pigeon34 reacted to PopShoppe in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 9:11 AM (when I received the email but I found out at midnight)
Accepted/WL/R: Accepted (Unspecified)
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 130/127/130
Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): I'd say neutral. The questions felt extremely tricky and I remember feeling let down that there were some experiences that I couldn't contort to match the questions. Had some friendly interviewers, but honestly couldn't remember what their expressions were like because I was staring at my webcam. Felt fairly good immediately after, then started doubting myself as time went on. Lesson learned - try not to be overly critical about yourself!
I find myself in a crazy position that I would never have dreamed of being in. After 4 years straight of never getting a single interview to receiving offers from more than one school, I'm in disbelief and feeling numb. I'll probably have to spend the full two weeks deciding.
Congrats to everyone who got an offer and for those on the wait list, hang in there! To everyone who may have received bad news - if this is something you really want, keep fighting for it. With a cGPA of 3.63, I had started to convince myself that this was impossible. Nothing's impossible.
pigeon34 reacted to PopShoppe in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
Timestamp: 8:46 EST
4YRS GPA/2YRS GPA: 3.63 (Yes, it's possible!)/3.83
MCAT: 518 (130/127/130/131)
MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: I felt reaaaalllly unsure about the second half of the MMI. The first half I thought I was on top of, but I remember not feeling great about how I handled the second half. The panel, on the other hand, I thought was amazing. I felt that I really connected well with my interviewers and it was like having a conversation over drinks at a bar lol.
Panel Date (Saturday March 27th or Sunday March 28th): Sat Mar 27
ECs: A lot. Been working in research for almost 3 years, a medical clinic for one, lots of volunteer activities/extracurriculars I've been involved with, particularly around mentorship and global health. Also had a number of activities/hobbies listed. Happy to share details for those interested
Year: 2 years post-Master's
I'm completely numb. Also posted in another thread, but I find myself in the crazy position of having more than one offer. After 4 years straight of pre-interview rejections, I never dreamed to find myself in this position. My sole focus was trying to get in anywhere lol. I think I'll probably have to spend the full two weeks deciding where I'll go. Excited at the thought of having some of you as colleagues in the near future!
pigeon34 reacted to Scrubadubdub in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 9:12 am ET
Accepted/WL/R: ACCEPTED (London)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
2YGPA: 3.82 (possibly 3.9 but i don't think 1 of my years counted)
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 128/129/127
Interview Experience: I felt good immediately after, but then I started second guessing and doubting myself a minute later. Spent March/April dreading a waitlist/R. Looking back now - Westerns interview gives you a great opportunity to share who you are. I was positive and upbeat throughout my interview and really showed them how happy I was to be there. I shared my stories and tried to show them who I was with every single question.
I've spent 10 years on this forum reading through these threads and wishing I could write one of these one day. I started my undergraduate degree in 2011 and took 2 extra years to complete it cause my GPA was terrible (My GPA in my first year was 1.6 - I studied so hard but I had all the wrong study habits carrying over from high school). It has been a grind. I can remember going back into my basement for my 4th summer in a row studying for the MCAT all so that I could improve my CARS score from a 125 to a 129 (and of course, thats the year Western drops their cut off haha).
I'm the first person in my family to go to university and now the first person to go to medical school.
I've seen so many of my friends start their lives, while I've been stuck in limbo. I've been out of school for 4 years trying at this dream. Being placed on the normal waitlist last year was HARD. I woke up every day that summer thinking I would get the call.. It feels surreal to get to this point. If medicine is truly what you want, KEEP GOING. Find that school that fits your strengths and give it your all. All you need is one. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
If any one of you feels like you need someone to talk to or want more information or advice feel free to send me a message. So many people have helped me on this forum and written up such thoughtful and helpful responses. I know i couldn't have done this alone. I have a lot of people to thank
Cannot believe I'm finally here
pigeon34 reacted to elcrew in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 12:01am
Accepted/WL/R: ACCEPTED OMG!!!! (unspecified campus)
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 130/128/129
Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): I felt pretty good about it coming out and was able to touch on some strong points. I definitely connected with one of the interviewers but it was hard to gauge the other two.
I am absolutely shocked and beyond thrilled to be in this position. I've been on this rollercoaster since 2014 and its crazy to think it has all culminated to this moment! Writing the mcat *5 times* (1 old, 4 new), going through two degrees, having post-interview rejections, was all worth it for this. For anyone reading, all I can say is keep trying, you will find success in perseverance!!
pigeon34 reacted to Philosesquipedalian in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 12:01 am
Accepted/WL/R: Accepted (London Campus) ~ First MD in the family!
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 128/127/127/128
Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): Great overall!
pigeon34 reacted to PopShoppe in Western interview invites/regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 3:14
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 130/127/130/131
Essays (X/8): 8/8, plus About Me
My second interview invite ever after 5 years of applying, first invite at Western. Written the MCAT twice. 27 now, have worked in research for 3 years and have a Master's degree. I still can't believe this, was starting to believe getting an interview at an Ontario school was a pipe dream.
pigeon34 reacted to elcrew in Western interview invites/regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 3:14 PM
Invite/reject: INVITE!!! This is my 4th app cycle!!!
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 130/128/129/129
Essays (X/8): 8/8 (re-used 2 activities) and did the personal essay (talked about being in a single parent family on social assistance)
I AM SHOOK!! I am turning 27 this year, this has been such a long haul for me. I did a BSc then an accelerated BScN. I'm working as an ER nurse now. In my first year I received an interview at Mac, R post interview. Went 2 cycles with no interviews at all. I have taken the MCAT 5 TIMES TOTAL all to improve my CARS. This will be my final year applying as I cannot keep putting off life decisions. I am so excited to have this opportunity!!
pigeon34 reacted to pandalover in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
I can't believe I get to post this!!!!! So excited and grateful!!!
Timestamp: May 14 8:43AM
cGPA: 3.83, 2YRGPA: 3.89
MCAT: 509 (128/126/127/128)
EC's: Long-term and diverse, several long-term and meaningful volunteer positions working with organizations and populations I really care about.
Year: 4th year UG
As this was my only interview, I will be accepting this offer. Looking forward to meeting you all in September! And best of luck to everyone on the waitlist I also want to remind future applicants and you don't always need the highest GPA or MCAT to succeed (I certainly don't have either). Even if you don't have the most competitive stats, as long as you have good EC's, it's still worth applying!
pigeon34 reacted to MedicineLCS in Chances with a 126 in CARS
It's your money but I kinda doubt it. The cutoffs are set based on the applicant pool, and going from a 127 to 126 represents going from the 82nd to 72nd percentile, which is a far bigger jump then going from 130 (98th) to 129 (95th), or even 130 (98th) to 128 (90th). There's always a possibility, but don't get your hopes up.
pigeon34 reacted to Trunkate in Chances with a 126 in CARS
There's no way of knowing if the cutoff will drop to 126 this year, but it is possible. I'd apply if I were you seeing as you meet all the other cutoffs. You don't want to be beating yourself up in January if you don't apply and find out the cutoff dropped.
pigeon34 reacted to dr.splice in Western Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2019-2020
Result: Accepted (London)
Timestamp: 9:04am EST
2-year GPA: 3.895
Interview: Online. This was my first cycle applying so I really had no idea what I was walking into, but I spent almost a full month preparing for my interview. Leaving the interview I felt really good about it. I was able to highlight important experiences and made it clear how much I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. During the scenario-type questions I felt kind of iffy for at least 1 of them. The interviewers were very friendly and one of them really seemed to take an interest in my experiences. Over the past ~1 month I really started doubting my answers and thought I could have improved them. I finished the interview almost 15 minutes early, so I was asked a couple of extra questions about my experiences, but overall had a good feeling about the interview.
Year: Not sure. Took a 5th year and graduated in 2019. Was currently taking some pre-requisite courses over the 2019-2020 year as a part-time non-degree student. Not sure if this would count as a 6th year or a gap year.
Geography: Non-SWOMEN, IP
I interviewed at Ottawa as well, but was placed on the waitlist this morning. Western was my #1 choice and I am so grateful and beyond ecstatic that I have received an offer. Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be going to medical school here in Ontario, especially with my CARS score :| . My cGPA was ~3.6 which isn't amazing for most people, but I worked extremely hard to bring it up to this after an incredibly shaky start in my first year (~D+ average). I wrote the MCAT twice, with a score of 513 the first time, and then a 511 the second time (went from 124 in CARS to a 126 in CARS though). At this point I had 0 confidence in myself but decided to apply anyways through the ACCESS Pathway. Despite the tears and disappointment, it all paid off in the end. Moral of the story: please, please, please don't give up. This forum and **DELETED** have been incredibly insightful, and I want to help pay it forward using my own experiences, so if anyone has any questions or needs advice, message me and I will do everything I can to help you out. Congratulations to everyone offered admission, you will all make amazing doctors! To everyone who has been wait-listed, be proud of how far you have made it. Simply getting an interview invite is an incredible accomplishment and I sincerely hope everything works out in your favour!!! Never give up on your dreams people, I promise you it'll work out in the end.
pigeon34 reacted to conbrio in Western Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2019-2020
Result: Accepted (London)
Timestamp: 9:01 am EST
2-year GPA: 3.92
Interview: In-person. I practiced a fair bit, once or twice a week starting in November, though slacked off near the end. I read a lot of articles online about ethics, healthcare issues, and news, which was really helpful for interview questions. I went through my personal activities and thought about what I learned from them and how it applied to medicine, and how to talk about it concisely (which was hard). For critical thinking/ethics issues, I tried to be honest about my limitations and lack of knowledge, and how I would address that. I tried to frame some questions from my own experiences growing up in a low SES family and the hardships we faced, not just in terms of health. I rambled a bit and went way overtime during my actual interview though, and I'm pretty sure I didn't actually finish answering all the interview questions LOL. But I guess it worked out somehow. I started off pretty good, rambled a bit in the middle as I got tired, then ended off okay but not finishing all the questions I think. I don't think I really personally connected with my interviewers or made them laugh, they were pretty neutral for the whole thing. But I overheard them discussing my interview after I had left the room (I couldn't make out actual words of course) and it seemed to be pretty active, positive chatter. So I felt pretty good about the whole thing, like a 4/5. Glad it worked out!
Year: Graduated, working
Growing up poor and without access to much support or connections, I was never really sure I could get or afford a university education or even be a doctor. When I was finally able to afford university tuition, this made it hard to do well in school and I ended with a 3.5~ cumulative GPA. Nevertheless, I didn't want to give up and after 3 cycles, I'm so excited to hear the good news today. I'm grateful to everyone (family, friends, coworkers, supervisors) who supported me or took a chance on me -- it's been a team effort and I'm excited to give back going forward.
I've accepted this offer.