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  1. DoctorArts


    No, it's not a lie. It's a policy. They can give the credit card to whoever they want to, and they decide they want to give it to medical students. They post that we are eligible for these credit cards on their websites.
  2. 1) The amount will go down because you have a spouse. But I did a deep dive into their long description and at that income level, it's not going to be substantial. Also, you're evaluated at a higher need level regarding like how much you need for rent and food. You're going to be okay, I would be very surprised if you don't get anything. If your partner has government student debt, they will take that into account as well. At the level of finances we need, your partner couldn't afford to support you at that income. You can find the percentages of what the expected contribution should be roughly if you deep dive into their documents on their site. I don't remember what it was, but I was pleasantly surprised. 2) I would contact the financial aid office regarding this one. I think you can still apply though. 3) No rental agreement is needed. You are also independent, so that's not relevant really. They're not really working with your financial situation as much as they are working with the profile of what someone in your situation would generally need. 4) No, but they can audit. I'm paranoid, so I'm definitely purchasing and getting rid of other debt stuff. Remember you won't need the same level of cushion bc LOC. You can send me a PM if you have more questions
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    Accepting the offer

    No, you don't. The point is, there are a lot of people on waitlists and you should decline when you know your preference. But lets say that you're on WL for your #1 school, and UBC is your #2. You can accept UBC and decline when you get off the waitlist. You'll just lose your deposit.
  4. Hi! That rejection must really suck. That being said, there is definitely room for an improved application for next cycle! I don't really agree with you that your TFR is above average, 1 point out of a hundred is not meaningful. The good news is that NAQ is the easiest score to boost simply by getting creative and editing your entries a lot. Think about what makes your life different from other people's and throw that in there. UBC is clear in stating that the Diversity of Experiences category is your chance to showcase unique things about your life. Are you an older sibling? Do you go to a lot of concerts? Do you read a lot of books? Really, include that stuff. If you've had tough times, include those. Besides that, you should definitely retake the MCAT - the average accepted score is 514, and the general consensus is that the MCAT is evaluated competitively post-interview. Since you already got to interview, this is a good place to get your application closer to perfection. Holistic also doesn't mean that your statistics don't matter. Of course you want your stellar GPA to matter, so the MCAT matters as well. Once again, sorry for the bad news. Many people have setbacks on this path in one way or another, so know you're not alone! Good luck!
  5. Timestamp: 11:56 PST Result: Accepted - VFMP (1st choice ) Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: 83ish MCAT: 522 - 131/131/130/130 Year: B.A. 2013 + 2 years sciences ECs: Definitely what got me the interview. I have had 13 jobs dating back to when I was 15, one of which was quite impressive and I got a phenomenal reference from. I also was heavily involved in the arts for quite a while and I definitely had a lot to show that I have leadership qualities. I also think it was pretty important that I included 3 significant life history items that were very stressful/unique. It can feel awkward using that kind of thing, but I feel it's very legitimate because it directly relates to who I plan to be as a physician (omg I'm going to be one of those). Geography: IP Interview: To be honest, after the interview I thought I was going to get in. Several stations were on topics that I am passionate about and have discussed with friends many times. To all of the non-trads out there, I feel you. It takes a lot time to get everything together to be on this path, and low GPAs etc etc can really make you feel inadequate. My biggest piece of advice is to own your narrative and make it clear in your application; UBC makes this really possible so try to tell them who you are! I am really proud of myself, and I'm so looking forward to meeting you all. For everyone who was rejected, please know that admissions committees do not get to determine your worth, and that we are all in this together. I was rejected flat out from every other school, so I am just so grateful and very aware of the randomness of this process.
  6. The constant nausea is getting a little tiring. PLEASE UBC PLEASE.
  7. Amazing story! You've done so much to get where you are. Good luck today!
  8. DoctorArts


    I would pick up a unique hobby; your extra-curriculars are filled with things many other applicants are doing. Your GPA is around the average for those admitted, but your NAQ score reflects that they aren't evaluating you well. I would also have friends look over your application - make sure you are really showing yourself off. Don't lie, but think about what to highlight.
  9. One week folks......
  10. I put 3, 3, 3, 6, 0 for Leadership, Service Ethic, Work with Others, Diversity of Experience, High Performance. And then I had 13 employment entries (I'm old!). So I didn't fill everything out, but I had 28 entries, so that's fairly substantial volume. What I will say is that I think each entry improved my application to some degree, and very rarely will you be penalized for an entry. The above seems to have worked for me; there's no way I could have gotten an interview without a strong NAQ score because my GPA is meh.
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    Reference Letters Guideline

    Hi, Reference letters are only requested from applicants who get an interview. You have to have a service, academic, and professional reference. Each one has a slightly different form that they have to fill out, and then room for comments which is analogous to the traditional reference letter. Good luck!
  12. I'm definitely working all summer because I had to decide before D-Day, but I'm okay with it. If I get in, I have every reason to be overjoyed. I don't think work will be able to rain on my parade.
  13. I have a countdown clock on my phone for May 10th, because the pattern definitely suggests that. But if they want to release earlier, I won't complain! We had our interviews two months ago! May the force be with everyone and the odds be ever in your favour. (P.S. Countdown is 29 days)
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    Feeling alone in med school

    I 100% +1 this experience. I think my GPA was more impeded by my SES than my extra-curriculars, and I strongly disagree that GPA and MCAT are objective measures of intelligence. If they were, then you wouldn't see people with high GPAs and low MCATs or vice versa. Not having money affects everything, especially stress levels. Looking back I was decently resourceful at doing the extracurriculars I wanted to and developed my social skills, although that is also impacted by finances. That being said, GPA is forever, extracurriculars and MCAT can be fixed with relative ease after undergrad.
  15. SFU and UVic are not small enough to be small. Class sizes are still huge. And I would argue, if your class is scaled, that larger classes mean more A+ grades to give out. The best students will succeed anywhere, but for the rest of us, strategy helps.