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  1. I am in a graduate research thesis program and have presented my research at 6 different regional and international conferences. Although the title of my poster is the same, there are slightly variations in data presented. However, my main concern is if I should group all 6 poster presentations as one single "Research Entry". This would be ideal HOWEVER the "100 Character Limit" for entry description makes grouping next to impossible (For perspective, the name of a single conference takes up 70 Characters). The only way (i see for now) is to list all 6 presentations as
  2. Hiya everyone, I have been receiving PMs about my approach to Western's aABS essays, so I decided to write a blog post recounting my personal approach (https://philomd.blogspot.com/2021/05/cramping-fingers-my-approach-to.html). Hopefully it is useful for someone on their application journey. Wishing all of y'all the best! Cheers, Philo
  3. Hey guys, does anyone have any insight on how the top 3 activities of each section will be used? Will these be the only activities screened pre-interview, and used to allocate interviews? Any insight is welcomed thanks!
  4. Hello all, Anyone wiling to review my Western ABS essays? Preferably an accepted/interviewed UWO applicant, but I would be grateful if anyone else can too! Thanks
  5. Hello! A massive chunk of my life has been dedicated to my sport, so I have like 20 entries relating to it (lol). I definitely don't have the typical premed profile so if there's anyone willing to help I'd massively appreciate it! I want to do my experiences justice and would appreciate any guidance for writing my entries. Please message me if you have experience listing sports on the ABS
  6. Hi guys I had a question for those who have been able to secure a two+ consecutive interviews at UOttawa. Assuming you were not successful with your interview the first time around, when you reapplied... 1) Did you guys change your application significantly or was it more or less the same 2) What do you think your chances are of securing an interview the following year? 3) Are there individuals who had an interview one year and was not able to get one the next year? Thank you guys very much for your help. If you guys know anyone who might not be on these forums but have be
  7. I recently followed this doctor's instagram for the financial tips and saw that she posted some tips from her experience as a file reviewer that differentiated a stellar essay from an average essay. Thought it might be helpful for you guys to check out - link below Good luck guys, be sure take time to relax after you hit the submit button!
  8. For one of my ABS items, I am speaking about my involvement in orchestras. I've participated in a number of different orchestras since I was 12, and there is no one single person who can verify that I've participated in all of them except one of my parents. Would this be acceptable? Western doesn't say anything on their website about who the verifier should be.
  9. Hey guys, I'm working on my ABS and it seems like I might be missing a few things: 1. Personal activities --> I draw a lot and also paint but I don't have anyone other than my family members/friends to verify them. Does anyone have suggestions on who would be able to verify these activities or what else I could do? 2. Medicine related activities --> I volunteer at a hospital and work at a clinic. What other activities could I do to make it seem like I'm interested in medicine? I thought the ABS didn't need to reflect medical experience, just things that I'm passionate a
  10. Hi, I'm applying to the French stream at uOttawa this coming semester. Is anyone willing to look over my ABS (in french) in the next few days please? Thank you!
  11. Hey friends! I'm finishing off my ABS, would anyone that has positive experience with the OMSAS apps want to look over mine and give feedback? I'm sending it to a bunch of my friends as well but I thought that asking for more help wouldn't hurt! I have yet to start formally writing my UofT essays/ABS entries but I would love help with that as well :)!
  12. Hi guys, I was wondering whether or not to include the TRAINING I received to become a volunteer as a separate entry in ABS or not. The reason I am asking, is because I have two volunteer positions, one in hospice and one as a research assistant, and both required I complete very lengthy online training and online certifications. For example, for hospice, it was a 13 hour online training that required tests, small essays on a range of topics ranging from palliative care, infectious diseases, caregiver stress, ethics and so on. Likewise for the research assistant position, because it is co
  13. Hey guys! I'm wondering what I should do about a long-term activity for the ABS. I have been playing two instruments for about 9 years now and I would like to include it on my sketch. My question is since we are only allowed to include activities from the age of 16 and onwards when I tally up the hours for this activity, should I just calculate it from age 16 and on or should I put the actual amount of hours invested in this activity since I was 10 years old? If I do this from age 10, the total amount of hours will be over 2000. Is this fair game for the ABS or will ad
  14. How do we include the numbers for activities in the ABS Statement? The issue I am having is that I am writing about a research experience that involved (1) 8 months volunteer work followed by (2) summer paid employment (3) publication (4) presentation (5) award for presentation I wanted to mention all of these components to cover the "scholar" component of the clusters, but do I have to include the activity number for each? and if the verifier is all the same, do I have to keep putting (1) to show the same verifier? I want it to be clear what I am mentioning, but also don't want so m
  15. Hi everyone, currently trudging through the long-winded ABS section and was wondering if anyone has a link to where it says that submitted papers shouldnt be included in the research section (i vaguely remember something to this effect last year). It says that submitted (not accepted or published) publications should be included, on the uottawa page, so I am inclined to report them, but if there is info from OMSAS that says I shouldn't I would like to contact OMSAS for clarification. They cant comment on how to write ABS of course, but if there is a written contradiction between t
  16. How should one enter (if at all) a multi-year, discontinuous extra-curricular/job (e.g. summer employment at the same company for 3 summers or sport seasons that span multiple months but aren't connected from year to year)? Enter it as 3 separate entries from May to September for the three years? Or just enter the most recent? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  17. How many times can you use a verifier for activities? Is there like a limit? Reason I'm asking is that I have about 12 activities since the age of 16 from high school, and it'll probably be easier to use one high school teacher who's known what I've done through out high school (since you know, teachers come and go in the education system).
  18. I'm confused about this. Are we supposed to integrate it into the essay where when we mention activity x we say "activity x (ABS item #3, verifier 2) has..."? Or do we add these things at like the start or end as like a title or footer type thing? Can anyone tell me how they formatted theirs and if that is considered correct? Do these words count towards word count? If so that sucks.... Really stressing because the application is due today.
  19. Hey guys, I recently came to know that given the GPA conversions at UWO, my two best-year GPA is 87%. Given that my AA and RC both are 22 and an above average ABS (IMO though), is there a shot for me to get an interview invite this year ? Thank you guys and good luck Edited: Forgot to add, I've finished my UG.
  20. Hello, Stressing out right now because I can't find my piano teacher's home address for verifier. She came and taught me from my home so I don't have an address. Should I just put my home as the address?
  21. In the ABS research section, how can we enter our publication info so that they know its legit? Like there seems to be no way I can enter a citation or even the full exact title due to the character limits, but I also don't want to sound vague and say: Title: Rat stress tests Type of publication: published in neurocience. Your role: wrote the paper. How can I provide information that actually tells them my paper exists?
  22. So I have 4 certifications I have to keep current (every 2 years ish) for my job as a lifeguard. Would you list these under a single entry, or separate for each? Also should these be listed under 'Other' or 'formal education'? Thanks!
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