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  1. Time Stamp: 1:08 pm Invite/Reject: Invite GPA: 3.80 CARS: 129 Casper: Assuming it was really good cause my GPA is below avg, my CARS is avg, and I'm OOP Geography: OOP Damn yo... thought for sure this was a reach for me. Pretty happy.
  2. LOL what? I hope you're joking. I personally would never pay for application-help related services but there is an actual demand for this type of stuff. People pay for MCAT prep courses, interview prep, tutoring, etc. because they feel like it will help them. Unless if the event/company that OP is promoting is known for being a scam, I don't see how anything he/she is doing is wrong. There is no apparent attempt of deceiving people whatsoever in their post. This whole subsection of the forums is dedicated for people trying to sell/seek such services, so they are clearly welcome to promote their services here.
  3. CARS is most important (because some schools only look at CARS or preferentially look at it by requiring a steeper cutoff). Psych is potentially the least important (Western school doesn't look at your Psych score). Bio and PhysChem are both equally important across all schools (except for the CARS only schools like McMaster). Long story short: CARS > PhysChem = Bio > PsycSocial Keep in mind that this is just an inference based on the cutoffs/restrictions set by schools, and some schools just look at your entire MCAT score and don't care for the breakdown by section.
  4. bigboydyo

    Interview Invites date?

    Do yourself a favor and don't look at your inbox before you're done your test.
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    What Am I doing Wrong?

    If the inability to accomplish something is your fear, then honestly I believe that a person like that you that managed to enter a competitive UG degree, and have taught yourself tough subjects like biology (based on your previous posts) despite all the adversity you faced, is more than capable of handling different types of jobs and accomplishing meaningful things. Feeling inadequate for entry to medicine (which is only temporary; a lot of people start applying to Med School after many years of work/graduate studies, at a point which they are well prepared to enter medical school) doesn't mean that you should feel inadequate for other endeavors! In any case, I echo what Aconitase says and suggest seeking professional help. But if that is beyond your plans, at the very least, feel free to PM me for a more personal talk. I can relate quite a bit to your background and sources of stress (I come from a culture that has similar type of thinking and expectations, a fact which was led to a few members of my extended family to feel extremely insecure and inadequate with their sense of accomplishment), and would be happy to discuss with you on that matter, or just about anything else that you may want to talk about!
  6. bigboydyo

    What Am I doing Wrong?

    True, I felt the same way reading that post. To the OP, as Aconitase mentioned, the entry rate to medicine is extremely low in Canada -- below 10%. 90% of ppl trying to get in will not get in, simply put. To add insult to injury, one of the ironic yet cruel truths about the reality of getting entry to medicine is that those who can internalize this low success rate and are consequently prepared to have alternative career paths as well as a general appreciation of their life outside of their admission to medical school end up getting admission over those who have a "all-or-nothing" relationship with medical admission, because the latter may end up developing certain undersirable qualities in the process (showing signs of desperation, feeling stressed about the uncertainty of your future which can heavily impact your performance). I don't wish to deter you from pursuing Medicine, and so my heartfelt advice would be 1) find things that you enjoy other than medicine, so that you can at least come to terms with the idea that getting into medicine shouldn't be your only source of happiness in your life; one can choose a career that may be "less desirable" for them simply to be enabled to pursue other things that you enjoy in life (ex.: doing a job that you are good at, but that may not be your dream job, simply to fund your lifestyle and allow you to pursue your other goals such as enjoying hobbies and growing a family) 2) Continue building your profile/UG for med school but understand that medical schools have a duty to choose people that are mentally strong and can handle adversity and stress among other qualities that, based on your posts, I have the impression you may be lacking. The stress level and rates of burnout/suicide in physicians is high, and so they have a strong interest in looking for those aforementioned qualities. Therefore, if you seriously want to get into Medicine, it would help to build that profile. I don't mean to say that to attack your character or hurt your self-esteem, I just want to give you an honest insight on an impression I had as I believe it would be crucial for you to be aware and think about it. Disclaimer: I'm a current applicant, so apologies if any of my advice/facts seem inadequate or inaccurate.
  7. People say not to pursue medicine for the $$$ because 1) Time-value of money: it takes a lot of years to eventually reach the attending salary, whereas with other professions you can start increasing your net worth from way earlier without all the debt you incur for med school. You will feel and live poor asf throughout your 20s, and possibly early 30s if you start Med School late. That being said, chances are your salary will be 3x-5x more than most people, so within a decade as an attending your NW should possibly skyrocket past theirs. 2) People don't want doctors to pursue the profession for the money (as a primary motivator) for the same reason why Pharma gets so much slack for doing business practices that plenty of other big companies do in other industries, and get away with. The healthcare industry provides products/services that affect people's lives directly, and so there is a greater emotional attachment to that service/product been given with good intentions only. You don't want a doctor to ever choose profits over possibly making positive health outcomes for their patients, even if its their freedom and liberty to do so. And so, you want doctors to be willing to make sacrifices (such as on their income) in order to maximize health outcomes for the population as a whole. If you go into Medicine for the money, you will be quite frustrated in that regard. *Just to clarify my 2nd point, I am saying that some people say these type of things as they want to dissuade those who seek money as a primary motivator from getting into Medicine, because they might not be compatible with what people want/expect out of doctors
  8. With a name like Dr. Kneebone I hope he is in orthopedics
  9. uOttawa and Western too I believe.
  10. bigboydyo

    This Is Insane

    lmao imagine putting all this extra effort and time on some BS that gets you red flagged... some of these gunners need to chill for a second lol
  11. bigboydyo

    Vanier vs Bdeb...which one choose?

    all I know is that Dawson's health sciences program is now the most competitive health sciences across CEGEPs to get into -- meaning that if you get in, you will probably be with high achieving students in a competitive environment (if that's what you are looking for). That being said, aside from the program, the general vibe at Dawson is quite relaxed and fun. But a good chunk of McGill Med-P's do come from Dawson (in 2016, the CEGEP that sent the highest number of MedPs at McGill was Dawson), so it's definitely a good program to go into Med-P afterwards.
  12. bigboydyo

    Vanier vs Bdeb...which one choose?

    Might want to check out the Cote R bonification between the two schools (if there any for these schools. So far I know that Brebeuf and Mari have sizeable bonuses). That is usually a relevant metric for choosing a CEGEP that would be appropriate for premed application. Language is not too much of a factor IMO (besides the comfort you have in terms of studying in one language over the other), especially if you are quite bilingual. Plenty of folks from Brebeuf high school and CEGEP have entered McGill Med-P and have excellent understanding and communication in English. And you relearn the relevant terms in your Med-P year anyway so you won't have to do a lot of catching up, for what it's worth. Good luck!
  13. bigboydyo

    This Is Insane

    Not all pubs require equal effort/time/commitment. Writing letters for instance counts as publications but they may not require the same level of effort and time and resources as a basic sciences paper. You don't need to be better than everyone else to get in. As long as you hit the average (based on admissions stats) on all the factors (GPA, MCAT, ECs, etc), and maybe have one or two unique things that differentiate you from the sea of premeds, you will be fine.
  14. You probably don't have to resubmit. They are gonna receive a bank of photos with e-mails/banner IDs you had to write down when uploading the photo; it's not based on which e-mail you used to access the link. In fact, anyone can open the link (from any e-mail, or from any computer/browser), it doesn't mean that their e-mail gets added as a potential interviewee :P.
  15. bigboydyo

    Should I fight for marks??

    they usually have an obligation to entertain demands for revisiting/explaining marks for a quiz/lab report, etc. Meaning that they can't choose to avoid you. If you approach them in a level-headed manner and discuss the correction (ex.: ask them why did u get a mistake. If you feel like its still unjustified, show them how u came to the answer, ex. by using a textbook, because sometimes they may not be aware of the different possible answers), there will be no problem. And yes, people do contest marks, there is no shame/problem with doing so. Worst case your points don't change, and you learn your mistake. Best case you get some marks.
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