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  1. m_jacob_45

    Should I apply next year?

    You could consider applying now in Alberta. I would not bother with ON unless you have two years that are 3.8+. If you do get two years with a 3.8+ you could be very good for some ON schools.
  2. You're doing great! These 3.96 GPAs are usually with people taking into account weighting formulas used at most ON universities. For schools that don't use weighting (i.e. Mac) you would be fine with a 3.8 as long as the rest of your stats are good. You will also probably have a higher GPA with weighting. For reference, I had a 3.5 GPA in first year and was fine for getting a Mac interview (my cumulative GPA was 3.73). My weighted GPA was 3.90-3.93 depending on the school, and you look like you're headed in a similar direction, maybe better. Good luck!
  3. m_jacob_45

    Confused about my chances?

    I would guess that you have a chance with a good CASPer. I was interviewed with a 3.73 and a 129 so I think you’re probably equivalent to that.
  4. Definitely worth including! As a med student who did psych research in undergrad, I can confirm it is looked at positively. I put my honours thesis and two conference presentations about it on my application.
  5. m_jacob_45

    CASPER help plsssssssss

    I would only use accepted short forms. For example, w/ for with. It should not look like you’re texting.
  6. m_jacob_45

    wGPA rounding?

    This was for the 2020 class.
  7. m_jacob_45

    wGPA rounding?

    I’ve been told they round to 3 decimal places
  8. I got a 129. I generally found that the worse I felt actually correlated with a better mark since the right answers often left me feeling uneasy, whereas if I felt too confident, it was often due to choosing "trap" answers that seem great on the surface, but there is something wrong with them at a basic level. So, my confidence was not too great, but at the same time, I kept a positive attitude by reminding myself that I often do well on CARS even if I felt bad about a lot of my answers. I would say I ended up making "reasonable guesses" on the majority of questions (i.e. usually I could rule out 2 options, and was stuck choosing between the other 2).
  9. So kind of radical advice here, but if you're able to take organic chem in the summer instead, I highly recommend it since you are much more likely to have a second year GPA that is competitive when applying to med school, and it allows you to still have the knowledge for the mcat. Saying this since the vast majority of people do not get over 80 in those classes, though its manageable if you study really hard and chemistry comes to you naturally. I'm a Western grad, currently in med school. Feel free to message me if you have more questions.
  10. m_jacob_45

    O Week

    In my first year, O week started Sept 3rd. I think I moved in on the 1st. There were lots of planned activities, a lot of outdoors things like a bbq, a beach day, we went to a water park, and some nights out as well to different places around Ottawa. Obviously this might vary from year to year, but should be the same general idea.
  11. I think whether you have a lot going on at RGN after class will depend on you personally. I ended up going to interest group meetings probably twice a week, and would also be doing electives at all 3 TOH campuses. I also would go to nighttime events pretty often (many put on through interest groups) like career nights, suturing workshops, conferences, etc and also social things like coffeehouse, mentorship events. For people who live downtown/far from RGN, they're probably a little more picky about what things they want to go to.
  12. I don't know anybody with a regular job in my class, but that sounds doable for most of the year, just not during the 1-2 weekends before an exam. Also, you'll need to put in effort to get more done on weeknights, but it sounds possible if your boss is understanding about giving you more time off on weekends before exams.
  13. Also keep in mind when you start doing your community preceptor placement and csl in second semester, you’ll likely have two late nights a week (mine used to finish at 5 and the day of the week varied). This varies from student to student but is good to be aware of.
  14. m_jacob_45

    Honors Specialization in Neuroscience @ UWO

    I would ask this question on one of the western Facebook groups. You’ll probably get more responses. I did my honours spec in psychology bsc, which has some overlap if you have any questions about courses common to both degrees.
  15. m_jacob_45

    Full course load?

    yup that's fine.