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13 minutes ago, PT 2019 said:

last cycle! 2019 

Nice! I guess here's a follow up question, directed at the whole forum. For those of you who were admitted to PT on a long shot in the last few cycles, what was your GPA (if you don't mind sharing)? Basically, what were the lowest GPA's admitted, and where? Give the other long shots out here some hope!

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Just under a month until we hear back from Ontario schools for OT! I'm so excited and nervous! It's hard not to think about it all the time...especially being at home all day. 

Anyone have an idea what the GPA cut off was for OT at UofT, Queens, and Western last year? 

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19 minutes ago, OThopeful2020 said:

Just under a month until we hear back from Ontario schools for OT! I'm so excited and nervous! It's hard not to think about it all the time...especially being at home all day. 

Anyone have an idea what the GPA cut off was for OT at UofT, Queens, and Western last year? 

I know Western's was 3.75

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15 minutes ago, morgs39 said:

Did DAL OT confirm that letters would be released by the end of April? Or is this just based on the general timing of previous years?

Still hoping they come before the weekend!!

When I emailed to inquire, this is the response I got on April 20th from the admissions secretary:

 
We are proceeding as usual. You should receive a letter by the end of April.
Please check our website for any updates that may be occurring.
 

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34 minutes ago, OThopefulcanada said:

When I emailed to inquire, this is the response I got on April 20th from the admissions secretary:

 
We are proceeding as usual. You should receive a letter by the end of April.
Please check our website for any updates that may be occurring.
 

Now it’s just an automatic response saying to check the FAQs...I’m really confused and it seems super weird that they say we’d know by the end of April but yet nobody has received anything still. So frustrating!! I’m too impatient!!

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26 minutes ago, OTHopes97 said:

Now it’s just an automatic response saying to check the FAQs...I’m really confused and it seems super weird that they say we’d know by the end of April but yet nobody has received anything still. So frustrating!! I’m too impatient!!

I think its reasonable to feel impatient at this point. I've been waiting forever and the Ontario schools moved the date up too :( 

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10 minutes ago, OT1996 said:

I think its reasonable to feel impatient at this point. I've been waiting forever and the Ontario schools moved the date up too :( 

It’s hard because I understand that the programs have to worry about current students and figure out how it’s going to work in the fall if we still can’t be in class, but I super wish they would give us a firm date. Even if they said it won’t be until May 14th or something. It’s so hard just sitting in my house obsessing over this because there’s no school or work to do :(

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2 hours ago, OTHopes97 said:

It’s hard because I understand that the programs have to worry about current students and figure out how it’s going to work in the fall if we still can’t be in class, but I super wish they would give us a firm date. Even if they said it won’t be until May 14th or something. It’s so hard just sitting in my house obsessing over this because there’s no school or work to do :(

I feel that :( It's really hard waiting. Did anyone apply for any other types of programs other than OT?

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3 hours ago, OThopefulcanada said:

I feel that :( It's really hard waiting. Did anyone apply for any other types of programs other than OT?

Yeah I applied to other programs and I need to make a decision about them before I even hear back from OT......

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4 hours ago, WaitingOnOT said:

I got a reply from dal OT this morning and they said "we are hoping to have first round of offers out by the first week in May." So we should know soon! 

Only 66 students for OT. How many for first round do you guys think?

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59 minutes ago, rrxxccooll said:

Only 66 students for OT. How many for first round do you guys think?

I think it will be only 66 because it gets tricky with the seats reserved for each Atlantic province

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2 hours ago, OT1996 said:

Yeah I applied to other programs and I need to make a decision about them before I even hear back from OT......

That really sucks, sorry :( I just heard back from an accelerated nursing program yesterday. This is so stressful 

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3 minutes ago, OThopefulcanada said:

That really sucks, sorry :( I just heard back from an accelerated nursing program yesterday. This is so stressful 

It really is :/ I already took a year off so I didn't want to again and applied to back up programs but don't know what I like besides OT.

 

Has any of the applicants here done a master's or went into other fields (after undergrad) before applying to OT. I need some insight.

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53 minutes ago, OT1996 said:

It really is :/ I already took a year off so I didn't want to again and applied to back up programs but don't know what I like besides OT.

 

Has any of the applicants here done a master's or went into other fields (after undergrad) before applying to OT. I need some insight.

Not OT, but here's my experience: 

I took a year between high school and college to travel and volunteer, it remains one of the best decision I've ever made. I started post-secondary at a college, and my first degree took 5 years. 

I took a year between finishing my first degree and starting my second to travel more and work and live somewhere different, and I'm glad I did then too. My second degree (education) took two years.

After my second degree, yep, I took some time to travel. I worked in wildfire during many of these years, and then as a substitute teacher. I really hadn't thought of OT or PT as a career, ever. Maybe the thought crossed my mind for a second... like "hmmm maybe I'll be a photographer, maybe I'll be a marine biologist, maybe I'll be a PT." But things can change pretty drastically...

I had a ski accident in my last semester of my ed degree (2016), it took an 8.5 hour surgery, a week in the hospital, 2 years of follow up appointments with my surgeon, and now 4 years of physiotherapy, and things are still not quite right. I know I will never be without pain (chronic pain sufferers whatup!), and will never have quite the mobility or strength I had before. But physio helps me, so I keep doing it. Then, about 9 months after my accident, I went travelling (again) and got incredibly sick in Morocco. Now, having been sick in other countries before, I know that, for me, it usually only lasts a couple days. This time, it lasted much much longer. I came back to Canada, still sick, couldn't work for months, went to every specialist in the province (Alberta), and had every test that I didn't even know existed. No one could figure out what went wrong. It took a lot of time (I still have the occasional relapse) but I eventually improved.  

These things, like a lot of our life events, can change you. So, somewhere along the way I started to realize I needed a career change. This is when I really started to look at PT, it helped me so much, and the more I looked into it, the more it fit what I was looking for at this point in my life, and looking forward as well. 

Now I'm 30, and I've been doing pre-req courses, and I'm waiting on admission decisions. I'm glad that I'm doing this now though. I know what I want, and why; I've been through enough stressful situations (especially working in emergencies/wildfire) to know how I react and handle stress; I know what its like to be a patient, to be in pain, or to not speak the language,  or to be frustrated with the medical system; and I travelled until I burned off enough of the wanderlust that I am more focused now than I ever was during undergrad. 

TL; DR:  It honestly will be okay if things take a bit more time, I know it doesn't always seem like it. Best advice I've received: just take advantage of the time you have. 

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