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  1. Thank you so much for your input. I know that the chances of UBC changing their admission policy in response to my post, is slim, but I still wanted to speak up, rather than staying silent. It’s more of a systemic issue in my opinion, that I really hope the schools could address in the future. Easier for me to say for sure, but I am still hopeful that UBC can see this and somehow improve the process to make it more fair. One day maybe.
  2. Hey, thank you for your input. As I mentioned in my original post, I fully acknowledge the complexity of the issue and the fact that there probably won't be a perfect solution that is going to be 100% fair for everyone. However, just because there is no perfect solution does not mean we should stop trying to find a better solution. I do not expect the system to be perfect, but I do wanna speak up for people like me, and i think there is room for improvement. In fact, pretty much all of the "difficult courses" you mentioned were part of my degree requirement, and I did not have a choice (which I assume you did) but taking them.
  3. Thank you, this is something that I wanted to say but too scared to, as it is commonly interpreted as finding excuses for bad grades. I really wish the schools could make changes to address the issue so that students could ACTUALLY study whatever and wherever they want, as the schools all presently claim.
  4. I agree with you. Tho I would argue that both the instructor and the university are factors that could make a difference from my personal experience.
  5. Thank you zxcccxz. That is exactly what I meant to ask. I heard the same thing from a couple friends that did manage to get into med school that it was actually easier than undergrad. Tho I often get frustrated for making "bad choices", especially since AQ score is automatically calculated at UBC. Thank you for the assurance. I will keep trying until it works out!
  6. Hi DrOtter, I work in BC and I am a BC resident. I thought USask had a 95 percentile OOP cutoff for CARS? I have a 126 in CARS (being ESL sucks), so I am not sure if I will be eligible. I see your point, thank you for your suggestions!
  7. I am not trying to defend my choice to attend UofT, but I would like to point out a couple things that you might not have experienced unless you are an international student. - Before coming to Canada, I did not have a lot of resources to fully evaluate the potential difficulty of all the programs in Toronto. It is a privilege to have access to such resources. Many foreign sites were banned in my home country for example. If I had access to PM101 back when I was in high school, I would probably not have attended UofT. -This might sound silly, but as an international student, my annual tuition was like 50k, combined with the fact that I mentioned above, I chose U of T because it was supposed to offer the best possible education as compared to other schools in the area. Tho this is not necessarily true, but it is the conclusion that I came to with the limited resources I had access to at the time. - I was not sure if I wanted to go to medical school till my second year, by then the damage has already been done. GPA in my first 2 years were much lower than my junior and senior year. Now you could argue that I could have transferred after my first year. I did not, so it is partially my "fault" I agree.
  8. I attended UofT as an international student, with absolutely no idea about how it is going to affect my future career. I chose UofT mostly because of its location. But I see your point
  9. First I want to apologize for bringing up the issue. But as someone who has taken classes at multiple schools across the country, I want to bring it to UBC's attention (in case they see this) that the amount of effort it takes to obtain a certain GPA is NOT the same depending on where you go. I went to U of T life science for undergrad and ended up with an OK cGPA (but definitely below med school standard) and a 98%ile MCAT. I have then taken upper year undergrad classes at 3 other major Canadian universities (which i am not going to name because it is not my point). The discrepancy that I noticed in terms of content density and exam difficulty between these schools really shocked me. I would say the same amount time I spent to get an A+ in these schools would probably get me a C+/B- at U of T. Now I am perfectly aware that it is extremely difficult to standardize GPA and there is no perfect system, but at the same time I really don't think students should be "penalized" for what they choose to study and where they choose to attend undergrad. I would love to hear what you guys think, and whether or not UBC is making any effort to account for the potential "differences"? * This is all my personal opinion from my personal experience, so I apologize in advance if a similar topic has been discussed before. I also do NOT think one school better prepares someone for medicine than another. I am only concerned about the admission process at UBC (and other schools in the country).
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