Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums

2hopeful

Members
  • Content Count

    82
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Heart2HardWork in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  2. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from PequalsMD in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  3. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from anonymouspanda in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  4. Like
    2hopeful reacted to rmorelan in Let's Discuss Finances   
    Use the LOC is possible to absorb the OSAP loan if the rate of interest on the OSAP loan is greater than the LOC (which it will be) - assuming doing so does not use up so much of your LOC that you have no more flexibility with things.
    Get every bursary your school will allow you to get - make a point of applying. It is often considerable sums of money.
  5. Like
    2hopeful reacted to ellorie in Let's Discuss Finances   
    The most common strategy is to max out government loans/bursaries during med and then pay them off with your LOC once you start residency and they begin to accrue interest.  Some people in Ontario do RLIRP instead, and the government picks up your interest on your government loans during residency in exchange for a fairly liberal ROS - if you're absolutely sure you plan to practice in Ontario, there's no harm in it except that plans change and depending on the job market in your specialty, it may be prudent to retain your mobility, and there are a few other plot twists (you can't do fellowship, can't locum for more than a year, etc).  I will likely stay in Ontario but I still decided not to bother with RLIRP.
    Honestly people's budgets are so different that as long as you HAVE one (I find using a budgeting app really handy for this) you're probably good.  The best way to do it IMO is to get an app, track all your spending for a month without trying to change anything, just to see where you are and where you may be hemorrhaging money (take out/eating out is my achilles heel financially).
    One helpful thing may be to look up the PGY1 salary (it differs between provinces, but it's a guidepost at least) and what you will get monthly, and see how your budget lines up with that.  Then you can look at how your current amount of spending will stack up when you start residency, and how much you'd have left over each month to go towards your debt/savings/emergencies etc and see if you're satisfied with that.  Then maybe shave off a bit more if you want to live more frugally and maybe have a quality of life bump at the end of medical school, and if you want to account for the fairly large expenses of 4th year medical school (electives, CaRMS, LMCC, etc).  But it gives you somewhere to start, at least.
  6. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from isitlunchtimeyet in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  7. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Egg_McMuffin in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  8. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from helicase in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  9. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Sauna in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  10. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  11. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Nibbler in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope!
    Result: Accepted (off Waitlist)
    Timestamp: June 7, 2018 
    GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years)
    MCAT: 514 (126 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application
    Geography: IP
    Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June.
    Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant
    I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
  12. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from pekingduck in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  13. Like
    2hopeful reacted to 5th time the charm in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    LOL- congrats- you had 2 posts on May 30th that appeared to count you out of the running for a spot....so glad it has all worked out for you now go celebrate !!! 
  14. Like
    2hopeful reacted to Egg_McMuffin in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Yay!! Looks like being hopeful paid off! Congrats!
  15. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from helicase in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  16. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from 5th time the charm in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  17. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Thanks so much!!! And grats to you on MAC!! Super exciting!
  18. Like
    2hopeful reacted to Nibbler in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    yesss congrats  
  19. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Egg_McMuffin in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  20. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from IMislove in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  21. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    Got off waitlist June 7, 11 am! Good luck to everyone.
  22. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Chances for queens?   
    EC’s and gpa are good. But you will need to rewrite the MCAT to have a shot. Queens has a cut off for each section and the total. I dont think ive ever seen anyone under a 510 get an interview. 
  23. Like
    2hopeful got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in MCAT Cutoff   
    Realistically no one knows, but I think lowest overall score was 513 from the accepted/waitlist/rejected thread? Idk about individual section scores, but I got an interview with 126 in CARS.
  24. Like
    2hopeful reacted to Butterfly_ in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    This thread inspired me and gave me hope to pursue my medical school dream. Thank you to all that have posted on here before. You have all truly touched my heart.
    It is because of your stories, that today, I also have the pleasure of posting here and sharing my own journey.
    When I was younger and about to head to university, I had a tough time choosing between pursuing a business degree or a science degree. At that time, I knew my interests were in biology and psychology, but seeing my parents labouring hard on the farm, I felt pressured to help support the family and make money fast. So, I decided to pursue a finance degree, work in investment banking, and provide enough money to make my family comfortable, then pursue my interests afterward.
    It was a naïve and misguided plan.
    From the first moment in business school, I already felt like I didn’t fit in.
    This feeling got worse 4 years later when I began working in investment banking. The hours were grueling, and I was completely uninterested in what I was doing. I kept at it for 2.5 years because it helped me pay my debts, supported my family, and made my parents proud.
    But one day, I reached my breaking point.
    I was out of shape, burnt out, and depressed.  I woke up dreading the new day to begin. So, I finally quit, at the shock of my parents. They didn’t understand why I would give up a lucrative and prestigious career. I didn’t know how to explain it to them either.
    So, I decided to travel. Backpacked by myself across Southeast Asia for 6 months. When I was in Cambodia wandering the night markets, I walked past a bookstand selling novels for $1 USD. Not sure if it was fate or intuition, but I chose to buy the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
    It was a book that changed my life.
    It helped me rediscover my passion and interests in life. I started focusing on things that I loved to do. Travel. Eat. Exercise. Health. Science. Languages.
    During this process of self-discovery, I developed a strong interest in healthcare and medicine. However, I was still too afraid to pursue it. The time, the commitment, and the financial burden all seemed too daunting. I also convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough to be a doctor. That I wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibilities that came with life and death.
    So, I became a travel agent instead.
    I had a lot of fun, met many amazing people, and excelled at the role. I traveled to over 35 countries.  Life was exciting, and I felt content. However, the idea of medicine never left my mind. It kept gnawing at me every day and I eventually began to feel too comfortable at my job.
    It was at this time I met my fiancée (on Tinder, lol.) He was in his 3rd year of pharmacy and applying to medicine at the same time. His mother was a nurse. His grandmother was a military doctor. 
    I was suddenly immersed in a world of healthcare. 
    Watching my fiancée work hard and challenge himself every day made something click in me. I started to think that I might still have a chance at medical school.
    Couple months later, I went on a Mediterranean cruise with my family. I was sitting in the hot tub and decided to strike up a conversation with the person next to me.
    We talked, and he asked me what I did. I'm not sure what came over me, but for the first time in my life, I told someone out loud, "I'm going to become a doctor." 
    It was a liberating moment. Everything suddenly felt real and achievable. 
    And fate would have it, the person whom I was talking was an army doctor who graduated from McGill Medical School.
    He was traveling with his wife in Europe before beginning his next station in the UK.
    He said, "Go for it!" And I did.
    I quit my job in December 2016 and began studying for the MCAT full time.
    I also enrolled in 2 semesters of English to obtain enough credits to meet the UBC admission requirements.
    After 5 years without reading a textbook, it was a brutal transition. 
    And with zero science prerequisites under my belt, it was so much harder than I thought.
    Furthermore, some of my friends and family did not take me seriously and discouragingly told me not to "waste my time."

    It was a challenging few months. Many days, I felt overwhelmed. 
    But, I survived due to a wonderful support network. I listened to those who believed in me and ignored the ones who were negative.
    I acknowledged my weaknesses and sought help and advice.
    I studied 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 7 months and self-taught myself the sciences.
    I took the exam in July 2017 and achieved a score of 508.
    It was below the average admission score, but good enough to give the application a try. I applied widely to as many schools as I could. 
    5 schools rejected me.
    3 schools interviewed me.
    And a miracle happened.
    I got an acceptance.
    It was an unbelievable moment.  I felt all the worry, pain, and doubt just wash away. All the time I spent, all the risks I took, all the sacrifices I made, paid off.
    Everything was worth it and I was the happiest girl in the world.
    Finally, at 27 years old, I will begin medical school in Fall of 2018.
    The moral of my story:
    Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot achieve. Only you can decide that for yourself. 
    Also, remember that:
    "We are, at any moment, capable of pursuing our dreams...
    And, when you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
                                                                                                                    - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

    If medicine is your dream, don't give up. Never, ever give up.  

    I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your journey.
  25. Sad
    2hopeful reacted to InternistInTraining in Queens Waitlist 2018   
    congrats @Egg_McMuffin and @sadstrawberry 
    the waitlist moved big time this year. It seems like almost everyone here but me and @2hopeful didnt get off lol
×
×
  • Create New...