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  1. I don't believe there is any negative connotation to you doing a special year, as long as you make sure to do high level courses (e.g. 3rd and 4th year courses) to show that you are able to excel in an academically challenging environment. It'd look bad if a person does a special year of just 1st year courses to raise their GPA. so I think as long as you do that, nothing will be held against you aside from the admissions policy regarding courses leading to degree that I mentioned.
  2. No there is no "looking down" in doing a fifth year. Have you actually applied to graduate with a degree? Or can you just extend your studies by another year? Since some schools may require that the courses taken must be leading towards a degree, just taking courses in a fifth year may be problematic. Check with Admissions for the schools you're thinking of applying to just to be sure.
  3. Yes they do have a good filter for undergrad admissions but once you're in, the classes are very conducive to getting a high GPA. Lots of group projects, presentations etc. where your classmates are highly motivated and collaborative due to the nature of the program.
  4. I mean it could be slightly profitable if the net rate of returns on the TFSA is > interest rate, but this is not guaranteed in 4 years and the interest rate can change depending on prime. e.g. 3% for TSFA and 2.2% for the LOC -> you'll potentially (and ideally) be earning net 0.8% interest. Bear in mind, though, that the interest rate on the LOC is guaranteed (and is calculated and compounded every month), whereas the return on the TFSA is not (you can lose money in market fluctuations one month to the next, so there will be months where you'll either lose money at more than the 2.2% interest rate, or where the return is not high enough to cover the 2.2% LOC interest). Longer terms than 4 years might be a little bit safer since the risk is averaged out, but again the LOC calculates and compounds interest consistent vs. the monthly unpredictability of TFSA (or any investments really). So personally, I would be too risk averse to take out loans to play with.
  5. Always try getting into Mac Health Sci - regardless of what stats you have, it's definitely worth a try. If your end goal is truly medicine or healthcare professionals, 3-4 years of living away from home and OSAP debt are so so worth it. Next woulb be Kin if you enjoy learning about the human body and some exercise science stuff. Personally, I think a Med Sci program (so Life Sci at UofT or Biomed at York, or some other comparable programs) might provide you with just a little advantage in the molecular biology aspects of the MCAT (e.g. enzyme pathways, biochem, etc.) but that can easily be corrected with self-study and practice.
  6. It's an apartment with non-med roommate so Idk haha. But they're out of town, why not!
  7. Dunno about the requirements for Western, but at Ottawa, they're mostly recommending doing those by Heart & Stroke Foundation providers. And for these a practical session is mandatory, but you can get an online interim class at first.
  8. They have a limit of cheques and charge out-of-network Atm fees I believe.
  9. No. There is no difference.
  10. Oooh I didn't notice that haha. Sorry my bad. Well yeah, then online courses are effectively the same as normal courses (at least for this upcoming cycle).
  11. My interpretation of that is that it "could be" considered, if you make up the 2 courses in the summer or another year, since in normal circumstances, Ottawa allows for 1 online or pas/fail courses. But always best to confirm it with Admissions.
  12. both of your scenario apply. However, Scenario 1 counts as a normal full-time year, since on average, you're still taking 5 courses/semester. But your interpretation of scenario 2 is also correct, if you're missing a course, or 2 (i.e. only did 4 courses/semester for both semesters), then you have to make up for that in the summer or another year. Hope that makes sense!
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