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  1. It seems that the single recipient of this particular scholarship has been chosen. Got a nice email explaining that it was unfortunately not me, so congrats to the lucky one! So now all our questions have been answered! Maybe...
  2. YLA007

    2018 Waitlist Discussions

    Welcome to the fam!
  3. YLA007

    2018 Waitlist Discussions

    @YASMEDHey, so your prayers have been answered? Seems the waitlist just moved to 26! Huge congrats!!!!!
  4. YLA007

    2018 Waitlist Discussions

    Sorry. But it does look super hopeful, so I wish you to hear good news soon!
  5. YLA007

    2018 Waitlist Discussions

    I really hope this works out for you! Just pointing out you need two more people to go to get in, since 24 is the next potential offer and you are 25. GOOD LUCK!
  6. And just to chime in..... Born in 1986, I'm 31. I may not be the oldest one in my class either, and I'm sure it won't really matter. I agree with all those above. Enjoy your school years!
  7. YLA007

    2018 Waitlist Discussions

    I don't see the consistency in bad matching, as the French schools never did better than McGill by anything more than 0.8 percent until just this past year, which seems to be the anomaly here. Note also that McGill is just one school while "the french schools" are the averages of three schools, so all this shows is that McGill is never exactly average, but they are pretty close by within 1 percent, with minor fluctuations due to possibly a myriad of factors, and we all know that by definition no single school is exactly average. You have to be looking at a larger data set and also calculate a significant difference of McGill from the average trend in order to logically claim what you are trying to claim.
  8. Result: Regrets Timestamp: 10 am May 8, 2018 GPA: 3.98 before weighting MCAT: 521 (130|129|132|130) ECs: 3 summers research plus year-round at various labs (no pubs), community volunteering, extracurricular teacher, mentoring program, active in cultural programs Essays: Worked really hard for a few days to write the best essays I could, did lots of research on both CanMeds roles and essay topics, and then wrote as honestly as I could. One interviewer actually commented that the writing was really great and that she was impressed.... Interview: At the time, I felt I was really amazing in two of them, but rather dumb in one, having to continuously backtrack and stammeringly explain my reasoning. For the fourth one, I have no idea as to how what I answered even made sense..... Honestly, I did not prepare enough, probably took it easy since I had done so many interviews by then and already had US acceptances. Year: 4th Year UG Geography: OOP
  9. IMO prep course is usually not necessary and can be a waste, especially if you already have the background. Kaplan is good for a review, as Eudaimonia mentioned, and that's what I used. I think the best way to prep is to buy the AAMC online practice package (through the MCAT webpage), and use it as much as you can! The other companies' sample questions and exams generally do not compare well to the real thing, and can be harder or easier than what you need, but the AAMC stuff is very representative. Use a review book set such as Kaplan to brush up on everything, and use the questions in AAMC to sharpen yourself. Then, every few weeks write a practice test (begin with the unranked sample exam, then move on to the two ranked exams). You will need to simulate test conditions and write those tests as if they were real, and then take a couple days to review them and see where you could use some strengthening. Pay attention to why you got things wrong (or right for that matter!); lack of knowledge, misunderstood question, lapse in thinking, etc. There are only three tests, so space them out appropriately to take maximum advantage. You probably don't need more than three months, max 4, (any more than that and you will be forgetting things and it probably won't help in my opinion), so can write one each month perhaps. The Kaplan book set comes with three exams as well, but not as accurate for gauging your score, good practice though. For CARS, I found that the various strategies taught in prep books involving outlining passages and categorizing each question type ended up wasting all my time for the question, so I recommend just practicing reading faster with high-level material. Read a good newspaper or journal every day and immediately summarize the point(s) of the article to yourself, with some time this should help you read critically and succinctly. The practice AAMC questions will help teach you what kind of questions to expect and what to pay attention to. Psyc/soc is hard to completely prep for, even psych majors have told me there were things in there they had never heard of before. I just used Kaplan and it was fine, even with no psych background (molecular bio). There is also this cool site http://www.wikipremed.com/ which is kind of hard to follow and is super thorough more than you'll ever need, but if you get into it it's a nice 3 month program to review it all... Can track your progress as well. I didn't really use it. Also Kahn Academy, good review and explanations, but I found it to be not very representative of the question types. If it matters, I scored a 521 (129 CARS) last year with only Kaplan book set and AAMC online package. Best of luck!
  10. @HoopDreams you are an amazing human being! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, so elegant in their clarity!
  11. YLA007

    Permanent code and financial assistance

    C’est tiguidou!
  12. YLA007

    Permanent code and financial assistance

    I really hope you are still considered a resident even though you left so many years ago. Have you checked this out?
  13. McGill is truly an awesome school, and your last comment there just reminded me how excited I am! I can't wait to meet the whole class! Couldn't resist....
  14. I hear what you're saying, but I don't see why are these reasons for early release of merit scholarships. As I said, there may exist a very slight chance of losing about one student who may find a very slightly cheaper tuition in their home province, and who can't wait a couple months to finalize their arrangements for some reason, and even that I'm not quite sure about. As to your new point about applicants under financial stress, I truly hope that no one would consider withdrawing an acceptance when there are loans, LOCs, and need-based bursaries readily available. The total cost of 4 years at McGill is about 25k, or about 10% (give or take) of what a physician will make every year of their career. If under financial stress and with a large family, say for argument's sake that the need is about 60k per year (it will obviously vary tremendously, but I think that's a number that will cover most scenarios of this sort). The province of Quebec and the government of Canada are both pretty generous with family support, such that a Quebec resident with say three children will receive about 20k per year (varies greatly based on personal situation, etc.), even before bursaries and loans. The available funds from loans, LOCs, and need-based bursaries in this case (besides for merit scholarships) would be enough to allow a decent lifestyle over the duration of training, and loans can be paid back over the ensuing years with little strain. It is entirely reasonable for someone to invest a little bit toward their future in a career that earns some of the highest salaries in the country. If there is a spouse involved, perhaps they could work a bit as well. This isn't the US with half a million dollar debts, 7% cumulative interest rates, scarce need-based bursaries, and expensive health insurance. This is McGill, with a total 4-year price tag of 25k and ample financial resources! Even in the US, many would advise students to go for it anyways (I speak from experience). Furthermore, this person would probably have had a family and/or financial strain during at least part of whatever university degree or prereqs they just did, and they still purposely invested a lot of time, effort, and money in getting a degree, doing ECs, and the like in preparation for med school knowing what they were aiming for. Instead of contemplating dropping the offer unless they get a "merit" scholarship in early spring, they should rather take the time now to fill out need-based scholarship applications both from McGill and from external sources. Also, I don't think there are many opportunities for immediate work for floating around that would provide enough to relieve financial strain for a family, more so than the generous loans and need-based bursaries available to med students along with the near-assurance of a relatively easy repayment in the long term. Furthermore, the entirety of a merit scholarship at McGill will save a student perhaps 7-10k per year in loans, generally speaking (some are larger), and that difference in loan amount is really very small in the big picture, and shouldn't change your dreams. I believe people take out way larger loans to start their businesses and such. Finally, that is not what merit scholarships are for. They may be there to encourage excellence, attract "top" applicants, or perhaps even to allow great students to reach their full potential without financial concerns to distract them, but they are not meant to directly relieve financial strain, especially not of the caliber that would make someone abandon their dreams that are finally in reach. That is what need-based bursaries ar for, as well as loans and LOCs, and it is not hard to get them if one qualifies. If a school wants to support students of high caliber who also have great need with a merit scholarship, so be it and it's wonderful, but that shouldn't be what your own decision depends on. I know this was a bit long, and somewhat repetitive, but I really want to make that point for anyone who may find themselves in such a situation. I obviously cannot speak unequivocally, but generally speaking, I truly think it would be a very bad move for anyone to drop an acceptance to med school for these concerns, for their own and their family's good. Think of the big picture, and go for what your heart tells you to do! I wish everyone the best of luck in making these important decisions. Getting back to your question, I don't know when merit awards are released, but I don't think McGill is under any pressure to release them early for the reasons you mentioned. Take care!
  15. I'm not sure, but which multiple schools would you be referring to? McGill is by far the cheapest English school for anyone in province, and French schools have yet to accept anyone for a while still. For OOP, there are only a few provinces that offer lower tuition than McGill, and there would be very few students who would be in a situation where a scholarship would make McGill more worthwhile than their IP acceptance. Just saying