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    2020: interviewing at Queen's and McMaster

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  1. Hi everyone, I've just accepted my offer to Mac and am so excited to get started on this journey! However, I live a few hours away and don't know much about Hamilton or where I should be looking to live. I would prefer to live in an apartment, and would prefer to live alone (but would also consider living with a roommate who is in med). Are there specific apartment buildings that the Mac med students frequently live in? What suggestions do you have based on your experience? So far I've looked up Market Street Apartments and found some good reviews. Thank you!
  2. Hi everyone, I've just accepted my offer to Mac and am so excited to get started on this journey! However, I live a few hours away and don't know much about Hamilton or where I should be looking to live. I would prefer to live in an apartment, and would prefer to live alone (but would also consider living with a roommate who is in med). Are there specific apartment buildings that the Mac med students frequently live in? What suggestions do you have based on your experience? Thank you!
  3. Result: ACCEPTED!! (MDR) Timestamp: 8:37am cGPA: 3.68 CARS: 130 CASPer: Felt it went okay! Got an interview at Queen's and my cGPA isn't great, so I assume this went well. Didn't really prepare for it beyond the practice exams. MMI interview thoughts: I actually felt that this MMI went a lot worse than Queen's, but I guess it was enough! Made sure to include my relevant experiences wherever possible to try and enhance my answers. Year: finishing up my Masters program in the summer Geography: IP Guaranteed interview from last year: No Waitlisted at Queen's, going to hold ou
  4. Result: Waitlisted Timestamp: 8:46 EST 4YRS GPA/2YRS GPA: 3.68/3.82 MCAT: 514 (125/130/127/132) MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: MMI went really well I thought! Felt that my panel was slightly cringy, but it's because I was nervous haha. Panel Date (Saturday March 27th or Sunday March 28th): Sun Mar 28 ECs: Thesis publication, a couple of posters/panel presentations, played several competitive sports, volunteered for mental health and global health organizations, volunteer music teache
  5. Thank you so much for your reply! That was my original understanding, since it wouldn't be efficient to revisit the ABS at each stage. But I also assume that they'll have the ABS in front of them for the panel interview and will be picking it apart to come up with questions. That's another chance for them to look over it and find mistakes LOL (and I can't blame them if they judge me for it haha) I appreciate your reply, and best of luck the rest of this application cycle!
  6. Hi everyone, so it says on the Queen's site that they will be creating the final ranking for offers based on: our ABS, our references, and interview scores. Well, this could be a problem for me...I was looking over my sketch on OMSAS and noticed: 2 spelling errors (e.g., "cough" instead of "couch")... A duplicated entry... I have no clue how I missed this. It's literally the same entry twice, right beside one another. I am extremely concerned. For anyone who has gotten into Queen's or discussed the ranking process with the admissions office, do you know if the ABS is ranked *on
  7. Just wanted to mention that I received an email yesterday at 2pm telling me my interview date/time, so they should start coming through soon for those invited!
  8. Hi everyone! For those who are interviewing/have interviewed at Mac, should we be timing our answers to take up the whole 8 minutes? I've really tried, but find myself rambling/repeating information if I'm speaking for more than 5-5.5 minutes at a time. I don't want to be sitting in awkward silence with my interviewer for the remaining 2-3 minutes (lol), but feel that my answers diminish in value if I'm speaking for the sake of taking up time. One interview coach I've talked to told me that they will just sit in silence, but I'm seeing conflicting information online. What have your
  9. Thank you for the info! I'm definitely going to make sure that these are spot on, and work as hard as I need to to keep my GPA up there in the ranks. Love this community, and everyone on here is so awesome for answering questions!!!
  10. This is exactly how I feel right now. And that is absolutely amazing... again, thank you thank you thank you for this. It's exactly what I needed.
  11. Haha, sunnyy I personally do agree with you! I'd rather a doc with compassion, heart, dedication and common sense! I think that I'm smart, but definitely not waaaay up there with some really brilliant people I know :/ . That's why I probably will put a lot of emphasis on my ECs, essays, and LORs... as they show who I truly am as opposed to how I performed on a couple of final exams in my first year lol. I also know I need to absolutely work my butt off so that in 2 years time when I'm starting to compile everything for my application, my GPA and MCAT doesn't let me down as I've seen it ha
  12. Thank you for this. I've been hearing things similar to this, while some have flat out told me that I should consider another path. It's just confusing seeing people with the 3.99 GPAs and 520 MCATs being rejected. That uncertainty kills me a little whenever I think about it lol!
  13. Thank you, Neurophilic! I've been looking on threads (especially Queen's invite/rejection threads) and have noticed that a ton of people with really great GPAs are being rejected, while some with ~3.6 and similar ECs/MCATs are invited??? It's slightly confusing to say the least! Would this have to do with LORs and other aspects of the app then? Just asking since I see that you've been invited for an interview at Queen's (Mac and Queen's are my top two choices right now!) so you've probably heard something and understand Queen's admissions process a lot better than I would! Congrats, by the w
  14. Congratulations! That's awesome to hear and really uplifting as well! Did you have to address this first year at any point in the interview? As in, did they ask you about it and what the reasoning was behind it? Or did they not even care about it at the interview stage? And did you do better in your 2nd/3rd year in order to boost your GPA? I thought that some schools had a cut-off GPA, too? Sorry to continue bombarding you with questions! I'm just really disappointed, and so is my mom. She doesn't believe in people doing "badly" for a year and still making it to med school, but that's on
  15. I had a dropped course in first semester because I was having a lot of trouble with the adjustment, so I don't believe I qualify for the wGPA formula where they drop lowest marks. i'm devastated about that, because with that formula I'd probably have a really high U of T GPA when applying. So I've kind of given up on U of T now, as I know people get in with really high GPAs there. Thank you for the words of advice, though!
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