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  1. Oh congratulations! I am so so happy for you! Selfishly, I love hearing when people are accepted into Med School. Makes the whole thing seem so much more attainable every time I hear of a new student getting in.
  2. I'm really loving this early spring, but I'm worried that all this warm weather will result in another catastrophic spring for Alberta....*gulp* On the (literal) bright side of things, just took my dog for a walk on a +3 February afternoon. He was a very happy boy.
  3. Ah-ha! That's exactly what my Lab instructor does. I'm allowed to use the "Cool" microscope at the front of the class that's hooked up to the monitor. Actually, my instructors have been wonderful about it so far.
  4. I do have a little bit of a lazy eye.... I'll go ahead and type out whats up (this is a board full of potential doctors, and I've heard it is kinda interesting from the specialists who have checked it out....). When I was a teenager, I lost sight in my left eye almost overnight. My parents took me to the optometrist - sure enough I developed cataracts in both my eyes at the age of 16, cause unknown. At 17, I had the cataract in my left eye removed, but I never regained the vision in that eye. I've been told that my optic nerve stroked out. I did see a neuro-ophthalmologist about 10 years ago in Florida (fancy, fancy smart lady) who recommended that I leave my right eye alone unless I found my vision was substantially hindered. As it stands, its generally fine - I can drive, I get along fine. But if I look at a bight light (like if someone catches me in the eye with a flashlight), or if I'm skiing on a sunny day it's really rough. When I look in a microscope (compound) I see a weird brown/beige-y pattern with terrible glare around the edges (like looking into a headlight at night). I think it's because the path of light points directly into my Pupil, its like a eyeball lunar-eclipse. Again, thanks for your thoughts everyone. Strange how something I never really think about in my day to day ended up being a bit of a un-anticipated PITA this semester.
  5. Thank you so much to everyone. That's very reassuring!
  6. Yes, I know. Strange question. I'm not able to see through a Microscope. Only just discovered this in January when I took my first Undergraduate Bio class. There's a long winded explanation as to why, and I can explain if anyone cares to hear it, but just to keep this short - How often do you use a microscope as a medical student? Is it imperative to your program? Would not being able to use one severely impact your path to becoming a Doctor? Thank you so much for your thoughts!
  7. Yes, unfortunately, I have been in 6 figure debt. I've paid it all back, then accumulated some more debt...then paid that back too. I don't doubt that it will affect me. But I really can't see myself doing anything else. I don't mean that as a slight to anyone who wouldn't do the job for the average Canadian wage. I just feel that I would.
  8. That does make me feel better. Thank you for the lovely and kind reply. It doesn't sound too Polly Anna at all. I'll try and keep it in mind to stop and smell the roses. It's not easy when you're obsessing over your GPA, but I'm actually really excited about my classes to come, I genuinely find them interesting. What school are you in?
  9. I'm in Alberta, actually! U of C is absolutely my preferred program, partly because my life experiences would help me stand out, partly because a 3 year medical program appeals to me. U of A would be great too, but it seems so much more competitive. Either way, I'm planning on keeping my grades up, and applying to both. Thank you for your insight! I appreciate the reply. I really need to get involved with more hobbies I'm passionate about while in undergrad.
  10. I stumbled across this forum and it's been a wonderful source of info. I would like to thank everyone who's contributed so much (especially to the Pre-Med Section). I'm an "older" gal. I'm 27 and I'm just starting my undergraduate degree. I even have a bit of upgrading to do! < Personal Story > I was in school 7 years ago. My father was diagnosed with Cancer, and I dropped everything to have him live with me during his illness. I became his full time care-taker for 5 years, working and supporting him through the ugly process of cancer. He's now living in palliative care, and I'm able to pursue my own life, and my put myself first. </Personal Story> I know that my "reason" for being such a late bloomer is a completely understandable one, but are there other people on this fourm who started the whole process 'late' like me? It's daunting to think that I'm nearly 10 years older than my fellow classmates. I go between thinking it gives me a competitive edge ("life experience") and thinking it makes me look like I lack direction. I'd love to hear success stories if anyone has one! Gogogo!
  11. The salary doesn't matter to me so much. I've made 6 digits. It didn't make me happy. I quit so I could go back to being a student. Oh, and I love working long hours. I've done 15/16 hour days regularly in the past, it doesn't bother me. I've always only ever wanted to be a doctor. It's all I can see myself doing with my life. But I think I might feel differently if my circumstances were different (If I had a family to take care of, security to worry about).
  12. I really appreciate everyone's input on this topic. I'm just completing my first semester at GMac, and I've been worried that I should switch to U of A for the 'Prestige' factor. Problem is I really LIKE Grant Mac - Class sizes, instructors, even the layout of the buildings. Glad to know that I don't necessarily NEED to transfer to look competitive....Huge relief.
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