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  1. We should get a pool going.. who has bookie experience?
  2. Just digging through the archived emails from last year, the first mention of an offer date came in the April 12th, 2018 email, so whooo knows! Granted the pre-interview email came relatively late this cycle didn't it. Hope everyone's hanging in there - the wait is coming to a close(ish)! Also, LOVE the countdown clock!
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    I remember back in first year there was a girl in a bunch of my classes with this quiet, glamorous confidence. All I could do is joke with my friend about asking her out until one day he said, "...What if she said yes?" I didn't and she got married to some other guy. Let's hope May brings a different turn of events!
  4. Can we say ~7 weeks instead?
  5. Yeah sorry about that it was late. Mine currently says what @Neurophiliac captured, but my previous year's application (like where you go back and see your scores and stuff from last cycle) just says: Obviously it's a throw away observation but that where I am right now.
  6. Alright I've got a couple things I'm thinking about.. 1. Under the application status section it says "You've been invited for interview. Schedules interview etc.." My status from 17-18 reads "You were interviewed" (paraphrased). Hahaha talk about obsessing over the details but I wonder if that changes after the results are out? Also... 2. Do you all remember the writing station?! Ha! For some reason I've barely thought about it/rehashed what I wrote until just now. I only vaguely remember what the topic was and I remember my hand hurting a lot. Wonder what the adcom really makes of all those essays. Cheers. It's beautiful sitting in solidarity with you all. <3
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    MCAT dilemma.. plz help

    Hey congrats on the interview! I have 2 cents to give but as always, take the prescribed grains of salt. Sounds like a tough decision. I too think a rewrite would be a good thing though I wonder about the feasibility of getting a reasonable exam date near enough you if you wait to book come May. The gold deadline's only like a month out from your exam date so at worst, if you book now and you get in, you'd be out a couple hundred dollars in exchange for a fancy backpack! Reason I'm a little less confident than Neurophiliac about the date is my own timeline last year - I waited for the regrets in May and the closest exam centre with a spot on the date I wanted was past Seattle.. not a huge deal but be aware that you might have to be 'flexible' - apparently there's a variety of experiences. I definitely second drafting a schedule early so you can hop on the prep early if May isn't ideal. Cheers & best of luck!
  8. Woohoo!? Updated today too.. good job, buddy in the basement of LSC!
  9. @Neurophiliac are you sure you aren't supposed to be in law or a detective or something? I know speculating is truly fruitless but it sure scratches an itch wrestling through ideas together. Ahh UBC, how you vex us so. It's almost Spring folks, May the odds be ever in your favour.
  10. Totally agree. I go back and read my old pre-interview rejection apps and they're cringey scientific-report style at best. I think the impetus from the help guide is to be as "objective" as possible when writing the description but there are so many anecdotal stories (my own included) where really selling your part in an activity can make a huge difference in scoring. One of my mentors admonished me saying that if I didn't sell myself as much as possible, I would stand out from the crowd (not in a good way), since everyone is doing it. I hear the dissenting opinions and I get it - I think the point is that there's a line between embellishing an activity and being 2 dimensional about it.
  11. Ahh I've been mulling over all kinds of theories and what ifs too! Same.. I thought oh maybe they start from the bottom and work upwards, but that's clearly just to make myself feel better. What if it's like a random number generator they use to work through all 6XX interviewees? One might hope they apply some level of protection against bias when assessing references. Am I wrong or are the refs the only thing left to be "scored" since everything else is quantifiable in itself? Gosh the longer I think about it, the more I'd love to gaze into the blackbox even for just a moment. Wonder if we could have a tell-all from a former committee member who defected and fled to Iceland or something.
  12. +1. I'm checking everyday - any evidence that they haven't forgotten about me is fine with me. I don't know which 3 month waiting period is worse - for the interview or for the offer. Hmm!
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    OOP Chances

    Yeah just to reiterate the point about MCAT score distribution for matriculants - there's obviously an undisclosed range within the 288. There are plenty of anecdotes about people getting in with "poorer" scores (buddy of mine this last year with 507), just as there could be some 528s in the entering class (fricken kids these days). I'm a fan of @Neurophiliac's attitude to just about everything - you can't know until you know so why not be positive and try it out. I will just point out Table 8 on last year's stats (https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2018/10/MED-2022-Admissions-Statistics.pdf) that your gpa is in a higher bracket than where the bulk of the refused OOPs landed. Food for thought - along with how much grey rainy sky can you handle?
  14. So much of me wants to be that guy who flies over the cuckoo's nest but man.. I don't have the testicular girth.
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    Congrats on your masters! I just wrapped mine up last year and it feels good. Interesting story. I mean your stats look fantastic, it's just that interesting bit about the PhD. Not sure if you've applied before but, if you haven't, there's a section at the end of the application where you can discuss extenuating circumstances/gaps in schooling/miscellaneous clarification stuff. That might be a good spot to address it directly since they'll see on your transcripts you were registered as a phd candidate for a term. I think it's pretty much a black box on how they view anything like that but since the AQ & NAQs are screamin', I'd still apply!