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  1. I was accepted to Life Sciences at McGill, but I am unsure whether or not I should attend the program. I really love Montreal as a city, but I've heard that McGill is extremely competitive and this may hurt my chances of getting a high GPA. If you are or have been a student in this program - how was your experience?
  2. jas kaur

    SUBJECT POST UTM

    Hey guys, incoming second year student here currently at UTM for life sci. I have to choose my subject post for next year and am pretty conflicted on what to choose. I cannot find anything online with people's reviews or opinions on the majors/specialists/minors that they are currently doing now. I was debating between biology specialist or bio for health sci major with biomed comm. minor + another minor. Basically what I am asking is, if it is better to do a specialist or a major with two minors or even two majors. I am not planning on med school because let's be realistic here, but what are your suggestions? If I am planning on doing postgrad what should I choose? And any personal experiences on any of these? What is the biomedical communications minor like for someone not really good with computers, online design or art in general. Thanks in advance!
  3. Hi Everyone, I am a current grade 12 student and I need some urgent help. I recently accepted my offer to University of Toronto (Scarborough) Life Sciences with the intention of attending some sort of professional school after I graduate (med, dental, pharm, etc.). I know I know, I've heard about all the horror stories at U of T. However, both my siblings went to this campus and said that getting a high GPA is very doable but I have to work hard. They also said that the small campus is really nice, and its not too hard to make connections with professors. In fact, one of my siblings recently graduated from this campus and went on to attend a medical school in Ontario right out of her fourth year. My other sibling, did not recommend UTSC as much, but still managed to get a 4.0 GPA. After hearing their stories, I thought maybe I can succeed at UTSC as well, and decided to accept my offer there. UTSC is also very close to my home, so that was another factor I had to consider. I was also accepted into Biomedical Science at York University (which is about a 45 - 1 hour bus ride away). Although I accepted my offer to UTSC, York University kept their offer on the table but will withdraw it within a matter of weeks. A couple of my friends who went to York said attaining a high GPA there is very possible if I work hard enough. They also said research is available, but not to the extent that it is available at a place like UTSC. One of my friends has a 3.98 GPA in her first year. Even though I accepted my offer to UTSC, I am having large amounts of regret. I am scared that my GPA will not be high enough at UTSC and York might have actually been better for me. In high school, I am a hard working student and I got 90's and high 80's in my courses but I'm not a genius. Do you think that I should revoke my acceptance to UTSC and accept to York instead? What are the pros and cons? I would really appreciate advice from former students from these institutions. Another factor to consider is that on the OMSAS GPA scale, an 80-89 at York is a 3.8 no matter where your marks end up in that range, but an 80-85 is a 3.7 and an 85-89 at UTSC is a 3.9 at UTSC. Thanks so much everyone!
  4. For those who have studied or are studying science at Queen's, can you share your experiences about your program?
  5. Hey everyone, I got into U of T life science (trinity college) and McGill Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences (as well as nursing but I don't think I will likely go into that program). I am waiting on UBC science but since I am in BC in a linear system, I won't get a decision until March/April. I also got into McMaster Life Science, Western's Medical Science, and SFU's biological science but I have decided against them...unless that was a big mistake and if it was please let me know. >.< I was thinking of doing a double major in Psychology/Immunology and physiology. Of course, as you can probably guess, I am aiming for medical school. I am planning to apply for all Canadian med schools in third year and, if I don't get in, apply for American and Canadian ones in fourth year. Now, all that's left is decide which university to attend...decisions, decisions... I have a few pros and cons I have thought of but in the end, they balanced out...so now I am back at square one. U of T: Pros are that I got a scholarship(6k) and Toronto...enough said. I am really excited to go to Toronto. The opportunities in research and just opportunities in general are just amazing. Cons are that people say undergraduates at U of T are generally miserable, the large student body is intimidating, don't go you're GPA will get crushed and your dreams will be ripped apart, etc...U of T seems to get a lot more hate than the other schools academics-wise. McGill: Pros are that they are so medical oriented and the research opportunities are just as endless. Smaller student body and students are generally happier (or so I heard). Cons is no scholarship(I didn't realize you had to apply for one) and Montreal won't feel as comfortable and familiar as Toronto. Also, I heard that its hard to find jobs/volunteer if you can't speak french (and I really can't speak french). UBC: Pros is that its literally 10 minutes from my house so I can have the support of my family and I save money. Cons...THEY DON'T HAVE THE PROGRAM I WANT TO MAJOR IN SECOND YEAR (probably do pharmacology major or honours physiology...or just biology major but their choices are really limited) :'( UBC sounds like the least compelling but as someone who has never had to be independent, I am terrified. I know that I need to grow up one day and become independent but it still intimidates me. Any thoughts or suggestions? Any advice or regrets or lessons learned from your experiences? Sincerely, A high school student facing a quarter-life crisis.
  6. I'm trying to decide between these two types of programs. I am fascinated by the human body and that is why I am interested in Kinesiology, however I am not interested on the sports/coaching aspect of it. Life science would give me a better science background, but I heard it generally looks at biological things from a molecular level.
  7. In my early childhood, I had remember receiving an amazing picture book about science from a relative. I knew from that moment on that science was quite possibly the coolest thing ever and I wanted to be a person who did the coolest thing ever. I went to high school in a relatively poor Toronto suburb. OSSLT pass rates were 70%. Drug dealers littered the school. Disrespect for authority. The biggest impediment to learning were other students. I came to a place where people from bad homes gathered and they didn't care for others. Principal has been attacked. Multiple reports of Arson reported. Small-time gang violence. It was just another day for me. I found a nice group of "nerdy" friends to hang out with and was inspired by them and my teachers who always took an interest and encouraged us. Having been bullied in elementary school, I had found solace in a group of people who were far more accepting and didn't come from a judgmental elementary school such as my own. I didn't quite try in grade 9 and 10 and was no means seen as a bright child, achieving nothing higher than low 80s. In grade 11 I had began to put effort into high school and was rewarded with good marks and the encouragement of teachers who inspired me to become the best I could. I took many different contests and competition tests like Avogadros, UofT Biology Competion, and the countless Waterloo math ones. The math ones were the worst, but, I only went so I could skip class and get free chocolate from the math teachers. I did poorly in every contest, scoring in the 10th-20th percentile range despite doing better than most others! Applying for University, I had known that I wanted to be a medical doctor, an internalization of my parents suggestions as a child. I wanted to make my parents proud. I wanted to be rich; not suffer from a poor financial stability like my family (although, my father's hard work and street smarts, has turned that around for us). That's who I wanted to be. Secure, stable, loved, all while helping people overcome their obstacles. . Everyone told me not to apply to UofT because it would be so hard to get into medicine since they will destroy your GPA. My father pressured me into applying to UofT. And so I did. He was paying for my application after all (and eventually University). I was dead set on going to McMaster for LifeSci. I wanted to move out of Toronto, which is odd since at that point of my life I hadn't quite experienced it. However, after a University of Toronto tour, my mind changed. I was unsure what it was; the fun people I had met, the unusually warm March day, or the enticing academic air that permeated my lungs. The buildings were old and the architecture made me feel connected to a past which wasn't my own. Turtle necks, blazers, crazy hair and hipster glasses (Little did I know that these were humanities professors!). This was it. This was the school I was going to attend and nothing would make me change my mind. I was very glad my father had asked me to apply here. Fast forward to first year. BIO120H1F; ecology and evolutionary biology. I don't recall ever learning about ecology in high school. I sat among a group of 2000 people within convocation hall. Spencer Barrette, an intelligent and well accomplished Evolutionary Biologist was our professor. He was rough around the edges and not the type who would put up with your crap. A common thread among faculty. Barrette, in his condescending British accent, addresses the class: "How many of you want to go to med school?" Nearly everyone, myself included, had put their hand up. I looked around, this was more students than the number of successful Ontario Medical school applicants. These people were my competition, but I would later learn they were my ultimate support in my struggle to achieve my goals. One semester later. Barrette asked us the same question. My hand raised up. Nothing was going to kill my spirit; tricky questions about pikas, foliage, or tri-gendered flowers weren't enough to stop me from being a medical doctor. Only a quarter of our class had shared my sentiment. First day of 3rd year. Two year had gone by and this school was close to breaking me. I had become cynical and it wasn't unusual for me to think about my possibilities (and GPA) had I gone to other Universities. For the most part, my classes were no longer 2000 people. First year had effectively halved us. If it wasn't biology that destroyed you, it was physics, it was math, it was chemistry. The rejects poured into HMB majors or went into humanities. (I later realized how untrue this assumption was as the diversity of students in such large programs were difficult to paint with such a large brush. Even if you didn't do well in first year, as long as you were willing to persevere , this University will whip you into shape and teach you many valuable skills. Very intelligent individuals litter every UofT program.) I, on the other hand, was in arguably the most competitive POSt at UofT (a comforting thought in times of inferiority). I often took courses from the BCH, LMP, IMM, and PSL department for fun. Science was my thing and even though I struggled sometimes, this was ultimately what I loved. I had been driven insane by my need to learn the coolest things ever. Despite all this; there was still a part of me, a naive aspect of my time here that I had kept alive. One semester in first year had shattered the dreams of Medical school for over 1000 people in UofT life science. With my own motivations, goals and future wavering in uncertainty, I was terrified. No doubt the people around me were terrified too. I wanted to help the people around me, and in turn they helped me. Sharing class notes, discussing science, providing encouragements, contributed positively to Facebook groups, and circulating lecture recordings. We were in the fight together. We battled day and night to secure our future. Some harder than others. There were no rejects, no idiots, no crazy competition. These were young people just like myself. Aspirations, goals, dreams, motivations coming from a wide variety of backgrounds; some from much better places than me and others from far worse. We all simply wanted to make a place for ourselves. Whether it was through medicine, research or something else. Luckily, during my 3rd, I had gotten a job as an analyst at one of the big Canadian banks thanks to a connection I had. The job was well paying, and only required me to work 2 days a week during the weekend. My RESP had run out some this was the perfect time to start paying the rest of University myself. I gained a degree of financial stability and no longer relied on my parents. I would even bring the groceries home sometimes. Third year goes by relatively okay but nevertheless very stressful. It could have been better had I not taken English, but hey, that's what American medical schools want! I even got a paid position at a basic science lab during the summer; something that alluded and evaded me for the past 3 years. The key was blasting millions of professors with emails; luckily this guy was new here and wasn't taking in someone he already knew or something. I had a great time despite my unproductive summer in the lab. Negative results and plenty of technical failures on my part. Best of all, I even met a girl at the lab, she's sweet and wonderful and thinking of her makes me giddy inside (as ridiculously embarrassing as that sounds). I've been single for a couple of years now and had avoided relationships, but she makes me feel different. We're currently dating. I'm not sure where we're going to go, but, she just like myself is another one of those students who are just struggling to find their place in such a fast-paced and competitive world. I am content and happy. I'm currently doing a 4th year project in this lab, the supervisor believed that I was not working up to my potential and so I was put under the tutelage of different senior scientist in the lab. One with much higher expectations. Although, I feel as if I fail to meet such high expectations quite often; my time in the lab and specifically under this scientists has forced me to become a much critical thinker. Furthermore, I have be forced into better managing my time. The lab is a huge sink for my time as I wish to produce wonderful positive results (despite the arduous and ridiculous amount of optimization that I must complete). Even if I don't, I am still content with a good mark, the learning (both the work ethics and the science). With 4th year just starting, the stress levels are beginning the climb. I didn't write the MCAT and I will not be applying to medical school this year. A big blunder on my part. A GPA of 3.7 and a couple of low-to-mid tier level leadership positions are not enough to show medical schools that I would be a wonderful candidate. My motivations for wanting to be a doctor are no longer the same as when I was in high school. I feel like it has fallen more in line with the way I felt about the people around me as I have . A doctor is assisting and enabling the health of the people around him. At the end of the day; we're all just trying to do our best given our capacity to do so and a doctor simply increases that capacity for you. With my heavy interest in science, I am planning to do a Master's with a laboratory that focuses on basic science at UofT. I want to learn and make an impact in the field. At the same time, I would like to involve myself in more health-related initiatives and learn about health care policy. My end goal is no longer to go to Medical School but it is to complete an MD/PhD program. I wish to bridge the gap between a clinical setting and basic science; generating interesting questions around problems encountered in a clinical setting and attempting to find a solution within a laboratory. I might be a little cynical and a lot more goofy, but ultimately, its no longer about making money or making others proud, but about helping in the way I feel that I can make a difference. If you have any questions, about my life or UofT, feel free to ask. And if you have any suggestions feel free to comment.
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