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  1. For any repeat offenders out there, what have been people's strategies with reusing personal statements/essays? I've been using pretty much the same essay for longer than I'd care to admit, with a few tweaks here and there, but I was wondering what other folks had been up to? My basic motivation and desire really hasn't changed significantly since the last cycle, so to try and write a brand new essay from scratch almost feels disingenuous, since the theme is identical. It would inevitably end up as the same thoughts, just in different words, and I couldn't even guarantee that they were better words. Basically just putting it through Google Thesaurus. On the other hand, slapping the same essay through feels like I'm not putting the effort in, and I worry that it will appear that I'm lazy. I mean, I definitely am, but they don't need to know that yet. I don't know how many readers there are, but I'd like to think that my experiences are somewhat unique, and it's certainly possible that someone on the admissions committee would recognize the same essay, or at the very least, the same typos. Does that show commitment, like "Oh my goodness, this applicant is so dedicated to Dal Med that their essay is starting to sound familiar - let's just do them a solid and let the poor soul in." Or is it more like "Wow, this nutcase thinks they can just change the date and resubmit this assignment?! That's self plagiarism, and that's the second worst kind of plagiarism! Let's blacklist this nincompoop and force them to move the Caribbean and then laugh at their sunburn(s)." Essentially, are there originality points awarded for essays? Is it a faux pas to not write about a new Eureka moment every time you submit an application? Preferential weighting will be given to following answers: 1) Those that can prove they are current Admissions Councillors at Dal Med, hopefully Renee who is an angel and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. 2) Applicants who have applied more than once, and have received feedback directly from a member of the admissions committee. 3) Med students who have been successful after more than one cycle. 4) Applicants who have been unsuccessful but still feel quite strongly that they know the answer (confidence is sexy, and I respect that) 5) Med students who have gotten in their first try, and still want to contribute to the conversation, despite not having had the walk of shame down the virtual hallways of the application process. 6) Anyone. It's an internet forum. You can be whoever you want to be, so back up your stories with some wild, not necessarily true anecdotes, and I'll get behind them 100%.
  2. Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the University of Ottawa in any way. Based on what they have on their website (below), it looks like you would need to have completed your degree by June, and your offer is probably conditional upon your completion of your degree (which was assumed when they assessed your application). If you haven't met their conditions, unfortunately, my guess is that your offer will be rescinded. However, you may be able to ask for an exemption, given that everyone's winter semester has been thrown for a bit of a loop with this whole COVID-19 thing, especially since it's only half a credit, plus it sounds like you would have it completed before school started. No idea if they would grant you an exemption, but if the alternative is having your offer taken away, it's certainly worth petitioning for. "Applications will be accepted from students in good standing who will have successfully completed, prior to the beginning of June preceding registration, in a recognized university, three years of full-time studies (five courses per semester each per year) in any undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree [...]" But, regardless of what I, or anyone else on this forum says, the only answer you should listen to is the one that comes back from the Admissions Committee. Feel free to ignore everything I've just said except for this, since it's the only answer that matters, and the only answer that will have any impact on you. Everything else is just speculation, so do yourself a favour and read any following answers as a source of anti-boredom entertainment during a quarantine, instead of admissions advice. Best of luck, and I hope that they get back to you with a positive answer!
  3. Whoa, whoa, whoa! I think everyone's missing the point. I'm starting a petition to get Dal to ban all murderers, or at least clarify their anti-murderer requirements on the website, cause I think we can all agree it's not super obvious. Feel free to email the dean, or PM me so we can do it together.
  4. Not to disagree with anything that’s been said here, but before anyone gets too worked up, it’s probably important to remember that literally the only parties who know the true details of any individual application are the applicant themselves, and the admissions committee. This particular case sounds unfair, (and maybe it is!), but none of us have all the information to make a call on how “deserving” or not some applicants are. As someone who used to work in the general university admissions office, I can absolutely guarantee that there is no possible way to hide the fact that you attended Dalhousie Pharmacy....from the Dalhousie Admissions team. They have access to your official transcripts, in addition to your internal Dalhousie account and record, so it’s not just as simple as omitting your Pharmacy grades when you’re asked to submit your grades. Is it possible someone made a mistake? Sure, and that’s where they reserve the right to rescind the offers. By all means, feel free to send an email asking for clarification, but this thread has a lot of anecdotal assumptions, which is just something to be aware of! To be clear - I’m fully on board with respecting the admissions requirements, and that by deliberately misrepresenting your application, you should be disqualified in favour of a more ethical candidate, but again, we are only seeing a small portion of the total picture here. You don’t need to throw away your pitchforks just yet, but let’s hold off on lighting any torches?
  5. In your confirmation, try asking a question! That way they have to answer you, which in turn lets you know that they've received it!
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