarks at the people of faith who go to the synagogue. Someone punches them. Definitely understandable, closer to something that I would consider to be justifiable.
     
    Sit. 4: A person you see is a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. They are about to attack someone based on their ideology, and you punch them to stop them. Understandable and justifiable.
     
    Short answer, it depends.
     
    PS: comparing it to socialism is absolutely ludicrous and despicable.
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    Wasteman reacted to Hanmari in What Skills Do You Wish You Further Developed Before You Were Admitted To Medical School?   
    wish I'd pursued my hobbies in a more systematic manner, i.e. took some real classes and learned some skills
    halfassed hobbies get killed so fast in med school and there is no way in hell that residency will give you time to bring them back
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    Wasteman reacted to jul059 in Music For Studying?   
    Can you study without music? It is probably best if you minimize your multitasking. Instrumental music might be an adequate option if your environment is noisy.
     
    https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/processing-the-environment/attention-language/v/the-spotlight-model-of-attention-and-our-ability-to-multitask
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    Wasteman reacted to freewheeler in I Feel Like I Am Super Average...   
    Yeah dude, this forum (and social media in general) provide a very skewed view of reality that often leaves out many of the less than desirable aspects of people's lives.
     
    Nothing much to do other than realize that and get over it. Really you should get off of this site, it's a cesspool of pre-med (and med) anxiety as well as general neuroticism.
     
    What you have described and are experiencing is totally normal however, and is often part of the interview trail when it comes to med school applications.
     
    It's totally ok to feel less than confident and to feel like you're a POS. The reality is you're stressed out, perhaps unsure of how to best prepare, may be neglecting your personal self-care strategies and are very excited but also nervous about an opportunity that you have been extended.
     
    The key is to allow those thoughts/feelings and take constructive action towards your goals, regardless. Over time, you'll then find that these things don't bother you and things tend to go rather smoothly with minimal effort. It's also worthwhile to remind yourself that you were extended this interview opportunity based on merit.
     
    By the way, I have zero competitive sports experience, zero research, never did NSERC, no honours thesis, never TA'd, was never a president of a single club and was able to choose which med school to attend--ultimately going with my top choice.
     
    Succeeding in the med school admissions process is nowhere near as insurmountable as some may lead you to believe.
     
    Take care of yourself, prepare wisely and continue to put your best foot forward. That's it.
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    Wasteman reacted to Birdy in Do Doctors Never Get Stressed   
    Hah, I'm really not bothered. That poster is hardly the first person to ascribe to bad parenting what is actually the result of disability. I've got pretty thick skin. My husband actually is home full time (which was always a goal for us) because that's what our son needs, and the needs of our kids are absolutely of utmost importance to us, obviously.
     
    Pretty sure if I were a father instead of a mother, there wouldn't be the attempt to guilt me over having a career because I have a special needs kid who has periods where things are harder. Unless that poster thinks every parent ever should quit their job if they have kids with developmental disability-related behaviour issues. For anyone actually concerned, he's actually doing pretty well right now and is back in school full time.
     
    Several PM101 members have actually met my kids including my son when he's been having a hard time and are well aware what a high priority I place on being involved with my children. I'm confident enough that I'm doing what's right for my family that the words of someone who clearly has no experience with special needs kids don't really bug me.
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    Wasteman reacted to freewheeler in Do Doctors Never Get Stressed   
    Stress?
     
    Nah bro, not even once.
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    Wasteman reacted to Maverick in I Have 2 Days To Decide If I Should Retake My Mcat   
    Did it guys <3 Just an update if anyone ever finds themselves in the little fix I was in.
     
    Perhaps it is true that the preparation will always pay off (unless there are unfortunate external circumstances)! I retook and scored 520: 129/129/131/131 with an extra month of intense studying after my first test date. Hope this post may help you overcome a similar dilemma if you find yourself torn on whether or not to retake an already good score. I'm overjoyed! Thank you to all the people who posted or PM'd me in support of my original post, I wish you all the best in the upcoming cycle
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    Wasteman reacted to Borborygmi in I Have 2 Days To Decide If I Should Retake My Mcat   
    Niceee. Sounds like it went alright for you. Sorry that you got fisted.
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    Wasteman reacted to Maverick in -   
    Read this thread (link below), PM me if you have more questions...retook a 514 (130/127/127/130) --> 520 (129/129/131/131) by practicing an extra month. Read the entire thread. Note, I'd advise against retaking a 128, that really just eliminates Western. 127 or lower CARS is the real kiss of death. 130+ CARS is a crapshoot, a 129 is already in the 95th percentile, as you creep higher its the difference between 1 question wrong vs. right (the element of luck is quite high)...keep that in mind. 

    I don't think out of my friend group anyone of us was 'better' at CARS, in fact the 'strongest' one of the three wound up with 128 on the real deal, the 'weakest' at CARS with 130 and me in the middle with 129. I'd be willing to bet, none of us was more proficient than the other at CARS, our scores likely came down to test day factors at that point, for all we know our scores could differ in rank if we tried again.
    You can take the MCAT again, it COULD pay off massively or minimally, but if that score drops be ready to take it a 3rd time. Join r/MCAT for all the CARS tactics in the world Practice, practice, practice and master whatever CARS technique works best for you!

    http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/91917-i-have-2-days-to-decide-if-i-should-retake-my-mcat/ 
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    Wasteman reacted to anbessa21 in How Underrepresented Are African-Canadians In The Ontario Medical Student Cohort?   
    Wow... with the history of Aboriginal relations and these statistics, it is no wonder that health outcomes with regards to the Aboriginal population are what they are. I'm glad that this has been realized and some form of systemic outreach has been put into practice to help mitigate this inequity.
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    Wasteman reacted to John Galt MD in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Hey! Sounds like you did really well last semester. My first year at York was a difficult adjustment as well! So, you got 4 A's last semester. That means you still have the opportunity to get a 3.92 this year! WHICH IS AMAZING! That's an excellent GPA that you should be proud of! Even further, the fact that you got A's is nothing to sneeze at either. Despite what the premed gunner said in the hall, an A is a perfectly good mark. 
    It's too bad it kind of ruined your break, but you did really well regardless! You're in Visual Arts? That will for sure help you stand out when you apply to medical school! You won't be a standard boring premed like the rest of us. (Not dumping on the average premed!)
     
    In response to your later post, when you do your prerequisites is not a big deal. The only difference is, those grades will not be counted by some schools, for example UofT, so if you get high marks in them, UofT won't care.
     
    Nice! OCAD is a great choice! I have a few friends who go there, but you'll be the first premed! I doubt it will matter. Most schools don't really care about what you majored in or where you went, despite the rumors that spread throughout the forum! (See how many York disadvantage threads there are!)
     
    How's the semester going so far?
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    Wasteman reacted to hoomans in Concerned About Photo...   
    take a deep breath buddy, you aren't going to be denied entry because your photo was shitty. it's mainly to ID you since so many will be attending interviews. e.g. interviewer A thinks "oh that kid with the mohawk did some nice work but i don't remember his name"; well now he has a face to put down comments for.
     
    i used my facebook photo lol, was too lazy to get anything formal taken or even scanned. worry about other things but not this
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    Wasteman reacted to xrubicon13 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Managed to pull an A+ out of my ass in computers.
     
    However I'm more concerned about my non A+ marks. Having an A sucks and basically means I'm not competitive enough to get into Med School
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    Wasteman reacted to John Galt MD in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Nope. Not to be blunt, but this is not true. Not a single medical school has a 4.0 average. Most of the students I know who got into medical school had multiple A's on their transcripts. Many schools have weighting formulas, and the ones that do not have significantly lower averages, see McMaster as an example. Average last year was a 3.84. There are reasons to not apply to Medical school, but don't give up because of a few A's. If more people did this, we'd lose many excellent, competent physicians.
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