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Olle

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  1. I'm not where I want to be yet (Plan A), but my gut feelings say I might be closer than ever. But I'm also in a position where I haven't accomplished anything tangible in life and I'm getting more conscious about my age. An age where I everyone including myself sees me as a young person, but also an age where I feel people have begun to judge me for the career I have, and the failed path I must have taken to get there. As a result, I recently feel a great appeal about my plan B, which is software engineering. However, the other side of my brain is telling me that this is how pe
  2. To give you some background I already have a BSc degree with a GPA of ~3.7 on a 4-point scale (~85%), and I'm gunning for UBC med. As far as I'm aware, you can apply to medical school in the first year of your second degree. However, many med schools value third and fourth year courses and some even value an upward trend. So does this mean that, even if my grades will average on the upside (UBC policy on second degrees), I won't have a decent chance until I reach my third and fourth years? (Excluding the reason that my grades would be simply higher by then).
  3. I know for the near future medicine will look more attractive for its security, but I'm talking about the long-run when things have equilibrated. If Alberta becomes more like Saskatchewan or Manitoba over time, then the overall pool of competitive applicants will shrink compared to cities like TO or VAN, assuming UCal and UofA continues to provide the same advantages to applicants who have IP status.
  4. A mass exodus of foreign and domestic companies are expected in the oil sector over the coming years. Many people are considering to move from the province to seek job opportunities and better educational environments for their children, elsewhere. Educated immigrants and their families will increasingly choose other provinces as well... U of A already announced they may be decreasing the number of faculties in response to Alberta's new budget plan. So in the wake of the changing energy market, do you think admission to UAlberta/U of C will become less competitive over the next few
  5. Did anyone do a second degree through TRU or Athabasca? I did think of going back to UBC, but I'm in my late 20s, and want to upgrade my GPA while making money to sustain myself. I know "easy" is relative, but in your experience are the courses manageable to get a high GPA? Which programs do you recommend?
  6. Did anyone do a second degree through TRU or Athabasca? I did think of going back to UBC, but I'm in my late 20s, and want to upgrade my GPA while making money to sustain myself. I know "easy" is relative, but in your experience are the courses manageable to get a high GPA? Which programs do you recommend?
  7. During the EC screening process how do you think med schools view applicants who have undergone mandatory service in countries such as Israel, Singapore, South Korea etc? I understand that military service is looked upon favourably but this usually applies to voluntary reserve enlisting, or military vets. I did voluntarily apply for the Korean Navy (I still had a Korean citizenship at the time so it was more of a pick your poison-type-deal.) which is regarded as more difficult and longer than the other options (air and armed). I would say the biggest things you learn are teamwo
  8. Hey, I've been working graveyard shifts for a little more than a year in a lab position at a medical biotech company. Obviously graveyard shifts aren't the most desired position, so I am worried that mentioning the job on my application would raise a red flag when assessing my relative competence. Also, it requires a lot of sacrifice of routines you have during the regular day, and I don't want to be seen as that person who would sacrifice all of that for a job, if you get what I mean. Should I keep it out? I would appreciate your thoughts!
  9. Hey guys, I would like your input on whether to pursue a second undergrad degree or a course-based masters. Some things I should tell you about me: - I graduated from UBC with a AGPA of ~85%. I know this GPA allows me to apply to UBC, but my degree was an absolute mess. I have 2Ws, 2 semesters with 4 courses instead of 5, I was interested in science but I never organized my thoughts to concentrate on a subject so my third and fourth year timetable was riddled with a bunch of non-degree, non-science electives. Anyone with a critical eye will be able to see that I never had a passion
  10. I'm currently in 4th-year pending approval for graduation, and I'm gunning for UBC med. - My AGPA is currently 84.5%. When I complete 2 summer courses, I think I'll be at 85%. - I want to do a full 5th year because there are 4th-year level courses I'm interested in taking and I'm pretty confident I can pull up my AGPA close to 86% (I also have a B- in one of my courses and a withdrawal this year so I want to prove that I'm capable of getting straight As or A+s on full-time as well). However, I can't afford to do another full year so I'm thinking about doing 0.5 years (15 credits
  11. GPA is golden, and I wish you the best for the MCAT Your ECs could use more long-term activities as all of your activities are very short-term. Med schools tend to value depth.
  12. Firstly, I'm gunning for UBC med only. My university record is not exactly the best thing I can showcase, but I think I'm at a point where I could try harder and actually have a chance to study medicine. Here's my record: 1st year: 77% (27 credits) 2nd year: 82% (28 credits) - 1W ( I took the course again in the 2nd semester) 3rd year: 85.5% (30 credits) 4th year: I'm expecting ~ 88% average (30 credits total, 1W) 5th year: I know what to take for GPA-boosting purposes and will likely reach the early 90s. My AGPA with 1st year taken out is 83.6% atm, although
  13. I thought if you had over 90 credits they apply aGPA regardless of the number of credits you took in a particular year?
  14. Thanks for that I'm already expecting myself to spend 3~5 years out of university just reapplying to UBC medicine haha If I can't pull myself up to 85%, do you think its worth doing a 5th year?
  15. My university record is not exactly the best thing I can showcase, but I think I'm at a point where I could try harder and actually have a chance to study medicine. Here's my record: 1st year: 77% (27 credits) 2nd year: 82% (28 credits) - 1W ( I took the course again in the 2nd semester) 3rd year: 85.5% (30 credits) 4th year: I'm expecting ~ 89% average (30 credits total, 1W) 5th year: I know what to take for GPA-boosting purposes and will likely reach the early 90s. My AGPA with 1st year taken out as of today is 84.1%, although will likely rise to about 85%
  16. Thanks! I plan on applying to graduate school in December so if I get in to the program I would graduate and work full-time or part-time + volunteering between January - September when I should be entering the grad program.
  17. I'm planning to take a few more courses to keep my options open for some graduate schools. I don't need a full year to accomplish the prereqs so I am planning to take a half year after my fourth. Would this be frowned upon by UBC med?
  18. I'm in my third year. Here are my grades so far. 1st year: 76.9% (28 credits) 2nd year: 81.9% (including summer) (28 credits + 6 credits) 3rd year: 86.3% (excluding summer courses) (30 credits) I'm thinking of either doing coop or doing a 5th year. A steady upward trend, but on the low side for medical school. I know I'll be able to bump my grades up a bit if I do the 5th year, but the problem is I also need to get a PR so it might be better for me to do coop and make myself a more competitive job applicant in the short run (since local companies offering full-time p
  19. My EC's are heavy on the research side and less diverse in community volunteering experience. I have one valuable experience in community service that I'm going to continue for another 2 years. Will I be in a worse position If I invest in one altruistic experience as opposed to investing in many different experiences? (I know that the latter is obviously better if done long term but I'm not an exceptional student so I'll be spread thin and I need to invest a lot of time into studying)
  20. Is the admission to this program mainly based on your 3rd and 4th year GPA? I'm kind of worried because although I do have research experience, they're basic science research and not related to public health.
  21. That's really weird that uOttawa would do that. As if EC's outside of undergrad doesn't develop you as a potential doctor... For most schools that look at EC's, the more experience you have heightens your possibility of getting into medical school. So I wouldn't worry about that. For example, if you broadened, and deepened your experience as a graduate, your NAQ score at UBC will rise.
  22. My understanding is that Queen's doesn't take summer courses if you're 2-year gpa is higher than your cgpa
  23. My worst year is one with 28 credits. I have two full course load years (33 and 30 credits in 3rd and 4th year). Can I still remove the year with 28 credits?
  24. Thanks for the input. My teaching experience at different programs were relatively long-term commitments (2~4 years) so I don't have a problem with listing them separately on the application. In my case wouldn't it be an advantage to list them separately since it shows my dedication to the activity despite having moved to different cities?
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