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  1. TIME STAMP: 11:56 Result: Accepted. IMP (first choice!) GPA or AGPA (if applicable):  8.95 /9.0 GPA MCAT : 510. CARS 130 Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): Bachelor of Business, accounting major. Just finished last week. Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities : Lots. I'm a not trad, mature student with a family and a variety of activities and interests. Everything from archery to Toastmasters, choir to volunteer board director of a gallery. Interview. I think I was strong in 8/9 of the 10. Congratulations to everyone!
  2. I was thinking the same thing! It's a well paying job and every year we need more and more help with the fires here in BC. It would certainly get you to see many of the corners of BC. A friend of mine worked last fire season and loved it.
  3. Wonderful! I hope you get the opportunity.
  4. What province will you be moving to BC from?
  5. There is no mention of any courses being weighted or assessed separately. This would indicate that the only consequence is that the mark is rolled into your GPA. It is a prerequisite course but it does not have a required grade indicated.
  6. I think they are referring to subsequent offer rounds. They say these rounds will be shorter than the initial round so it may be tight for people to coordinate financial information without the heads up. (i.e. if you are waitlisted, make sure you have a plan to get your deposit in order quickly). It reads to me that the only money being paid is the $1000 deposit (which is put against your tuition), and this amount must be paid by your listed offer response deadline. For the first round, that is May 24 and for subsequent rounds that will be a tighter turnaround.
  7. I submitted the rural/northern application. The interview was exactly the same as everyone else. They do not contact you to inform you if you are being considered as a rural applicant (except in the case being discussed in this thread). I am confident I would qualify under the rural application, and so far ---- nothing is different.
  8. Ignore that last comment. I would suggest you stop focusing on the things you cannot change (i.e. bad grad from the past), and focus on what you can change. UBC scores your academic and non-academic each on a 50 point scale, for a total score out of 100. If you make their cut-off with your overall score - you get an interview. You cannot change you past grade (though your overall seems fine, and your worst year can be dropped if you have enough credits), but you can focus on your non-academic score. Take that energy you are wasting worrying and put it into elevating your application in other areas.
  9. I have literally taken a "basket weaving class" (it was a 300 level applied indigenous arts class). It was brutally hard because you had to produce detailed, finicky, time-consuming products every week using skills you just learned. I am an artist personally and a 98%+ student in my university program, and that course was hard. I received a 99% in my chemistry class and only about an 85% in this class. There is a weird implied assumption that certain degrees are less challenging and are therefore less worthy for medical school. It is only a perception that they are "easier". People are drawn to what they are good at; most science majors would struggle in most art classes. I personally think that every program is going to require very different, challenging skills, each of which can be an asset to medicine. For example: A music major has to rehearse hours and hours for their "easy" Small Ensemble class, which also rehearses 6 hours weekly. Their schedules are booked solid with physical commitments to others (i.e. they must be present, in person). They have to master the skills of self-discipline and time management. There is no "cramming" for a recital or sleeping-in/skipping an orchestral rehearsal. If you do - you fail. A business major needs to be able to communicate and work with others. They take complex information (i.e. Tax legislation) and simplify it for clients/users. Some classes have 50% of their mark or more based on group work. They need to learn strategic planning, risk assessments, and alternative comparisons. Creative writing needs to come up with unique, inspired ideas ---- all the time! That would be exhausting. I could go on and on. The point is, every single one of these programs offers a unique set of "challenging" skills that not all of us can do well, if at all. More importantly, these skills are all valuable in medicine. You may be a rockstar in the biochem lab, and someone else can think of unique creative solutions, and someone else is amazing at communicating with patients. Win. Win. Win.
  10. I've always found it a bit strange that there is any expectation for medical program applicants to have shadowing experience. First, student going into any other profession are not expected to shadow as a prerequisite to entry to their educational program. Could you imagine if future engineers, teachers, accountants, lawyers, astronauts, writers, chefs (etc..) were expected to seek out a mentor in their desired field and shadow under them before even being accepted into the program where they learn the skills for that profession. Yet many schools expect this of future doctors. Not everyone has access to physicians they can shadow, as many of these connections are founded in relationship and personal interest in the future of that doctor; a reality that is not available to many. Secondly, medicine is such a varied field. The areas and type of work is unlimited. You can work in everything from policy, to media, to research, to technology, to government, to ethics, to the more traditional clinical and hospital settings. I think, as a student, going into a program/field assuming you know what you will enjoy most is dangerous. You may be blinded to an area of your field that is truly your love - missing your true call. Shadowing a physician in a clinic is only a small fraction of the type of work that is possible for someone with an MD. If students believe that scenario is the only possible representation of their future work it could close them off to other amazing possibilities. Personally, I'm grateful it is not a requirement for UBC Med. Side note: It is PAINFULLY slow at work right now. The week before D-Day. Such bad timing to be in front of a computer all day with nothing to do. Ugh.
  11. Unicorn sparkle would be fun! I would prance to class every day. Plus it would be reflective for cycling. So practical. Rainbow would also be awesome. :)
  12. I think you need to submit proof of English if you are currently "in-progress" with the English Prerequisites. If the required English Prerequisites are completed (i.e. part of your 90 credits), you would have designated them under the "Transcripts" section of the original application:
  13. TIME STAMP: 11:05 a.m. PST Interview Invite or Regrets: Invite Early or Regular Deadline: Regular GPA or AGPA (if applicable): 8.99 GPA, A+ Average (Converts to approx. 95%) MCAT: 125/130/127/128 510 Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): BBA, Accounting Major Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Items include: Parent of a 9-year-old. Over a dozen awards, including National and Provincial recognitions. Toastmasters (mentor, member, executive), Business club executive, Rotary service club member, volunteer Art gallery board of director (pres), volunteer music festival coordinator, Art and music activities (including singing and performing for years and creating and donating art). Organising of local fundraisers for art community. Teaching kids art camps. Outdoor and fitness (inc. avid cyclist, archery, yoga, hiking, football). Conferences. Coaching. Speech and business competitions.... Work experience listed varies from co-op work with the Department of National Defense and BC Gov't, to full-time work as a cabinetmaker and in the film industry. Clearly I'm a non-traditional applicant.
  14. This is an admirable thought; however, I'm almost certain that medical students have absolutely nothing to do with university administration policies. Honestly, I hope none of us get the power to change it, because that means we are working for UBC Medical School as an administrator, and not as a physician....
  15. Some applicants need to do a secondary interview process - such as aboriginal applicants. My guess is that there are specific times allocated for these.
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