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  1. You've got a great attitude! I was rejected from PT this year (U of A), and in all honesty, it sucks. But, its going to be great. Now, I've got a window of time that I can use to my advantage! I'm not sure how GPA/sGPA is affected for U of T, but for U of A, courses taken after a degree certainly count. Because my first couple degrees had no science/anatomy/biology subject matter, I've done all my prereqs as after degree courses, and they are all counting towards my GPA. Although you are not relocating, it might be useful to look at what other schools require for courses. U of M PT requires biology (with genetics component), childhood psych, and aging. Even if I never go to U of M, if those courses are considered valuable enough to be an admission requirement for a PT program, they'll probably be of value to me. Since I'm taking courses to up my GPA anyways, I might as well take them. I'm sure there are similar things with OT. You got this!
  2. Definitely check out the different pre-reqs and program lengths, but also check out residency requirements. What U of A considers an Albertan applicant, and what U of S considers a Saskatchewan residents are a bit different. If cost of living is important, check out the differences between cities. I'd love to be on the west coast and go to UBC, but a) I don't have physics and b) living in Vancouver is not within my budget. You may not have a lot of extra time when in school, but if there are activities that you love to do, like kayaking or skiing or biking, check out their availability near the schools you're most interested in, or if there are local groups that you can join. It makes it a bit less intimidating to move to a completely new place. Plus, with all the stress of school, we all need a little bit of fun. You got this!
  3. U of A PT: if you got accepted, and you want to be a physiotherapist, do it! A few semesters that are modified are not going to make or break you. Your learning might be slightly less detailed in one area, but way richer in another. You might even find that the changes that they implement really work for you. Look at this as your first test of pt school resilience: if you got in, you can handle this! Also, tuition is going up an average of 7% this year for graduate programs, and another 5-10% the year after (and I can't imaging they're going to stop the increases after that), so start now and save yourself a couple grand. They've already cut Augustana, there's no guarantee that they won't be cutting program size or location in the future. I got the interview, and if the weighting hadn't changed, I'd be in. But it did, and I'm out this year. You've got a chance right now, take it! and hopefully I'll see ya in a year
  4. Not OT, but here's my experience: I took a year between high school and college to travel and volunteer, it remains one of the best decision I've ever made. I started post-secondary at a college, and my first degree took 5 years. I took a year between finishing my first degree and starting my second to travel more and work and live somewhere different, and I'm glad I did then too. My second degree (education) took two years. After my second degree, yep, I took some time to travel. I worked in wildfire during many of these years, and then as a substitute teacher. I really hadn't thought of OT or PT as a career, ever. Maybe the thought crossed my mind for a second... like "hmmm maybe I'll be a photographer, maybe I'll be a marine biologist, maybe I'll be a PT." But things can change pretty drastically... I had a ski accident in my last semester of my ed degree (2016), it took an 8.5 hour surgery, a week in the hospital, 2 years of follow up appointments with my surgeon, and now 4 years of physiotherapy, and things are still not quite right. I know I will never be without pain (chronic pain sufferers whatup!), and will never have quite the mobility or strength I had before. But physio helps me, so I keep doing it. Then, about 9 months after my accident, I went travelling (again) and got incredibly sick in Morocco. Now, having been sick in other countries before, I know that, for me, it usually only lasts a couple days. This time, it lasted much much longer. I came back to Canada, still sick, couldn't work for months, went to every specialist in the province (Alberta), and had every test that I didn't even know existed. No one could figure out what went wrong. It took a lot of time (I still have the occasional relapse) but I eventually improved. These things, like a lot of our life events, can change you. So, somewhere along the way I started to realize I needed a career change. This is when I really started to look at PT, it helped me so much, and the more I looked into it, the more it fit what I was looking for at this point in my life, and looking forward as well. Now I'm 30, and I've been doing pre-req courses, and I'm waiting on admission decisions. I'm glad that I'm doing this now though. I know what I want, and why; I've been through enough stressful situations (especially working in emergencies/wildfire) to know how I react and handle stress; I know what its like to be a patient, to be in pain, or to not speak the language, or to be frustrated with the medical system; and I travelled until I burned off enough of the wanderlust that I am more focused now than I ever was during undergrad. TL; DR: It honestly will be okay if things take a bit more time, I know it doesn't always seem like it. Best advice I've received: just take advantage of the time you have.
  5. If you check CASPer FAQ, it mentions that all test scores are processed and distributed to academic programs as a group. Now we know that the U of A can move on to the next step of their deliberation process, and hopefully hear some decisions soon!
  6. Congrats on getting in! According to the website: "Applicants who have been placed on the waitlist are required to submit official transcripts showing any outstanding winter/spring grades, prerequisite courses, or degree completion to the department by June 30th of the admission year. These documents must be emailed as PDF's to mscot@ualberta.ca. Applicants who do not complete this requirement by June 30th will be removed from the waitlist." If you need transcripts in by June 30th for waitlisted applicants, I imagine its the same or sooner for non-waitlisted.
  7. Thanks for the heads up! Out of curiosity, what is the window given to accept or decline the U of A PT MMI?
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