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Everything posted by heyhellohi

  1. 1) I wouldn't say students prefer to live off campus, its definitely just a matter of opinion on what an individual seeks in a living situation. You can definitely live on/near campus in first year to be close to the LSC and then move to live closer to VGH in second year if you want to live near classes in both years. 2) super hard to answer this, especially because even if you live on campus, you still may not be in walking distance to the LSC considering how large the campus is. And if you live off campus, but near campus, there's no way you'll be in walking distance to the LSC beca
  2. I'll 2nd this comment. All 3 aspects listed are for an ideal location for all years. Living in this area isn't exactly what you may want in your first year because the commute to UBC for 8am can be rough if you're not a morning person hehe; but if you tough through it, it gets better in 2nd, etc. just want to add one more comment: finding a place that fulfills all these criteria may be expensive $$$. So make sure that wherever you look for a place is within your budget!
  3. 1. Most/all of the 1st year lectures are held in the LSC (Life Sciences Centre). Only clinical skills is held at VGH. 2. Deferring this to someone who lived on UBC campus. But from what I know theres many apartments near the village that people live in. 3. Final exams in first year are late april (~24-26), so going to that wedding doesn't sound impossible. If you are ontop of your stuff and feel okay taking that time off, I'd do it if I were you. One thing you have to lookout for is the OSCE date, because they hold it on a weekend in April.
  4. This is around when I knew I was ready to write the MCAT Anyone else??
  5. 0-1 questions wrong per passage sounds good to me! If you've written a lot of FL tests and are obtaining consistent CARS scores between tests, I'd say you should feel ready for CARS
  6. Congrats on increasing your Verbal score by so much + from a low starting point
  7. I don’t think you make the Western CARS cutoff, but you may make the Queens CARS cutoff. So definitely add Queens to your list.
  8. If you're perfectly bilingual, I'd suggest applying to the French stream as you'll have a higher chance to get in. Apparently (someone at uOttawa back me up on this), once you are admitted to uOttawa med, you can take your exams and listen to lectures in whatever language you prefer. So if you'd prefer to continue learning/studying in English, I think you'd be able to do so.
  9. "Practicing" for the CASPer is nothing similar to the MCAT as far as time commitment and mental commitment goes. You will definitely not be spending 8-10 hour days doing prep for the CASPer, especially for 8 weeks. There is typically a small amount of prep involved, and you can honestly do very well on it without any practice at all (but wouldn't recommend this). I'd recommend reading about the test and the structure of it, doing a few practice questions to get a feel of how it is to write it, and thinking of some life stories that you can use during the test. In the end, it's a v
  10. I know someone who had a 124 CARS and they fell below the CARS cutoff and didnt receive an interview at Queens. Best bet would be to apply to uOttawa. And while doing this application cycle, practice for CARS + do another MCAT.
  11. I personally wouldn't agree with the person you were talking to. Doing research in a few labs is valuable to understand how different labs operate, what your interests are, and to get a solid LOR. I don't see the value in doing research in 6 labs over 3 since you're likely to be less productive and make a smaller impact in each lab. If I were you, I'd try to do research in a few labs to see which one suits you best, then pursue one lab heavily to get publications/posters/abstracts out of it.
  12. According to this post by Mac (https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/classof2020.pdf?sfvrsn=2), 4 people accepted last year had a CARS score in the 123-125 range. It doesn't say what their GPA was, but if I were to guess, I'd say it was 4.0 or close to 4.0 (>3.97).
  13. If anything, I think the 1st score (508) would be more likely to meet the MCAT cutoff since it has a 126 in CARS. But I'm not too sure and would like others to comment on this.
  14. I know many people who have done this before (+ got into Med), so it shouldn't look bad. If anything, it'll show progression and curiosity. Your pharmacy knowledge will be very useful in med school as well, so that's a plus. Definitely apply.
  15. literally this. I wouldn't recommend doing a push for the earlybird deadline When I applied under the normal deadline, I still got my desired interview day and timeslot. In fact, many seats in each time slot were still available at the normal deadline check-in. So, chances are, you'll be just fine in selecting your desired day/timespot for an interview.
  16. Going to add onto this comment since its definitely true. You shoudn't want/have to convince them to support you; they should be able to see that, through your actions and work ethic, they are comfortable supporting you. Most PIs out there will want you to stay in their lab and have you pursue academia (this notion isn't foreign to many people), but if you show through actions that medicine is your true passion, they'll realize it is. And if it is really stressing you out and coming down to the wire, a formal conversation/meeting may be needed to have them realize that academia isn't in
  17. I know this is posted in the UofT thread, but I'd suggest applying to more than UofT out of 3rd year. Definitely try uOttawa, since your GPA is quite high. Also, your EC's are definitely good. I understand why you think it looks odd that you don't have "classic volunteering / classic empathy work" but it's fine for now. You should 100% apply because you have a good shot right now, and if you don't get in, you'll have an even better shot next time around. In terms of improving, continue your ongoing ECs to build the duration and relationship. Start doing more classic/empathic
  18. in province applicant. And yes, I've accepted a different offer - thanks
  19. I did something very similar to this! Day 1: After the test, I would relax and take the rest of the day easy since writing the tests are very draining. However, if there was something pressing/crucial that I didn't know, I would review it that day. Day 2-3: Spend each day reviewing concepts I didn't know. Usually day 2 was for phys/chem and day 3 was for bio/psych. Day 4: Analyze my CARS section. How many 50/50's did I get right/wrong? Why did I pick some 50/50's wrong? What style of passages/questions do I do good/bad on? etc. Usually, I was able to condense this process int
  20. Declined my offer of admission. Congrats to whoever now gets an offer of admission.
  21. Taking time to reflect on your practice tests is almost as important as actually doing the test. Reflecting on the questions you got right, got wrong, got right by guessing, got right in a 50/50 situation, etc. are all important. If I were you, moving forward, I would start to analyze all questions in a test after writing the test. This will show you answering habits, etc. You can even do this for tests you've already done. Lastly, since you've identified CARS as your biggest weakness: put a larger emphasis on it for the remainder of studying time. Don't stop studying the other secti
  22. Both the portal for CBL and code for CFMS are working; however, I don't see a payment option for CFMS yet - I guess we'll probably learn about that in orientation.
  23. Hey I’m pretty sure St. John Ambulance first aid doesn’t qualify. You have to take the CPR course through the heart and stroke foundation. It’s called BLS (basic life support) provider CPR. You should be able to find more info on this in the UBC med orientation FAQ.
  24. Definitely going to add to what Lesigh2 said. 1) Rewrite your NAQs. Try to make them tangible and thoughtful. Try to put yourself in a reviewers place, and see how someone else would read an entry and what they'd think of it. 2) Add interesting/fun things! Activities/events people wouldn't typically think of when filling out an application for medical school. If you have any weekly activities you do with family or friends, add it on to the application - it'll probably benefit you greater than you think.
  25. The code didn't work for me too. Where'd you find out that it's active Aug 20th?
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