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  1. This seems like a question only you can answer, as there are so many moving parts. Is your goal to be a doctor in Canada? Will the UK school allow for that? Have you looked into coming back to Canada when you're done school? Is the UK school in a cool city? Is it going to be THAT much more, if you're smart? Obviously those are just a couple of questions you need to answer yourself. You could always make a pros/cons list, too. Good luck with your decision. It's not an easy one, and it would be helpful to talk it over with friends and family.
  2. The main concern I am going to respond to, that others have raised, is age. It really doesn't matter what age you are when you start school, except that as you get older you can't stay up as late and you need to plan your time better because you can't burn the candle at both ends. I think that whole "do you really want to put your life on hold until you're 40" argument is a bit ludicrous. I am in the process of switching careers from one profession to medicine (I start med school in a few weeks). I'm 34, and if all goes to plan I will be a physician by the time I'm 40. What is the average age of retirement for family doctors? 60? 65? Some work until they're much older than that. Personally, I would much rather have a shorter career that I like than a long one that I feel trapped by. I also don't see the need to put things on hold. I am in a stable relationship and will be having a kid in November. Too many people see being in a relationship/married as some sort of conflict with their career, when in fact it can be useful to stave off burnout. Having a supportive partner and a little guy to come home to sounds like a pretty big value added, rather than any sort of sacrifice. You know what else I've learned in my "old age"? Boundaries. I know that in order to maintain my health, there are things I need to do - eat, sleep, stay active. A lot of students who have only been students get lulled into this fantasy that student life requires all-nighters and constant studying, when that's simply not true. Everyone's experience is different. If you feel compelled to go to med school, then by all means try your darnedest to do so.
  3. I haven't read all of the comments in this thread, but I think that buying an expensive car when you get into med school is a very poor financial decision. You are buying a depreciating asset that you will be paying for in 6 years. By that time, you are more than likely going to want to buy a nicer, more expensive car. So you will end up paying for two cars - one of which is worthless. That said, do what you want. If you think that having a car like that is going to benefit your life for the foreseeable future, go for it. But you're going to be paying for it. You're bound to make stupid financial decisions in your life anyway. Just make sure you spend money on stuff that actually benefits your life: food, shelter, other things that are going to benefit your mental and physical health. I anticipate spending money on bikes and whatnot, because they keep my headspace and body healthy. I can't imagine an expensive car doing that, but you do you.
  4. I was told by someone in second year that it would be this week or next. (I was told that about a week or so ago.)
  5. I took intro Chem from Athabasca and it was a bit brutal. They mailed me a chemistry kit, so I had to do all the labs at home. I had to write the tests at another academic institution, which was fine. I just found that studying chem at home alone was pretty challenging, especially first year general chem, which has SO MUCH material. I found the TA to be fine and the lab reports and assignments to be relatively easy enough, but the exams were very tough for me.
  6. I talked to Anika at RBC yesterday. I was told that my confirmation of enrolment and payment receipt were enough. I will probably end up going that route, as I already have some loans from RBC and they all seem kind of similar.
  7. I have degrees from both of those Universities. One of the bigger questions is: where would you rather live? What are your priorities? Feel free to send me a PM if you'd like, and I can try and answer any questions for you.
  8. This thread has been a pretty inspiring read. Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories; it has made me feel more welcome as a "mature" applicant, especially one that has a different background. I am happy to report that I was accepted to med school this fall. My story is: I went to law school and worked in and out of the legal profession for about 10 years. About 4 years ago, I realized that it wouldn't be a good fit for me long term. I had previous experience working with vulnerable clients in the legal sector, and realized that being a doctor would be one way to help people in that capacity. I also had past experience working in clinical trials and a few personal experiences that have pushed me toward the direction of becoming a physician. In 2016, I took some high school science courses that I neglected to take, and subsequently finished a BSc (with distinction) in the following years. It has been absolutely refreshing to study science again and to feel so humbled by my lack of knowledge. I expect this will continue through med school and the entirety of my career. I will be 38 by the time I graduate, and will be over 40 once I become a doctor (fingers crossed), but I am hopeful that the experience will be worth it in the end. If anyone has questions about my experience, please let me know.
  9. This is where I am at myself. Doing the math of working my current job (or something similar), plus the added cost of school, I am looking at close to $500K to become a physician. Obviously its not all dollars and cents, but that number is hard to see sometimes.
  10. I think that a lot of the advice in here is great, but also keep in mind that I suspect most med schools are looking for people that are real people, with real experiences and real interests. Why do you want to be a doctor? What else in your life are you passionate about? What will happen when you face burnout in your career, especially if you have poured all of your energy into it? How will you be able to recharge in a profession that is rife with burnout? How will you relate to others? While I think it is important to practice interviewing skills, keep in mind that is just one skill. You still need to go out and do the things that make you you. On the marathon analogy, I think it's important to actually train and get in good shape. It's not enough to practice putting on your shoes and walk to the pace line. You need strength in your heart and in your feet to keep you going.
  11. Update: Status: Accepted (From 1st quartile of waitlist) - Regina (second choice) Time Stamp: May 26, 2020 - 2:37 PM GPA: low 80s MCAT Score: 504 Location: IP Degree: 2 x UG Interview: Felt pretty good, compared to last year Congrats to everyone else who got in, and good luck to everyone on the waitlist.
  12. That's a fair point. I just found that AFMC data and I guess it is reassuring. Though I'm not sure I would be happy to find out I was accepted a week before classes start. Last year I was released from the waitlist on July 31. I really don't want that this year. However, I wonder if people will be required to attend in person right away if the plan is to have classes online. Edit: the AFMC data isn't clear on whether the people declining are for IP or OOP or both. I imagine that more OOP would end up declining. Edit #2: I just got an email - I was accepted to Regina (second choice)! Good luck to everyone who is waiting. If you have any questions about the process, let me know.
  13. I thought that knowing I am in the first quartile would be less stressful than not knowing my place last year. It's not. I wish I would know how deep into the quartiles they have gone in past years. I realize it's only been a week but I hope this summer isn't too long.
  14. Considering the class size is 100 (5 seats are reserved for out of province), that does seem like a high number. Where did you see the number of offers given in previous years?
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