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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from wanderforhelp in Did you get in with a low GPA (70s/low 80s)? What was your MCAT score?   
    The thing is, you also compete with international athletes, professional musicians, and Ivy League graduates. Some get in, some don't. It's not fair to compare yourself to others because everyone has a different upbringing and different life experiences than you do. There are tons of people who get in who don't have "flashy things" on their resume - Just humble experiences. 
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from BKin.d in Did you get in with a low GPA (70s/low 80s)? What was your MCAT score?   
    The thing is, you also compete with international athletes, professional musicians, and Ivy League graduates. Some get in, some don't. It's not fair to compare yourself to others because everyone has a different upbringing and different life experiences than you do. There are tons of people who get in who don't have "flashy things" on their resume - Just humble experiences. 
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from frenchpress in Did you get in with a low GPA (70s/low 80s)? What was your MCAT score?   
    The thing is, you also compete with international athletes, professional musicians, and Ivy League graduates. Some get in, some don't. It's not fair to compare yourself to others because everyone has a different upbringing and different life experiences than you do. There are tons of people who get in who don't have "flashy things" on their resume - Just humble experiences. 
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    Fast_Layne reacted to MadSchool in 2020/2021 Decisions Countdown   
    It seems like usually UBC releases regrets first, then wailist, then offers. And they email with 1h apart like ~10am, 11am and then 12pm. But for some reason last year people got emails as early as before 8am (correct me if I am wrong here). So I guess UBC likes to torture people even more without telling you when they send out emails.
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from cheerfulmed in May 9/10 Countdown   
    Accepted! VFMP, In-Province
    Timestamp: 10:55 am
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from cheerfulmed in 2020/2021 Decisions Countdown   
    Yep! They always announce when decision day is, probably ~1 week before the day arrives. And everyone gets notified on the same day! Except MD/PhD applicants who I think get notified like back in March
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from taelea in 2020/2021 Decisions Countdown   
    Yep! They always announce when decision day is, probably ~1 week before the day arrives. And everyone gets notified on the same day! Except MD/PhD applicants who I think get notified like back in March
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    Fast_Layne reacted to idkbro in We are two UBC first-year medical students AMA   
    Lemme tell you something, one of us felt like SHIT (didn't even eat the post-interview pizza) and one of us felt great and had multiple interviewers lol-ing. There is no pattern to things, one of us just had more anxiety leading up to May than the other hahaha
     
    Nooope. Leave your neurotic brain at the door pls you'll thank us later
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    Fast_Layne reacted to struggling2getin in We are two UBC first-year medical students AMA   
    Not the original posters (I am exam free and they aren't yet) but here is a response I wrote in another thread.
     
     I'll see myself out of this AMA now  
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    Fast_Layne reacted to idkbro in We are two UBC first-year medical students AMA   
    AMA > studying for our exams
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in professional reference question   
    Hey you know what, it sounds like you made a really reasonable decision!! It's way better to have a referee than to not have one at all. It's going to be so hard, but try not to ruminate on it!! You've done the best you can, and whatever happens with your references, it is not a reflection on something you did right/wrong: this part was out of your hands, and you made the BEST decision you could have made, given the circumstances!
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from wanderforhelp in professional reference question   
    Hey you know what, it sounds like you made a really reasonable decision!! It's way better to have a referee than to not have one at all. It's going to be so hard, but try not to ruminate on it!! You've done the best you can, and whatever happens with your references, it is not a reflection on something you did right/wrong: this part was out of your hands, and you made the BEST decision you could have made, given the circumstances!
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    Fast_Layne reacted to rainy in professional reference question   
    Here is my situation. May be you can shed some light on it. I keep thinking or may overthinking about my academic reference. I had to approach 2nd referee in a hurry when only  3 days were left. I was concerned that my first referee may not be able to submit reference in time as I was getting slow response despite reminders. He was pleased to give me a reference as I had taken two courses with him securing over 98% in both and had a close interaction with him during the courses. But may be due to personal issues or may be health issues, he was not responding  quick enough although he sent email saying he is going to do it. I kept my 2nd (back up referee ) updated on the situation. When only one day was left I had to ask my 2nd referee to go ahead and he submitted first and just in time. I took only one course with the 2nd referee and had scored 98% and although, he knew me reasonably well but not as well as the first one. I keep thinking what if he has mentioned " unable to judge " on a couple of items. What if he did not enough time to write much about me?How does that impact evaluation? My overall OGPA is 91.5% and transcript shows all courses and scores. I believe my other two references(professional and service) are good and will reflect on my other qualities and skills in detail. I cant help it but keep thinking about it.
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from Ss123toy in Post-interview feelings   
    Speaking from last year, I felt pretty good on about half of the stations, so-so on the other half, and pretty terrible on my last station  And yes, the wait is pretty taxing, I thought about the decisions pretty much every day lol, but I also had to juggle school and other ECs at the same time so being busy helps quite a bit
    It must be harder to keep yourself pre-occupied in COVID but just remember that by virtue of getting an interview, you've already accumulated a LOT of what it takes to be admitted...the pool was so competitive this year! And if it doesn't work out this year, all of those experiences you put in your application + the ones you continued doing this year, will only help to boost your application!!
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from taelea in Post-interview feelings   
    Speaking from last year, I felt pretty good on about half of the stations, so-so on the other half, and pretty terrible on my last station  And yes, the wait is pretty taxing, I thought about the decisions pretty much every day lol, but I also had to juggle school and other ECs at the same time so being busy helps quite a bit
    It must be harder to keep yourself pre-occupied in COVID but just remember that by virtue of getting an interview, you've already accumulated a LOT of what it takes to be admitted...the pool was so competitive this year! And if it doesn't work out this year, all of those experiences you put in your application + the ones you continued doing this year, will only help to boost your application!!
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    Fast_Layne reacted to JackSprat in Post-interview feelings   
    Last year I felt I did well on the interview, and only had 1 or 2 stations that I would have tweaked my responses on, but even those I felt quite good about. I had no stations that I felt went poorly or even okay-ish. I made the waitlist and was rejected a month or 2 later (an extremely painful, emotionally taxing process to wait, hoping to be accepted in the wave each week). I ended up scoring above average, and had 75th-100th percentile NAQ, and an 85% adjusted GPA (fairly low/average for IP applicants).
    I think for me, being a fairly non-traditional applicant, the interview is a huge component of my application, I think I have to absolutely nail it. This year I think I did just as well if not a little better than last, but its very hard to know if I maybe rubbed an interviewer the wrong way, or took a less than optimal approach. Ultimately you just need to try and let it go and relax.
    I liked being at home in a comfortable, familiar space for the interview, though the potential of connection issues and delays definitely added a component of stress and anxiety. As a whole, I felt it was not much different than the in-person interviews last year.
     
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from honeymoon in Anyone else losing hope about med?   
    Hey there, just wanted to share that your life does not have to be put "on hold" when you keep on applying. There are tons of students in the program who have pursued alternate careers or went to professional school (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, law) while continuing to apply. Every year, they build more and more hours of experiences to put on their application. So many people I've met are in their late 20s, 30s, and even 40s! 
    And honestly, I look up to all of those people cuz they have so much more experience than I do and they're way ahead of me in some ways. 
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in Anyone else losing hope about med?   
    Hey there, just wanted to share that your life does not have to be put "on hold" when you keep on applying. There are tons of students in the program who have pursued alternate careers or went to professional school (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, law) while continuing to apply. Every year, they build more and more hours of experiences to put on their application. So many people I've met are in their late 20s, 30s, and even 40s! 
    And honestly, I look up to all of those people cuz they have so much more experience than I do and they're way ahead of me in some ways. 
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from grinder2018 in Anyone else losing hope about med?   
    Hey there, just wanted to share that your life does not have to be put "on hold" when you keep on applying. There are tons of students in the program who have pursued alternate careers or went to professional school (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, law) while continuing to apply. Every year, they build more and more hours of experiences to put on their application. So many people I've met are in their late 20s, 30s, and even 40s! 
    And honestly, I look up to all of those people cuz they have so much more experience than I do and they're way ahead of me in some ways. 
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    Fast_Layne got a reaction from grinder2018 in Courses as Unclassified at UBC + Courses at TRU OL   
    Just here to say you got an awesome NAQ score haha, what did you do?!
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    Fast_Layne reacted to muffinluvr99 in UBC MD Interview Invites/Regrets Thread - 2020/21   
    Time Stamp (i.e. include date and time): Dec 18, 1:20PM
    Result (i.e. invite or regrets): Invite
    GPA/AGPA (i.e. whichever is applicable): 87%
    MCAT (i.e. total score and breakdown in the order of CP/CARS/BB/PS): 512 (128/127/126/131)
    Geography (i.e. IP or OOP): IP
    ECs (i.e. brief rundown of Research Pubs/Presentations, Awards, Employment, and Non-Academic Activities - also Rural stuff if you want/if it applies):  Course-based master's degree, in several student clubs, research (but no publications yet), hospital volunteering, a few leadership awards
    NAQ Range (i.e. what quartile you fell in):  N/A
    Your Result (i.e. relative to interview cutoff): N/A
    Ah I can't believe it!! I applied two years ago and got regrets so just so grateful to have made it this far. I didn't think I would ever be competitive enough to get into med as I was well below the cutoff when I applied two years ago - for people who got the R this year, I know how much it sucks but honestly, I have had some of the coolest opportunities in these two years, so highly recommend doing something you really want to do while you apply again so you enjoy the process 
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    Fast_Layne reacted to teachdoc in UBC MD Interview Invites/Regrets Thread - 2020/21   
    IP, just got an invite! 
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    Fast_Layne reacted to theonewhoknockstwice in UBC MD Interview Invites/Regrets Thread - 2020/21   
    I see this every year and I haven't really seen anyone respond to it, so I feel like it's worth a post. An 97% at UBC is not the same as an 97% at a university which uses the American grading system. For that matter, a percentage grade (or any numeric or alphanumeric grading scale for that matter) is almost entirely unique to a university/school. This is because the faculty and the culture embrace a certain meaning for a grade, and then mark/scale accordingly. At best, one might be able to generalize marking schemes to a country's education system (as World Education Services rather ridiculously does for their credential evaluations), but even this doesn't take into account striking differences in the way the same scale (A-F; 0-100; etc) is often used from school to school. I say this as an American who completed his university education in Canada, the U.S., and a couple other countries. The same quality of work could easily receive a 95% at a U.S. school and an 88% at a Canadian school. This is not because one is "stricter" or "more challenging" than the other--just that the use of the 0-100 scale is quite different.
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    Fast_Layne reacted to PreMed#219099 in How can I calculate aGPA with a 3 year undergraduate program   
    Thank you so much for this!! 
    I'm going to give both of these a shot for a ballpark idea (given my below average math skills and likelihood of messing up somewhere along the way) 
    Thank you!!
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    Fast_Layne reacted to ubcstudent in UBC MD Interview Invites/Regrets Thread - 2020/21   
    UBC dropped the interim stats and dipped lol.
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