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  1. Hi, I know exactly how you feel. And your story is not as rare and unique as it may seem. I myself am also Muslim woman of colour and the anxiety I feel about fitting in with my classmates is real. But you got into med school. You out competed hundreds of applicants regardless of the hardships that you have gone through. You have achieved what many people can only dream of. The fact that you got into med school despite your circumstances means that you belong here. Everyone who got into med school is unique and different and belongs exactly where they are. You will without a doubt find groups of people you feel comfortable around, friendships you never thought possible, and hopefully a family among your medical school classmates. We are all in this together and if you come in with the mentality that you will not fit in, you likely will block yourself off from potential connections with your fellow students. Keep your head up. You deserve this and you will more than fit in if you give yourself the chance to get to know your other classmates.
  2. Hi, If i were you, I wouldn't rewrite. Your GPA seems fine and if you write your extracurricular's well you should be fine. At the end of the day, any higher score, though beneficial to a small degree, wouldn't be the difference between you getting in or not. You are in a good place. If you have the means to write and the time, feel free though!
  3. I guess I can get this started. Result: Accepted (emailed at 4:13pm) but will be deferring Geography: IP GPA: 3.9 MCAT: 514 (126/128/131/129) Degree : BSc completed, MSc in progress EC: A lot of different diverse things! Hospital volunteering for 5+ years, undergraduate and masters research, various hobbies (model UN, dance), volunteering and heading a volunteer youth outreach group, various personal adversities Interview: Honestly, i felt really good coming out of the interview (cohort 1). I felt i properly got my points across, engaged a lot with the interviewers and even made many of them laugh! I really felt i shined in the panel interview where they even made the comment that i appear to be extremely passionate about the work that i do. Like all premeds though, i got really anxious and unsure of myself in the weeks after the interview. I am just glad my initial reaction was the correct one to have! This is a really big deal to me. This is my second application cycle after i was rejected pre-interview from both UofC and UofA last year. Starting my masters at UofC, i was only able to apply here this year and join the leaders in medicine program. To anyone who got rejected, whether it be now or before interviews, its not the end. Trust me, if you want it bad enough and believe in yourself, it will happen.
  4. I was accepted. We have to accept by May 25th
  5. Yeah. Mine changed to that a while ago. I cant remember when it changed.
  6. I interviewed yesterday (Feb 29th) and initially i felt pretty good. But the more i have been thinking about the interview the more i have been stressing out and unsure of my answers. You never know with these things, but i just know i am going to be in state of panic until invites/regrets come out in may
  7. Result: Invite wGPA: 3.91MCAT: 128 CARSECs: I included a couple of my volunteer roles that meant the world to me (community volunteer with vulnerable populations, hospital volunteering for 5+ years, a couple clubs that I enjoy) but I mostly focused on writing about specific life experiences I have had and how those have shaped me. I think it made a big difference. Year: MScGeography : IP Very excited since I didn't get an interview last year.
  8. http://mdadmissions.ucalgaryblogs.ca/ this is the link to the admissions blog. Ill copy/paste the post: A quick update for applicants. Most, but not all of the file reviews are done. The interview stations are just being completed now (and they are going to be really good this year). We anticipate making interview offers early in February. Likely around the 11th. We will be interviewing 576 people this year, which is about 72 more than we interviewed last year. Numbers of applicants keep increasing, so we want to make sure we get a chance to interact with as many of you as possible. Good luck one and all.
  9. Last year they came out by the 19th of January. I don't know if it will be the same this year.
  10. I'm IP! But i dont think there would be a difference based on IP vs OOP would there?
  11. Mine changed 2 days ago to "Awaiting a decision regarding interviews"
  12. Hello, If you go to the UofC applicant manual on page 9 it highlights exactly what they consider to be in province students. You are only considered in province for UofC if you stayed in Alberta for study or employment during the summer months between winter and fall semesters. I am not sure about UofA's qualifications though.
  13. Hello, I don't know how much of a help I will be but I can offer you at least some advice from my own experiences. So I took the MCAT in the summer of 2018 and within a span of 4 weeks was able to improve my CARS score from a 124 to a 128 by changing simple things. I realized that because of the time crunch, I found myself skimming rather than reading the passages. I also realized that because passages can be so long at times, that by the time I finished the passage I couldn't remember what I had just read. I changed two fundamental things when I practiced that helped me improve a lot. a) Instead of reading the information on my head, I started to mouth the words or slightly read them under my breath - this not only made me focus more on what I was reading, but it also increased my capacity for understanding the information that I had just read. b) I highlighted information only if it felt absolutely important to the passage or else I felt I would go overboard and important information would get lost. When you are practicing, are you reading the solutions they are giving you? I found for me personally, the solutions didn't really help. For practice I leaned heavily on the AAMC practice material and the khan academy practice the most. I don't think a tutor will help you because with CARS a lot of the questions stem from you being able to understand the passages, and the only way you can understand is if you read a lot. Not only CARS practice reading but also reading for fun.
  14. yeah i assume they have it now. I would contact the Office of the Registrar and ask them about the procedure. I remember reading that once you register in 2nd term classes, you need to send an updated transcript
  15. Hello, I contacted the office of the registrars two weeks ago about this same issue and this is the email they sent me; Thank you for your email. I have checked your application status and see that our Admissions Advisors have not yet had a chance to review your application. As a result, your To Do List in Bear Tracks may not be a complete list of the documents required from you for admission purposes, or may not reflect the documents you have submitted to date. Once your application has been reviewed, your To Do List will be updated and you will receive an email at your UAlberta account advising you that changes have been made. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the initial review of your application may take upwards of four to six weeks. Please continue to check your Bear Tracks regularly for updates - we thank you for your patience! So yeah, it might take a while for it to update unfortunately - mine still hasn't and i'm an IP applicant
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