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    AlteplaseStat reacted to starmay in -   
    So I tried to make a FB group but couldn't find a way to do that without having everyone as a friend so instead I made a discord server. We can always add other channels to the server too if we want to chat about different things. 
    So if you have accepted your offer to join the class of 2025 and want to get to know some other classmates feel free to join https://discord.gg/dGDTjKMQ
    I know I would love to chat with other people going through this big step. 
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to Kryptonitechick in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Accepted!
    Timestamp: May 5, 2021 @ 09:27 a.m.
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.59
    MCAT: 503
    *Brief testimony: I wrote my first MCAT at the end of August and got my results mid-September, only to get a 123 in bio. I put myself on the waitlist to re-write my MCAT to be able to meet the minimum of 124 in each section to apply for UAlberta. Last minute, a slot opened and I re-wrote (with little additional studying).
    Degree: BHS (2017), MHS (2021)
    ECs: Filled out about 14 or 15 entries. At the time of application, I had about 3 years experience as a nuclear medicine technologist working in different provinces (AB, ON), and in a combination of outpatient medical imaging clinics and for AHS at a Cancer Centre. Volunteer experience with low-income/at-risk youth, with a Military Family Resource Centre, as a club executive for two cultural clubs in university, and with my (then) professional organization in NB. Worked numerous jobs throughout university including as a retail sales associate (which was included, and my former manager there was one of my references). I talked about my experiences with personal health challenges, as an immigrant who moved to Canada alone as a teenager, purchasing my first home, and starting a scholarship fund to pay for the tuition of one secondary school student who attends my church back in my home country (education is not free there).
    Interview: I felt pretty confident overall about my interview. Interviewing and public speaking have always been a strong suit for me, and I had put in about 10-12 hours of practice by that point. I had also interviewed for Calgary a couple weeks prior (which was very different!). While the questions of the panel station were appropriate, some caught me off-guard as I was not expecting such straight-forward questions, so I probably could have done better there lol. For my last station, the interviewer mistakenly tried to start the response period only 15 seconds after the reading period began. The facilitator intervened, and we were able to recover from that. Funny enough, my husband and I had discussed a similar situation hypothetically just a few days prior, and so I was able to pull on some of our discussion to support my responses. Overall, I felt like I was able to give a good representation of myself.
    Thoughts: It hasn’t sunk in fully yet that I have been accepted. Writing this has helped to make it feel a bit more real. While my last 3 years of my undergrad were 3.7 or above, due to the nature of my program and doing clinicals, I was unable to drop my (very low) first year which led to a lower calculated GPA. Additionally, none of my course-based master’s grades counted either. I had read about so many applicants with strong stats who did not get in and so my confidence was wavering. This was my first year applying, and to even get an interview was such a pleasant surprise, but to get accepted? WOW. I am so excited for the future and to build on my skills and knowledge base to become the best physician I can be. I look forward to meeting all of my new classmates.
    For those who were not accepted this year, keep your head up and keep moving forward. You have an excellent opportunity to grow, to learn and to present all the wonderful reasons why you should be accepted next year.
    Remember: “A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” – Bo Bennett
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to Neuro_bertagirl in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Yes, you get the invite once you send in your police check.
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to UOA in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Accepted. Can hardly believe it.
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.97
    MCAT: 508 (124 CARS lol)
    Degree: BSc 2018.
    ECs: I'm going to include more details for this because I've been lurking on these threads for six years, and I've always wondered what the specifics of everyone's EC's have been. Hopefully this helps!
    Work Worked at a Psychiatry Clinic from 2010 - 2013 Worked at Aritzia from 2011 - 2019 Worked for the University of Alberta Students' Union from 2017 - 2019 as an Event Coordinator where I executed Week of Welcome, Campus Cup, AntiFreeze, etc, and managed ~200 Senior Volunteers Currently working for the Engineering Association in AB Leadership Volunteered with the Steadward Center with Children with Disabilities from 2015 - 2018  Senior Volunteer (Team Facilitator) with the University of Alberta Students' Union from 2016 - 2017  Day Camp Director with my Aunts Business from 2014 - 2017  Co-President of Bridging Borders Edmonton from  May 2020 - Present  Volunteering Run Day Experience Lead for the CIBC Run for the Cure in 2017 and 2018  Communications Director for Nathan Ip's campaign to become the School Board Trustee in 2013 Managed Basketball Teams in Junior High and High school every year from 2008 - 2013  Project and volunteer manager for the YEG Community Response to COVID-19 (we partnered with the food bank, found 130 Edmontonians to be drivers and coordinated daily food deliveries to folks who couldn't afford groceries or were too sick to leave home. delivered almost 500 hampers in total)  Life Experience/Achievements  Talked about how I kept an event from being removed from our annual programming at my UASU job because I finally got 500 students to sign up for it over the course of my time there  Research  Campaign Manager for two student leaders who were running to become the Vice President Student Life and President of the University of Alberta Students' Union (and were both successful)  Instagram account my mom and I run to highlight local coffee shops in Edmonton  For the essays I wrote about my struggle with dependency on medication I was over-prescribed and unfortunately developed an addiction to, how my perspective on receiving feedback was shaped at a very young age by being a basketball manager, something a bit more personal that I'm not willing to share (my apologies), and how experiencing food insecurity as a child is why I wanted to partner with the food bank/help with deliveries to make sure folks in Edmonton didn't have to worry about experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic.
    Interview: Honestly, I felt incredible about the interview. I've interviewed many times and always came out of it feeling meh, but I knew I crushed this one. I prepared every single day for ~two months with some wonderful people I met online (who are also now my classmates and roommates :')!!!!!), so by the time I went into it, there wasn't any topic I couldn't speak to. In fact, I had already practiced many of the questions they asked so I didn't even have to think about my responses. A lot of the stations were also things I was really passionate about, so I kind of went off in some of them and could tell they were a bit taken aback by what I was saying lol. Can't say more without giving away confidential info about the interview. Most importantly though, I didn't hold back my personality in any way. I find that I always tried to be what I thought they'd want me to be in previous years, but this year I spoke like I would to a friend, included a lot of relevant personal experiences, and I was able to connect with the interviewers in a way I never have before. I was also very vulnerable during the panel, in a way that I never have been before, and I could tell that made a difference just by the way the interviewers were reacting. Overall, I would go as far as to say that it was an enjoyable experience.
    Thoughts: This was my 6th and final cycle. I have been rejected 5 times by the U of A, 3 times without an interview, and 2 times post-interview with no waitlist. I feel so genuinely grateful that I stuck it out, because I almost gave up at the end of last cycle. I also applied to U of C for the first time this year and interviewed there too, but I've already accepted U of A. Going to U of A has been my dream for 10 years, and it was an absolute no-brainer clicking the accept button.
    If you got an R: If you didn't get the news you wanted this year, believe me when I say I know how you feel. This process is painful, and will make you sometimes question your worth. Not only is it hard to get past the rejection, but it feels like letting a whole community down every time you have to ask them to write a reference for you/verify your activities/wipe your tears so you can try again, but the silver lining of that is that when you get in, all those feelings of guilt and sadness are replaced by euphoria. If it makes any of you feel better, some of the people I originally prepped with many years ago are now residents, but I wouldn't have it any other way because I LOVE my new classmates and know we were meant to go through the 4 years together.
    Just remember, the field of Medicine deserves people from all walks of life, including those that are currently facing yet another R. So take some time, lick your wounds, but don't give up! You are closer than you may realize.
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to GH0ST in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Hey man hit me up I'm assuming you got to the interview stage right? For most situations once you get there the interview is the biggest variation among all applicants... sucks to hear but don't let it define you. 
    - G
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to winston87 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Thank you so much for this! I think that is great to reinforce for all applicants - that medicine is not the only route. There are many other pathways that involve patient care and many other skills required of MDs. And many have their own great benefits!
    Congratulations on your acceptance and thank you for this note
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from winston87 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from PunkRockerForLife in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to PTwhatt in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Reject
    Timestamp: 9:11
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.91
    MCAT: 127.75
    Degree: BSc in Biology
    ECs: 8
    Interview: I thought it went well
    This was my 6th cycle. I am completely and utterly defeated. The previous cycles have left me with glimmers of hope for improvement which has helped me stay resilient. This cycle has ended me and I have no clue what to do moving forward. Medicine is all I want to devote my life to..
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to OnTheJourney in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Reject
    Timestamp: 9:07am
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.43
    MCAT: 125.5
    Degree: BSc in Biology, MSc in Surgery (finishing this spring)
    ECs: 8
     
    I was floored I received an interview to begin with. I know I should have spent more time preparing and really grinding before the interview, I didn't think it went horrible but I could have connected overall much better. The panel was my most disappointing performance, I was a bit rattled with it being the first one. I hope to take these experiences and bring more for it next year. I really hope I'm re-offered an interview again. Still wondering if I should attempt the MCAT all over again but that commitment and time makes me want to cry so I'm not sure I'm really ready to sell my soul yet haha. Good luck and congratulations everyone! For those of us that didn't make it this year, there's always another cycle of chances, and many people in the same boat as you. So don't feel alone, we have all put so much work into this.
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from wanderforhelp in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from starmay in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from garceyues in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from babakoto in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from 3betafish in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
  17. Like
    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from Let'sDoThis in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from acrylicblue in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from UalbertaG in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
  20. Like
    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from smolandfeisty in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to Ss123toy in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Offer!
    Timestamp: No email yet, just checked Launchpad
    Geography: OOP
    GPA: 3.95 for UofA
    MCAT: 523 (132/129/132/130)
    Degree: BSc Biochemistry (UBC) 2020
    ECs: Employment: Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Residence Advisor, Peer Tutor, Clinical Research Coordinator, Leadership: club president, university orientations, hobby group leader, high school activity, Volunteer: working with people who use drugs, hospital, city advisory committee, homeless shelter, Life experiences: travel, 3 research projects no pubs (2 were self-initiated/independent), Personal highlights: elaborated on club president (it's a unique advocacy club I'm quite passionate about), elaborated on my background in lifesaving/first aid/competitive swimming, elaborated on experiences working with people who use drugs, elaborated on my current FT job (working in a medical clinic & doing research during COVID)
    Interview: Felt pretty good about it, I actually got feedback from an interviewer after one of my stations who said my answer for the station was excellent! Questions felt very standard and I had actually practiced some of those exact questions during my prep, just from the free question docs I found online. I had my first interview in November though so I was doing questions daily for 5+ months- I did A LOT of prep.
    CASPer: Good enough for Mac OOP Invite with 3.65 cGPA and 129 CARS, also got UofM and MUN OOP invites
    So incredibly grateful for this acceptance and would love to attend, but will likely decline if I am accepted to UBC.
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    AlteplaseStat reacted to Catsandstuff in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Rejected
    Status: rural ip 
    cGPA: 3.41
    MCAT: 127.5
    Personal activity: 6
    I’m not very surprised, as I know my GPA sucks. I felt good after the interview though so I am disappointed.
  23. Like
    AlteplaseStat reacted to Neuro_bertagirl in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!!
    Timestamp: 9:27 am MT
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.83
    MCAT: 518
    Degree: Graduating from BSc this spring
    ECs: I filled out 15/16. Some research, club involvement, long-term work experience, lots of hobbies
    Interview: I finished the interview feeling like it went really well, but then as time passed I wasn't sure
    Thoughts: I'm in complete disbelief and it hasn't really sunk it yet, but I am so grateful and excited for this opportunity
  24. Like
    AlteplaseStat got a reaction from GH0ST in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Acceptance!!
    Timestamp: Didn't actually get an email, but opened the letter in launchpad around 9:15AM
    Geography: IP
    GPA: 3.72
    MCAT: 507 (126/125/127/129)
    Degree: BScN
    ECs:
    Filled out all 16 entries (I'll give the cliff notes) 6 years of emergency nursing experience, as well as employment positions prior to nursing 3 years in a leadership position as a volunteer coordinator and office admin, assisting with vulnerable populations in my community through a social service agency.  2 years of volunteering with an advocacy center for children and families experiencing abuse/maltreatment 2 years of being on a drug advisory committee for my community centered around harm reduction and prevention strategies.  Video game marathon once a year (4 years running, raised $7000 for the Stollery thus far)  Included hobbies like snowboarding and art, as well as discussed meaningful patient care situations. Overall, I really tried to focus on what I learned from each experience and how it changed me or my perspective.  Interview: Immediately after I felt fairly good, but as the weeks went on I slowly felt worse and worse about it (I feel like this is very common). I really enjoyed most of the questions, and the whole thing was SO fast! I blinked and it was basically done. Zoom interviewing was also new to me, but the UofA did a really good job conducting the interviews amidst a worldwide pandemic. 
    Thoughts: I am so excited and grateful to have been accepted this year. This was my second time applying, and I am also somewhat of a mature student. I feel as though my experiences really affirmed my passion for pursuing medicine, and I did my best to portray that in my application (which, I don't think I did a good job of the first time around). Still a bit shook by the acceptance and probably reread the letter 100 times already. 
    For those who received an acceptance today, CONGRATS! This is a huge accomplishment and you should all be so proud. I can't wait to meet you in August! 
    For those who did not get in, I am so sorry. I know and have felt that disappointment. This process is long, difficult, and so competitive. There is definitely a lot of luck and good fortune in the process. Remember that you are WORTHY, you are IMPORTANT, and you have worked so hard to make it this far. To even get an interview for medicine is a massive accomplishment. Please give yourself space to feel your feels, and know that how you feel is valid. Take time for self care and connect with your support system. If this is something you choose to continue to pursue, I BELIEVE IN YOU, please believe in yourself <3 YOU GOT THIS. If this was your last cycle applying and are choosing to proceed in a different direction, I admire you wholeheartedly and wish you so much success in your alternate endeavours. Although it doesn't feel like it, medicine is not the "be all end all". If your passion or life path is leading you elsewhere, I wish you the most success.
    Sorry for the long ramble, but I just feel like this whole process is... difficult. It is like an emotional rollercoaster! I have always felt comforted by what I read in forums and from chatting with other students in the same boat, so I wanted to possibly provide that for someone else. 
  25. Like
    AlteplaseStat reacted to Let'sDoThis in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Timestamp: Received an email about a change in the Launchpad status at 9:27 AM
    Result: Accepted!
    Geography: In Province
    Education: Just finished my 4th and final year of a BSc with a double major in psychology and biology
    GPA: 3.86, as calculated by the U of A
    MCAT: 520 (CP 129/ CARS 130/ BB 130 / PS 131)
    ECs: Filled in 16/16 spots. No research or publications. No hospital volunteering. Long-term employment in an allied health field, a long-term hobby/training in the performing arts, non-profit board experience, work as a care-aid, experience with vulnerable populations, strong focus on the arts.
    Interview: This was my first interview ever so I really didn’t know how to feel. Prepped hard with friends and family for about 1 or 2 months beforehand using online resources. I left the interview feeling average at best but like I totally blew the panel. Didn’t make a connection with the panelists—it felt awkward and tense. Had low expectations for myself coming out of the interview.
    Thoughts: This was my first time applying, and I got interviews at Calgary and U of A. I’m so beyond grateful and I feel very lucky. The last few years, I’ve been convincing myself that I’m just an average applicant, that I shouldn’t get my hopes up, and that there is no way I would get in on my first attempt because it seems like everyone else is so much better.
    My friends and family had complete confidence in me, even though I didn’t. This is just a friendly reminder to pave your own way, do things you enjoy, and not get too bogged down by the competition.
    Congrats to everyone else who was accepted. For those on the waitlist, I’m rooting hard for you! And for those of you who didn’t get the good news this time around, I’m so sorry. You guys got this. Hang in there — the journey will be worth it! 
     
     
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