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  1. Hey! I had the same trouble last summer, no one would email back and those that did said they werent able to accept any volunteers due to COVID. What I ended up doing was taking a job at a retirement home. Both LTC + retirement homes are pretty desperate for people right now, and you'll get lots of direct hands-on experience working with people with disabilities! It's definitely not the same as working at an OT clinic but might at least give you some experience during a time when its impossible to shadow/volunteer!
  2. nope, unfortunately it was still part of my degree. I guess it's my own fault for not thinking of that at the time Just wish I had known about this beforehand so I could've explained the reason for it in my application, but since I had no idea I never addressed it. That being said there were still plenty of semesters where I did take a full course load, they just weren't all within the last 2-year time frame that they take your GPA from. Maybe they'll look back and see I was a full-time student for the majority of my undergrad? Who knows though lol
  3. I had no idea this was a thing, I wish they would've put it on their website somewhere. I took a 5th year just because I wasn't ready to decide on a career path yet and to boost my GPA. I only took 2 courses each semester (while also working part-time) so I'm sure this will not help my chances of getting in
  4. I was wondering the same, it would be really helpful to have those notes to turn to when we're actually talking to the interviewer, especially if nerves get overwhelming and we start to lose a train of thought
  5. Does anyone have advice for how to get an academic reference letter from a professor? I only applied to Mac and Western this cycle because they were the only two schools that didn't require a reference letter. I've been out of school for over a year now and lost touch with any professors I knew (although even those ones I barely had a relationship with and wouldn't be comfortable asking). Debating waiting and applying again next year to Queens and UBC (my preferred schools) but would need to get academic reference letters in order to do this. Anyone been in a similar boat, and if so how did yo
  6. Thank you!! I will review these as well I don't think I did great on my casper so I'm definitely feeling nervous for the face-to-face equivalent of that lol
  7. Does anyone have advice for the mcmaster MMI? I have mine this Wednesday and haven't done much prep for it seeing as I'm not sure what would be helpful to practice. Super nervous since I've heard they ask very weird questions. Any advice at all is appreciated!
  8. hey - my link isnt working either :/ kind of annoying because I need to leave for work later and specifically booked this time off so that I could sign up for an interview slot
  9. Received an email saying I have been selected for an interview at Mac. However, when I selected on their link today at noon to sign up for an interview slot it goes to a page saying "Application status: not yet invited". Just a little confused since I received an email saying I have an interview... Anyone else experiencing this?
  10. Hey! This is what I was wondering as well - Im guessing maybe the OT and PT placements are different? Because yes thats also where I found the information about where locations were available. I wish they had more info on placements on their website because I have a lot of questions about it haha
  11. Thank you so much this was very helpful!! It really clears up how the placement system works there. I have one follow-up question actually: I was looking again at Westerns catchment area and noticed one of the options is Orillia. I'm actually originally from this area (about a half hour drive) and it would be possible for me to live with my parents and commute to a placement in Orillia. I'm assuming this is probably not a common first choice for people to have as their placement, so do you think I'd have a good shot at getting placed here if I listed it as my first choice? Also are you allowed
  12. Anyone have insight into the placement options at Western and Mac? I see for both there is the option for "out of catchment" placements, but how common is it for students to do this and how easy is it to do? I have family that live in Ottawa as well as BC and Alberta, and it would be cool to stay with some of them while completing a placement in one of these areas, but I'm not sure how the process for this would work (or if it would even be allowed). Thanks!
  13. Hey! where did you locate the two different ORPAS GPA numbers? On my ORPAS I see one number that says "overall GPA" and another that is at the very bottom of my sub-GPA calculation chart, so is one of these the s-gpa and one the c-gpa?
  14. I didn't know we would be able to see our calculated GPAs - where will this show up when it is available?
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