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  1. Hey, I've been working graveyard shifts for a little more than a year in a lab position at a medical biotech company. Obviously graveyard shifts aren't the most desired position, so I am worried that mentioning the job on my application would raise a red flag when assessing my relative competence. Also, it requires a lot of sacrifice of routines you have during the regular day, and I don't want to be seen as that person who would sacrifice all of that for a job, if you get what I mean. Should I keep it out? I would appreciate your thoughts!
  2. Hey guys, I would like your input on whether to pursue a second undergrad degree or a course-based masters. Some things I should tell you about me: - I graduated from UBC with a AGPA of ~85%. I know this GPA allows me to apply to UBC, but my degree was an absolute mess. I have 2Ws, 2 semesters with 4 courses instead of 5, I was interested in science but I never organized my thoughts to concentrate on a subject so my third and fourth year timetable was riddled with a bunch of non-degree, non-science electives. Anyone with a critical eye will be able to see that I never had a passion in my studies, and while I successfully met the requirements to graduate, I feel like I graduated as an undeclared student. And I now feel terrible about my records. - My ECs from UBC is on the good side. Lots of experience in research, leadership roles, and a few long term commitments I'm still continuing today. - I've been working in my current job for a year. Pay is sub-par but has significant upward mobility. Pros for course-based masters: I'm thinking of a public health degree Advances my career (although not directly). Should increase my cAGPA by 1 or 2%. Generally just more experience I can mention. Cons for course-based masters: Once I finish my masters I'll be approaching 27 (I need to finish some courses as an undeclared for a year to meet my prereqs). It kind of bothers me that I'll submit my first med school app come this age. Pros for second undergrad degree: I'll be able to redeem myself. I've made poor choices in my first degree, but I did know how to study and I've matured significantly since, so if I complete another degree I know I'll feel very proud. Possible to bump my GPA up ~3%. Allows me to apply 3 times throughout my second degree. I guess more experience always helps for the next cycle. Getting rejected in my first and second time could mean the difference of acceptance on my third, so I think this is big. Cons for second undergrad degree: Actually backwards movement for my career. In 3 years I would have a better position within my company if I stayed, not that I want to. If I don't get into med school within the 3 years of doing another degree, I'm back to square one while having more debt. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  3. I'm currently in 4th-year pending approval for graduation, and I'm gunning for UBC med. - My AGPA is currently 84.5%. When I complete 2 summer courses, I think I'll be at 85%. - I want to do a full 5th year because there are 4th-year level courses I'm interested in taking and I'm pretty confident I can pull up my AGPA close to 86% (I also have a B- in one of my courses and a withdrawal this year so I want to prove that I'm capable of getting straight As or A+s on full-time as well). However, I can't afford to do another full year so I'm thinking about doing 0.5 years (15 credits/ 30 credits) instead before I graduate. - The problem is that I would have to officially graduate on May of 2021 because my school only offers November and May graduation dates, which means that I would have to be on part-time studies while I complete the 15 credits. Would med schools (esp. UBC) question this decision? Is it worth taking another 5 courses in my case?
  4. GPA is golden, and I wish you the best for the MCAT Your ECs could use more long-term activities as all of your activities are very short-term. Med schools tend to value depth.
  5. Firstly, I'm gunning for UBC med only. My university record is not exactly the best thing I can showcase, but I think I'm at a point where I could try harder and actually have a chance to study medicine. Here's my record: 1st year: 77% (27 credits) 2nd year: 82% (28 credits) - 1W ( I took the course again in the 2nd semester) 3rd year: 85.5% (30 credits) 4th year: I'm expecting ~ 88% average (30 credits total, 1W) 5th year: I know what to take for GPA-boosting purposes and will likely reach the early 90s. My AGPA with 1st year taken out is 83.6% atm, although this will likely rise to about 84.5~85% once I've finished my second-semester courses. My major EC's: - Volunteered at 3 Labs, 1 lab internship (WorkLearn), I started one last month and will likely continue through my 5th year to get something tangible this time. - Founder of non-profit organization - will continue through 5th year and beyond. - 250 hours of community volunteering (continuing for 1.5 years now and will continue for another 1.5) - Freelance Spanish language tutor (volunteer) since HS. - Scifi writing The thing is, I lived in Canada for over 21 years, but I'm still an "international" student. So I will need to get a PR which can take 1.5~3 years after graduation, and I'm already 22. By the time I am even eligible to apply to medicine I will be 25 or 26, which is getting a bit old. Do you think I should do a 5th year in my case?
  6. I thought if you had over 90 credits they apply aGPA regardless of the number of credits you took in a particular year?
  7. Thanks for that I'm already expecting myself to spend 3~5 years out of university just reapplying to UBC medicine haha If I can't pull myself up to 85%, do you think its worth doing a 5th year?
  8. My university record is not exactly the best thing I can showcase, but I think I'm at a point where I could try harder and actually have a chance to study medicine. Here's my record: 1st year: 77% (27 credits) 2nd year: 82% (28 credits) - 1W ( I took the course again in the 2nd semester) 3rd year: 85.5% (30 credits) 4th year: I'm expecting ~ 89% average (30 credits total, 1W) 5th year: I know what to take for GPA-boosting purposes and will likely reach the early 90s. My AGPA with 1st year taken out as of today is 84.1%, although will likely rise to about 85% once I've finished my second-semester courses. My major EC's: - Volunteered at 3 Labs, 1 lab internship (WorkLearn), I started one last month and will likely continue through my 5th year to get something tangible this time. - Founder of non-profit organization - will continue through 5th year and beyond. - 250 hours of community volunteering (continuing for 1.5 years now and will continue for another 1.5) - Freelance Spanish language tutor (volunteer) since HS. Do you think I should do a 5th year?
  9. Thanks! I plan on applying to graduate school in December so if I get in to the program I would graduate and work full-time or part-time + volunteering between January - September when I should be entering the grad program.
  10. I'm planning to take a few more courses to keep my options open for some graduate schools. I don't need a full year to accomplish the prereqs so I am planning to take a half year after my fourth. Would this be frowned upon by UBC med?
  11. I'm in my third year. Here are my grades so far. 1st year: 76.9% (28 credits) 2nd year: 81.9% (including summer) (28 credits + 6 credits) 3rd year: 86.3% (excluding summer courses) (30 credits) I'm thinking of either doing coop or doing a 5th year. A steady upward trend, but on the low side for medical school. I know I'll be able to bump my grades up a bit if I do the 5th year, but the problem is I also need to get a PR so it might be better for me to do coop and make myself a more competitive job applicant in the short run (since local companies offering full-time positions prefer domestic applicants). I 've heard a lot of horror stories about my fellow internationals trying to get a full-time job recognized by the government for express entry. Also, something that's really bugging me is that I'll be pretty old by the time I'm even eligible to apply for medical school... Likely 25~27. I'm not just a random international student who dreams of admission to a Canadian medical school, I've lived in Canada for my entire life. My EC's are pretty good for my year. Do you think it's a better idea to do coop or 5th year in my case? Thanks
  12. My EC's are heavy on the research side and less diverse in community volunteering experience. I have one valuable experience in community service that I'm going to continue for another 2 years. Will I be in a worse position If I invest in one altruistic experience as opposed to investing in many different experiences? (I know that the latter is obviously better if done long term but I'm not an exceptional student so I'll be spread thin and I need to invest a lot of time into studying)
  13. Is the admission to this program mainly based on your 3rd and 4th year GPA? I'm kind of worried because although I do have research experience, they're basic science research and not related to public health.
  14. That's really weird that uOttawa would do that. As if EC's outside of undergrad doesn't develop you as a potential doctor... For most schools that look at EC's, the more experience you have heightens your possibility of getting into medical school. So I wouldn't worry about that. For example, if you broadened, and deepened your experience as a graduate, your NAQ score at UBC will rise.
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