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  1. Forgot to reply to this a while ago. Yeah I definitely agree that having good stats feels more "secure" than being confident in one's ECs, etc. I suppose the fact that MUN is known for accepting people with low MCATs etc really just shows that they're open to looking at the "whole" candidate, and they don't just subscribe to the mindset of good MCAT = good student. I just want it to be March!
  2. Time Stamp: 10:08 am Invite/Reject: Invite! IP/OOP: OOP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.99 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO): 131/128/130 Essays (X/8): (8/8) Spent a lot of time on them, and had them looked over by a few people. I felt that my actual experiences weren't very "impressive" by the standards set on this forum, but I tried my hardest to express what I learned from them. The fact that I've been invited suggests, nicely, that Western cares about what applicants learn from their experiences, instead of just the title etc. Pleasantly surprised by the outcome! Good luck to everyone!
  3. Thanks. I get the sense, however, that MUN simply doesn't really care if someone has great GPA/MCAT. I mean if they're accepting people with ~497-500's then it seems like you just need to meet some threshold and then its not used very competitively. I suppose I've just developed this fear that I've put all my eggs in one basket (i.e. my stats).
  4. Hey everyone, Just wondering if more experienced people could give me some feedback on chances of getting into MUN. I'm an in-province applicant. GPA: 3.97/4.00 MCAT: 518 (131/128/130/129) Other: Probably just average, or below average, extracurriculars. I think I have decent non-volunteering experience, but sub-par volunteering experience. One summer research job, with NSERC, as well as plenty of academic awards at university level. I've learned a lot from extracurriculars, but I felt that MUN doesn't actually give much of a chance to elaborate on them, which concerns me (i.e. they seem to just look at the title of the activity and how long you've done it, etc). Too bad there wasn't a place to write more about them. Interview: Thought it went well/ok - except for one MMI station where, though I felt comfortable at the time and enjoyed the discussion, in hindsight I see that my answer wasn't as careful as it should have been. Definitely wish I had taken the other "option" for this one. Other than that, I found the interviewers to be kind, and the questions to be relatively straight forward. Enjoyed the discussions throughout the day. Hard to comment on the SJT (situational judgement test). Any thoughts?
  5. Trying searching the forums for this, but couldn't find anything. I was hoping someone has insight into what is meant by "Course Description Website" in the UofT prerequisite section. Is this supposed to be a URL linking to a university-sponsored page that describes the course in any manner? For instance, I found a page for a biology course I've taken, but it is the page of a Health Sciences program, which I'm not in (though it is the same course). Would that be fine? I'm not even sure all of my pre-reqs have websites. Cheers!
  6. Is there anywhere online that this is stated explicitly?
  7. Thanks for the response. As a first-time applicant, I'm learning this the hard way. Your signature is very inspiring, by the way. I'm glad you've been able to pursue your dream.
  8. That makes me feel better. Thanks for the tip by the way, I'll try to put that to good use!
  9. Hey everyone, I've been trying to write up my sketch entries. I hear people talk about how it takes them so much time to think about what to write, how to write it etc. However, I can't help but think that 150 characters is barely enough to even give an accurate description of what exactly was involved, let alone include CanMEDS ideology. Am I missing something? Is there a portion (besides Western's aABS and UofT's thing) which asks for more elaboration? I suppose the challenge is to very briefly summarize the activity, while simultaneously drawing attention to the transferable skills (i.e. CanMEDS) involved. Just trying to make sure I'm not going crazy (I don't have close friends applying to Ontario schools) Cheers
  10. Personally, I would imagine that the balanced MCAT score would be viewed more favourably. Not that balance stands out as being particularly good, but a bad score in one section does stand out as being particularly poor. It might raise doubts/concerns about one's ability to perform in an area that is deemed "critical" by the admissions community, whether or not those worries are justified.
  11. Hey y'all, I'll keep it brief. I've played a particular sport in two provinces over the years, in totally separate "leagues". I used to play a lot in my home province, then played a bit more in university intramural. It seems to me a little silly to separate these into two sketches, however I don't believe I know one verifier who could confirm that I was involved in both (i.e. by actually seeing me play, and not just taking my work for it). Is there a general rule for this type of situation? Does the verifier have to actually observe you in the act of everything you are claiming to do? Cheers
  12. Do all of these essays have to be verifiable? Or would you only need to verify them if you reference an organized activity as part of your response? I would find it strange to try to find a verifier for the "uncomfortable conversations" I've had in my life. I would say that the my strongest experiences in that category were fairly privileged conversations, for instance.
  13. Thanks very much for the reply! I guess I'll just have to wait for the CaRMS to open up then. Not too long.
  14. Hi Everyone, It's not exactly clean how (or when) MUN evaluates the extracurriculars of applicants. For the Ontario Universities, it's directly in the application portal of OMSAS, via the autobiographical sketch. Does MUN have a similar system through the CaRMS portal? Or are they evaluated at the interview stage (and then interview are based solely on GPA/MCAT)? Cheers!
  15. I just called the OUAC to try to confirm this, and the gent who answered said that I would have to "contact the schools individually" to determine whether they will require written letters. He didn't seem to want to elaborate on it much. Strange.
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