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13 hours ago, OT(One Day) said:

Hey guys! 

Does anyone know how to decline an offer once accepted? Is this done through a portal or direct e-mail with the University? 

 

 

On 4/12/2019 at 5:21 PM, OT2019Hopeful said:

Just received an acceptance to  U of A OT!! However, they are my 2nd choice- I am waiting on DAL. For Alberta they require acceptance by April 29th, does anyone know if I accept am I still able to decline later on? 

I emailed the U of A OT department and they told me we can withdraw our attendance at any time after accepting the offer by emailing them. You would of course have to forfeit the $175 deposit. Doing so will not affect our future applications to their program either, which is nice if something falls through!

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Applied + (PT or OT?): [Occupational Therapy for all]: Queens, U of T, McMaster, Western, U of A
Accepted: 
Waitlisted: U of A 
Rejected:
GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa:  ORPAS: C:3.56 S:3.79

Interview: Mcmaster (online) 
Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references:

Strong history of volunteer experience with Alzheimer Society and with LTC recreation therapy. Completed an undergrad in recreation with a focus in therapeutic recreation, which is very applicable to the field of OT with coursework focused on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating goals for clients recovery. 16-week full-time clinical experience for CTRS internship with a population of older adults in ADP and LTC. Completed honours thesis research project and work term with a widely recognized sporting event. Won award for most outstanding student 2018. Reference letter from Honours supervisor and volunteer supervisor at AS, I feel they gave me good references (I read one before submission). Job shadowed two OT's, one in stroke rehab and one in mental health/addictions. An informed decision in choosing OT and very comfortable in an interview setting. I feel my letters of intent were well composed and edited by two family GP's who conduct Med school interviews/intake each year. I worry my GPA will be my biggest hindrance; before ORPAS my Cumulative was 3.66 instead of 3.56 and I only have one course under 80% in the last 20 half courses. The cut off of 85% for 3.9 instead of 80% really affected my GPA conversion. 

Good luck, everyone! 

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1 hour ago, CurrentCTRS_WannabeOT said:

Applied + (PT or OT?): [Occupational Therapy for all]: Queens, U of T, McMaster, Western, U of A
Accepted: 
Waitlisted: U of A 
Rejected:
GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa:  ORPAS: C:3.56 S:3.79

Interview: Mcmaster (online) 
Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references:

Strong history of volunteer experience with Alzheimer Society and with LTC recreation therapy. Completed an undergrad in recreation with a focus in therapeutic recreation, which is very applicable to the field of OT with coursework focused on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating goals for clients recovery. 16-week full-time clinical experience for CTRS internship with a population of older adults in ADP and LTC. Completed honours thesis research project and work term with a widely recognized sporting event. Won award for most outstanding student 2018. Reference letter from Honours supervisor and volunteer supervisor at AS, I feel they gave me good references (I read one before submission). Job shadowed two OT's, one in stroke rehab and one in mental health/addictions. An informed decision in choosing OT and very comfortable in an interview setting. I feel my letters of intent were well composed and edited by two family GP's who conduct Med school interviews/intake each year. I worry my GPA will be my biggest hindrance; before ORPAS my Cumulative was 3.66 instead of 3.56 and I only have one course under 80% in the last 20 half courses. The cut off of 85% for 3.9 instead of 80% really affected my GPA conversion. 

Good luck, everyone! 

do you know if you're in the upper or lower half of the UofA waitlist?

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Applied + (PT or OT?): All OT - U of A, McMaster, Western, Dalhousie 

Accepted: U of A
Waitlisted: U of A, Dalhousie 
Rejected: McMaster (initially waitlisted for interview but ultimately didn’t receive a spot), Western
GPA: ORPAS cum GPA: 3.04, ORPAS sub-gpa 3.55, U of A sub-gpa 3.62/4 
Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references

Completed my BSc and worked as an OTA. I also volunteered for 2 years and then worked for 2 years at a centre for individuals with autism in the role of community program aid and behavioural interventionist. I had one research publication as a second author in a peer reviewed journal and presented my research at a conference. I used the OT I work under and my Research Supervisor as my work and academic references respectively. I had multiple people (friends, profs, peers) from different academic backgrounds overlook my statement of intent and CV so I think they were fairly strong. Casper went decently as well I think! 

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Applied: All OT, U of A, Western, Queens, U of T & McMaster 
Accepted: U of A, Queens, Western, U of T (Mississauga) 
Waitlisted: McMaster
Rejected:
GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa: U of A sGPA: 3.84, Orpas sGPA: 3.81 Orpas cGPA 3.55
Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: Received interview at Mac unsure of how it went. Lots of volunteer experience with children and older adults. Shadowed two different OTs, one of whom was a reference. Honours supervisor was the other reference. 

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2 hours ago, Elle_ said:

Applied: All OT, U of A, Western, Queens, U of T & McMaster 
Accepted: U of A 
Waitlisted:
Rejected:
GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa: U of A sGPA: 3.84, Orpas sGPA: 3.81 Orpas cGPA 3.55
Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: Received interview at Mac unsure of how it went. Lots of volunteer experience with children and older adults. Shadowed two different OTs, one of whom was a reference. Honours supervisor was the other reference. 

Congrats! Is u of a your top choice? 

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10 hours ago, CurrentCTRS_WannabeOT said:

Unfortunately I’m in the lowered half (50-100) so I guess u of a isn’t an option. I didn’t calculate my u of a gpa, does anyone know the scale or have a link to it?

This is what the U of A has on their website: 

https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/examinations/assessment-and-grading/grading-system-explained

Descriptor Letter Grade Grade Point Value

Excellent

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

D

1.0

Failure

F

0.0

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