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  1. I don't want to jump to any conclusions so I would have to gather and clarify some information first before making a decision. First, I would have to consider and learn about the pros and cons of applying to this position. I would also ask what options this friend had considered. After listening to the merits of why my friend would want to join this company, I would have to respect his ultimate decision. However, I would inform him of possible alternatives that might aid him in achieving his goals such as paid research positions, volunteer clinical trials or a masters program. If after being i
  2. Time Stamp: 11:58am Invite/reject: Reject IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): No 2YGPA: 3.94 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PYSCH): 516 (129/129/128/130) ABS Score (If available): Not published A little stunned especially after the other rejects. I guess my ABS was awful? I meet the cutoffs so that is the only explanation right? Feel tempted to call them, but I don't know.
  3. Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 8:59 AM wGPA/cGPA: wGPA is 3.94 cGPA is 3.92 Year: 5th year MCAT: 516 (129/129/128/130) ECs: 1000+ hours volunteering from experiences in the community, hospitals, tutoring, and research data collection, work in a medical clinic, one publication. Geography: IP Regrets from Ottawa and McMaster also causing some pain and I begin to wonder what to do next to make my application stronger (like writing the MCAT again or doing full time research next year).
  4. Oh so I called awhile ago and forgot to update. WHat Apex said is right. So, I switched into non-degree status and apparently it's all good now.
  5. Thank you for the reply medabe! Sorry for not being clear. I graduated from my first degree in June 2018. I didn't get any medical schools last year. So I enrolled in a second degree to complete the pre-reqs for American schools (Orgo., English, Physics) that I didn't have. I only got my MCAT on Tuesday with a 129 in CARS, my cGPA is 3.92. I submitted my detailed ABS on-time. I didn't know at the time I would qualify for Western, but this year is to qualify myself for as many medical schools as possible. So that is my story. Anyways, I guess the point is I got scared by the mes
  6. Okay, so I was just checking the requirements for Western again and read: "If you are currently enrolled in a second undergraduate degree program, you are eligible to apply during the final year of your new program. In order to be considered for GPA, this second degree MUST BE equivalent to a four-year degree. GPA consideration will be based only on the TWO best years of the SECOND UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM. Course load and level requirements for the second degree are analogous to the requirements of the first degree. Applicants who are given a conditional offer must
  7. These essays are especially frustrating, as we are supposed to have an activity that fits evenly with strong lessons in a specific category. Unlike the UofT where there are clusters and the essay can speak to multiple of them at a time.
  8. So the instructions, for example, are, "Please list your top 2 extracurricular activities (employment, volunteering and/or hobbies) that: demonstrate your teamwork and leadership skills." That said, if my top activity is my top in multiple categories, would it not be better to talk about something else that perhaps is not the top, but significant in demonstrating a category?
  9. Alas, I have returned with an answer to the question. After calling the answer given was that it was at our discretion, whether total hours from the start, per week or per month. Apparently the medical schools don't specify which method to use and therefore it is at our discretion. This is comforting to know, but in light of this link it confuses me why they would indicate to format with per week and month if it is at our discretion.
  10. Yes I too am confused by this and I think this is new this year. Would like to know the answer too. Maybe will call OMSAS tomorrow about this situation and will report the findings.
  11. So I have started doing an activity this year as a graduated student who has returned for a 5th year to take some courses. What do you say your level of education is when you put the activity into the ABS? 5th year B.Sc.? 1st year 2nd B.Sc.? Post baccalaureate?
  12. For the letter to the editor essay, do you guys know how much of formatting we are supposed to have in it? Features like name, address, phone, email, date, name of publication...
  13. So I just heard from a friend that cell Biology doesn't count as part of the biochemistry pre-req for medical school. At my school, biochemistry is the name of the first half credit of biochemistry and cell Biology is the name of the second half credit of biochemistry. I am wondering if this cell Biology counts as biochemistry given that the course is listed under biochemistry at my school.
  14. As I reflect on my essays, I just realized that this method doesn't work since OMSAS reorganized our ABS items when we submitted by organizing them into categories. Already thinking about next time and how I should do it then...
  15. Well... All schools I applied to have now replied with rejection. Can't say I'm not bummed out, but at least the wait is over.
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