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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
  16. They probably start with letters if it's a small infraction I'm sure but we were told in training that they were currently going through court .. I guess suing (?) some previous instructors for for breaking their non-compete clause by teaching non-TPR MCAT classes. They could've totally been bullshitting us just to scare us out of not breaking it at all and I don't know HOW far you'd have to go, but we were told they take it very seriously. Now, if you tutored your cousin's friend on the side... are they going to bother with suing you? Probably not... but if you're teaching your own non-TPR cl
  17. My fist aid + cpr C was 116 through the city of saskatoon! So it's not more expensive to do cpr too but maybe its an extra day or something edit: just checked, same length of course at SIAST
  18. Haha totally fair I know lots of people who survive without cars here just fine! I am probably just a diva who "needs" to go to Costco. But man you can't beat the deals on toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. Living without roommates would probably make that a non-issue
  19. I emailed the office to ask what we needed and Sherrill replied "Standard first aid only, you'll get cpr training in a course" but I couldn't find first aid classes only cause I think they only come with cpr so I'm taking level C. Don't think it matters since it isn't required.
  20. Ahhh I see ok yeah. Yeah you'd definitely want a guaranteed plug in if you're going to bother having a car in the winter. Just looked it up - guess you'd park in U lot. Most of those stalls are electrified and you should be able to get an electrified spot over night 99% of the time. Honestly... it depends on the car you have. My roommate has like a 2006 Cobalt and it starts every time in winter without plugging in, my 2011 ford fusion has died a few times when it wasn't plugged in over night. I personally would take the hassle of possibly having to come back and repark my car to get an electri
  21. Just MCAT teaching and tutoring. You're totally allowed to continue working as TA for courses and tutoring for other classes and stuff like that. The 2 year non compete is standard between the big exam prep companies - TPR, Kaplan, and I think EK. Although, as far as I know EK doesn't run its own classes but I think private companies can pay for a license to teach EK books or something. Edit: just to add - be careful and THINK before you sign a 2 year non compete - they're iron clad and drafted by good lawyers and TPR has pursued people who break the non-compete. I know someone who signed
  22. Honestly.... I love Saskatoon but our transit really sucks. It's very much a driving city like Edmonton. You're really going to miss having a car if you have one now in Edmonton. Getting groceries sucks without one, especially. And in the winter.. waiting for buses in the cold that sometimes don't even show up... wanting to go shopping at places other than downtown.. It's pretty tough. Some areas are especially weird to get to from other places (namely, suburb to suburb if you had to). The closest grocery store to campus would be 8th street I guess. Also if you're thinking about living in res
  23. Theres a possibility I guess depending on demand (if they already have tons of instructors with 13's and 14's or whatever they'd probably prefer you teach the phys/chem section) and if you can pass the content test then maybe? I guess you'd have to do up an application and see what positions they'll offer you! It is a good teaching experience and it really solidifies your knowledge in the content. Sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing which is why I decided to continue on and do it! I think I'm mostly just afraid of failing the people who are paying a lot of money to
  24. The U of S is not asking for ECs at this time so if you're doing that... it might be irrelevant. But they've also been revamping their admissions process so I wouldn't be surprised if that changed in the next 4 years while you're doing your degree so it would be good to be prepared. Hobbies are great, but yeah I think they want things that are verifiable. You can become involved with campus rec if you're into fitness and health - they have volunteer and paid positions! Become a member of the pre-med students club, join the students association for your major, get on the exec of some of those c
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