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  1. Its crazy to me how people feel like they know more about the experience I went through than me, who actually went through it…but yeah…I wish I had requested the aforementioned formal appeal process, it would have cleared up a lot (its also pointless to keep explaining more and more about the situation, it only puts my anonymity in danger), because this is becoming a lot of “he said, she said”, but I don't think I will write an academic explanations essay because I see how I can be misunderstood or whatever the case, and it may backfire like MedicineLCS said. It will only reflect badly on me. Yeah, I think it is best to understand this and move on and accept what happened, many of the comments above are in the same vein as this (also crazy people saying I'm not fit for medical school, which I think is a little uncalled for, I have been taking every comment into account and most of them have been very helpful and useful)…. I think its best to leave it at that, thanks guys and I wish everyone all the best
  2. Yes I understand, its probably best just to move on from it. I also don't want to keep recollecting details.
  3. Man just when I thought I was over the grade I came back to check this thread and started thinking about it again....I don't know if I mentioned this in my earlier posts but I guess I'll explain further. I never got a grade this low during my undergraduate career, this was a one-off experience. I have already graduated and my undergraduate career is over, I'm afraid there is nothing to take away from this experience for me, since this was the only time this happened. I have simply never got a grade this low. This was something even the dean noted when she saw my transcript. The course I took is a notable upper year 'bird' course in my program. It's a course with a small class size offered as a part of a small program, and almost everyone gets an A+. When I asked the instructor why I got the grade I got, most of the explanation I got was extremely weak (ex. regarding my participation which was on par with my classmates), some of the explanation was reasonable but even then, I felt she was reaching (or there was a misunderstanding). As a result, the instructor gave me a breakdown of my grade, where she took bunch of marks off across sections. Late in to the course, we had a very odd exchange over email, where I felt the instructor's tone was very hostile, I didn't suspect anything at that time. Later on when I got my grade, I felt like the instructor was almost taking it out on me, for whatever reason. I didn't expect an A+ but not less than an A-, especially taking into account the course rubric. Also, the instructor wouldn't have agreed accepting extra work if they knew they were being reasonable. Overall, I guess it's not that bad, but I want to know if there is anything I can do about it at this point. Looking to here from people who might have gone through the same thing (even though this is a very unique experience). I appreciate all the comments.
  4. The grade was a B. I don't know why but it bothers me, especially because it wasn't a hard course at all and it wasn't my fault. Most of the advice I have been getting is to let it go, but I can't come to terms with it (especially with how it all happened), but I might just have to since not doing so might reflect badly on me as one poster said. I guess, the fact that it can be perceived as not a big deal was probably why the staff weren't motivated to change the grade after looking at my overall transcript. But once again thanks for the advice everybody, I think I am beginning to look at it a little differently.
  5. I see what you are saying, maybe it's best not to highlight it. But its the only really bad mark on my transcript, so I see some advantage to explaining myself. In terms of my GPA being good otherwise, I think it matters more on how the school assesses GPA and if it meets their cutoff and is competitive. Since it is an upper year course, Queens will calculate the grade in the most recent 2yr GPA, but unless their cutoff is 3.9+ then I would meet the cutoff. It mostly affects me for uOttawa my cGPA would be high 3.8 versus low 3.9. As per what is presented on their site, I believe I reach their cutoff but they look at GPA competitively post-interview. Thanks for the advice.
  6. I agree with what you are saying, as it becomes a "he said, she said" scenario. The assistant dean didn't agree with the instructor but marked the work according to her standards. She was mostly not involved till the very end. She was the one that told me that I would have had to appeal beforehand for a thorough review of what had happen regarding my performance in the course (ex. participation in class, etc.), the course instructor never mentioned an appeal process. Are you saying I should complain to higher levels at the university? I don't think that is possible or wise and probably too late. If you looked at my transcript you would probably see how odd it is to see, by the title of the course, such a low grade in a singular, seemingly easy upper year course. I feel like I should explain myself and hope that it is valid. But I definitely see what you are saying. Thanks for taking the time, I appreciate it.
  7. I already graduated and completed undergrad, and there isn't really much to take away from it. It only happened this one time and it was kinda bizarre. Everyone does well in the class but for some reasons the course instructor gave me a very bad grade, and its odd to get a very bad grade in this course. It only affects me for uOttawa (my gpa crosses the threshold, but I think gpa is assessed competitively post-interview) and McMaster and I'm not sure about schools in the maritimes or Alberta and Calgary, it affects me for UBC but only by a bit I think . Maybe I deserved a lesser grade but no where close to the grade the instructor gave me. It just feels really unfair, almost like there was something personal between me and her. I think about it all the time. I am looking to see what else I can do other than write an academic explanation letter. I would need to articulate what exactly happened and I hope explaining my circumstance is valid. Thanks for your advice, I appreciate it.
  8. I got a bad grade during undergrad, which I thought was very unfair, which lowered my gpa by a couple points (it was the only grade I got below an A-). The course instructor had me form a proposal with a university counselor to do extra work in hopes to increase the grade. I submitted extra work after some time and this was instead sent to the assistant dean to mark, who after receiving the work didn't change my grade because she thought the work wasn't good enough. I was never told about a formal appeal process until it was too late. Is there anything I can do about this, as I apply to medical schools in the fall. Can I add an academic explanation essay to my medical school apps (ex. omsas) to explain my situation? Any advice would be helpful. Has anybody else been in this situation? I am trying to figure out if there is anything I can do. Thank you.
  9. I got a bad grade during undergrad, which I thought was very unfair, which lowered my gpa by a couple points (it was the only grade I got below an A-). The course instructor had me form a proposal with a university counselor to do extra work in hopes to increase the grade. I submitted extra work after some time and this was instead sent to the assistant dean to mark, who after receiving the work didn't change my grade because she thought the work wasn't good enough. I was never told about a formal appeal process until it was too late. Is there anything I can do about this, as I apply to medical schools in the fall. Can I add an academic explanation essay to my medical school apps (ex. omsas) to explain my situation? Any advice would be helpful. Has anybody else been in this situation? I am trying to figure out my options. Thank you.
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