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  1. Hi, I'm a first year cegep student and I've been interested in medicine but also biomedical engineering (i'm not sure if this is offered as a minor of bioengineering or as a major (i think it's a phD?)?) I just would like a bit more guidance. Is it possible to do bioengineering and swap to medicine? (And is it recommended or better to take a safer program in uni to swap into med?) So far, my weighted average % is around 89.6 ,but it's still subject to change because of upcoming finals worth >40% (and I don't really know how much of a global R score this should give) Where am I heading with these grades? Should I push myself a lot more for finals and upcoming semesters if I'm still considering medicine, or rather, is this even enough for bioengineering? Also, I'm very interested in biomed engineering for the innovations, but it would be nice to have a feel of what it's like, is there anything I can do to see a day's work? Not sure if it's anything close to this, but I do research in my cegep and even though it's just data collection (DNA extraction), I really love the experience. Thank you very much in advance Marble
  2. Rip moi... je rentre à JAC cette automne :') Aurais-tu des conseils pour la transition? (You can PM me if you'd like, I don't mean to steal the writer's post) Ou qu'est-ce que tu aurais fait différemment afin de diminuer l'impact?
  3. Hi, I suggest you talk with your counselor at your school about the factors you'd like to take into consideration. My counselor personally advised me to think about the cegep in which you'll be the most motivated to study in. You're going to have the opportunity to attend to open houses and even classes (student for a day) so it should give you a good idea of the environments you'd feel comfortable in. Also, don't worry too much about seeing the same faces over again in Vanier. A lot of people from my HS wanted to go to JAC. Some didn't get accepted after 2 rounds. Many are in different programs. The people who are in Science program (20+) barely have a single mutual teacher. Very different schedules and breaks. Also, people who applied because they didn't care about being surrounded by the same classmates forever are usually very friendly students in my school that I personally wouldn't mind seeing for two more years. So there's that. It's a salty schoolmate filter. I come from a french HS but I still applied to an English college just because I feel a lot more comfortable expressing myself orally in English. And yes, go to the nearest cegep.
  4. Bonjour, Je serai bientôt cégepienne en sc et je suis intéressée aux opportunités de recherche (en dehors du cadre du cours). J'aimerais avoir de l'aide sur comment y arriver et sur les documents à préparer avant que j'y parle à un prof? C'est pour avoir de l'expérience de voir la recherche universitaire ; je suis consciente que mes services offertes seront minimes. Merci beaucoup Marble
  5. Thank you so much for these amazing advices. I will treasure these words. And I'm very glad that you've shared this with me. I really needed it.
  6. Jusqu'à présent, je ne suis pas assez familière avec les programmes de med dans chaque université au Qc. Honnêtement je pensais toujours McGill parce que je me sens très confortable de parler en anglais. Mes amis disent que McGill est difficile à prédire s’ils vont t’accepter ou non, alors depuis ce temps-ci je pense aux autres universités, mais je ne sais pas, il y a beaucoup de facteurs à considérer. Ce qui est important pour moi en ce moment est d'avoir ce qui est nécessaire pour être admis dans ce qui sera mon choix idéal.
  7. Ah thank you and absolutely, you have a point. When did you start getting ready for MMIs? They're a bit far from me right now (~1.5 years) but I do sometimes consider buying some books regarding MMIs already.
  8. Hmm, but how can I know if I'm going in the right direction with extra curriculars? Can I PM you about my experiences so far in bullet points if that's ok? Also, isn't McGill the only uni that takes a look at CVPNs? Not that CV in general doesn't matter, just wondering whether i should be building better my cv or put over 90% priority on grades for the next two years. Thank you very much for the advice
  9. I'm applying in 1 year and half though, that's soon enough for me. Maybe it's at a different time outside of Quebec province. And no need to worry about my youth, it's kind of you I still play video games and cuddle with my love.
  10. The chart of this post mentions that it's important to be highly distinguished in an activity that you like.. (ex: to not just play often piano but receive awards or be concert pianist) I don't know how to make me so in visual arts. It's hard to search up online local competitions because most of them exclude my age range .(16) I'm reputed in my HS as a talented artist, but I never had any art classes outside of school range (meaning a high probability of little to no technique) , which also means that even if I were able to join competitions, I don't think it'd be easy for me to win them. I did make a deviant art account not so long ago, and I have 238 watchers which is a bit decent for someone who posts only once in a while and who doesn't draw fanarts. Is opening up commission good enough ? (work exp: selling art requests or prints?) tldr; how to turn visual art hobby into cv worthy pls (highly distinguished person in an activity) should i make a post for this
  11. Working with kids removes my sadness like magic I like to reflect on good deeds and less good things I've done everyday, even if it's just for 15min during a walk outdoors. Also, every few months I get a strong urge to pick up a pencil and draw anything on my mind, and I do it. It makes me extremely calm and in a reverie-like sentiment.
  12. Thank you so much, it's very reassuring for me. Not because I would aim for the minimum, but rather because I know I will be able to prioritize better my grades and activities. I have 1 and a half year to aim for grades and a cv that supposedly guarantee admission at least for first round (even though it's not easily predictable). Although I haven't gotten the opportunity to volunteer at a hospital because of my schedule, I still went to a formation day and I immediately knew that it was something that I have been passionate about. It's just that the nearest hospitals are an hour 30 away by bus and train which makes it a bit harder to fit in the schedule. I'll try to make things work out. And honestly I don't know if it's just my school but anyone going into competitive programs here (med, law, etc..) goes crazy about volunteer or different activities. They spread themselves around a bunch of different places that they admit doing only for application purposes. It's a small school but maybe other places are like that and I might compete with many similar people in the future. Another thing is that I don't have med practitioners in my family. So I might not have the med applicant guidance that others have. I rely a lot on research. My parents just say that I don't have to worry and even though it's very kind of them to think well of me, I still want to do as much as I can.
  13. Wow I thank you so much for sharing this with me. Some people in my school are very worried about building their cv and told me I should too. It's true that it's around 30% though. My experience so far is not related to medical centers so I was wondering if that mattered. Personally I like volunteering for charity at my local church. I get close with many families facing difficulties. I also really love art, I post online and all but i'm not familiar on how to make it cv worthy. It's just laying at the hobbies section. I think there's going to be some counselors in cegep that can help me with cv though.
  14. If it's not too much to ask, what did the community involvement section of your cv look like when you were applying? But I understand if you prefer to keep it private.
  15. Two questions: Are there any similar programs to McGill's STEP program? (I sadly just heard about it today and the deadline was March 31st. I would have adored going to it! ) I'm in a dilemma. If I have the choice between a paid job (summer camp monitor for children with special needs) and volunteer at a hospital (patient visitor), what would be the best for my CV (for med application)? The hospital I'm currently signed up for has only available shifts during daytime on weekdays, which conflicts the schedule as a camp monitor. I would love to do both but I don't know if I should apply to another hospital that could help me make it possible (maybe afternoon shift at another hospital or on the weekends). I should also precise that I have over a month before possibly getting called for the job (due date of application is in may ) so I can always retire my application and just do volunteer at hospitals. Thank you very much for your time and help!
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