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  1. 1) I wouldn't say students prefer to live off campus, its definitely just a matter of opinion on what an individual seeks in a living situation. You can definitely live on/near campus in first year to be close to the LSC and then move to live closer to VGH in second year if you want to live near classes in both years. 2) super hard to answer this, especially because even if you live on campus, you still may not be in walking distance to the LSC considering how large the campus is. And if you live off campus, but near campus, there's no way you'll be in walking distance to the LSC because the pacific spirit forest is inbetween UBC and West Point Grey. 3) Unsure what type of social life you're into, but parties usually happen at clubs downtown (which are easily accessible if you live downtown, in Fairview/kits). You can definitely take taxi's downtown, but they are pricey so it's best to split it with other people. You can also take a bus downtown (takes a bit longer but its free with your compass card). People obviously do have parties on campus too. The other thing is that MANY social events happen at the MSAC, which is in Fairview/close to the VGH. So if you live on campus it'll be a 45 min commute to the MSAC each time you want to do an event in the evening. 4) wouldn't be isolating living on campus ... you can leave whenever you want and theres a lot of M1s that live there, so you'll find others that live there and chill with them. Taking early busses isn't that bad! you get used to it quickly.
  2. I'll 2nd this comment. All 3 aspects listed are for an ideal location for all years. Living in this area isn't exactly what you may want in your first year because the commute to UBC for 8am can be rough if you're not a morning person hehe; but if you tough through it, it gets better in 2nd, etc. just want to add one more comment: finding a place that fulfills all these criteria may be expensive $$$. So make sure that wherever you look for a place is within your budget!
  3. 1. Most/all of the 1st year lectures are held in the LSC (Life Sciences Centre). Only clinical skills is held at VGH. 2. Deferring this to someone who lived on UBC campus. But from what I know theres many apartments near the village that people live in. 3. Final exams in first year are late april (~24-26), so going to that wedding doesn't sound impossible. If you are ontop of your stuff and feel okay taking that time off, I'd do it if I were you. One thing you have to lookout for is the OSCE date, because they hold it on a weekend in April.
  4. This is around when I knew I was ready to write the MCAT Anyone else??
  5. 0-1 questions wrong per passage sounds good to me! If you've written a lot of FL tests and are obtaining consistent CARS scores between tests, I'd say you should feel ready for CARS
  6. Congrats on increasing your Verbal score by so much + from a low starting point
  7. I don’t think you make the Western CARS cutoff, but you may make the Queens CARS cutoff. So definitely add Queens to your list.
  8. If you're perfectly bilingual, I'd suggest applying to the French stream as you'll have a higher chance to get in. Apparently (someone at uOttawa back me up on this), once you are admitted to uOttawa med, you can take your exams and listen to lectures in whatever language you prefer. So if you'd prefer to continue learning/studying in English, I think you'd be able to do so.
  9. "Practicing" for the CASPer is nothing similar to the MCAT as far as time commitment and mental commitment goes. You will definitely not be spending 8-10 hour days doing prep for the CASPer, especially for 8 weeks. There is typically a small amount of prep involved, and you can honestly do very well on it without any practice at all (but wouldn't recommend this). I'd recommend reading about the test and the structure of it, doing a few practice questions to get a feel of how it is to write it, and thinking of some life stories that you can use during the test. In the end, it's a very quick test with not much commitment behind it. It may even help you prep for your interviews!
  10. I know someone who had a 124 CARS and they fell below the CARS cutoff and didnt receive an interview at Queens. Best bet would be to apply to uOttawa. And while doing this application cycle, practice for CARS + do another MCAT.
  11. I personally wouldn't agree with the person you were talking to. Doing research in a few labs is valuable to understand how different labs operate, what your interests are, and to get a solid LOR. I don't see the value in doing research in 6 labs over 3 since you're likely to be less productive and make a smaller impact in each lab. If I were you, I'd try to do research in a few labs to see which one suits you best, then pursue one lab heavily to get publications/posters/abstracts out of it.
  12. According to this post by Mac (https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/classof2020.pdf?sfvrsn=2), 4 people accepted last year had a CARS score in the 123-125 range. It doesn't say what their GPA was, but if I were to guess, I'd say it was 4.0 or close to 4.0 (>3.97).
  13. If anything, I think the 1st score (508) would be more likely to meet the MCAT cutoff since it has a 126 in CARS. But I'm not too sure and would like others to comment on this.
  14. I know many people who have done this before (+ got into Med), so it shouldn't look bad. If anything, it'll show progression and curiosity. Your pharmacy knowledge will be very useful in med school as well, so that's a plus. Definitely apply.
  15. literally this. I wouldn't recommend doing a push for the earlybird deadline When I applied under the normal deadline, I still got my desired interview day and timeslot. In fact, many seats in each time slot were still available at the normal deadline check-in. So, chances are, you'll be just fine in selecting your desired day/timespot for an interview.
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