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  1. I feel like that at times as well. But I know alot of my med school classmates are like that too. So you’re definitely not alone in feeling that way. I think it’s okay to have your own space as long as you’re still happy and motivated. I love staying at home and spend max 12 hours a week at school.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    They sound like a bunch of jerks and what they said was beyond rude. The fact that you are in medical school means that the school thinks you have what it takes to succeed. In my experience, arrogance, meanness, and exclusion usually ends up biting the person in the butt. I’m sure there are some nice med students in your class somewhere. Try to make a study group with other students.
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    Losing My Mind!

    Dont need to be so hard on OP. Passion for medicine can start at any time for any one. Students don’t have to take chemistry or science courses to get into med school. The only person that can judge whether or not OP can get into medical school is OP themselves. They’re just in first year undergrad, the possibilities are endless. I did a degree in Commerce and worked 6 years full-time in industries completely unrelated to medicine and now I’m in medical school. Never took a science course in undergrad either. Doing just fine. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
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    Losing My Mind!

    I remember feeling the exact same way you did when I was a first year undergrad many years ago. First year can be overwhelming with all the life adjustments that you go through. But you’re right that it’s normal and you’re definitely not alone in feeling that way. As you adapt, things will eventually get better. It just takes some time. When we look at our peers, we usually don’t see their anxieties and flaws on the surface, so it’s easy to think that everyone else around you is doing a lot better. But in reality, everyone has doubts about themselves and may probably be thinking the same thoughts as you. My advice is to ignore the competition and just focus on doing your best. Regarding math, as a child, I almost had to repeat grade school due to my horrible math skills, so I wouldn’t worry about it at all. You can make it to med school without any advanced math. I would also focus on doing a degree with courses that interest you. Nowadays, most med schools in Canada don’t have prereqs anymore. But if you’re aiming to apply widely, then of course make sure you have your prereqs covered as well. Don’t give up! Good luck!
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    Dropping out of Dental School

    If you want a lucrative lifestyle and prestige, perhaps you should consider careers outside of healthcare.
  6. Just keep in mind that if your end goal is to practice in Canada, it’ll be more difficult to return from an overseas program.
  7. Many years ago when I graduated from finance, I thought just like you, thinking money would bring me happiness and success. It was a naive and immature thought. Money can’t buy you everything. I hope you find your way.
  8. If there was a tracking number saying that the mail arrived at the OMSAS address then OMSAS should take responsibility.
  9. I honestly think that’s excessively priced.
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    Women's attire

    Those checkered pants look stylish and professional. You'll look great with a buttoned up shirt and black blazer. I did my interview in a popping bright blue dress and a navy blazer and that got me into med school just fine. Good luck on your interview!
  11. Thank you for sharing your story. It must have taken a lot of courage to post it and I am listening. You’ve been through so much and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you right now, but I truly commend your resilience. The fact that you are here today and able to post your story, shows what a strong and amazing person you are. In undergrad, we meet many intelligent, seemingly perfect people; however, in reality, no one is truly perfect. Everyone has their own anxieties and flaws that they deal with. We think others are perfect because we can’t read what they’re really thinking in their minds. My best advice for you is to stop worrying about what others are doing. I know it’s hard, but please try. Statistically, medical schools do tend to favor applicants with higher GPAs; however, that’s only one aspect of the application. I know many students who were able to gain entrance with low GPAs by excelling in other parts of their application. Things like the MCAT, extracurriculars, jobs, Casper, volunteer activities, sports , letters of recommendation, and etc., can all make an impact on your application. Medical schools are looking for people who can become good doctors and not people who can just score well on exams. I am a medical student and I didn’t have a 90% average in undergrad. I am definitely not perfect and I have made many mistakes throughout my life. I have anxieties about school and I worry a lot. However, after talking with many of my classmates, most medical students (and students in general) in fact feel the same way. And that’s okay. I also got into medical school quite late —at the age of 28. So don’t worry about having to get to medical school within a certain standardized time frame or age. I understand being delayed one year in grade 10 may seem like a setback, but the path to medicine is different for everyone. Do what is best for you. If medicine is truly your dream, definitely do not give up. Focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Do things that have meaning for you and things that make you happy. Spend time with the ones you love and take care of your health. Lastly, please remember to Give yourself more love. Give yourself more kindess. Give yourself more forgiveness. I wish you all the best and please take care. Feel free to pm if you need to talk.
  12. Hey everyone, It’s the second week of school and I am constantly trying to find better ways to learn and to increase my productivity. Lately, I’ve been finding didactic LGS sessions very ineffective. Sometimes the lecturers talk too fast or the content is redundant. I never feel like I’ve truly learned anything as I am just being told this and that. Also, most lecturers run out of time, so we almost never get to ask any questions. Since almost all the lectures are recorded, I’m thinking of just watching them at home and studying by myself. At home, I am not distracted by students next to me, I can speed up the lectures, skip portions of the lectures that I already understand, and pause the lectures to search up something when I don’t understand. It’s also more flexible for my schedule and saves me time commuting to school as I don’t live on campus. As an undergrad student, I had attended most of my lectures. I feel bad/guilty for thinking of not attending them. Can I succeed and do well in medical school without attending LGS? Most of the classmates I’ve talked to have said they found the LGS useful and disagree with my opinion. Would love to hear more opinions on this topic. Thank you for your help!
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    Good luck everyone!

    Good luck :)! I’m rooting for you!
  14. Hey there, I’m from 2021 too :)! Though I do see a lot of people hanging out in cliques, I also notice that many medical students are quite independent. You should approach those students! I for one am someone like that. I tend to go to/from school alone and study alone. I also avoid the typical pack mentality, but I still have made friends! We hang out mainly outside of school time (once or twice a week) but not really during school due to our differing schedules. So what I am trying to get at is, if you see a red backpack walking alone, feel free to go approach them and say hi. I find that students like me are in general open to meeting new people and will be down to be friends with like-minded people. The key is to find someone that has similar ways of thinking or hobbies or some sort of commonality with you. Don’t feel the pressure to be friends with people that you don’t click with or whom you don’t feel comfortable with. You can also make friends by joining groups and clubs that you’re interested in as mentioned in the previous post. Social media also helps. There are some friends/classmates I mainly chat with on Insta or Facebook. Good luck with everything and feel free to msg if you need to talk :)
  15. A bunch of amazing advice on here. Just to add a little bit more, it’s important to remember why you wanted to pursue medicine in the first place. What inspired you? You’ve made it this far, so what was it that kept you going? Perhaps if you revisit that thought, you might gain a different perspective. I haven’t started medical school yet so I can’t give an opinion on how it will be, but I have lived through several careers prior to pursuing medicine, so if you need to chat, talk about life and jobs outside medicine, feel free to pm me at any time. I sincerely wish you all the best, no matter what you choose.
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    Immunization form deadline

    Completely agree with above. I also have some immunizations in progress and I called the office and they said it’s okay! Let them know your upcoming immunization schedule and send in your form with as much info as you can complete and it’ll be fine
  17. I was a travel agent before and I never relied on credit card travel insurance because the response is slow and they don’t cover many things like (air ambulance) or the stipulations are unfavourable For instance, on some credit cards you can’t claim for trip interruption unless your flight is delayed by more than 10 hours, whereas other plans would say 5 or 6 hours. I always bought an annual insurance plan with Manulife through Flight Centre. In the event of a real travel emergency, you don’t want to be on hold, and Manulife answers almost all their calls within 2 minutes. Their call centre is located in Windsor, Ontario and not outsourced. They have 24 hour assistance and they also can direct bill in most tourist destinations, hence no need to pay out of pocket and claim the money back later. It’s definitely not the same service with credit card insurance and I’ve had to help many clients file a lot of claims during the 3 years I worked as an agent.
  18. Hey guys, I’ve just obtained my LOC from RBC. It was a super smooth and easy process (everything was done by email!) The reason why I chose RBC was because I love travelling and they have the best travel credit card, the RBC Visa Platinum Avion Card. It was no annual fee and you get 15,000 bonus points when you sign up. With RBC you also get loads of other freebies. Check out the link here: http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/student-solution/medical-dental-professional/ My advisor was also super professional and quick to respond when ever I had any questions, so I would highly recommend her. She only does LOC’s for healthcare professionals so she knows what she is doing. If anyone still needs an LOC, I would contact Lisa Zhang, RBC Healthcare Business Account Manager Tel: ‭(604) 345-7410‬ Email: Lisa.y.zhang@rbc.com You can call, text, or email her! Best of luck with school guys!
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    2017/2018 waitlist thread

    I have officially withdrawn my offer at U of A. I hope one you waitlisters here get my spot! Good luck guys! I’m rooting for all of you!
  20. Okay, I’m going to McMaster, but I’m assuming it’s the same! Thank you for answering :)!
  21. Do we put professional or bachelors under program type for the B.C. student loan application?
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    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Congrats!! I was rooting for you! So glad you got an acceptance!
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    Confused af - Move provinces? Rewrite MCAT? Find Alberta job?

    Good luck!!
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    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Thank you!! Look forward to meeting you in August !
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    Feeling Torn

    Try to enjoy other aspects of life while you’re doing your masters :)! Anything that makes you happy, do it and have fun! These other experiences will help you gain a different perspective and ultimately make you a better, more well-rounded applicant. Good luck with your Masters!