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  1. Your high school career has no bearing on whether you will end up in dentistry. You need a high GPA to get into your chosen field. You might find that having a goal helps you focus and study more, or maybe you don't need to study more, just more efficiently. Do well in your undergrad and work from there, you know what your goal is. And on a slightly different note, dentistry/med programs aren't particularly difficult and needs everyone to be perfect students, it's just that there are not enough seats for all those who want to get in.
  2. Im 39 and currently in first year at UofC and left a career making 100-120K a year and moe in the future. I completely agree with Maturemed86's comments. ER and anesthesia are my two top choices, but ending up in FM is also very okay. One of my mentors told me "You're going to be old, why not be old and a doctor if thats what you want." Feel free to DM me and we can set up a time to chat if you would like.
  3. 39 yo, physiotherapist, currently in 1st year, loving it. Feel free to DM me and we can chat.
  4. Whatever you would wear at a traditional interview.
  5. I am 39, just started first year and planning on doing a 5 year residency. I have a family and minimal money coming in. Couldn't be happier. DM me and we can set up a time to chat.
  6. Don't know much about NOSM, but just wanted to say. Apply with what you have as long as you meet the cut off. It sounds like you have some amazing experiences and knowledge. Get help with writing your application. Im a non-trad, previous healthcare professional and older than you. Just started my first year at UofC.
  7. Your CARS is sweet, your GPA is on the lower end (check past reference stats and cut offs). With everyone I speak to, in this position you have 2 choices. Do extra years and bump up your GPA or go out into your community and do something that you are passionate about. Masters and PhD are up to you...again are you passionate to do these? Your life skills and experiences is what makes you stand out from other applicants. The latter is by far more important in my books, but bumping up your GPA can't hurt. Feel free to DM me.
  8. Where does your GPA end up at for Alberta schools? CARS?
  9. I'll keep this short. But happy to talk further, DM me if you do. You have the GPA. You have a tonne of extra curriculars. How you present these is key. Sit the MCAT and see how you do. I'm significantly older than you and just began my first year at UofC. Loving it. You'll make way better money in finance, like you said. Not everyone ends up where they initially envisioned when starting medicine. If you're ok with that, then I think you have a decent shot.
  10. I'm not too surprised. Leasing is a car is basically like applying for a loan. If you have no income coming in, then how do you pay back the 'loan' as you are contractually supposed to do. From my understanding lenders don't like you paying one credit account with another. But I agree, try a different dealer and see what happens.
  11. Focus on getting good marks in your last 2 years. GPA requirements are not a mystery. If you meet the minimum then you have a chance. Based on your final score you will be able to make a better decision. If you do meet the minimum you'll need to find ways to make up the ground in other ways. E.g. high MCAT, impactful EC's, great references etc. These are things you can focus on now. Just my two cents.
  12. You need to speak to a mortgage broker first. I don't think you'll be given a mortgage if you have no or low income coming in. An LOC is a loan and I don't think you can pay off a debt by creating another debt. I own two properties (older, non-trad) and I was told buying another property would be almost impossible. Speak to the mortgage broker and see if this is even possible, especialy with CHMC rules tightening.
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