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Luna Lovegood

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  1. As a first year med student, should I be focusing on school? Should I be focusing on trying new activities? Should I keep up my old activities from undergrad? Does it matter at all in the end? So many questions...
  2. I got into medical school this year, but I don't know if I need my copy of Doing Right anymore. Would it be useful for CARMS interviews? Or should I just sell it? Thanks!
  3. @Big Shaq, in their terms and conditions you have to be an entirely new customer (ie, never had any accounts with RBC, including any you have closed). https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/dms/pba/open-an-account/_assets-custom/includes/ipad-terms-and-conditions.html
  4. My friend got an Ipad from RBC last year? Do you know if they're going to that again this year?
  5. Does anyone know where I can take mandarin classes or tutors that are ~affordable? I'm a complete beginner.
  6. I'm being a bit paranoid, but does StudentAidBC have access to your bank account balances? I want to apply for student loans/bursaries, but if they have access to my balance, doesn't that make me less likely to get a loan?
  7. Lol, I just went into RBC yesterday and they said I need a proof of enrolment letter (acceptance letter wasn't enough for my branch).
  8. Also remember that you need at least 90 credits to be eligible (by the time you get accepted). Taking only 4 courses per term might delay you.
  9. Thanks for doing this! Is tuition actually $20,000/yr (there have been some posts about how *most* med students get bursaries to help with the cost - are they substantial)? Are there scholarships to help with the financial burden of med school? Did you find that there was still a competitive environment among classmates? Does matching to a residency in BC look bleak (I'm considering family medicine, but have heard so many horror stories of unmatched med students over the past few years - what do you know about it so far)? If you could go back and change anything about your
  10. I'm having a bit of trouble deciding what to wear to my UBC MMI interview. (I've already interviewed once), and I noticed many people wearing black/blue/grey. Are "other" colors like burgundy, dark purple, taupe, etc appropriate? Would less-traditional colors distract the interviewer from my answers, or will it help me stand out? Would love to hear your guys' opinions.
  11. So I've been getting conflicting advice on reading Doing Right. I'm not sure I want to spend $90 on a book that may/may not help me in my UBC interview. For those that did read it and had an interview, did you find it helpful? Can I find the same info (for free) elsewhere? Would it come in handy in the future?
  12. Does anyone know how much they weigh the MCAT post-interview? I've just been seeing some horror stories of people with high AQ/NAQ/above average interview getting rejections...
  13. 1st time applying, 1st time interviewing. Didn't read Doing Right or any other medical ethics/MMI books, went to a couple UBC sessions but I didnt' find it as useful as practicing one-on-one with close friends. Felt very nervous before and during interview, didn't really feel like I made a connection with any of the interviewers, and just had a sinking feeling about the whole thing. Got the rejection today and I'm sure it was because of the below average interview. Any advice on how to improve? Any success stories?
  14. Does anyone know how the adcom look at MCAT scores? Is it just a cutoff thing, or does it actually factor into whether you will get an interview/acceptance?
  15. For example, do they double check to see if you've improved in one area and give you points that way? Purely speculation at this point, but you never know.
  16. How do you format the authors section in the Publication/Presentation part of the application (Help Guide doesn't have any specifics...)? Do you list just the names? John Smith, Jane Doe, John Doe Do you include positions/affiliations with universities/departments?
  17. How important is this section? Will it put me at a disadvantage if I literally have nothing to put in here. Do people get in without having this filled out at all? This is a major part of my application that I am worried about.
  18. I'm graduating in 2018, and if I don't get into UBC this upcoming cycle, my plan is to take more courses to boost my GPA. Will UBC count these new courses in my GPA even though I have graduated?
  19. ^ can confirm, OP has to finish the Masters degree first before being able to qualify as an applicant again. If I were you, I'd take the one year off to improve in NAQ. If you don't get in that cycle, then your next option could be the Masters to help your GPA (but no guarantee a Masters is easy - have you looked up course averages on UBC PAIR for this program?) At the end of the day, you know yourself the best. Good luck!
  20. Does UBC primarily contact people by email to verify activities? One of my verifiers is quite elderly and doesn't use email, so I was wondering if UBC ever contacts people by phone?
  21. How should I go about asking professors for reference letters (I'm thinking in terms of this application cycle and for the next if I don't get in this year)? I never really got to know any of my profs personally (I doubt any of them know my name). But I need an academic reference...
  22. I did an NSERC last summer. I also wrote my MCAT two weeks after my lab work finished. I scored pretty badly because I did not have a lot of time to study (commuting over 3 hr, work). I wasn't very motivated to study because I came home stressed from being in a hostile lab environment; I felt like more of a burden in the lab and as if people didn't want me there as a student. The only reason I'm considering doing an NSERC while retaking the MCAT again is for the valuable research experience and possible connections with a prof. Is it really worth it? Should I just spend next summer solely
  23. I'm currently a prospective physiotherapy or occupational therapy student in BC (still haven't decided which one I want to pursue). As someone who is pursuing a drastic career change, I don't really know much about these careers in terms of supply, demand, etc. Before I really invest in my decision of wanting to pursue these careers, I'm curious to know what are your guys' opinions on what the job prospects look like for new/recent grads (particularly BC and Canada in general?). Are there any PT's/OT's here that can attest to what the situation is like now and how it may look like in
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