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  1. Hello everyone! Course selection for my school is coming up shortly for Fall 2018 and I will be taking 5 courses this fall, however one of the courses is credit/no credit course. I know that UofT takes away credit/no credit courses first and then lowest marks away when applying weighted GPA formula, but are there any other disadvantages of taking credit/no credit courses? (i.e not being able to apply due to not meeting full-course load requirement?) Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello everyone! I am heading into my 3rd year this fall and planning to apply to medical schools in my 4th year. I would like to get some feedback to improve my application, especially my EC. I am a resident of Ontario and will have pre-requsites for most schools in Canada except McGill. My ECs seem weak (I am assuming below average)... any advice on how to improve them? Thanks in advance! Year 1 GPA 3.98 (Full Time from Fall to Winter... Took 12 courses total in 1st year-> 2 courses in the summer) Year 2 GPA 3.97 (Full Time from Fall to Winter... Took 10 courses) cGPA 3.973 MCAT Haven't written it yet... writing it next summer! Extracurriculars (BIG concern) Part time staff for University Athletics/Recreation Hospital volunteering (2 years... 200 hours) Retirement home volunteering (3 years... 250 hours) Orientation leader Exercise trainer for cancer patients (did for 1 term and will continue) Annual physical activity event coordinator (40-50 ish hours) 1st year program representative and eventually became program executive representing entire program student body (within faculty student society) Faculty ambassador (volunteer at open houses, give tours to prospective students) Volunteer teaching assistant (did for 1 term and will continue) Dissection program volunteer (20 hours) Intramural sports (40 hours) City youth council (2 years... 150 hours) Research assistant (received NSERC USRA this summer) A few other research awards and merit-based scholarships totalling approximately $30K Thanks again!
  3. Hi there! I recently finished 2nd year of undergrad and enjoying my summer so far. I just wanted to get some advice from this forum regarding the MCAT. It seems like most people take the MCAT after 2nd year but am I at a disadvantage if I take it after 3rd year instead? I was considering taking the MCAT after 2nd year but I will be working full-time this summer (NSERC) and also taking one course. I also haven't taken Organic Chemistry (I have taken cell bio, general chem 1, 2, physics 1, 2, psych, human physiology, and biochemistry). Should I study for the MCAT this year while working full-time and take it or should I leave the MCAT for next year? If I take the MCAT this year and end up taking the MCAT again due to a poor score, am I at a disadvantage for taking it multiple times? (I am considering US schools as well) I would love to apply as a 3rd year student but I personally think my EC's are a bit on the weak side... which makes me hesitant to take the MCAT just so that I can apply as a 3rd year student Exercise assistant for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment Orientation leader Hospital volunteer Retirement home volunteer Research assistant (first volunteered, now doing NSERC this summer) Dissection program volunteer Anatomy teaching assistant City Youth Council Volunteering at open houses, faculty events etc as an faculty ambassador Faculty Head Councillor Intramural sports A few academic awards and scholarships totalling around 30K I would appreciate any feedback and have a great summer everyone!
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    Physics II for MCAT?

    My Physics II is about oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. I believe my school offers two versions, one is calculus-based and one is algebra-based which is the one I was planning to take. Obviously, I have not taken the MCAT yet but is the material tested on the MCAT a lot more basic/simple than the lecture materials of university courses?
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    Physics II for MCAT?

    Hi all, I am a second year undergraduate student and I am planning to write the MCAT during 3rd year summer. I was just wondering if I should take Physics II to prepare for the MCAT? I have taken Physics I and did well but I really do not like physics... I have an elective next term and I am not sure if I should take Physics II or a bird course instead. I am just worried that Physics II will be challenging and might affect my GPA. I would appreciate any input! Thanks in advance
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    ECs and MCAT guidance

    Thanks for your reply! You mentioned that my EC's are on the weak side and I appreciate the honest feedback. I was just wondering what ECs would be considered strong or impressive as a first year student?
  7. Hi everyone I am going into my second year as of Fall and I need some guidance for ECs and MCAT. As of now, I'd say I have about 500 hours of ECs (including the activities that I continued since high school). Below is a list of some of the activities I have done so far. Exercise assistant for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment Hospital volunteer General retirement home volunteer Research assistant Dissection program volunteer + volunteer anatomy teaching assistant Volunteering at open houses, faculty events etc Intramurals Here's my concern. I know it's quality over quantity for ECs but do you think it is wise to quit some of these activities and start new activities? Although I enjoy doing these activities, I believe my ECs will be very weak if I only had 7 entries for my application. I don't want to add new activities without quitting some of the activities because I personally believe that will be too much to handle on top of maintaining a competitive GPA. Any suggestions? As for the MCAT, I was recommended by many to write it after 2nd year. That was my plan initially but I was wondering if it would be better for me to write it after 3rd year. I am not in a traditional science program that usually requires orgo, physics etc. I don't get any electives until 3rd year so I won't have orgo 1, orgo 2, and physics 2 completed, but will have cell bio, general chem 1, general chem 2, psychology, sociology, physics 1, and biochem completed by the end of 2nd year. My new plan was to take online orgo 1 and physics 2 next summer while doing full-time research and take the MCAT after 3rd year. How does my plan sound? Thanks in advance!
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    Supplemental and volunteering

    Does this rule ONLY apply to masters students? What if an undergraduate student graduates, moves to a different country for 5 years, and wants to apply? I know this is a ridiculous scenario but would the activities that you have done during undergrad still be valid to include on the supplemental application?
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    Supplemental and volunteering

    Sorry that I can't help but I am just curious why you can't include commitments that you had from childhood until first/second year of undergrad. Can't you usually include activities that you did during undergrad for medical school applications?
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    Lack Of Extra-Curricular Activities?

    I have a few leadership roles from high school (leading one club although I didn't enjoy it, managing a team for one season, minor student council roles). I do play pick-up basketball but how would you get a verifier for entries like these?
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    Lack Of Extra-Curricular Activities?

    Right, but aren't non-academics part of applications usually divided into volunteer (service you do for others eg. volunteering at a hospital ) and extracurricular (things you do for fun eg. sports, musical instruments) activities? I am just worried that most of my entries will be volunteer activities.
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    Lack Of Extra-Curricular Activities?

    I am interested in basketball and I thought of starting a basketball club for organizing pick-up games. But I don't see why anyone would join the club when you can just go to a gym and find people on the court.
  13. Hi there, I just finished my first year and I was looking to get more involved with extra-curricular and volunteer activities. Only things that I like doing for fun are playing sports and working out so I played intramural sports this year. All the other ECs that I was involved with this year are volunteer activities (volunteer research assistant, hospital, retirement home, volunteer trainer). I have some commitments lined up in 2nd year but again, almost all of them are volunteer activities besides playing intramural sports. I thought of joining clubs but I hated clubs in high school and I am not interested in the clubs offered at my university. When I checked ECs of accepted applicants on Premed101, I noticed that the majority of them were involved with clubs, most of them being the executives. I can't see myself attending weekly club meetings that I don't enjoy. I also don't like playing musical instruments. Like I said, things I like doing for fun are only sports and working out. I have been volunteering as an exercise assistant at a retirement home and as a volunteer trainer at a fitness centre assisting cancer patients. I am passionate about fitness and a physically active lifestyle so I really enjoy these activities and will probably continue until I graduate. So my question is, will it be a major issue if most of my ECs are volunteer activities? I would really appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance!
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