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As you guys all get going with what will feel like a rollercoaster of emotions regardless of whether you receive and invite or not, I just want to congratulate you all for all your accomplishments, as

I don't want to jinx it. but this may be a good sign. This very same thing happened last year.... Good luck!

Yeah of course! I had a 3.83 GPA when applying but I unfortunately had a really rough semester and so my GPA dropped to 3.69 which was below the 3.7 cutoff for the french stream. So they unfortunately

Invite/Rejection: Invite!!!!!!!!!!!!
Time Stamp: 2:42 PM EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 4.0
Current year: in 1 year course based masters 

ECs: sports research (1 pub, not first atuhor,high impact journal) clubs travel and awards 

Casper and Snapshot: got mcgill OOP and mac so i think okay? I also did snapshot 

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Invite!
Time Stamp: 14:13 pm EST
Location: IP
Stream: French
cGPA: 3.95
Current year: Graduated June 2019
ECs: Accepted pub, conferences, cycling events, tutoring, etc.

Casper and Snapshot: I always think it’s catastrophic, but every year surprisingly it ends up being good enough! I also did Snapshot and thought my responses were solid although I did get cut off for the last question!

This is my third and final interview at uOttawa so let’s hope third time’s the charm!

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Invite/Rejection: Invite
Time Stamp: 2:45PM EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.99
Current year: 2nd Year MSc
ECs: Pretty well-rounded I think; quite a bit of research (3 pubs), academic awards, volunteering etc. 

Casper and Snapshot: Casper felt decent (interview at Mac, but no interview at McGill OOP), didn't do Snapshot

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Invite/Rejection: invite!!!!
Time Stamp: 2:52 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.98
Current year: 4th
ECs: volunteer/paid research (no actual publications though), 3 years of sports, cat fostering, hospital volunteer, international volunteering, lots of LGBT advocacy work, military, some national level sports and neuroscience competition, one international sport competition.

Casper and Snapshot: Casper felt okay, 2nd quintile for Manitoba OOP (60-80%), did snapshot

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Invite/Rejection: invite!!!!
Time Stamp: 2:56 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.95
Current year: 4th
ECs: volunteer at some charity organizations, some research, hospital volunteer, travelling, hobbies, a lot of employment history. small awards. 

Casper and Snapshot: 2nd quintile for Manitoba OOP (60-80%), did snapshot

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Invite/Rejection: Invite!!!!!!!!!!!!
Time Stamp: 2:45 PM EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.99
Current year: BSc 2020

ECs: a couple of leadership positions, volunteering within my community/tutoring, some research, a few scholarships + awards. 

Casper and Snapshot: Prepared way less than last year when I got an R... but I am a fast typer so I answered all questions. Did not do Snapshot. 

I also applied through the social accountability initiative if anyone is curious!  

Got an R from Ottawa last year so didn't expect this at all and cried a bit when I got the email ngl :) Goodluck to everybody this cycle!!!

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Invite
Time Stamp: January 28, 2021 (2:44 PM)
Location: OOP
Stream: English
cGPA: 4.00
Current year:3rd year
ECs: 2x NSERCs (no publications, couple posters); 1500 hours volunteering; VP of semi-large non-profit; lots of sports/coaching; personal project

Casper: Generally felt good. Was able to answer all 3 questions (120+ WPM). I did not do snapshot.

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Invite!
Time Stamp: 2:40 pm
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.95
Current year: Graduated last year
ECs: A couple research projects, clubs, leadership positions, and a few scholarships and awards

Casper and Snapshot: Casper felt fine, answered all questions. Did not complete Snapshot

Second time interviewing at uOttawa!

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Invite/Rejection: Invite
Time Stamp: 14:11 EST
Location: IP (Ottawa)
Stream: Français
cGPA: 3.758
Current Year: Première année d'un deuxième baccalauréat.

ECs: Beaucoup de bénévolat et quelques emplois à long-terme avec des positions de leadership.

Casper et Snapshot: Je pense que le CASPer a bien été. Je n'ai pas fait le Snapshot.

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Invite/Rejection: Invite!!
Time Stamp: 2:59 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.94
Current year: 3rd
ECs: Some research, some long term volunteering as well as some more recent ones, sports, I'd say my ECs are decently diverse but nothing super special

Casper and Snapshot: Didn't do snapshot. Honestly no clue how casper went

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Invite/Rejection: Invite!!!
Time Stamp: 2:59 pm EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.97
Current year: Graduated June 2013
ECs: Registered Dietitian (5 years), dietetic internship (1600 hours), dietary aide (250 hours), research (unpublished), lots of summer jobs (customer service roles, 250 to 600 hours each), soup kitchen (85 hours), on campus club (60 hours), some other smaller volunteering gigs, and several academic awards. My ECs are pretty mediocre but I think being an RD for 5 years is what pulled me through.

Casper and Snapshot: Didn't do snapshot. TBH I thought I did pretty mediocre on Casper (and I didn't answer the 3rd question on at least 1-2 scenarios), but I also got an interview at Mac so I guess it went better than I thought.

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Invite/Rejection: Invite
Time Stamp: 2:48 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.92 (last 3 years)
Current year: MSc 2019, currently working
ECs: Check other post 

Casper and Snapshot: CASPer felt worse this year than last year and I wasn't expecting an invite given the immense competition this year and my decreased GPA from the new formula. Didn't do snapshot. 

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Invite!!!!


Time Stamp: 2:58pm EST
Location: IP 
Stream: English
cGPA: 4.0 
Current year: 4th year 
ECs: Decent ECs, club exec for a couple of clubs, a lot of tutoring/mentorship, worked at overnight camp, dance instructor, dancer, a couple of research assistant positions etc. 

Casper and Snapshot: Scored in the top quartile for the USA Casper, but Canadian score was not good enough for Memorial or Dal and wrote it while I was sick with mono...I'm thinking my GPA made up for it. Did complete Snapshot

Absolutely shocked and excited...this is my dream school! 

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Invite/Rejection: Inviteeee:)
Time Stamp: 14:11 PM EST
Location: OOP (Qc)
Stream: French
cGPA: 3.91
Current year: 3rd year
ECs: Mmmh this is probably my weakest point. No research and I knew the content wasn't that much long term. I mostly focused on the writing if it and had a diverse set of people read over it. 

Casper and Snapshot: Didn't do Snapshot. 3rd time writing Casper. Kept it straight to the point. Felt that 4-5 scenarios were weaker than the others.

So grateful for this opportunity!!!:))

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Invite/Rejection Rejection
Time Stamp: 12:41
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 4.0
Current year: 3rd year UG
ECs: NSERC USRA, 2 years paid research, lots of employment, club president, VP positions, some general volunteering

Casper and Snapshot: TBH felt good about it, did about 3 full days of practice and only got barely cut off on one or two situations. Didn't do snapshot.

Not a clue where I went wrong in my application, and saw several friends with excellent apps get rejected as well, but oh well...there's always next year :(

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Invite!!!!! (crying and shaking with shock) 
Time Stamp: January 28, 2021 (2:50 PM)
Location: IP (Ottawa - bilingual)
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.95 ish
Current year: 2nd year MSc
ECs: NSHRF, CIHR, OGS and other research scholarships, 1 pub, 8+ posters and oral conference presentations, volunteered for years in a health clinic as a PTA, lots of clinical research experience with disabled populations, long-term jobs in hospitality (golf course, serving, hotels), service trip abroad about the Holocaust, tutoring children with special needs etc. pretty diverse. 

Casper: Felt good but hard to gauge. I prepared a lot for it and felt like I was able to answer every question reasonably well. 

Congrats to all invites!

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Invite/Rejection: INVITE!!!!~!~!!!!!!!
Time Stamp:   2:53 EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.98 with winter 2020; 3.96 without winter 2020.
Current year: 3rd year
ECs: One research award at $6000 (DUROP at UWO), one poster presentation, 4 manuscripts in progress but not published, considerable volunteering with vulnerable groups of people (over 1500 hours overall and likely my strongest section), started one research club, advocate for autism and respite care, worked as a lifeguard and as a receptionist at a dental office, weak hobbies.

Casper and Snapshot: got an R from mac but I also had a 124 CARS LOL. Good enough for uOttawa I guess. My experience working with vulnerable people really helped for the Casper. The best prep is life experience. Practiced for about 2 hours in total otherwise

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Invite/Rejection: INVITE!!!!!!
Time Stamp:   2:59pm EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.98 
Current year: 4th year
ECs: very unique advocacy work, long term generic activities, good amount of research (paid + unpaid) but no pubs

Casper and Snapshot: 60-80th percentile at manitoba OOP, but rejected from Mac with 126 cars. so i guess average-slightly above average? and i did not do snapshot.

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Invite/Rejection: Regrets
Time Stamp:   12:24pm EST
Location: IP
Stream: English
cGPA: 3.93
Current year: Pharmacy
ECs: 1 pub, 2 years of research, food bank volunteer, student council, few exec positions, clinical experience, 2 work experiences, tutor, hobbies, scholarships (total $5000), etc. All the basic pre-med stuff 

Casper and Snapshot: Honestly thought it went okay but I guess not since I got an R from Mac as well..

 

 

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Invite/Rejection: Rejection
Time Stamp: 12:30 ish EST
Location: IP
Stream: Français
cGPA: 3.754
Current year: 1st year MSc
ECs: Please see my other posts

Casper and Snapshot: not great lol, will work on it!

If anyone who’s gotten interviews has any advice, please help! I am so proud of all of us though, this was a tough year. Chins up, you’re loved!

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