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  1. Not sure if there is a thread started for this but I was lucky enough to hear back from Dalhousie University and my interview is scheduled for this month. Would anybody have any tips as to how to practice for the interview?
  2. Hey guys! So I have a feeling I'm most likely asking this a little too early but when are the invites expected to go out? I was told February but older forum posts have said March/April. This is the first time I'm applying to professional school so I'm still pretty new to the whole application process and I'm just super anxious because of how bad I want this. To those who scored an invite at Dalhousie, how did you prep for the interview? What resources did you use? My school, like others have career services that help you prep for interviews so would that be helpful to use as well? Thanks
  3. Dalhousie is my top school and as far as I know, they look at your last two years including the higher science courses. The thing is I took 2/3 of the higher level science courses (biochem and microbiology, A- in each) in my second year but that was the year that my GPA had improved but was still fairly low (might have been between 2.5-3). If they look at your last two years, How will they incorporate the higher science courses I took in second year? My third year is not looking so great as I got a C- and a C which really brought down my GPA to a 3.66 but the two courses I got those marks in were for elective courses (philosophy and personality psych). Would they take that into consideration if I've generally done well in my sciences courses? I took summer courses this year and it technically falls within the last two years they assess. One of the courses was the second part of the higher science courses that was not required but I took it for my minor and received an A-. Would taking the extra course mean anything to them? Do they also look at transfer courses you took at other institutions because the other summer course I had to take was not offered at my school and I had to take it elsewhere. Do summer courses even mean anything to them or do they just focus on the fall/winter terms. I'm going into my last year but in the fall I registered for 4 classes, 2 of which had labs and in the winter I registered for 5 courses and 2 of which have labs as well. I really want to raise my GPA and this far in, I would have to get an overall A to A+ average in my last year to really boost my average but I did not want to risk getting a lower GPA by taking on more courses. Is that a bad idea? Also, would anyone know the GPA cutoffs for interviews invites for dental schools across Canada? Specifically Dalhousie but I was not able to find any stats online. Sorry I know this is kind of long but I'm just really anxious about this year and I want to get in more than anything.
  4. I've been looking for a while now for students in the Halifax area who are studying for the DAT as well to form some sort of a study group. I find I can cover more content and I stay more on track when I work with others. I have a couple of resources including the DAT destroyer to use and if you had any resources that would be even better. Please message me if you're interested! The November DAT is coming up soon and I've been all over the place studying and I don't feel confident whatsoever.
  5. I really want to apply for the DDS program at Dalhousie but I'm not sure how much volunteering or a part time job would boost my chances. I spoke to an advisor a few times and she told me those do not give you any brownie points but I do not want to rely on that. For anyone that has applied to the DDS program at Dal or has some knowledge about admissions, does that boost your chances of getting in? I have a part time job right now but it's in retail and I have been having trouble finding some health related jobs. What were some part time jobs you had?
  6. Dalhousie is my top school and I'm nearly done the prerequisites. I did terrible my first year and slightly less terrible my second year but I met with an advisor who told me that the last two years of your undergrad are the grades they really look at. My third year was good BUT I had a C- and an C in two out the ten classes I took. Those courses I took were not as relevant courses to the field of dentistry (philosophy of religion & personality psychology) but the courses I did well in were relevant courses (organic chem, cell & molecular, biochem, etc.). Although they're not as important as the other ones it's still a bad grade nonetheless and I feel like they would see that as me not being able to handle my work. Has anyone that has applied to Dalhousie and gotten in had the same issue? Do I still have a chance? How selective are they?
  7. So I am in a bit of a pickle here. I am entering my last year of my undergrad but I have not taken the DAT yet. I have a summer course coming up in a few days that is 4 times a week with a lab that is twice a week. I also have to meet with a tutor once or twice a week to teach me a course before the fall because if I do not learn it now, I am 100% positive that it would lower my gpa (calculus has never been my strength lol). In addition to that I have a part time job but I cut down my availability to 2-3 times a week because of school. I am planning to write the Canadian DAT this November so that I have a chance to redo it in February for a better score if things do not go well. I also have a full course load in the fall and winter and I'm high key stressing out because I do not know how to study for the DAT while working and getting an A- minimum for all my classes. Is there anyone who has been in a similar situation that has any advice? What was your study schedule like? If anyone reading this has taken the Canadian DAT, what were the questions like and what were the best study resources you used? How did you find the best way to go about studying was? I have heard a lot of praise about the DAT destroyer and DAT bootcamp but a majority of the people that recommended it were American and I heard the American DAT is different from the Canadian one. So far I purchased Cliff's AP biology (5th edition), Kaplan blue book, and the MCAT general chem review book. I do not know anyone currently studying for this exam so I've pretty much been going off on what others have said online.
  8. I've always hated chemistry because it has always been such a challenge for me in high school and during undergrad. At the time it literally made 0 sense and to me it was just impossible algebra world problems with drawings that all looked the same lol. It was not until last semester that I realized I actually really love it when my professor and tutor I had made everything click and I finally started making connections. I'm nearly finished my undergrad and I really regret not doing a double major in chem. I heard there is not a whole lot of chemistry in dental school but I was wondering if anybody knows any existing fields that I could specialize in that is chemistry based? Dentistry is still my passion but as of recently so is chemistry but I could not find any specialties that combines the two
  9. To obtain my biology major and to graduate this year, I have to take either a heredity course or a molecular genetics course but the problem with that is that it conflicts with another required course for biology majors. Other local universities offer this course but the scheduling also conflicts so the only solution to this problem is to take it online but it HAS to have some sort of a laboratory component (online or in person but it has to be local). I have had no luck finding any of the online classes that have online labs so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?
  10. To obtain my biology major and to graduate this year, I have to take either a heredity course or a molecular genetics course but the problem with that is that it conflicts with another required course for biology majors. Other local universities offer this course but the scheduling also conflicts so the only solution to this problem is to take it online but it HAS to have some sort of a laboratory component (online or in person but it has to be local). I have had no luck finding any of the online classes that have online labs so I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?
  11. So I really need to take a herdity or a molecular genetics course with an online lab as I do not have room in my schedule for the fall and winter. Are there any accredited places that offer it? It must have a lab or my school will not accept the transfer credit. Thanks!
  12. I originally planned on taking the DAT in my second year of undergrad but I had bad timing and had to do courses over the summer. I am entering my fourth and last year and I am taking multiple required summer courses now for both summer semesters so I don't have the time to study for it and because of personal reasons I have no choice but to take it this year. I have a full course load in the summer so I was wondering if anybody would be willing to exchange emails or skype names because I really need help to prepare for November and possibly February if the November one does not go well. I have access to DAT books through my school but working with someone is really helpful.
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