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  1. Does Canadian Medical schools ask for personal statements when a student apply or does it depend on which school you are applying to? Can we or Should we submit a personal statement to a school even if a school may not require it for the sole purpose of trying to explain some obstacles that was faced during undergrad? I keep hearing that personal statements are very important in the US when considering the applicant, but I'm not sure if that also applies to Canada. Likewise, I've read online that the US References are very very important too and I'm wondering if its also true for Canadian medical schools or are references only there to serve as "red flag" alert? TIA!
  2. PERPETUALLY People eat raw peanuts, eventually turning us all lingering liars yellowish. [Side Answer: I don't think so, I think it could be anything you want.]
  3. What year are you in college? What do you mean by "when I transfer to a university"? Did you just graduate from High school? Because if you are an incoming freshman then you have plenty of time to improve your GPA over the course of your Undergrad career. If it makes you feel any better, I personally know someone who has worst GPA than your 2.5. My best friend has <2.0 GPA due to depression in his first and second year of University, his depression wasn't treated early on and his academic suffered severely which was very unfortunate because he was a straight A+ student in high school. He's going into his 3rd year this coming school year and he finally realized that he wanted to do medicine. He was inspired by all the doctors who helped him treat his depression that he is now fighting to make his dream into a reality. Sure, it's an uphill battle from here on out but I believe in him and I think that you should believe in yourself as well. If you are someone who is on his/her 1st or 2nd year then you still have time to improve. If you are on your 3rd or 4th year then you might consider staying an extra year to help boost your GPA. Good luck!
  4. What's a passage map? And, how do we make one?
  5. So what did you end up doing? Did you end up withdrawing from your undergrad degree or did you defer or did you enrol to medicine right away? Wouldn't it be wasteful to do 5 years of undergrad working towards a degree/program only to drop it? What would you end up having at the end? No degree at all or simply a general science degree? I'm in the process of doing a 5th year for my degree (had fairly rocky start and I want to try to improve on my GPA) but I also wanted to apply during my 4th year but will I simply be wasting my time?
  6. Thank you all for some insights and helpful advice and suggestions! I'll just keep on going and ask around and maybe someone will be willing to take me under their wing. Wish me luck!
  7. Hi everyone, with summer already starting, I was wondering what kind of jobs you all hold or had as a current or past Undergrad student. I was looking to get a job but it's extremely competitive where I reside since most require about 1 year of experience or more depending on the job and all I have in my resume are volunteer experiences and some leadership roles. I've worked at a fast food chain when I was in high school (11 months) but I had to resign since I needed to move to the city to study. Even after applying to sooo many places, from fast food, to retail, to cashier. You name it! I get NOTHING, no call, no nothing! I even tried the old trick of talking straight to the manager and handing them my resume personally and calling them after a few days to check on the status of my resume... I even tried applying on the work-study programs at school and the on-campus jobs... I'm starting to feel like I'm jynxed or cursed or just plain unlucky or dumb... I worked on my resume to show who I am and what I've accomplished, I've even made it look all fancy with some style and colour... I just need a part-time job to get some sort of income since books and rent have a pretty hefty price tag in them and I want to be a little bit more independent since my parents can't always help me with this kind of stuff. I am an adult now and I want to learn how to be independent without relying on my parents like I used to when I was a kid... I was wondering what the best job would be for a student to apply to. I was hoping that I could continue to work during the fall/winter sessions so I think starting in the summer is a pretty good place to start. Thank you you all in advance! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and sorry for the long post... I needed to rant a bit!
  8. I'm not sure when their birthday is but I'm assuming that its sometime late in the year since they are still currently 19. And, YES! I talked to one of them and he said that he had the AP/IB transfer credits from high school, I'm not sure about skipping the grade part but I believe that they also took summer courses since they only did the 3 yrs general science degree.
  9. I would have to agree to that! However, I also know 2 students who are currently 19 years old who got into two different med school this year. One at the U of T and the other at the U of M. I still can't believe that they got in on their first attempt and I'm not going to lie, I envy them a little but I'm also quite proud of them!
  10. Thank you for your input! He's been reading everyone's comments and he told me how grateful he is that there is a chance of hope for him. Also, I think what you mentioned about not worrying about ECs is a really good and helpful advice since he should focus more on solidifying his GPA first. Thank you for your kind words about me supporting him, its the least I could do with all of the kindness he has given me in the past. I know that we both have long ways to go and I think that he's also now planning and considering on doing a 5th year since I will be doing a 5th year for my degree.
  11. Thank you for your input and I'll make sure to tell him that. I'll also look after him to see if his GPA is improving or not. I think that widening the goal sounds like a good plan, however, I'm not sure if his GPA will be competitive enough to meet the cut-off for the out of province criteria. Also, Yes, my friend was aware that I posted his situation here. I made sure that he read my post before posting it publicly for everyone to see. Thank you for your input. Yes, from the other advice, it seems that everything will now depend on his 3rd and 4th years and possibly 5th if he choose to do a 5th year. Thank you for your input!
  12. Hi everyone, Before I start, I would just like to say that I’m posting this question on behalf of my best friend. I told him to join this forum and ask it himself but he was too scared and embarrassed to do it so I’m doing it on his behalf and for his own sake. BEWARE: THIS IS A LONG POST! Sorry in advance, I feel the need to be specific with the details. So, my best friend recently told me that he would like to pursue medicine as a profession and I couldn’t be happier and proud of him. As a current premed myself, it’s nice to have someone to have along on this journey to medicine. He’s a very bright person, extremely hardworking and possibly the most optimistic person that I could have ever met. I really look up to him, respect him and I also consider him to be my friendly rival. We both went to the same high school and he was very active in school and in our community. He was also a straight A student in high school, I’m not sure how relevant that is but I thought that it’s something that I should share. However, he recently dropped a big bomb of news to me. He told me that he had the worst two years of his life as soon as college started. You see, we both just finished our 2nd year this year so we are still fairly new to college. But, he told me that he had been assessed by the counsellor at our school and the assessment proved that he was suffering from mild depression and anxiety for the past two years. This mild depression and anxiety has affected his academic performances during the first two years of college. I felt like such a terrible friend for not noticing his signs and symptoms and that he was suffering from depression and anxiety. He hid it from me so well, too well if you ask me! As I’ve mentioned before, he is a very optimistic person and he showed no sign of change when we were hanging out. He always had a great big smile and we would always work hard and study together. But, it was all a façade, he secluded himself from everyone around him didn’t tell a single soul what he was going through, not even his parents. I felt very hurt that he didn’t tell me, me of all people, his best friend who would do everything to help him out! But I also do understand that he didn’t want me to worry for him and he didn’t want other people to worry for him. Fast forward, I asked him for the truth on what he’s now doing about his depression and anxiety and he told me everything. According to him, he is now getting treatment and he regularly meets up with a counsellor to talk and further help improve his situation. He’s also a part of a group that helps deal with anxiety and he told me that it has been helping him greatly. I genuinely feel like he is now on the right tract of improvment. He’s still very persistent in wanting to go into medicine. Throughout the years that I’ve been friends with him, I’ve never seen him that dedicated on a single goal. Sure, he’s a hardworking student but this type of goal orientation feels very different. Okay, so here are his stats for the first two years of college: cGPA: 1.70 According to him, his academic performances has been very rough. He was only getting Cs, C+s, Bs and B+s from his classes. In addition, he failed 5 of his courses and he planned to retake all of them. MCAT: Hasn’t taken it yet so N/A. ECs: Volunteer in a hospital, holds a leadership position in a science club and volunteer in a lab I know that his stats are extremely low and you [the reader] may think that my best friend is crazy for even thinking about pursuing medicine with these stats but he’s really determined to reach his goal. He’s currently taking summer classes to retake his failed courses and he has been doing amazing in all of them. He just took his midterm and he received an A+ after studying really hard for it. As his best friend, I really want to help him out to the best of my ability but at the same time, I need a realistic opinion from all of you. Please try to avoid any hurtful comments about my friend since he would also be reading this thread. I really need everyone’s opinion and input on what his chances are! Lastly, I’m not sure how relevant this is but he told me that he would like to mainly focus on applying at the University of Manitoba school. We’re both from Manitoba so technically he would be an In Province applicant and I know that they do Adjusted GPA but I’m not really sure how far that can help him. Should he stay for a 5th year? Just give up on medicine? I’m really lost on what I should tell him! Thank you all in advance!
  13. Just curious, why do we have a "Store" section? I don't really see anything that its selling besides "Widget". Whatever that is...
  14. Here you go: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/forum/39-applying-to-american-schools/
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