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  1. Thanks for the help guys. I guess I'll just work for a high GPA in the following years while maintaining my volunteering schedule for EC's and see what options are available to me after that.
  2. Sorry about the double post (can't yet edit my posts), didn't notice that you wrote a good 5th year grade would make me competitive for Ottawa (potentially, depending on weighting), ignore that part of my response then haha. Anyways, I'm definitely keen on improving my GPA for a shot at Canadian schools first. Just wanted to gauge exactly how uphill the battle towards competitiveness will end up being for me.
  3. Thanks for the reply. Yes, I am an Ontario resident. I hate to have to get into desperate hypotheticals, but are most Ontario schools (including Ottawa, Mac, and UofT) still out of the equation given a strong result in my fifth year? I'm aware of the GPA bottleneck created by my earlier years, but I'm wondering about the extent to which a strong upward GPA trend has on my chances (if at all), given I'm not auto-filtered out of the applicant pool by their computers? (Hopefully, I'm not sounding too naive?) I mean, at this point I'm just wondering if pursuing Canadian schools is even a viable option, or if I should set my sights elsewhere. I may even consider doing a 6th year of undergrad (if possible) to broaden the range of schools I have a chance with, but I'm just not sure what the right move here is.
  4. Hello everyone, as I understand it currently I am not competitive for any Canadian medical school. I started off my undergrad with a horrible gpa that has trended upwardly up until my third year. Here's the breakdown: First year - 2.8 (And I hate myself for this) Second year - 3.64 Third year - 3.79 This leaves my cGPA (unweighted) at 3.41, which isn't competitive anywhere, as I understand it. I'm hoping to ramp up this upward GPA trend of mine in my fourth year, but my question is, does it seem reasonable to apply to med schools after my fourth year, assuming I do extremely well? Or, should I delay my graduation and pursue a fifth year? This also leads to my MCAT question, which is that since scores are only valid for roughly 2-3 years on average, would it be wise to forget about the MCAT until I finish my fourth year? Thanks so much for the help in advance.
  5. Hey, I'm a Canadian premed student who's currently in a bit of a pickle. I'm considering dropping a course in which I have received a mark of 81% on the first midterm, but am anticipating a somewhat lower mark (~60 ish?) on the second midterm, though there's no valid evidence that I would necessarily achieve such a low mark, apart from the empty feeling in my stomach recalling myself winging a somewhat highly weighted question. On the flipside, it seems that many students had a similar experience on the second midterm, so my reluctance to drop the course stems from the notion that there might be some sort of grade curve. There are additionally occasional quizzes which I anticipate I can achieve relatively high grades in to somewhat alleviate the low midterm grade. I would just like to ask you if you believe it is worth dropping this course - or if I should just stick with it and maintain my 5 course workload for this semester? Thanks in advance.
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