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Everything posted by duckduckgoose18

  1. Hi everyone, Just started M1 (@Mac) recently and I'm looking to get involved in some research, especially since our preclerkship is much shorter than other schools. Would you recommend that I start contacting PIs now or wait until I start horizontal electives/can meet potential PIs first? Thanks!
  2. I'd imagine that even if a job (or several) opened up, newly minted grads (i.e., people entering med now) wouldn't be eligible b/c there'd be so many people ahead of you--I can only assume no matter how talented, hard-working, and brilliant you are, there's someone who has all the same traits + an extra fellowship/degree.
  3. They gave me 10 days to respond, same with my friend who got in a couple of days before me. WL offers might go out in staggers b/c of that.
  4. Accepted to Hamilton! Fell out of my chair when I got the news! Timestamp: 10:05AM Thanks to everyone here for your support and fingers crossed for anyone still waiting.
  5. No idea, they already left for the day! But the call came in around 11:23/24 am
  6. A friend (not on the forums) just got in off the WL for the English stream today!
  7. Not affiliated with U of C in any way, but his pre-rejection interview letter was the kindest one I got and I think the way Dr Walker does frequent blog posts/updates on waitlists is awesome! It really shows he understands how stressful this can be and wants to minimize it however he can. Big ups
  8. It's probably going to become a pass fail thing then, since people will likely only approach profs who'd be willing to give them 4/5s. I'd imagine this won't change anything for Mac, since they don't care about LORs very much, but interesting to see how it'll shift things at U of T/other schools that normally put quite a bit of weight on the letters.
  9. Queen's and UWO take your best two years. U of T removes 1.0 credits/year of undergrad completed (not sure about grad school) Mac looks at all courses (but to be fair, the average GPA for matriculants is lower than other schools b/c they don't weigh your GPA)
  10. Your 2 year GPA puts you in the running for Queen's, and even cGPA might do for McMaster (depends on Casper, don't underestimate how much a good Casper score can tilt the chances in your favour). Also, U of T's wGPA can make a huge difference; have you tried calculating what it would be there?
  11. Let's not lose hope yet guys! Of course, the smart thing to do here is to be productive and make plans for the following cycle, prepare for the worst (</3) At the same time, the waitlist has moved in June in previous years, and I assume b/c the deadlines are consistent from year to year, the situations are the same. That is, because the 2 week deadline for responses doesn't seem to have changed, I'd imagine people who got off the WL in June in previous years were just like us--not in the initial wave of waitlisters and waiting on those in the first wave to decline for another sch
  12. Tbh I think as long as you’re polite and don’t ask for your position (since they clearly state in the WL letter not to), they won’t care about general questions
  13. Good luck everyone this week! Hopefully we see some WL movement in the coming days (fingers crossed so hard for this)
  14. Hope a new message doesn’t freak anyone out—are we still being hopeful?
  15. Okay, this is a bit obsessive, but the WRC Facebook group has 36 members and the NRC one 50; does that mean there are more spots available at WRC at the moment than NRC, or the latter just has more upper years in the group? Also, the facebook group is at 421 members--the previous year is at 522, not sure if that means anything or if the extra 100 is just from upper years who join in later on in the year.
  16. Work or travel for a year? You have solid stats, especially that CARS score and wGPA. As a student in a lab filled with Masters students who are doing it just for the sake of doing it as a plan B for med school, a lot of them seem miserable. Some of them genuinely like research and don't mind taking a break from the pre-med grind and focusing on something else for a bit, but the reluctant ones are living in perpetual anxiety/stress over the upcoming app cycle. Research is hard even if you're super interested in it, even more so when you're just doing it aimlessly. Based on stalking
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