Report Terrible cGPA, average wGPA—things to do during a gap year? in Non-Traditional Applicants/Grad Students Posted June 13 1st: 1.7 (no full courseload) 2nd: 3.0 (no full courseload) 3rd: 3.75 (full courseload) 4th: 4.0 (full courseload) 5th: will be 3.7-3.85 (full courseload for Queens, not for Western) My OMSAS wGPAs when I apply will be: 81% UBC (as IP—though unlikely to get in), 3.84 (Western), 3.82-3.87 (Queens), 3.8? (Dalhousie), and I've never calculated Mac but I don't think there's much of a chance anyways. I've yet to take the MCATs. I know I technically can apply, but it's never a good feeling looking at my cGPA. Not sure what my chances are. I think my ECs are pretty good and can connect well to CanMEDs/my personal story, but I feel more doubt and anxiety than confidence these days. ——— I have to take a gap year anyways since I won't be writing the MCATs this summer, but I am a little bit hesitant about how I want to spend my time considering how terrible my grades are. I've been struggling with disordered eating since I started high school, but it got pretty severe during the pandemic and I'd like to take some time to deal with it because it definitely hindered me in university, and I don't want to deal with that over medical school. I'd also like to take some time off to live with my aging grandparents, who I haven't been able to see over the entirety of my undergrad because I was always taking summer classes, trying to improve my grades. They live in a very rural city in Asia so I'm not sure if I'd be able to access any sort of volunteering work or extracurriculars that would make my app better. Even if I don't go, there are some personal projects I want to work on, but I'm not sure if adcom will frown upon them as they're personal (as opposed to community or medicine-related) ECs. -My mom and I (as a duo) got an offer to hold a small art exhibition in Asia next year and I'd obviously love to participate -I've finished a novel that I've worked on since high school and I want to spend time either self-publishing or looking for a publisher -I want to take a language certificate exam (it'll be my fourth language) to show some proficiency over it -Someone donated a musical instrument to me (that I've played for YEARS but couldn't afford) and I'd love to take lessons again and do my RCMs -I'd love to see a dietician/therapist for my disordered eating which has gotten really bad -Of course, MCATs. Not really sure where to go from here. I've been working towards med school my entire life and I'm 100% sure I still want it, but if I have to take a gap year anyways, I do want to spend some time doing personal things. I'm just a little bit burnt out from worrying all the time about my GPA and I'd love to spend time seeing a therapist + doing ECs that I didn't have a chance to do in uni.