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  1. I had a dream last week they were teal and I have confidence in my premonitions. Not even excited to see the big reveal because they're gonna be teal for sure
  2. Yeah I hear you about the lecture planning. I somewhat refuse to spend that much more time than I am getting paid for so I spend only 5 hours max prepping my lectures and so far it's been okay. If you're only willing to pay me for 3 hours of prep, your quality expectations are for a class that has been prepped in 3 hours. And if I get terrible student feedback and they don't wanna rehire me I'm not too hurt about it. But I think my students enjoy my lectures. Also.. so far, my bio lectures are so jam packed I honestly don't have much time for socratic method. I know that's what they want and I
  3. It is a little slimy, I agree, but I don't think a lot of people fail. I mean if you give a crap you can totally pass because you get feedback on the first day and then you just have to take that feedback and make the second day better. It sounded to me like the people who didnt pass just didn't take training seriously at all.
  4. The branch that I went to made me choose between the Visa and the Amex. The advisor that I talked to said that where I live, amex was covered by about 90% of all retailers and for sure most of the gas stations, groceries, and restaurants (chain restaurants, that is). He said it would mainly be local businesses that wouldn't accept amex and I had suspected as much. But I still plan to put all my auto pay bills on it and stuff to rack up points and buy all my groceries and gas with it (which is where a BIG chunk of my money goes every month already anyway). I never asked to split the cards, but
  5. In this vein, if you're looking for a really good real-life book on this read "A Healthy Society" by Ryan Meili. It is a little bit political, but hes a practicing family physician in a low income neighborhood in Saskatoon and gives lots of real life examples of social determinants of health. It's only about 100 pages and it's a really lovely read. Since y'all have an NDP provincial government now, maybe you'll be more open to the socialist undertones (or not as subtle overtones by the end)
  6. I'm sure people do. There's also a growing market for paid-for-publishing journals (you do have to pay money to publish regardless, but these journals claim to be "peer-reviewed" when in all actuality they aren't really and you just pay them enough and they'll publish anything), as well as journals paying for impact factor by paying people to cite their papers in other shady journals that accept papers that were paid for but not peer-reviewed. And that's not even touching the tip of the academic dishonesty iceberg. There are people who steal other's ideas and apply for grants with them to get
  7. So I'm an MSc student, was offered a tri-council CGSM scholarship in late April. You only get 21 days to accept and I would not have found out about whether I got into medicine or not until after that date was up, so I accepted it in case I didn't get in so that I'd have a scholarship for the next year of my masters. I ended up getting into medicine, and have decided to withdraw from my program on June 30 (I have paid tuition up until June 30 already anyway and I have some loose ends to tie up). My scholarship started May 1, so I was paid for the month of May on May 31, and I think technically
  8. I would just relax. Two W's is not that many. Almost every student has at least 1 and honestly it's probably not until you start getting into the 4-5+ range that it starts sending out red flags. It's better than a failing grade! If you happen to interview at a school with traditional panel interview and they ask you about it you can just explain your health problems contributed to it (I wouldn't blame it on a prof in an interview, but we've all been there with sucky profs so we know what you mean). 3.6 in first year is pretty good. You have 3 more years ahead, stay positive and set some goals.
  9. I can't imagine the giddy feeling you must have cancelling your MCAT date haha. What a great feeling! You can relax now!
  10. Where are you IP? At what institution did you do your undergrad? Just wondering, because depending on where you're IP 3.82 might be a little low for some of those schools (I'm not totally sure, haven't checked the OOP/IP stats for all of those schools. Also a 3.82 at different schools will be converted to different things depending on how things are weighted/letter grade or percentage conversions so it's relevant to know where you're coming from in undergrad/province of residence. If you didn't get an interview I think there's a good chance it's a problem with your numbers for a lot of the sch
  11. Everyone struggles, but being motivated is key! I didn't even want to apply to med so that wasn't my motivation for studying... it was like an inner pride thing, like... I know I can beat my previous marks. I competed against myself (block out all that pre-med bullshit grade humble bragging, ie. people in classes "disappointed" they only got a 90 on that midterm, or whatever) and didn't tell anyone my grades, nor did I ask anyone else's. Story time about my journey (skip if bored already): At the end of first year my average was ~81, and I knew I could totally do better than that. I rocked
  12. I heard the major banks won't give LOC to students going to school outside of Canada without a co-signer. Could your husband not co-sign? Or because your finances are tied.. perhaps you need someone outside the marriage to co-sign.
  13. Haha that's morbid! I still remember when at a speech by one of our teachers at graduation in high school they talked about "10 years from now" and they were like "some of you will be mothers and fathers, have careers, some of you will be dead" it was like.... isnt this supposed to be a happy celebration?
  14. I have heard of somebody getting in IP off the waitlist - not sure where they were on it though, probably top 1/3rd
  15. Office says it's just first aid, not CPR. But I think you'll be hard pressed to find a first aid only class and in Saskatoon (maybe thats easier in Ontario?) they aren't any cheaper or shorter than the ones that include CPR here - not sure about how things work in Ontario. Also not sure about heart and stroke foundation, but the links they give on the U of S website go to red cross (which shows dates and times for U of S Aquatics, City of Saskatoon, and I think red cross classes at their location) or st john's ambulance and apparently our tech college, SIAST, has them too. Also: here they're a
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