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  1. The online student loan application should open up next week. I think that is my next step. There is also a mountain of laundry in front of me. You are more than welcome to help out with that!
  2. I hear you! I studied for the MCAT while working a full-time job and raising my kiddos! 1. My trick was to study in small bursts. I spent two - 30 minute blocks studying each day. It may take you a bit longer to cover the material than you had originally planned, but it will get you there. You can add additional 20-30 min blocks as you build your stamina. 2. Take practice exams. This was the best way for me to really find out where I was strong and where I was weak. I worked up from doing one exam section at a time until I could concentrate for the entire 4 sections of the exam. https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/prepare-mcat-exam/ 3. Take a break from studying once a week (at least). The time-management and work-life balance skills you develop now will come in handy when you get into med school! Best wishes!
  3. Usually students from other years of the program join. It is a way for new students to connect with others who you will be seeing (someday!!) in the hallways.
  4. For all of my non-trad friends out there, I want to be as open and honest about my journey as possible. So, here it goes: Result: Accepted Geography: IP GPA: 3.98 (I used the 10-year exclusion rule. This means that anything older than 10 years is removed from your GPA calculation, as long as you have completed two full-time undergraduate years within the past 10 years. I guessing that my overall GPA would have been closer to 3.3). MCAT: 510 (128 cars). I wrote the MCAT in 2018, 15 years after completing my undergraduate degree in science. (Yes, I am that old). Needless to say, I required a significant amount of review. Degree : BSc. Animal Science (2003), MSc. Animal Science (2008), BEd. (2015) EC: In my Top 10, I focused on reflecting upon experiences that have significantly influenced how I operate on a daily basis. I wrote a number of them related to teaching and opportunities I have had as a teacher, a couple related to working with marginalized populations, long-term accomplishments (working with animals), and other work-related experiences. I tried to emphasize not what I did, but what I thought about an experience and how it would shape my actions moving forward. Interview: I was a member of Cohort 2. I definitely felt more prepared this year, having spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on last year's interview and practicing with some amazing fellow applicants. I thought that the virtual interview went well. That being said, I still questioned every single word I uttered while waiting for decisions. Hope this is helpful.
  5. They must like us oldies! Can’t wait to meet you!
  6. Go! Dr. P, Go! *I have removed the screenshot, as the post has been removed from the blog.
  7. I JUST had a verifier contacted. Response was requested by Thursday.
  8. It is U of C policy (as per waitlist email last year) that they do not tell you your position, nor indicate likelihood of receiving an offer. They said in the past, waitlist movement has varied from offers being given out to 35 - 70% of those on the list.
  9. Last year was 2:30 pm on a Tuesday.
  10. They are sprinkled throughout the comments sections of Dr. P’s posts since interviews were cancelled. I can’t be sure, but I feel that some of them may have been removed.
  11. I was very disappointed in the posts. It was frustrating to see those comments coming from fellow MD applicants. I couldn’t imagine what Dr.P was feeling/thinking as he read them. Then I began to worry about how those comments were reflecting upon us as an applicant pool!
  12. I imagine most of these were resolved prior to interview invites being sent out.
  13. I doubt it, as verifiers were told to have their responses in by today (mentioned above somewhere). But wouldn't that be nice?!
  14. How much time from when the offer tab showed up to when you got the email?
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