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While this is a very exciting day for many this can be a devastating day for others. For that reason, I am leaving the number for Crisis Services Canada - 1-833.456.4566. Wishing everyone the best whe

For me just letting time pass always helps. It can feel slow but as my memories become more distant so do my feelings associated with them. Failure is a part of life and everyone goes through it so yo

If you need someone to talk to feel free to message me. I was rejected last year so I know how it feels. If you feel this is your calling apply again next year. Use the rejection as motivation and don

On 3/16/2019 at 6:37 AM, OT(One Day) said:

This is kinda a strange question... I've applied to quite a few schools and I understand that we may hear about admission at different times.  I'm just wondering if anyone knows if once you accept an offer if you are still able to cancel and accept elsewhere? Being a OOP applicant it may be easier for me to attend school in my province but this is likely the last school I will hear from and don't want to give up my chance elsewhere if accepted :( anyone have experience with this?

 

 

Which schools have you applied to? 

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Applied + (PT or OT?): PT UBC, Western, Queens, Brunel, St. George, Limerick, Dublin, 

Accepted: UBC, Limerick

Interviews: UBC, Limerick, St. George (London)

Waitlisted:

Rejected: Brunel, Dublin, Queens and Western

GPA: sGPA: 3.75 UBC GPA: 85%

Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: Essays were very strong spent a ton of time honing them and worked with several people proofreading and helping me improve them. Volunteered at a neuro physio clinic for a year and a half, over a thousand hours of volunteer and many relevant and cool life experiences as I am a mature applicant. Very strong academic and professional references. 

This was my second time applying and first time interviewing. I will say that I put a tremendous amount of work into my application and preparation for interviewing because I knew that my GPA was on the lower end of the applicants getting interviews. I gamed the CASPER test as hard as I could and I believe that I crushed it. By game, I mean a ton of practice and prep. I feel like I did really well on it and my preparation helped me with the interview as well. I will know how well I did on the CASPER if I get accepted to Western though. Practiced probably 50-60 MMI scenarios and did a full mock MMI two days before my interview. Practiced with people that had successfully gotten into programs that used mmi. 

My deposit for Limerick was due a week before we heard back from UBC and I paid 2000 euros to secure a spot, I'll never see that money again, but UBC was my first choice, so it doesn't really matter. I only say this because I feel that at a certain level you have to set yourself up for success in any way possible and I've wanted to get into physio for 5 years, so I did everything I could to ensure it.

It's been a long road, 5 years ago I took physics 12. I had never had any success with science or math in my life, but I wanted physio, so I tried. Since that fall I've taken 18 courses for prereqs and GPA. I took my undergrad GPA from 2.75/4.33 to a 3.75/4.0 and got my UBC GPA to an 85.

The reason I'm writing this is to hopefully inspire people to continue grinding. It might seem hopeless at some points, but if you want it, you will get there. The same way you work hard at classes is the same way you have to look at the entire application process and interview. Take nothing for granted.

If you didn't get in this year, go back to the drawing board, figure out what classes to upgrade your GPA with, get your volunteering in order, take an ethics course (helps with interview and Casper) and talk with anyone and everyone about physio, for they might have the advice you need to crushing the application or mmi or Casper. Best of luck to everyone out there moving forward!

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4 hours ago, Rajalgool said:

Applied + (PT or OT?): PT UBC, Western, Queens, Brunel, St. George, Limerick, Dublin, 

Accepted: UBC, Limerick

Waitlisted:

Rejected: Brunel, Dublin

GPA: sGPA: 3.75 UBC GPA: 85%

Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: Essays were very strong spent a ton of time honing them and worked with several people proofreading and helping me improve them. Volunteered at a neuro physio clinic for a year and a half, over a thousand hours of volunteer and many relevant and cool life experiences as I am a mature applicant. Very strong academic and professional references. 

 

This was my second time applying and first time interviewing. I will say that I put a tremendous amount of work into my application and preparation for interviewing because I knew that my GPA was on the lower end of the applicants getting interviews. I gamed the CASPER test as hard as I could and I believe that i crushed it. By game I mean a ton of practice and prep. I feel line I did really well on it and my preparation helped me with the interview as well. I will know how well I did on the CASPER if I get accepted to Western though. Practiced probably 50-60 MMI scenarios and did a full mock MMI two days before my interview. Practiced with people that had successfully gotten into programs that used mmi. 

 

My deposit for limerick was due a week before we heard back from UBC and I paid 2000 euros to secure a spot, I'll never see that money again, but UBC was my first choice, so it doesn't really matter. I only say this because I feel that at a certain level you have to set yourself up for success in any way possible and I've wanted to get into physio for 5 years, so I did everything I could to ensure it.

 

It's been a long road, 5 years ago I took physics 12. I had never had any success with science or math in my life, but I wanted physio, so I tried. Since that fall ive taken 18 courses for pre reqs and gpa. I took my undergrad gpa from 2.75/4.33 to a 3.75/4.0 and got my UBC gpa to an 85.

 

The reason I'm writing this is to hopefully inspire people to continue grinding. It might seem hopeless at some points, but if you want it, you will get there. The same way you work hard at classes, is the same way you have to look at the entire application process and interview. Take nothing for granted.

 

If you didn't get in this year, go back to the drawing board, figure out what classes to upgrade your gpa with, get your volunteering in order, take an ethics course (helps with interview and Casper) and talk with anyone and everyone about physio, for they might have the advice you need to crushing the application or mmi or Casper. Best of luck to everyone out there moving forward!

This is so inspiring, thank you for sharing! Best of luck and congratulations on getting into one of the best schools in Canada!

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2 hours ago, Yellowhead said:

For those that got an invite for McGill OT and/or PT, what provinces are you from? 

I'm from Ontario, attending university in Ontario :) Not sure if location would actually play a role though, because McGIll considers in and out of province students equally (unlike some universities which favour in-province applicants)

From McGIll: "There is no distinction or quota for Canadian (Quebec), Canadian  (other provinces) or International Applicants, unless specified as otherwise."

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7 hours ago, Lhomsi said:

  Congrats!! Are you in their bachelor rehab program that feeds into the masters? if you aren't, was your GPA like super high? Just askin' because you seem to be in the first wave of acceptances

Hey! No accepted to their QY. I’m from Ontario. I have a masters degree so my GPA went from 3.85 to 3.95 (McGill adds 0.1 if you have a masters). 

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