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  1. Hi everyone, One of the universities I am planning to apply asks for 1 year of English, which consists of 6 English credits from courses that have a graded essay component in their evaluations. Since I didn't take any English courses during my studies, I need to take these two additional courses. What is your recommendation on the best place to take these prereqs to get good grades as well? I know UBC is pretty harsh in their first year English courses (their maximum marks in classes of 100+ students hover around 80% something...) Thanks
  2. Your academic background is very impressive. These posts really scare me since it shows you'll never know... Please keep going, with your stats you should get in eventually
  3. Thank you so much!! I immigrated from a developing country a few years ago (I'm non-traditional) and there were not very possibilities for volunteering there like it is in Canada, so I am playing catch up right now and that is why I'm a bit nervous. your resume is very impressive and your words actually calmed me down!!
  4. I am traditional applicant in my late 20s and I immigrated to Canada about 3 years ago from a poor country and poor family. For me it is impossible to not touch in it because it is basically how I lived my whole life and how I developed empathy for underserved communities cause I grew up as underserved as it could get.
  5. No actually this is what I am planning to do. A second undergrad at UBC requires you to take like 60 credits. I am not sure but I guess you don't need to finish your second undergrad. Study for two years full time and them drop out as you already have an undergrad.
  6. Best bet, do a two years bost-bacc with 4/4 GPA and then apply for school that look at the last two years. Good luck
  7. I have completed my masters at UBC last year and I took ~20 credits with GPA of ~91%. The thing is that the averages in grad school are so high that I am barely above average. Although it is partly because students in grad school are those who maintained similar GPAs in their undergrad too, I believe it is also partly because I feel it is just easier to get good marks in grad school. Do you think they would consider the courses one take during grad school with the same weight as the undergrad courses or would they assign more weight to undergrad courses?
  8. Make your the grading system in Calgary is in your advantage. UBC grades are percentage based if you your transcripts are letter-based, your converted mark would be at most 92% and that is if you have a perfect 4/4
  9. what not UBC? if you are concerned about grades, you can get very good marks at UBC if you study hard and consistently.
  10. It is needless to say your "non-academic" part (I mean anything except GPA! such a bad naming...) is extraordinary and you have a leg up there, however, I don't think it can make up for your GPA as many schools address these separately. I think the only option is a second undergrad or even just taking courses part time
  11. honestly, it depends on your goals and what you envision yourself. For example, If you want to be in the top 5%, you should go and ask advice from the top 5% not random users on a forum where everyone could give their opinions. It can be really misleading receiving comments from people who have a vastly different goals, background, and life perspectives than you as Catlady403's cautionary tail already touched on it. Do you think you can find a physician who you aspire to in terms of their professional success and has a similar background to you and ask for their input?
  12. As far as money, sometime it is not the theoretical money you gain or loser but rather the sense of feeling appreciated. She might feel more appreciated if she earns 300K instead of 80K or 100K. It has nothing to do with which option is "economically superior" in the long run.
  13. Your GPA falls on the average GPA of accepted IP UBC applicants so I wouldn't worry about that part. If you only manage to boost your EC to the around the average of the accepted applicants (whatever it means), then you would have a good chance for UBC. Spending 9 months to 1 year of research and doing some community volunteering (in a hospital, library, etc) might be a good start. If you don't have the background with MCAT, this along side with studying for MCAT would fill up all time you have probably.
  14. Some people like to study though. For me, it is like a hobby. I genuinely enjoy reading and learning new useful things especially when there is no exam.
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