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  1. I got the exact same advice when I started uni. I was skeptical and went to consult with my program advisor and was still told to not do a full courseload in first year as it would be too hard on me. These people know nothing bout the med school admission process. The only reason I don't qualify for UofT's weighing is because I did not take full courseload in first year, and no, summer credits do not magically turn your year into a full courseload for med schools. All it does, is it will count as a full courseload for your university, which med schools don't care about. I highly suggest y
  2. Switching majors is not something that needs to be explained. You're treating this academic explanations essay as an extra essay aside where you're gonna explain random stuff that happened in your undergrad. You need to realize that nearly every applicant has done something similar in some way. Many applicants' grades fluctuate year to year (as it did for me), switch majors (as I have), or have experienced other things. This isn't essay where everyone talks about their undergrad path and why you did something at some point. This is an essay where you explain something that you think the adcom
  3. I would agree with you if your wGPA was 3.92. Then yes, even though that is high it would be on the lower end for UofT's super high 3.96 average GPA. But you are talking about one of your years being 3.92, and no med school has ever distinguished 3.92 as a low GPA for which you would need to submit an explanation for. Truth is, you are slightly more competitive than the average accepted person GPA-wise. So, yes, complaining about a 3.92 in ONE of your years is like trying to say "look I wasn't perfect in my 3rd year because blah blah", It is extremely rare to get 4.0 every year, and no one
  4. Are you guys seriously discussing submitting an academic explanation essay for a 4.0 --> .3.92 trend......with that kind of unreasonable logic, every single applicant should submit an "explanation" of why they got a couple more A's instead of A+'s in one year. I need to go back to hanging out with real people off of PM101 who don't complain about their near perfect GPAs.
  5. Gathered God axed Thor's hammer; incapacitating Ragnarok's evil deity.
  6. Quite interesting that others are not a fan of study groups either. I have never been in a study group since high school; and my productivity level is thousand times higher now. I can do everything at my own pace, no irrelevant discussions, often study groups are only useful if you're already caught up on material and just want to review them with others. I don't think ADHD will put you at a major disadvantage. Look at how you're progressing now, are you able to excel in your courses? Are you able to pull high marks? If yes, then, all you have to do besides that is build a strong voluntee
  7. developments Dude, everyone vapes. Every lowlife Ontarian proudly makes E-cigarettes, nevermind Tobacco smoking.
  8. This is a generic copy and paste from their FAQ website
  9. So who was talking here about how emailing them and expressing concerns wouldn't do any good? This is what my post was about earlier. This is the communication that is needed to happen between adcoms and students. We didn't know if they would listen, but they did and that's all we were banking on. Good day for my francophone friends!
  10. "We are not permitted" lol Really? Who didn't permit you? The MCAT police?
  11. I think it's interesting that Ottawa makes a huge change in their admissions and relays the information by merely adding a one liner to their FAQ page. Look at other schools, e.g., UBC changed their prereqs and was basically updating their decision on it 24/7. And when they did make the decision, they provided thorough reasoning for it because a lot of people were upset that they'd done the prereqs for "no reason". Now, I'm not saying whether UBC made the right or or wrong decision by removing prereqs, but ottawa's neglectance by being non transparent and vague is very disappointing. Yes,
  12. Yup! I am aware that most people would already be preparing for the MCAT either way. Most people don't just bank on Ottawa. Actually, this change probably favours me because I was going to do the MCAT anyway and my GPA isn't super high. But any change that can hurt a particular subset of applicants, however small, is not a fair one as you mentioned.
  13. Being vague with admissions requirements isn't really about premeds "gaming" the system. It is about transparency and being informed. Just because hiding information from applicants favours the admissions in terms of selecting applicants however they'd like to, it doesn't make it the "right" way to do things. I do support the decision of adding the MCAT component, as ottawa's GPA cut offs was just skyrocketing into ridiculous levels. But I am very concerned if this change is meant for people applying this cycle. People are not obligated to worry about the MCAT if a school does not require
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