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  1. Lol, my bad. For some reason, I thought the costs of going to St. Georges was the same as Ross and SABA (which are similar to Canadian med schools). If the prices for St. Georges is the same as a US med school (which it seems like it is), then the choice is a no-brainer.
  2. I had to pick between the two this year as well. I ultimately ending up choosing U of Guelph. I personally picked it because of the following factors: location, access to academic support, research/volunteer opportunities, student satisfaction/rankings. In my opinion, these factors play a pivotal role in the likeliness of getting a higher GPA. Location: I live in the GTA and don't want to live in Ottawa. I won't be able to come home from Ottawa every weekend. Access to Academic Support: For some reason, U of Guelph puts a higher emphasis on helping students than other schools. They have something called SLGs, which are supported learning groups. They are basically tutoring sessions outside of school for specific first year classes (specifically chem, bio, physics and math). They give out practice tests and quizzes. From what I've heard, there is a strong correlation between participating in these groups and high grades. The faulty is apparently supposed to be amazing and super nice. They are always willing to help you. Research/Volunteer Opportunities: If you do good in SLGs, you could volunteer as a peer helper. I've heard that it is easier to get TAing positions at smaller schools as well. Moreover, it is completely possible to get a undergraduate research assistantship during the summer. Guelph, as a city, is also very easy to find volunteer work in. Student Satisfaction/Rankings: Comes in at second in Maclean's Canada’s Top School by Student Satisfaction 2019. Only second to Laurier, which is a notorious party school. Also, ranks fifth in Maclean's best biology universities in Canada list; it's just above McMaster. https://www.macleans.ca/education/university-rankings/canadas-top-school-by-student-satisfaction-2019/ https://www.macleans.ca/education/best-biology-universities-in-canada-2019-ranking/ These are the main reasons why I chose U of Guelph. Make an informed decision. Thanks for listening to my TED Talk.
  3. The US is significantly more expensive, but IMO it's more worth it. If you go to St. Georges, you will be at a disadvantage in terms of residency. You will likely only get into Family Med and/or Psychiatry, if at all. Personally, I know people who got into IM and PMR, but those people are practically geniuses that did mediocre during their UG because of personal issues. Getting into US med schools might actually be easier than you think. Because both are marked using different things, your grades might be inflated depending on the school you went to. Remember that if you decide to go there (or even the US), you have to write the USMLE Step 1 and 2 for residency. Those exams are killer and in the Caribbean, many fail them.
  4. What exactly do first and second year students generally have on their resume/CV when applying for such programs? As they generally tend to have minimal work or lab experiences, but they just put their ECs? Moreover, how much of the likelihood of finding a position is based off your GPA. Would I have to maintain my GPA and ECs the way that they are to would I have to add something else into the mix?
  5. Don't quote me on this, but I have a friend who is currently in the program and he told that the program will grow next year, which ultimately means that the admission will grow.
  6. Search it up, lol. In Canada, they are all competitive. For all three though, the first year courses are generally the same, so finish first year and you might learn a thing or two about your future career path. Also peep this: https://michener.ca/academic-programs/requiring-university-degree/
  7. I'm in high school rn, so I don't much experience, but from what I've learned from this site is that a lot of people tend to struggle transitioning from secondary to post-secondary education. With that being said, like other people in this thread have stated some med school don't use your cumulative GPA for acceptance and most just tend to look at your best years. The main thing is don't lose your motivated and keep grinding. Moreover, don't forget that if you are financially stable enough and don't mind studying in the US, as a last resort type of plan, you can probably get into a med school in the US with a Western GPA. AMCAS translates a 80% or higher from Western to a 4.0 .
  8. I have looked around a multitude of forums and I would just like to say that your comment is more sound and harbours more information than entire threads filled with 100s of comments do. So thanks for that. And moreover, if you don’t mind, can I ask you a few questions? If you don’t reply or answer, DW, I won’t take it personally. 1. Where did you do your UG degree? I see that you’ve changed your major quite a bit, but at what university did you complete your degree? 2. Do you mind listing your ECs and volunteer experiences? Also are the ones I do in high school right now, weighed the same as the ones I do in university? 3. What was your cGPA? 4. Did you shadow any doctor in university? How significant is doing so? 5. What is one piece of advice that you would give a high school student who is transitioning to university life? What should they do/know before starting school in September, in terms of preparing to learn? 6. Most people I see on forums go to U of T, Mac or Western. I was just wondering how people at medical school actually went to Ryerson or York? Is it high or low? 7. If I get into Western’s Med Sci and York’s Kinesiology (let’s just say theoretically), which one would you recommend? They are arguably polar opposites. However, apparently Med Sci is similar to Mac’s Health Sci, so I don’t lnow. My cousin is currently doing his last year of residency as a physiatrist. After seeing his dedication to his work as well as seeing him work hard in an attempt to help people, to me, is just inspiring and selfless. Sorry if I asked too many questions and made it sound too much like a job interview.
  9. Same. I feel more motivated when I have a smart friend in my class, who thinks they can get a higher mark than me. Personally, I’m a person who thrives off competition. However, all my high school friends are sadly planning to venture out into business or law. IMO, though, I think that there is a fine line between a program being hard and competitive (like Mac Life Sci) and a program being hard for the sole purpose of just being hard and prestigious (like UofT Life Sci). ^ don’t know if u actually understand what I mean.
  10. I’m in Toronto. Not too sure about a UG degree in BC. Too much work, risk and personal sacrifices involved. In my circumstance, don’t think it’s worth it.
  11. Lol. Personally, I also find the social sciences to be extremely easy, as I do well at analyzing text and elaborating on ideas that I’m trying to convey. Writing also comes natural to me (not trying brag at all). This year, I’m taking Ancient Civilizations as well as Econ at a Grade 11 Uni level and am finding them super easy and don’t even consider them real courses that I need to study for. The problem, however, occurs in the subjectivity of the teacher. In English, which is an art (similar to social science imo), I would consider myself a relatively strong student. I’ve been getting high 80s - mid 90s. Last year though, I had a teacher who was an extremely hard marker. She also openly shows favouritism towards certain students and their marks reflect that. I finished the course with a 73. After that experience, I’m somewhat sceptical of taking social science or English courses due the heavy influence that the teacher’s opinions and values hold . Imo, it’s not worth the risk. I would rather stick to courses that I know I could get a high 90 in if I put in a sufficient amount of effort, rather than courses where I have to repeatedly adjust and manipulate my work and overall style to get a good mark.
  12. Mac is known for bringing averages down? Never heard about that, looks like something I need to look into. Life Science at Mac was my first choice prior to my discovery of the program.
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