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  1. Hello guys and gals, This will be my 4th year applying to NOSM and I've always been uncertain about this portion of the application. The questions: 1. Please identify the population of the community in Canada in which you spent your adolescent years. 2. If you lived in and attended secondary school in Canada, what was the postal code of your home address? Okay, #1 is easy for me. I lived in Hanover, Ontario, from Grade 3 until the end of Grade 10. Considering most of my elementary school and remembered childhood happened here, this is what I documented. For #2, however, I'm a bit torn. Like I said, I lived in Hanover up until the end of Grade 10. Afterwards, I moved to Bowmanville, Ontario, and completed Grades 11 and 12, as well as a couple OAC courses (I was in the old curriculum). This is the school in which I graduated. So, counting the OAC courses, I'd say I completed more high school in Bowmanville than in Hanover. I still identify more with the Hanover school, though, as that's where I feel I "grew up". My high school years in Bowmanville were pretty tumultuous and, to be honest, I hardly went--angsty teenager not happy with moving away from my friends and all that jazz. Haha Obvious concern here for a NOSM applicant is that Bowmanville isn't going to be considered rural--Hanover is. Any thoughts?
  2. Rejected. Second year in a row, though interviewed the year prior with my first (and hastily prepared) attempt. Really scratching my head over this year as my application reads much, much stronger than my initial year that landed me an interview. Not rural all my life, but born in Elliot Lake and lived there until age 9. Moved to smallish town (pop: 5000) until age 16, then lived an hour from Toronto in a larger town (pop: 25k) until age 26. Moved to Sudbury August of '09. Never lost contact with the North as all of my extended family lives around here. Was a kick in the stomach as I had very high hopes for this year, but am looking at the bright side: nearly a whole year to better myself and my application. Congrats to those of you who are interviewing! It really is a lot of fun and those 100 minutes go by in a flash.
  3. When I applied they asked for the postal codes of all places I had ever lived and dates to accompany them. I remember this because I was able to state that I was born in Elliot Lake and lived there until I was 9. Perhaps they have stopped doing this?
  4. Similar experience, here. I interviewed my first year applying to NOSM with a last minute application that I had whipped up. Didn't even expect an interview, but was thrilled. Didn't get in that year, which was no surprise for me (though the interview went well enough, I did feel my initial app was weakish). So, this past cycle I had applied with a much stronger application. Finished my degree, added 4-5 ECs, boosted my GPA a smidge, and bought a house in Sudbury (I was living east of Oshawa). No interview this year. Not even applying this year... completing a masters degree, now. I will apply again next year.
  5. Yeah, at least these prices are MUCH more reasonable. Apple products are almost disposable, anyways. j/k UOIT had outrageous tech fees, and the laptops weren't very good at all. NOSM is cheap enough that you can understand the prices given software + hardware depreciation costs.
  6. Are the questions the same as the last two years? I'm taking a year off from applying... in the midst of my masters degree. Will apply again when this sucker is done.
  7. They require/provide an iPad? Haha, that's crazy... Kind of neat, though.
  8. Yeah, I am just starting my Masters program in May... it's around a 20 month program, so I am thinking even if I push it, December is my best bet. I doubt if I will have everything graded and a completed transcript by the 30th. That being said, there is a health psychology certificate program that I could take starting in January of 2012 that would finish up in August, 8 months later. So I'd be ready to apply for the Oct 1st 2012 deadline with a Masters degree (0.2 bump) as well as that certificate which would just fall into the 48 item sketch. Hrm. It's unnerving for me to be thinking this far into the future. Haha
  9. Ah, thank you! I'm not sure when convocation happens but I'm doubting it's before Dec 30th as I believe I will be finishing up in December. Damn. Thanks for the clarification!
  10. Okay, am looking at this right now: http://www.normed.ca/education/ume/general.aspx?id=1232 Graduate Degree is mentioned twice. Once suggesting it needs to be completed by Dec 30th of the application year, and then again suggesting it would be completed by the application deadline (which we all know to be Oct 1st). So, anybody requested clarification on that? I will be completing my masters between Oct 1st and Dec 30th so this would make a pretty big difference for me--potentially allowing me to receive credit and reapply a year earlier. Also, am I correct in understanding that the marks obtained in the grad degree don't matter, as long as you receive the degree? Sounds like convocation is all that is needed to nab the 0.20 GPA boost. Trying to bump up my 3.71.
  11. Yeah, you'll want to try and stay fairly current with the picture of healthcare in our country. Also make sure you're studying the school itself! What they are about, how the program is designed etc. I'm about to start my masters after not getting invited to interview this year... so I doubt if I apply next year... but it was a blast interviewing in 09. Good luck to all of you!
  12. Oh, I will! Congrats to all of you who are interviewing! It is truly a great experience! I had a lot of fun interviewing last year and was really looking forward to it this year! After the first question you'll find it exciting and fun! Enjoy and good luck!
  13. I did not. I know NOSM is the school I want to go to--I've even moved to Sudbury (bought a house!) to be close by. My day will come, but for now, I will look into getting my MA in Psychology. Looks like it can be done online in about 2~ years. At least that will get me back into academia so I can dive into some books and papers. I've been going stir crazy since I finished school last April! Moving to Sudbury, buying the house, getting a dog and starting a new job was all good... but now I need more. Sadly NOSM won't be filling that void this year, but someday, hopefully...
  14. Was pretty surprised yesterday to get a rejection email! My appy last year was thrown together quickly before the deadline as I had originally not intended to apply that year. I was granted an interview at NOSM. This year I substantially beefed up my application adding several fantastic volunteer experiences, finished my degree, and even bumped up my GPA by a whopping 0.01 (3.70 - 3.71). So, either a strong pool this year (at least relative to last year) or the subjectivity of the marking of those questions is really shining through. I feel my answers were stronger than last years! Anyhow, that being said, this is the push I needed to finally pull the trigger on starting my masters. This will give me something to sink my teeth into and should get me into med school for the 2013 class, haha.
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