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Everything posted by Borborygmi

  1. I would not risk an extra Ugrad year with your GPA, as others have said. You're already competitive with multiple interviews. If your goal is Canada, I wouldn't even bother with the English credit. US schools are very expensive (unless cost isn't a factor for you?) and you have a legitimate shot in Canada with 3 interviews this cycle. It already shows that you're close by being waitlisted. Instead, I would take the year to really build your CV and experiences. Make some money, do things you're passionate about, and work really hard at your apps with a fresh perspective. Just my two cents. Prac
  2. Sorry, I was referring to amichel's comment about steths being half off once school starts. Could always use another colour to be matchy-matchy with your outfits.
  3. I don't see mental illness any differently than any other illness. If it impacted your life, then it impacted your life. I would just focus on getting your grades way up and aim for > 3.8. I don't think a 3.7 will be sufficient for you. If you need to explain your first year at that point, then consider explaining it when needed. The biggest challenge will be turning your grades around by a large margin and doing it consistently. Then, write the MCAT and see what options you have on the table.
  4. The only thing that you could think about getting would be a steth and a white coat. The bookstore at the health sci campus sells steths and there is a uniform store across the street (in the plaza on the other side of 16th Ave.) that sells white coats. It's good to get the white coat ordered about 3 weeks in advance to your first core/communications/PE session since they don't have some sizes available in store. Congrats on getting in!
  5. In these situations, I strongly suggest not telling your employer about the maybe, possibly potential of medical school until it's a real thing. Even if you receive an acceptance, I would still only advise telling your employer with a 2 or 3 week notice period. At the point of giving notice, if your relationship with your employer is a good one, they will understand and be supportive of your pursuits. It's when things go south and unrealistic demands, potential for losing your job, and attitude changes directed toward you come into play that can make your working situation really unpleasant. I
  6. I know of a person that applied 4 times in my class. I know someone that applied 8 times at another med school and another individual who applied 6 times. These are things that aren't exactly openly discussed amongst us, so I'm sure there are others who had to try multiple times before being successful. In Dr. Walker's admissions podcast, he said not to give up if you're serious until you've applied at least 5 times (or something to that effect). You aren't alone.
  7. Join the University of Calgary Class of 2019 FB group and inundate us Goats with all of your awesome questions and feelings of excitement. Super stoked for all of you successful, new baby animals. Sending positive vibes into the universe for those of you who were waitlisted and I'm really sorry for those of you that didn't get good news this year. Keep trying if it's what you truly want. I was a 2-time applicant and I know others in my class who were multiple-time applicants! <3
  8. Ugh. This is a real-life nightmare . So sorry you are having to deal with that . Admissions would feel horrible---they're all very kind people---but I know that probably doesn't help with the feelings you're having right now. So sorry . I hope it works out in the end for you!
  9. Totally this. I've met 4 people from different years and different schools who have recognized my backpack in airports. Pretty cool!
  10. The best answer I could give you is that you need to let these sorts of details go. The answers won't help you and the type of thinking leading to these sorts of questions isn't particularly good for you. I realize the waiting is really rough, but the letters will be sent out soon. Do what you can to break this sort of cycle of thinking in the meantime.
  11. nick is correct! The information is all there for you, but I'll touch on one point. The dental coverage we have is alright, but it requires you to visit a specific list of dentists to be reimbursed for cleanings, etc. Make sure you check out that list rather than just visiting any old dentist and finding out afterwards that your claims won't be reimbursed. There's a great wellness centre on the main campus as well with psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, chiropractors, massage therapists, sports medicine doctors, etc. available to you and with a pharmacy just down the steps for your pres
  12. I also think that many OOP students who gain admission also gain admission at institutions closer to home, etc. since they tend to be very competitive applicants. They're more likely to turn down UofC's offer.
  13. I know plenty of people without a car in my class. It's definitely more challenging (especially for groceries and the like--I miss the walkable fresh produce markets of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver). There are lots of Car2Go locations both on the med campus and around the city. That makes getting a haul of goods easier. I also know people in my class that sold their car because they were satisfied with getting around on public transit. I'm not sure how this will work for them once clerkship comes around, but it seems manageable for them now. For things like the optional rural shadowing opp
  14. I agree with the Kaufman suggestion. Also, check out Viktor Frankl. He resonated more with me than Nietzsche.
  15. Organize typical presentations into large, blown-out schemes along with super condensed notes are what I've found work best for me. I found it impossible to memorize everything thrown at us. The volume is just too great. Antibiotics are a whole other thing, however...
  16. I think this is excellent advice and how I prepared last year for interviews. Not much prep and almost solely to get a sense of timing. It is often less about what you say and more about how you say it and how you deal with the stress of the interview process. That said, everyone is different. Do what works best for you. The interview this year does seem like a ton of fun! I'm a little bit jealous. Just let go and try to be in the moment. I hope those of you that I met @ 9:30 on Sunday felt that it was a good experience. Best of luck! I'll see more of you on the 27th .
  17. nick such a pro. PS: drink coffee and water conservatively before your interview. Show doesn't stop for pee emergencies. Or wear a diaper if you're super hardcore and don't mind being judged.
  18. Really, nothing about the interview process or day. I think the interview is something you just need to attack in the moment, like you would any other situation. There are too many unknown variables on interview day that you're unable to control. You just need to be in the moment and go with the flow. What I do wish I had known was that there was a young kids' hockey team staying in the same hotel I had booked. It made for loud hallways and a really busy breakfast on the day of the interview (when I was already feeling a bit nauseous). Would have preferred to have started my day quietly &
  19. It's almost interview time! Only 3 days until the first group of you walk in those doors. I wanted to bump the thread one last time prior to interviews in case anyone has some lingering questions they would like answered. Best of luck in the coming week!
  20. I agree that in your case a Masters would be better than a second degree and I would strongly suggest rewriting your MCAT. You would have a much better chance with a strong MCAT score as your wGPA and best 2 years already put you in the running for some schools.
  21. Echoing my colleagues above. My career prior to med was a large part of my application and served me well. Include your past work experience as an EC if it's a relevant talking point.
  22. A classmate of mine followed a similar career and education path and is now on his way to becoming a doctor. I wish you much success! What you're hoping for is definitely possible.
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