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  1. UPDATE: Applied + (PT or OT?): OT- Western, Mac, UofT, Queen's, Dalhousie, Alberta PT- Western & Queen'sAccepted: OT- Alberta, UofT, Mac PT- Queen'sWaitlisted: OT- Western (upper third), Dalhousie PT- Western Rejected: OT- Queen's I have firmly accepted McMaster OT and I'm so excited for the fall!
  2. Some people have messaged me so I decided to just make a public post instead of sending individual messages! I'm second on the waitlist at Mac, so all of this decision-making is IF I get in. I also decided I would choose Mac over Western if I ever got off the Western waitlist too! This was all based on my own research, opinions and talking to some people in the programs. 1) I read some really bad things about U of T about their curriculum. I looked at the 2019 forum as well and there were about 3 people telling everyone not to go to U of T for OT because they were currently enrolled and were having a bad experience. They explained that there was limited practical experience and it was very research and theory focused! I also looked at all their course descriptions and noticed a lot of research classes, which I'm not interested in. Props to you if research and theory is your thing, but it's not for me! That being said, I also talked to some people in the program right now and they're having a great experience! They like the curriculum and the vast amount of placements they can do in hospitals and in the catchment area! 2) Toronto is very expensive and a busy place for COVID right now! I want to go somewhere where I'd have the best chance for some in-person and practical experiences (if it works out anyways). Also, the catchment area for Mac was more convenient for me as it pretty much spans from Hamilton-area to my home town! I also went to Brock for my undergrad, so I have a lot of connections and friends around this region! 3) I was SUPER nervous about problem-based learning at Mac, but I have talked to some people in the program and they said it's something you totally get used to! I feel like it will allow me to gain more practical experience and feel more confident when I go into the work field! I like the independent aspect of it and the great reviews I've heard about staff support, the family-vibe of students and the learning style! 4) I love how Mac has a mandatory mental health placement! Mental health is something that interests me and I would love to see if it's a good fit for me in the future. Also, the placement starts a lot earlier than U of T! Your first one is in November for Mac versus sometime in the summer (I think) for U of T. I'm very focused on getting that practical experience! Anyways, I hope this helps! And all being said, I've talked to people who love U of T and their OT program. I have just decided that the area, learning style and curriculum are a good fit for me at Mac! This is definitely just my personal opinion, but I hope this helps someone! Feel free to ask me any other questions!
  3. Hey! I was deciding between Mac and U of T as well and I ended up deciding on Mac! Feel free to message me if you want to know my reasoning!
  4. I was accepted to Alberta & U of T and am high on the waitlist for Mac (#2) and Western (upper). I was riding a high until I was rejected by Queen's which was my top choice! U of T and Queen's had the exact same application and I'm still super confused and upset about why I was rejected. I don't think it is because you're international. The process is very confusing because all schools are looking for different things and we don't know what those things are! I don't think it would hurt to apply again and maybe ask them if they can help with your application for the following year (I know some graduate programs offer this). Best of luck and keep your head up!
  5. Applied + (PT or OT?): OT- Western, Mac, UofT, Queen's, Dalhousie, Alberta PT- Western & Queen'sAccepted: OT- Alberta, UofTWaitlisted: OT- Western (upper third), Mac (#2 spot which means a probable acceptance!), Dalhousie PT- Western & Queen'sRejected: OT- Queen's GPA: c-gpa 3.75 and s-gpa 3.82Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: -Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CPT) at a Rehabilitation Facility -Volunteer at a Senior's Exercise centre -Volunteer leading an exercise program for Seniors -Volunteer at a Children's Movement Program-Volunteer at a Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre-Student Athletic Therapist -T-ball and Soccer Instructor for kids aged 2-5 Congratulations everyone! I'll be making some decisions between Mac, U of T and Western for OT!
  6. All Ontario PT and OT admissions are sent out on May 29th through ORPAS.
  7. Do you guys interpret this as the offers being sent out by Sunday, or offers being sent out by the end of the first week of May (May 9th)?
  8. Hi! I sent a message to ORPAS through SAM about accepting an alternate graduate program (in Ontario) and they sent me this! Hello - Graduate applic­ations and ORPAS applic­ations are separate from each other. Just in general, each offer comes with a specific expiry date and you must accept an offer by this date. Once you succes­sfully accepted an offer through your OUAC Graduate application you would no longer be able to cancel that offer through your Graduate application, you would need to communicate with the university to see if you can be released from the acceptance. Therefore, please read your offer details carefully or inquire with the university. OT and PT programs are sent on May 29. Pls see our important dates www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-dates. - Thanks - Katja\ORPAS I also had some friends in SLP who accepted Alberta schools before their ORPAS acceptance day and it didn't affect anything! I will most likely be accepting Alberta as well while I wait for ORPAS, but I'm obviously still nervous it might mess something up as no one has given me a straight answer about out of province schools. If you want complete peace of mind, I'd message ORPAS through the SAM messenger about out of province schools. I hope this helped!
  9. Accepted to U of A OT! Is anyone else stressed about having to possibly accept before hearing back from Ontario schools? At least the $175 deposit isn't too bad...
  10. That's exactly how I felt! I got so nervous about accepting anywhere else and did LOTS of research to make sure I didn't ruin anything haha. I'm happy to help!
  11. Hey! I ran into a similar situation and contacted ORPAS. Here is what they said! Pretty much I contacted my "back-up" school and asked what I would need to do just in case something happened or another opportunity came up. They said it wouldn't be a big deal if I had to defer so I accepted! Based on what I got from this, anything outside of ORPAS does not cross over. Hello - Graduate applic­ations and ORPAS applic­ations are separate from each other. Just in general, each offer comes with a specific expiry date and you must accept an offer by this date. Once you succes­sfully accepted an offer through your OUAC Graduate application you would no longer be able to cancel that offer through your Graduate application, you would need to communicate with the university to see if you can be released from the acceptance. Therefore, please read your offer details carefully or inquire with the university. OT and PT programs are sent on May 29. Pls see our important dates www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-dates. - Thanks - Katja\ORPAS
  12. The waiting is actually killing me! And without the distraction of school...all I can really think about is waiting to hear back! All of the responses I received were very general as well...nods and smiles were the only thing keeping me positive during the whole experience. One of the interviewer's video camera wasn't working and when she turned it off while I was talking it totally threw me off since I didn't get my nods and smiles haha! At the end they would always say, "good response" or "very thorough response" as you said. It's very hard to tell if you did well or not based on that....but I guess that's the whole point!
  13. Hey! I did the McMaster OT MMI and I think it went okay! I messed up on one question and rambled on another but I hope it was okay! Super stressful situation regardless.
  14. Hey everyone! Just a heads up that ORPAS changed the earliest date to receive OT/PT offers to May 29th https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-dates/
  15. Applied + (PT or OT?): OT Western, Mac, UofT, Queen's, Dalhousie, Alberta PT Western & Queen'sAccepted: Waitlisted:Rejected:GPA: c-gpa 3.75 and s-gpa 3.82Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: -Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CPT) at a Rehabilitation Facility -Volunteer at a Senior's Exercise centre -Volunteer leading an exercise program for Seniors -Volunteer at a Children's Movement Program -Volunteer at a Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre -Student Athletic Therapist -T-ball and Soccer Instructor for kids aged 2-5 Good luck everyone! May can't come fast enough
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