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  1. KeyzerSoze

    This Is Insane

    Oh jeez... well I guess I shouldn't be surprised that someone this accomplished while still in undergrad is kinda well known on campus lol. But yeah we should probably PM.
  2. KeyzerSoze

    This Is Insane

    Well grandma, jealousy would imply I have a vested interest in obtaining what someone else has. I've no desire to become a researcher one day. Call it more inquisitiveness with an unhealthy dash of neuroticism. And "just go write your own papers", what the everloving hell kind of stupid advice is that? Go back to studying for the MCAT or something.
  3. KeyzerSoze

    This Is Insane

    Yeah I definitely freaked out. At junior year of undergrad, 1 first author is incredible. 2 is insane. Anything more and honestly I wouldn't believe you. You can imagine my reaction at seeing 30+ first-author papers. And yeah this person is in epidemiology. Published a bunch of papers in useless topics, doesn't really feel fair.
  4. KeyzerSoze

    This Is Insane

    I stumbled across the LinkedIn page of someone in my program who has 30+ first-author papers. We're in 3rd year. How in god's name is this possible...Well I guess if this is the caliber of student I'm competing against there's no hope for me. But honestly my first thought isn't even that this is impressive. It's that this makes no sense whatsoever. Some Nobel prize winning researchers don't even publish that many in their entire career.... Alright this is bothering me. No one should have 30 papers at this stage in their life. So after doing a little more sifting it turns out he and a bunch of others churned out a bunch of papers in their own "published magazine" that they started from high school, and the person that supervised them didn't even have an advanced degree, they published papers on like safety in sports or something. Honestly this is borderline cheating; it completely disavows the people producing valuable research. Someone please tell me med school adcoms will be able to sift through this nonsense...
  5. KeyzerSoze

    CASPer done...thoughts?

    Yeah I definitely took advantage of the fact that each of the 12 scenarios is marked by a different person. I used like the same opening sentence for every scenario lmao because I wanted to get the key words in there. I think I started every scenario with something like "first and foremost, it is important to analyze this situation as objectively as possible and consider all possible viewpoints".
  6. KeyzerSoze

    Advice On Dropping A Course

    Well then.
  7. KeyzerSoze

    Advice On Dropping A Course

    I do need it for my degree...but that midterm was the most in-detailed one I've done in undergrad so far and I'm kind of shook lol...I don't really respond well to adversity I guess
  8. So I'm in my 3rd year of Med Sci at Western and I'm kind of worried that I did poorly on my Anatcell3319 midterm. I'm worried that I got somewhere between 80-85, and if I get an 80 for a full year course it'll lower my GPA noticeably. For anyone that has taken Anatcell 3319 before, does it get any better/harder? I'm seriously considering dropping it.
  9. KeyzerSoze

    CASPer done...thoughts?

    The shortest answer I had was 2 sentences I think, but that was one of those "suppose this...does your answer change" kind of questions, and I had one sentence for saying my answer didn't change and one for explaining why. I generally got 4-5 lines per question
  10. So now that CASPer season is over, what did y'all think about the tests?
  11. KeyzerSoze

    Premed - Western vs McMaster

    Therein lies the real advantage of Health Sci I think. Being able to hone and develop interpersonal skills that really show in your essays and interviews. I'm at Western Med Sci and everyone here keeps to their small friend group, there's zero sense of "we're all in this together" in the program, and we certainly aren't taught any soft skills in our courses, which means we're left to navigate essays and CASPer all on our own. Sure I have good grades, but every EC I have I've had to actively seek out on my own, and I have no idea how I'll do on CASPer, and I have no idea how I did on my essays, and I've never had any opportunity to develop my interview skills (which I'm sure are below par). It's impossible to say health sci doesn't offer some kind of benefit.
  12. KeyzerSoze

    Premed - Western vs McMaster

    I am genuinely curious and would appreciate an answer: how are so many health sci students so good at CASPer and CARS? I mean sure they might have grade inflation, but are they really taught these intangibles?
  13. KeyzerSoze

    Premed - Western vs McMaster

    The one thing I've noted about Health Sci is that a huuuge portion of them get into Mcmaster Med, many after their third year. Assuming Med Schools don't favor undergrads from their own schools, that would mean that not only do Health Sci students generally have high GPAs (we all know this), but many do well on CARS and CASPer too. I was wondering, does the program actually prepare you for these things (like CARS and CASPer)? Or are the students just a concentrated group of very well-thought people?
  14. I understand why people say stuff like "Do what you enjoy don't worry about grades". It's the same reason why people say stuff like "pursue a job you're passionate about don't worry about the money". Life is short and we'd like to believe we have some control over deciding what to do with it, and that pursuing our impulses will lead to some ultimate satisfaction. But the fact of the matter is that money does matter. You can't live in society without it and you should strive for a job that will earn you at least a stable income. Similarly, grades do matter, and if you think an elective will bomb your grades, you should drop it (even if it's something you're interested in). University should be about having fun and discovering who you are, but it's just as much (if not more) about striving to do well in your classes and earning grades that will earn you a good career. I'm sure OP already knows this (and to OP, first year grades are important, just as important as upper years), but I'm just saying in general. I think hedonism in our society has gone a bit too far.
  15. I think at like one school in Ontario the higher years are weighted more but at the vast majority of schools they’re just as important as upper years. I never understood why during our first week in undergrad people would tell us to not worry about first year, how it’s a “feelout year” etc. It’s 25% of your university life...and actually more important than upper years in the sense that you learn the foundational knowledge needed to do well in upper year courses. Can’t building a tower without the foundation.
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