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  1. PreMedJen

    MCAT advice - Take or not take?

    Thank you both for your encouraging words. I really appreciate it. Sucks cause I just tried to speak with my parents about this and another fight abrubted. I think I will try another FL and use that to assess where I am so far. And you are right Angiogenesis95, I really don'the want to put this summer and my money to waste. Once again, thank you both.
  2. Hi to anyone who sees this. So I am going to do my best not to whine or complain because I know many people have had it far worse than me, but I don't know what to do and don't know how to handle this situation. So this is my second time taking the MCAT. The first time I took it, I voided it. I was foolish to think that I could manage a full time job, a prep course and study at the same time. Other may have done it, but I did not and could not. This time around, I did not go back to work and devoted the summer to just studying and taking a prep course. There have been some family issues going on in the house (fighting, yelling, etc.) which have made studying in a quiet environment difficult. Jump to the last month of prep, and my grandmother has fallen ill. This has resulted in me having to take her to the ER multiple times, doctor's appointments and physical therapists as she is physically weak. I hope I don't sound like I am complaining because I want to be there for her and help in any way I can. But it has progressed into me having to care for her throughout the day with meals and helping her around the house. My younger brother is not helpful and will not help. My parents are always at work and don't see how much I have to help her around the house. I'm getting more stressed with my test date coming up on Sept 1st and with my grandmother's health deteriorating. Again, I do not want to sound like I am complaining but I am starting to get very anxious multiple times throughout the day. I don't feel in the mindset to write the test and focus, but I am so angry with myself for a) not being able to manage and b) not doing it right the first time around. Should I not take the test this time around and wait until next summer? Or should I push through and go with it? Thank you for any input in advance.
  3. I don't know if this will be of much help, but I found this app very helpful in undergrad on my iPad (Notability). You can download the lectures, write notes on top and record lectures too (it plays back the notes you wrote to time of the recording too). I thought it was worth the cost... just going to leave the link here... https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8
  4. PreMedJen

    EC's????

    TARS and Pippa756 have a good point. I think that your drive to make an impact, doing something you love and/or something unique will stand out the most. Don't go into it thinking you need a prestigious EC, but rather find something (a hobby maybe) that you really enjoy. Start off small, but then get more involved, possibly taking on a leadership role, or initiating something. You want to make sure that you passion for this EC really shows in a admissions letter, interview etc. because interviewers and admissions offices really can tell if you care about what you are talking about or if you are just using it fluff up a resume/ application. It ultimately shows them that you have that drive and passion that they look for in future physicians. I have heard many stories about 4.0 GPA students and 520+ MCAT scorers who did not get through because they just didn't put time or effort into something they loved in their spare time.
  5. ^^ Thanks a lot for the replies, really appreciate it!
  6. Do you know if it is a void kind of thing, or are all your scores available to admissions offices?
  7. So is this to imply that a significant improvement reflects better? Or the fact that you a) had to write it multiple times and b ) did not do well the first (or one of the times) is what sinks your application?
  8. Thank you for the reply, I do have many of the science courses already. I may just look into volunteering with my PI and manage my time wisely. It's tough but I don't want to spread myself too thin.
  9. PreMedJen

    leadership experiences

    I don't know if this will help, but for applications and resumes, I was always told to express what I did, how I did it and what outcome it had on a situation/ team as a whole and/or on me. If you are able to put this into good words and actually show that your leadership made an impact (especially for something you care about), it shows you are a quality leader, much like Meridian has said.
  10. I was just hoping to get some advice about this. I am planning on writing my MCAT next summer (first attempt) and I would like to dedicate my summer (3-4 months) on studying for it and practicing as much as I can. However, it dawns on me that I may not be able to maintain a summer job this way, nor dedicate myself to a volunteer position as a regular volunteer. I have heard about people who have balanced studying and other things before, but I would like to devote as much time as I can in one summer term, rather than having to repeat it because of divided responsibilities. Would you recommend balancing or devoting? Am I overthinking this? I am not looking to fill up my resume just for the sake of it; it is just that I have worked with a great PI for two years now and I would love to continue to work for him in the future - just think this gap would jumble things up.
  11. Hi everyone, I was just curious; I know as well as the next Pre-Med student that a stellar MCAT score is a must if you even want to be taken seriously by the admissions offices. I was just wondering, even though many Canadian schools take the most recent MCAT score (and US schools...? do they do this too, forgive me as I have not looked into their analysis of the test yet) does it reflect poorly on you in any way, if you have a very poor MCAT score in one of you two or more attempts? Also, do they even attempt to look at an increase in performance if you attempt it more than once?
  12. PreMedJen

    AAMC Practice Tests

    Definitely do a practice test very early. You will 9/10 bomb it, BUT this will give you the opportunity to see where your knowledge is starting at and where you need to work up to. I would recommend doing a test AT LEAST once a week working up to test day. This way, when you actually write the test, it will just be like another practice test, and you will be prepared. Time yourself and make sure to go back the next day to figure out where you went wrong. Focus on your weaknesses. We tend to go back to our stronger areas because it gives us validation, but validation is not going to get you that top mark on the MCAT - learning from your mistakes will.
  13. PreMedJen

    Studying Methods

    So all throughout my first two years of undergrad, I have been writing out my notes after lectures to help with retention and then re-reading/ teaching my self out loud while studying before an exam (and using whiteboards). But of course, this was over a longer semester period and with fewer subjects to know. I am writing the MCAT Sep. 1st and was just wondering (because of the vast amount of information we need to know/ understand for one test) would you recommend following my same procedure or using typed notes which I review? *I am also balancing a job on top of this so I do not have the same time/ study schedule as another student devoting their whole summer to this. How did you/ do you study? Thanks in advance!
  14. PreMedJen

    Very Lost About Getting a Masters

    You are definitely right. It is a two-year worth project, which I will have to like. And thanks for putting it that way. I think I need to stop looking at academic and research experience as "something for my application" or a way to "bide my time". I have a new perspective to this now. Really appreciate your response.
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