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  1. This laptop seems pretty awesome just by looking it up online. Do you both have the "pen" that it comes with and how often do you find yourself using it? I really like to take notes by hand so I'm thinking of using this laptop (if I purchase it) as a tablet at most to take notes. What are your opinions on this laptop as a tablet? I feel like the price is very justifiable compared to a Macbook pro which is just too much for my budget...
  2. The poll that I've created shows a pretty spread out result. I think that's quite interesting and I will check on these apps and sites. In the future, I think I might combine both physical planners and online calendar for the sake of having the chance to write things out.
  3. I'm not in the position to decide for you and there are much more experienced people that can help you here, but here's my two cent. You have the average AGPA for OOP who applied but those that was invited and interviewed had an average of 4.40 according to the 2020 stats. That being said, the minimum AGPA that was interviewed was a 4.12 so there is still a chance there. BUT! It will ALL come down to the MCAT. U of M has a very high standard MCAT for OOP applicants (and IP for that matter too) since it will make up 45% of your post-interview application if you are invited OR up
  4. Hello everyone! I was just wondering how you all stay organize in school with such a busy and hectic schedule and with all of your classes and class materials (notes)? I've tried using physical planners given by our school and that didn't work, I've tried using online calendar (google calendar) and that also didn't work because it just gets dull and I've even tried to just use a paper and pen just write down the entire thing that's on my head and tackle them one at a time. Heck, I've even tried just keeping it all in my head and remembering everything that I have to do, that was a di
  5. I hope you don't mind but I would like to add an additional question and ask an opposite scenario to your question. 1. Would you count as a rural applicant if you've lived in a rural area for only ~5yrs? 2. If you now temporarily live in the city to study and also volunteer in the city and work in the city but sometimes goes back home (rural area) for the weekend to volunteer, Would you still count as a rural applicant? I hope to hear from all of you soon and Thank you very much in advance!
  6. It seems that you have found the culprit that's holding you back from being a very bright and successful student! Yay! That being said, instead of focusing on your issue for next year and leaving it for next year, why don't you focus on it this year, this month, this day and Now! Every little steps count and if you start improving your time management now, it'll be much easier later on! I'm also currently in the quest of improving my time management for next year. I was told by one of my mentor to always try to do something today or now that my future self will thank me later. Tha
  7. I'm glad that the majority of the people who answered my poll has not experienced any form of sabotage from other premeds. I don't really think that anyone can gain anything from sabotaging other people, pre-med or not. Sure, you may get a small leg up in the game but Karma will bite you back in the end! I agree with having a tighter and more closer group of friend compared to having too much, which was in my case. I simply trust people too much and I guess that I need to be a little bit more vigilant. No judgement on my side here! But I have to admit, that's pre
  8. I'm curious, as someone who has been sabotaged before by another pre-med student which almost caused me to fail one of my lab reports, What are your thoughts about this topic? Any stories that some of you have experienced before and are willing to share? Any advice on how to spot a sabotager and what to do if you've been victimized? https://www.goodcall.com/news/pre-med-culture-010987 I understand that this article is technically from the US but I still think that its still quite relevant to Canada. Lastly, please answer my short poll. Thank you all!
  9. YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS RICHARD!! I can't stop smiling right now and I don't know why! I'm just so happy for you!! I may not know you personally but you have worked super duper hard and you truly deserve this Acceptance to Medical school. All of your hard work has really paid off and I genuinely think that you now have a better appreciation of the words "Hard work", "Progress" and "Success". This new journey has just began and this new chapter is about to start and I can't wait to hear from you soon. Keep us updated, okay? Best Wishes to your future endeavours! EDIT: Woah! I didn
  10. Do you feel like some of your mistakes that you may have made in the past affected you in a positive or a negative way? How did your experience in the past made you who you are today? I'm curious!
  11. I wish everyone Best Wishes and always remember to keep on fighting for your dreams!! I may only be a premed but I fight for my dreams each and every single day through thick and thin, Highs and Low! You've all come a long way to go, you all have your own stories to tell, different paths that you came from, amazing skills and talents that makes you unique and special. Whether its an acceptance or a rejection, Just Keep Moving and Keep Going! You never know how close you might be! Good Luck Everyone and God Bless!!
  12. Hi all, so I saw a similar post on the SDN forums and I was just wondering if we can start one here. If you can go back in time and if you can do it all over again, What would you have done differently as an Undergrad and Why? Do you have any regrets that you wish you did/didn't do? Please give it a shot!
  13. Really?!?! Someone got in with a 498 in the MCAT? Maybe that applicant had a strong GPA to help balance out his/her MCAT situation as well as have a high interview score with the other factors playing in his/her favour. I need to take another look at the new stats. Good for that applicant for getting in!
  14. Hi Birdy, I recently just started reading your blog-post and its AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your stories and journey with us. Best Wishes!
  15. Hmm... Okay, theoretically speaking What is the chance of an applicant who has the bare minimum GPA (3.3) but has a well above average MCAT (say >520) and a very high interview average? I know that there are other factors to consider such as rural, socioeconomic, etc. but let's say this applicant has all of those other factors. Would that applicant still have a shot? ps: I'm not talking about myself, I'm only theoretically speaking. Thank you!
  16. I was looking to improve my GPA and possibly do some research on the side if I find one. Doing fifth year can be pretty scary but I admire your dedication. I don't have any experience with doing 6th year or knowing someone who did 6th year but its up to your current GPA and your MCAT score. If your current GPA is high enough then I think that doing a 6th year may be unnecessary. By the way, I don't want to ask a too personal question but does student aid still helps out a student who does a 5th year?
  17. Are we talking about having self-care as a Med student or as pre-med? I think that developing self-care as early as possible is very important in anyone's career path. I'm only an Undergrad and I have yet to develop my own personal self-care but I do like everyone's suggestions so far.
  18. This is something that I personally wish my school will do in the future. It will be super awesome to have mentors and free MCAT student support program to help out other students who are pre-med. I know that there are some mentorship programs where I go but getting help from the MCAT is just an amazing opportunity to have. I do agree that they are going in the right direction but I personally think that it will all come down to the GPA and the Financial need that the students have. If a student has a very high GPA and needs quite a lot of financial need then they may have a very high ch
  19. So the average age is about 25yrs old for incoming students in your med school. I think that sounds really awesome because it really gives non-traditional students some chance against traditional med students. And, they [students >25yrs old] may even have quite a lot of experiences from the "real world" that they can use to help back up their own personal stories or interview answers. I do have one question for you ArchEnemy if you don't mind, how old were you when you got into med school and were you a traditional or non-traditional applicant. Traditional being a student who may have a
  20. Hey! Thank you for giving us an update, really appreciate it! I think that Western schools sounds like a good plan to have since they tend to be quite forgiving of GPA but ace your MCAT if you do plan on retaking it (I'm sure that you've heard of this many times from other people but the MCAT is worth a lot especially at the U of M!) By the sound of your reply, I think that taking a gap year sounds like a good idea for you. Not only can it help pad out your application, it can also help you gain more experience which you can use to help back up and provide evidence for your answ
  21. Hi there, I don't want to sound incompetent but I would really like to know what you meant when you said "MCAT is skewed Left while GPA is skewed right". How does this affect a future applicant who has a low GPA but has a high MCAT and vice-versa. Thank you in advance!
  22. Awesome!! By the way, I recently messaged you about a question that I have. Would you mind taking a look at it please! Thank you!
  23. Oh awesome! So where do the funds go if you mind me asking? Are they donated or do they go to the med school program?
  24. I was just wondering if this thread can please continue. I'm quite lost as to whether or not I should take an extra year from Undergrad (5th year).
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