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  1. Hi all, I'm currently in my 6th year of undergrad. I picked up an additional degree during my 5th year because my main issue was my GPA (very uncompetitive GPA through years 1-4). I finally reached a 3.7 in my 5th year (cutoff for Western SWOMEN) and I am currently above cutoff (or it appears that I'll be above cutoff) when I finish this year. I understand that my GPA isn't the most competitive at the moment, but from what I heard it can qualify for Western SWOMEN. I'll have to rewrite my MCAT again this summer (was off by one point overall; appears to be the reason for my rejection from Western as they stated in the email). I'm wondering what my next step should be. I'm weighing out the options between 1) applying for a masters, unsure whether research or course based will be better 2) doing another year of undergrad/special year or 3) applying abroad. My main goal is to increase my chances in getting into medical school next year (applying fall of 2019). I have zero preference on which medical school in Ontario but from my limited research, it appears that Western is my best bet. Wondering what my next step should be... Any advice?
  2. I'm sure I'm asking the same general questions that have been asked a million times, and I'm still a few years away from even thinking about applying to med school but I'm really starting to consider what my next steps should be. I'm in my last year of a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology. It will have taken me approx. 5.5 years to complete my degree by the time I'm finished (I've had to work a LOT during my degree to support family members who were struggling). Due to a family loss, my first year GPA was awful (1.85 on a 4.3 scale, or something like that). However, I've had a strong upward trend and have had achieved 3.2-3.7 every semester since. I'm expecting to graduate with a cGPA of around 3.26. I attribute this to the fact that I gave up on the idea of medical school after my terrible first year, and aimlessly wandered through the rest of my degree. I did not enjoy psychology (which was my 'back up plan') and therefore did not feel motivated to continue pursuing it. That said, I've wanted to go to medical school for years, and I'm looking for a way to achieve that goal. For this reason, I'm thinking about pursuing a second degree. I want to make myself as competitive as possible to as many schools as possible, while realizing that realistically, a lot of schools won't overlook my less-than-stellar grades in my first degree. I've already got a few ideas of what I really want to major in (as in, subjects that would give me a viable backup plan if medical school doesn't work out), but I'm just having some troubles with the logistics of going forward. I have a few questions specifically: 1. Would it be acceptable to complete a two-year degree, provided I am able to get approx. half my credits from my first degree transferred to the second? I've read that it is usually fine, but I just want to check. 2. How can I get involved in extracurriculars that would improve my CV? I haven't done much over the course of this degree, except for work an extreme number of hours at an irrelevant job, but will be focusing solely on studies and extracurricular activities during my second degree. I don't really know where to start with getting involved. 3. Would it be advantageous to study for, and write, the MCAT early in my second degree so that I can get an idea of where I stand and rewrite if necessary? 4. I have a few withdrawals on my transcript... Most from my first year, but one from this current semester. I was going to re-take first year calculus due to a low grade but decided against it as I felt it would affect my other grades and I would not significantly improve my marks. How significant is this going forward? Thanks so much in advance!
  3. I am a registered nurse with two years critical care experience currently working in an ICU in a downtown Toronto hospital. I am already bored/ unsatisfied with this job and I want to pursue NP or med school. I am still pretty young and my family is encouraging me to shoot for med school. Where I'm at is choosing between a second undergrad degree or a masters in nursing to boost my GPA. I graduated from Queen's nursing with a 3.4, never really planned on pursuing further studies at the time. Nursing school (at Queen's) I found to be incredibly subjective and a total grade cutter and would not recommend it to anyone as a pre med degree. I did best in the sciences and the BS nursing theory courses seriously weighed me down. Every single person in my undergrad program had a high school average over 90% so competition was steep. Grades over 85% any course in my nursing program were unheard of. I guess I should have been more strategic in picking my undergrad but at the time I really wasn't thinking about medical school. Should I do two years of a second undergrad full time or a masters of nursing to increase my GPA? Keeping in mind, in the event I do not get in to medical school a masters in nursing would significantly aid me in achieving an executive nursing administration/ clinical nurse specialist position. Sorry if I'm not posting this in the right place..
  4. Hey guys! I'm yet another case with a weak cumulative UG gpa. I've just graduated this month (with my B.Sc) and made the decision very late in my UG that I wanted to pursue medicine. I applied to three schools for a second undergrad (knowing that this will probably be the lengthiest route) but did so anyway because my stats are very weak. Although my current GPA is a 3.9, my cGPA is a 2.7 (ah! I know. Working + on a varsity team + confused about career choices = not a good combo). On top of that I don't have any research or volunteer work/experience to have applied to a grad program. Right now YorkU has accepted me to do a second B.Sc in kin and UofT called me to tell me they haven't rejected me yet but although I'm qualified the two science degrees are very similar and might be time consuming (to me it is worth my time.. what's another 2.5 years in the long run?) so they offered me continuing ed instead (still waiting to hear their final decision though if they somehow have a spot open for me). I'm at the point where I'm questioning my next step and if I even have a chance at med in the future. I know that some schools can completely overlook your first degree, given that your second degree stats are competitive. Should I have taken the continuing ed offer at UofT? The problem with continuing ed is I wouldn't receive financial aid and at my recent school priority in course selection is almost never given to continuing ed students. What should I do? I only have one year under my belt with a strong GPA and I'm not qualified for a master's.
  5. Hi everyone. I've messed up my first science UG pretty badly (cGPA <2.5). I'm finishing up a 5th year with a really light course load, did this to focus on developing better habits while focusing on inner personal development to gain some more clarity about where I should go next. Turns out I've come out with more passion than ever towards medicine which is good because I at least have some direction. Now, I know that a second undergrad is my only option at this point but I'm weighing out two specific choices I have and would love some input from you all. 1. Go to Concordia under their Arts and Science Certificate program (they won't let me into a science program directly because of my low grades), transfer into a BSc there in the second year, transfer credits from the certificate and my 1st UG, complete in 3 years then apply to med. All the while I'd be seeking out research and relevant volunteering opps. OR 2. Do a 2 or 3 year UG with Athabasca while working somewhere in the medical field full-time and looking for research opportunities in my city. I'm leaning towards the 1st just because I know that it'll show my competency better in school and I don't know how seriously schools take distance learning. The 2nd could give me some real world experience though that could set me apart from other applicants, maybe? I don't know, what are your thoughts?
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