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  1. I'm in the exact same situation. If you really are worried, I would tell the employer that you might have to dip out, but you don't know if that is certainty. Unfortunately all the official timelines state that offers will be in early May, so I highly doubt you will find out this week (as much as I'm anxious to know as well). I also got a summer job lined up to start May 2nd, so I just told them that I applied to med school and might have to break my contract. The way I look at it, things are going to shake down one of three ways: 1) You get rejected. Looking at the numbers alone, this is your (everyone's) mostly likely option and you'll need that job then. 2) You get into Ualberta. They don't start until late August, so you'll only cut maybe a week or two off you internship and you're not hurting feelings/taking someone else's spot. Take the job. 3) You get into Calgary. They start in early July, this is where you have an issue. You might want to not take the job then. I personally made the decision that options 1 and 2 outweigh the chances of option 3 happening. You also stated that you would choose Ualberta over Calgary anyway, so you reduce the chance of option 3 happening even more. If you do have to leave the internship in June, it might make you feel like a bum, but I don't think you need to lose sleep over this. Most places will understand the importance/excitement of actually getting into med school. Being paid by scholarship might require you to pay it back if you dip out early, so be aware of that.
  2. I am not sure if beartracks ever updates, because mine doesn't have a to-do list either. It looks different than when I applied for my undergrad, so I feel like the advice about the to-do list is just generic. You could try emailing them and ask if they have it? Or just send it again just in case.
  3. 10 min is enough time to have a quick snack or run to the bathroom. Usually the people working the test are pretty fast and efficient. I found it was nice to leave the testing room during the breaks to clear my head for a second before going back in. That being said, a guy on my test date downed two redbulls during his lunch and went right back in to the test, so you do you
  4. Hey, I'm sorry if this has been asked before, I just couldn't find it! I know that UBC has 4 campuses, and you can pick which one you want to go to after interviews. I've done some research into which to choose, but there is a lot of back and forth out there. It seems like the Vancouver campus is most desired, which is pretty obvious because it is in the actual big city center. I just want to know some relatively objective differences between campuses. Are they all basically the same education, just at different sites? Is the difference mostly just cost of living? Thanks!
  5. Hey, I just wanted to weigh in and say that I think you will probably be fine. Honestly, I felt that the MCAT was built up to way more than it actually is, and you tend to do better than you think you will. Yes, it is a big and difficult exam, but I feel like at this stage in your life, you have probably written worse finals. Now, this is exclusively my experience, so take this all with a grain of salt! I'm pretty sure when I was preparing, I had 1-2 questions wrong on every passage, always, but I still ended up being competitive in all sections. Also, getting 1-2 questions wrong per passage will not get you a 132, so keep that in mind. It will probably let you be 127+, which is typically the benchmark for a competitive score. If you want to do better than that, then I agree with Windcalibur. Figure out if you are getting the same type of questions wrong every time. Are you getting the tone of the passage wrong? Are you letting the multiple choice options influence your choices? Are you missing details? Are you getting tired during the passage and start skipping things? I tend to be pretty good at picking out the tone of the passage, so I would write down what I thought it was, as well a a super short summary for each paragraph. That would prevent me from letting the multiple choice options sway my opinion, as stop me from needing to re-read the passage and waste time. It also kept me focused. I only went back to passages if I was asked a specific detail. This worked for me because I write quickly and often study by writing out my notes, so it's up to you to decide if this would be a good strategy to use. For your practice scores, figure out if you are performing relatively consistently. Once you get a few tests in a row with relatively similar scores, that will probably be what you get on the actual MCAT. If you find that doing more practice tests are just stressing you out, then take a short break, or practice a different section of the exam. Don't let a stray 124 scare you, or if you were doing pretty well and then suddenly stopped--you might just be tired. And, at the end of the day, relax! It's just a test, and you can take it again. I know that's not ideal, but it will help to not build it up so much and will probably help you perform better.
  6. Wow thanks so much for your input haha! I had definitely planned to apply to lots of schools to up my chances. I'm glad to hear that you get a feel for the school culture in the interviews-I was worried I had to have it all set before I even applied.
  7. I will be applying in the upcoming fall and I was wondering what schools other people have chosen and why? I'm in Alberta, so UofA and UofC are obvious forerunners for me, but I am considering out of province schools as well. I was wondering what some of the western schools were known for, or "stereotypes" about what kind of students are drawn to various medical school? What is drawing you to certain schools?
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