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    TRU1243 got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Anyone else losing hope about med?   
    @Fromage let me start off by saying that I feel you. It can make you feel bad when you realize that there are people out there applying to med with 90+ grades and have seemed to have figured out life at such an early age. I know that I personally didn't know what the heck I was doing when I started undergrad, and I made mistakes (which is normal for most 18-19 year old kids). I think its important to try your best to not compare yourself to others but rather to just keep comparing yourself to who you were yesterday (soooo cheesy but its true). 
    I also think that everything you see online needs to be read with a grain of salt (even what you are reading right this second ). Most people that I've talked to, which include doctors sitting on the interview committees and med school students who have gotten in with lower grades, have said that it is 100% possible to get in with low to mid 80s. You have to work on your ECs which should be viewed in a positive light! You can do all those other things that you might have thought in your head are second fiddle to med, but are, in fact, pretty cool. And the experience you will receive from doing those other things will help you in some way for a med school application. 
    Life is long. In addition to what appears to be a positive trend in GPA, it also looks like the average age of students entering med school is increasing. Grades are definitely important, but so are experiences. I know people who have taught english for 4 years in Japan, biked around Europe to raise money for cancer research, received further education and had full on careers before starting Med school. 
    Something that I have seen in this forum that I followed up with was to read "The Alchemist". I recommend you read it if you're looking for a bit of motivation. It's a short book but has some powerful messages. If Med is something that you really want, there is definitely a way. That way might be a bit longer than you like, but you gotta believe you can do it. 
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    TRU1243 got a reaction from bhaggy in Anyone else losing hope about med?   
    @Fromage let me start off by saying that I feel you. It can make you feel bad when you realize that there are people out there applying to med with 90+ grades and have seemed to have figured out life at such an early age. I know that I personally didn't know what the heck I was doing when I started undergrad, and I made mistakes (which is normal for most 18-19 year old kids). I think its important to try your best to not compare yourself to others but rather to just keep comparing yourself to who you were yesterday (soooo cheesy but its true). 
    I also think that everything you see online needs to be read with a grain of salt (even what you are reading right this second ). Most people that I've talked to, which include doctors sitting on the interview committees and med school students who have gotten in with lower grades, have said that it is 100% possible to get in with low to mid 80s. You have to work on your ECs which should be viewed in a positive light! You can do all those other things that you might have thought in your head are second fiddle to med, but are, in fact, pretty cool. And the experience you will receive from doing those other things will help you in some way for a med school application. 
    Life is long. In addition to what appears to be a positive trend in GPA, it also looks like the average age of students entering med school is increasing. Grades are definitely important, but so are experiences. I know people who have taught english for 4 years in Japan, biked around Europe to raise money for cancer research, received further education and had full on careers before starting Med school. 
    Something that I have seen in this forum that I followed up with was to read "The Alchemist". I recommend you read it if you're looking for a bit of motivation. It's a short book but has some powerful messages. If Med is something that you really want, there is definitely a way. That way might be a bit longer than you like, but you gotta believe you can do it. 
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    TRU1243 got a reaction from justamom in Invite Countdown   
    Got the R as well from Dal 
    OOP
    GPA: 3.9
    MCAT: 508 (Cars 123... yikes) 
    Not the greatest maritime connection which probably did it for me but who knows.
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    TRU1243 got a reaction from theevilsloth in TRU-OL/Athabasca/UBC   
    Also, does it matter if you finish the course for Athabasca in 4 months or 6 months for Med applications? Or as long as you get it done it doesn't matter?
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