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    Wasteman reacted to 011235813 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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    Wasteman reacted to 011235813 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Any York students applying this year? (Obviously there are, but this thread is SO QUIET!!!!!!!!!!!) Let's open a discussion about interviews. Invites should be coming in the next few weeks! Who's nervous/excited/ambivalent/just want it to be over!?!?!?!?!?
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    Wasteman reacted to 011235813 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    My sympathies. I took the class with her a few years ago, and apparently she's gotten much more difficult. It's really annoying when they do that, and I'm sorry it happened to you. Unfortunately, a lot of Psychology professors are trying to make their classes harder this year. Must be because of the Test Bank Craze, and their averages were too high. Lots of classes are adding more assignments and S/A or essay questions to their exams. (In classes that didn't have them previously).
     
    ( USELESS RANT****** {Skip to next paragraph if you don't want to hear the ravings of a disgruntled Psych student just glad to be finishing soon} Who knows? Maybe in a few years, a York Psychology degree will be more like Psychology degrees elsewhere. A lot of family members took psychology at other schools in different countries. They had much fewer MC exams, and far more essays. I think for a subjective Social Science, writing assignments and essays are probably a better method of evaluation, considering in graduate school for Psychology, much more emphasis will be placed on writing than remembering facts.) 
     
    Unfortunately, this does not help your situation. Is there no curve? When I took the course, there was a slight curve, if I remember correctly. That might push you into the A range. If not, it's a 3 credit course. While it is really annoying to get a B+ in any course, it's not the end of the world. With weighting formulas, it may not even factor into the equation. Don't stress too much about one course. I hope the rest of your first semester went well!
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    Wasteman reacted to 011235813 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    This is not nice or productive. The shift from high school to university can be difficult for some. The person who is posting about the computers course looks to be in first year and their first semester. As easy as York may be, it is still a university. I understand that you may be trying to prepare the student for the reality of how difficult professional school (medical school) may be, but I don't feel that this is a proper way to do it. Please try to understand that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The student may be excelling in their other classes, and only finds this one difficult. This is a reality in life. To the above student I wish success! Only from stress and hardship can resilience come!
     
    On another note: Back to exam studying! Good luck to all students studying for exams!
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    Wasteman reacted to kbrolinen in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Haha this thread is still going. I remember trolling this way back in 2009.
     
    if you need a bell curve to get by at york... wew lad.
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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 W0lfgang in Who Said Ec's Show Capability To Handle Workload?   
    I look for commitment.  Many low level activities mean less to me than fewer high level achievements.  I'd like to see that the applicant has worked hard and succeeded at a non-academic interest.  You can work at tim horton's, but climb the ranks.
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    Wasteman reacted to Fresh fry in How Should I Get Ahead In High School?   
    Everyone else has said has been spot on, Bambi usually provides solid advice.
     
    Only thing I have to add is to make sure you actually want to do medicine. Use this time to explore other careers and talk with people who do them. People always ask about shadowing doctors and my opinion is it is beyond useless. You see only a few hours of the "fun stuff" without all of the behind the scenes crap. No one ever shadows a physician dictating for 2 hours at the end of the day, or writing referrals, or attending a sub-par conference so they can get their education credits. 
     
    Find out who you are, what you really like. Ask yourself the hard questions, ask yourself why you really really want to do this then ask yourself if there are better ways to get what you want. The deeper down this rabbit hole you get the harder it is to climb out.
     
    Its been touched on but to reiterate: stay away from cookie cutter activities. When I read these things and someone says they were on this and this charity, or volunteered here and here at this hospital I know that they are only going through the motions and trying to tell me what I want to hear. That makes me feel like I am being played and you are neither true to yourself or true to me. You can't fake real passion so find yours and run with it.
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    Wasteman reacted to hartk48 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Having taken the course two years ago - I am really happy they changed it, that was perhaps the worst course I have taken.
     
    If you really don't think you can pull off a 79.5 in the course (expect a bell curve, I know they did for all sections), drop it but make sure to take an extra course in winter. 
     
    Seems like you did the best you can do. Not surprised hear the whole situation with course director, its what they do best!   
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    Wasteman reacted to Fresh fry in Who Said Ec's Show Capability To Handle Workload?   
    Considering my post was a single line I am not sure where you read into it that I look at multiple ECs or specific ECs when I review files, I was intentionally sparse with details. 
     
    I simply look to see if the applicant has: 1) a life 2) can balance it with work. 
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    Wasteman reacted to Fresh fry in Who Said Ec's Show Capability To Handle Workload?   
    As a reviewer I look at ECs to see if the candidate can balance work and life. There. Fact.
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    Wasteman reacted to Bambi in How Should I Get Ahead In High School?   
    Relax! You will be part of a marathon on your path towards medicine. At the moment, you are doing fine.
     
    Believe it or not, what you need most is life experience. That is the same when you participate in the MMI, the interview, years from now, your greatest attribute you will bring with you are your cumulative life experiences in how you react to the scenarios thrown at you at the various stations. Therefore, I encourage you to find employment in customer service where you are forced to deal with disgruntled customers, so you now how to communicate in difficult situations.
     
    Undertake activities, extra curriculars and volunteering that interest you. Do not do what you think adcoms are looking for, only what you are passionate about. Same thing for university studies. You will do better in a program that interests you, that you are passionate about. This way you will be motivated and try harder.
     
    Your grades in h.s. Give absolutely no indication of how you will do in university. The most important attribute you can bring with you to university is a strong work ethic, together with time and stress management skills. Humility too is a good quality to have. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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    Wasteman reacted to End Poverty in Learning Hobbies?   
    In terms of sports / activities, I really enjoy swimming, yoga, and running :). I am currently learning the violin (  but I only take one lesson per week so my rate of learning is super slow).
     
    I also spend a considerable amount of time reading articles on social justice, homelessness, and initiatives to end homelessness in Calgary in the next few years. In addition, I really like to learn about the services and resources available to help out marginalized people in our community.  I try to make sure that I am up to date about all these information, because I like to be helpful to my clients.
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    Wasteman reacted to Epona in Extracurriculars - Work Vs. Volunteering   
    I really don't think you will have a disadvantage, but it may be school dependent.  Volunteering and work may be lumped into the same category during file review, as another poster mentioned.  Personally, as a file reviewer, I often found work commitments more impressive,  
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    Wasteman got a reaction from JohnLe in Extracurriculars - Work Vs. Volunteering   
    Come on bro, you're just being deliberately ignorant now. We live in a highly stratified society. Everyone KNOWS that people from lower income backgrounds just have more obstacles to overcome. I'm not saying that people coming from higher income backgrounds are without their individual struggles, I'm just saying that being poor gives you that much more. The evidence supporting this phenomenon has reached critical mass. To deny that at this point is akin to denying climate science.
     
     
    And either way, being a file reviewer means that you're going to be making a large swath of assumptions; many of which are supported by evidence. Being part of the entry level workforce, I've also experienced ALL of what I mentioned first hand.
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    Wasteman reacted to Bambi in Looking For People's Opinions And Insight   
    Do not put the cart before the horse! One step at a time. Focus on getting into medical school. Then, you can consider residency. I am in a competitive surgical specialty. I don't have a graduate degree. I never considered one before med school.
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    Wasteman reacted to Bambi in Late To The Race   
    I too come from poverty. I always wanted to be a doctor and now I am a surgical resident. I was highly motivated, but not particularly in Cegep where my grades were not great. I could not apply after Cegep. I needed more growing up to do. I changed upon starting university. I selected my program of study with great care and received mentoring in the selection from a med student. I cloned him and went right to med school from undergrad.
     
    I walked to university to save the cost of public transport. I brown bagged my lunches as could not afford to buy lunch or even a drink. I treated my studies professionally. I learned how to study smart. I lived with no regrets, so I pushed myself. I was exhausted at the end of each term. My s.o. was supportive, not needy and understood my studies were a priority and always came first. I am still with the same s.o. He was a definite asset and not a liability. After my first semester in university, I became a straight A student, which required a relentless work ethic, focus, discipline and I chose to live with no regrets. I also devoted considerable time to volunteering and ECs, none of which are required for the francophone medical schools.
     
    I matured during undergrad and this was a necessary step in my evolution to prepare me for med. Life does not stop if you do not get accepted at cegep level. The process is a marathon, not a sprint. You are on your way. Good luck! Welcome to the forum.
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    Wasteman reacted to GH0ST in Extracurriculars - Work Vs. Volunteering   
    I can't imagine admissions looking down on someone that needs to provide for themselves and others compared to those that volunteer. 
     
    - G
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    Wasteman reacted to hartk48 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    4th year psych , can't wait to graduate! And yea, every program is different, you should take a few psyc courses as electives.
     
    which intro to physics are you talking about? phys1420? 
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    Wasteman reacted to hartk48 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    Depressing... LOL. did not miss York one bit! How do you like it so far?
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    Wasteman reacted to hartk48 in Are you a Yorkie Premed? (York Premed Discussion)   
    What's your program? Can you take math 1505 instead of calculus?
     
    I agree, if you could move physics and even perhaps another 6 credits of science to your second year, you should do it... Make your life a little less stressful
     
    Good luck and welcome to York! just try your best not to get york'd
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    Wasteman got a reaction from jojofam in Will Donald Trump Be The Next President?   
    I'm surprised that no-one is making the connection between fast moving social change and the cultural rise in authoritarianism. See: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Trans-awareness, national legalization of gay marriage. Seriously, Trump is doing EXACTLY what Hitler did.  He uses thinly veiled one-liners, targets marginalized groups, and offers little to no solutions to real world problems. Old and weak people are terrified of the changing status quo, and what Trump signifies is someone willing to grab the reigns and "make America Great Again" (even this last one is a bit on the nose), regardless of how little sense goes into his policies. You know who else did this? Hitler. 
     
     And what policies are you guys even talking about? You mean building a giant wall? Rounding up Muslims and sending them all away? Or do you mean how he plans to deal with terrorists where he literally said, 'I'm gonna bomb the shit out of them', and ' You gotta hit these terrorist where it hurts. We kill their families.' 
     
    Nor is he for the golden age of capitalism with that make america great again nonsense. If he was, then he wouldn't have suppressed the unionization of his employees in his hotels. Donald trump is definitely NOT for the working class. He just uses left populism to attract the working class, when he really isn't for them.
     
    I'm also surprised that anyone believes that a man that flip-flops on EVERYTHING is authentic about anything.  And do you all honestly believe that a man that got a 'small' loan of a million dollars from his family is actually going to be against legislature that reigns in the out of control financial sector. What is going on in here?
     
    Christ, no wonder so many scientists fail the critical thinking/reading and writing/verbal reasoning section of the MCAT.
     
    Damn, this thread really made me understand the importance of the social sciences/humanities studies in university.
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    Wasteman got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in Will Donald Trump Be The Next President?   
    I'm surprised that no-one is making the connection between fast moving social change and the cultural rise in authoritarianism. See: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Trans-awareness, national legalization of gay marriage. Seriously, Trump is doing EXACTLY what Hitler did.  He uses thinly veiled one-liners, targets marginalized groups, and offers little to no solutions to real world problems. Old and weak people are terrified of the changing status quo, and what Trump signifies is someone willing to grab the reigns and "make America Great Again" (even this last one is a bit on the nose), regardless of how little sense goes into his policies. You know who else did this? Hitler. 
     
     And what policies are you guys even talking about? You mean building a giant wall? Rounding up Muslims and sending them all away? Or do you mean how he plans to deal with terrorists where he literally said, 'I'm gonna bomb the shit out of them', and ' You gotta hit these terrorist where it hurts. We kill their families.' 
     
    Nor is he for the golden age of capitalism with that make america great again nonsense. If he was, then he wouldn't have suppressed the unionization of his employees in his hotels. Donald trump is definitely NOT for the working class. He just uses left populism to attract the working class, when he really isn't for them.
     
    I'm also surprised that anyone believes that a man that flip-flops on EVERYTHING is authentic about anything.  And do you all honestly believe that a man that got a 'small' loan of a million dollars from his family is actually going to be against legislature that reigns in the out of control financial sector. What is going on in here?
     
    Christ, no wonder so many scientists fail the critical thinking/reading and writing/verbal reasoning section of the MCAT.
     
    Damn, this thread really made me understand the importance of the social sciences/humanities studies in university.
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    Wasteman got a reaction from nbgirl93 in Will Donald Trump Be The Next President?   
    I'm surprised that no-one is making the connection between fast moving social change and the cultural rise in authoritarianism. See: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Trans-awareness, national legalization of gay marriage. Seriously, Trump is doing EXACTLY what Hitler did.  He uses thinly veiled one-liners, targets marginalized groups, and offers little to no solutions to real world problems. Old and weak people are terrified of the changing status quo, and what Trump signifies is someone willing to grab the reigns and "make America Great Again" (even this last one is a bit on the nose), regardless of how little sense goes into his policies. You know who else did this? Hitler. 
     
     And what policies are you guys even talking about? You mean building a giant wall? Rounding up Muslims and sending them all away? Or do you mean how he plans to deal with terrorists where he literally said, 'I'm gonna bomb the shit out of them', and ' You gotta hit these terrorist where it hurts. We kill their families.' 
     
    Nor is he for the golden age of capitalism with that make america great again nonsense. If he was, then he wouldn't have suppressed the unionization of his employees in his hotels. Donald trump is definitely NOT for the working class. He just uses left populism to attract the working class, when he really isn't for them.
     
    I'm also surprised that anyone believes that a man that flip-flops on EVERYTHING is authentic about anything.  And do you all honestly believe that a man that got a 'small' loan of a million dollars from his family is actually going to be against legislature that reigns in the out of control financial sector. What is going on in here?
     
    Christ, no wonder so many scientists fail the critical thinking/reading and writing/verbal reasoning section of the MCAT.
     
    Damn, this thread really made me understand the importance of the social sciences/humanities studies in university.
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