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  1. OMG I'm so sorry! I meant OMSAS ID! I'll fix it now LOL
  2. Well when I went to register I couldn't add the Ontario schools without putting the OMSAS ID down. So that's why I'm suggesting you add a non-Ontario school for now, to be able to register (cause you can't register with no school there, or so I assume!).
  3. You can register and manipulate the schools you want to send it to after you submit your OMSAS application. For example, I am pretty sure, you can add Mcgill (for which no ID number or anything is required) to your CASPer profile when you register, and then when you have your OMSAS ID, remove that and add any Ontario schools you wanted to send your CASPer results to. I would say the exam spots won't fill out that soon though!
  4. You would be transferring credits from the first, but for schools that only require two years of full course load grades (i.e. Dal, Queens, Western) they won't look at transfer credits. So is the case with mcgill as it considers the degree GPA and won't look at anything from a previous degree (except for basic science pre-req courses if they're from back then). However, Mcgill requires a phenomenally high GPA from out of province applicants, beware of that. Queens and Western don't. I think with a really good CV, as yours seems to be, Queens is a very viable option (b/c of holistic review and stuff) with a 2nd undergrad.
  5. I do agree with others that getting high grades while keeping a full course load would be harder in nursing (if you wanna apply after 2020 with your nursing degree I mean). But I just want to point something out, make sure McGill replaces your new grades for the courses you're retaking right now on your degree GPA as well. Because I'm pretty sure, even though the science pre-req grades will be replaced certainly, in order to improve your degree GPA for McGill admissions you'll need to repeat the corresponding courses while still studying for the same degree, aka before graduation, OR do an entire 2nd degree and have the grades from the 2 years of that considered for admission purposes.
  6. There is absolutely no need to do a second undergrad, in fact you might be doing yourself a disservice since you'll have to get the same grades with more extracurriculars this time! You can spend some time taking science pre-req courses to cast a wider net, studying for the MCAT, and doing any volunteering that interests you (best have one in the health field, but the rest don't have to be). You can certainly include anything you did in your first undergrad as CV material too, plus your experience doing MBA projects could be used as leadership-teamwork experience once you fill your application.
  7. Glad I could help! I would say motivation and knowing why you want to undertake any huge responsibility is important, but I totally agree, not living up to your potential is up there on the list of the worsts! Look for people like yourself on you tube or forums (keeping in mind you'll have to skip a lot of negativity on forums), get motivation and tips from them and ask how they could get through it all.
  8. I don't know if I agree with the saying that 20s is the best time of life, but I know this, life is mostly suffering, for everyone at any age! If you can spend it in the pursuit of something meaningful, then the suffering becomes tolerable and life has some meaning to keep you going. I think this pursuit of a "better future" (for most of us here, that constant effort to get into medicine for example) is what distinguishes youth from older age and that's what might make it "better" in a sense.
  9. I don't know about your financial situation and what you can do to improve that for pursuing medicine, but I just want to share my two cents with you. First, US schools do look at increasing trends in the GPA very favorably, and they do make certain concessions for those holding graduate degrees, so you might not even need to do extra undergrad courses, depending on the schools you apply to. Second, if you have researched the ups and (many!) downs of medical education and still feel the intrinsic urge to pursue it, do not let anyone scare you away. I personally know many people who started medicine with husbands or children. I actually knew a lady who was in her early thirties, had 4 young children (youngest 6 months old) and was juggling a 2-year second undergrad to be able to apply (didn't have another option considering the high GPA requirements in Canada), and she got in last year! I would just say that she relied on a strong support system (in-laws to take care of the kids sometimes, supportive husband) to be able to pull that off, but she was determined and she kept saying that she'd regret it for the rest of her life if she didn't try. Anyways, good luck with this journey and may god grant you the extra patience!
  10. What seems obvious here is that getting a pass/fail system for your first two years will not hurt your chance for Western or Queens (wouldn't matter) and for Ottawa you won't be eligible without a fifth year either way (low GPA or only 2 usable years of grades). For UofT you can only benefit from doing the pass/fail thing unless OMSAS really flags your transcript. I suggest you call UofT and OMSAS with the hypothetical scenario of what they'd do if they receive an application with 1st two years being just pass grades. Keep the question simple so they can give a more straight forward answer. Also you'd be eligible for Dalhousie too as far as I know, if you're interested in casting a wider net! Good luck.
  11. No, they're not always solid. For example Western had a lower cutoff for CARS and B/B (I'd double check the 2nd one) last year than they had 2 years ago.
  12. Oh, I see. So if you wanted to estimate, how many hours would you say you've spent on CASPer overall?
  13. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this thorough explanation and share your wisdom! This will definitely come in handy to everyone who's ever preparing for CASper. Just a quick question, how long did your entire test prep take, and how many hours a day?
  14. Even though your GPA would have probably given you a much higher ranking than mine will, but this still helps clarify things a bit. Thank you
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