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Hi everyone, first I wish good luck to those of you that applied this year. Secondly, I would like some Honest opinion about what I can improve for my application that will be sent for the 2009/2010 cycle.

 

Here's my personal background:

 

I am a 3rd year student at university of waterloo for honours science. I did not apply this year but I will for the 2009/2010 cycle.

 

my stats:

 

3.8 on OMSAS scaled GPA

best 2 years about 3.98/3.97 and about 92.3% for best 2 years >>>might have a shot for saskatchwan if I work harder this term(first year was low)

MCAT 11/10/9/R (bio/physics/verbal/ws)

 

EC

 

1. 1 summer in a grouphome as a health care assistant and took primary care of mentally illed patients

2. about 2 years of volunteering at a retirement home

3. about 2 years of volunteering at a biology prof's lab

4. just started this year as a mentor for science students at my school

5. some volunteer experience at a doctor's lab at U of T about a summer

 

things that will have been done before I apply

6. Got USRA for this upcoming summer and will work for the same professor that I volunteered for. I will volunteer abroad for about 2 weeks this summer as well

 

A few courses that I haven't taken, 2xenglish courses and 2xorgo labs and don't know if I want to take them or not

 

Schools I plan to apply for

 

All English speaking Canadian schools, and some US schools that do not require 2xorgo labs and 2xenglish (don't know if that school even exists!!)

 

My Questions to you fellow premeds:

 

1. What do you think I need to improve based on my file?

2. Do you think I should rewrite the MCAT or not? Since I have seen a lot of monstrous scores on this site

3. Do you think I should take those 2xenglish and 2xorgo labs even though they might jeopardize my overall GPA

 

Thank you so much

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Hi everyone, first I wish good luck to those of you that applied this year. Secondly, I would like some Honest opinion about what I can improve for my application that will be sent for the 2009/2010 cycle.

 

Here's my personal background:

 

I am a 3rd year student at university of waterloo for honours science. I did not apply this year but I will for the 2009/2010 cycle.

 

my stats:

 

3.8 on OMSAS scaled GPA

best 2 years about 3.98/3.97 and about 92.3% for best 2 years >>>might have a shot for saskatchwan if I work harder this term(first year was low)

MCAT 11/10/9/R (bio/physics/verbal/ws)

 

EC

 

1. 1 summer in a grouphome as a health care assistant and took primary care of mentally illed patients

2. about 2 years of volunteering at a retirement home

3. about 2 years of volunteering at a biology prof's lab

4. just started this year as a mentor for science students at my school

5. some volunteer experience at a doctor's lab at U of T about a summer

 

things that will have been done before I apply

6. Got USRA for this upcoming summer and will work for the same professor that I volunteered for. I will volunteer abroad for about 2 weeks this summer as well

 

A few courses that I haven't taken, 2xenglish courses and 2xorgo labs and don't know if I want to take them or not

 

Schools I plan to apply for

 

All English speaking Canadian schools, and some US schools that do not require 2xorgo labs and 2xenglish (don't know if that school even exists!!)

 

My Questions to you fellow premeds:

 

1. What do you think I need to improve based on my file?

2. Do you think I should rewrite the MCAT or not? Since I have seen a lot of monstrous scores on this site

3. Do you think I should take those 2xenglish and 2xorgo labs even though they might jeopardize my overall GPA

 

Thank you so much

 

 

Your bio looks quite good... just try to keep that GPA nice and high. When I started my undergrad many years back, I wish someone would have told me that you really need almost a 3.85+ to even be considered. Unfortunately, GPA/MCAT scores are #1! Its really the only thing differentiating the 5000 applicants each year, as we all have very similar ECs. 30R on the MCAT isn't to shabby either. I think we all forget that a >30 is quite a solid score, and very competitive for most schools outside of Canada. The 9 on your MCAT may hinder you in for Western and Queen's (I know my 9 in VR wasn't enough this year for those schools), however your score should be just fine for UofT. Think long and hard about re-writing... I wrote twice, and it was not fun!

 

Check out each individuals school for their pre-reqs. I know you will need 1 year of Orgo for OttawaU.

 

Cheers,

HK

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Your EC look good, just as competitive as most people. Your GPA is pretty stellar and you should be good for UofO, and UofT, especially with your USRA this summer. I personally would rewrite my MCAT, you will not get an interview at Queen's or Western and that cuts your chances pretty low. With your GPA that high you should be able to do significantly better, it takes sacrifice but it is achievable. To apply to the US I would personally finish up my orgo, but you do not need an English credit, most schools are ok with "writing courses" which can be any essay credit (history, philosophy, psych, etc.) Hope this helps.

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hey thanks for the response, just wondering if I need the orgo labs or not for ottawa, cause I already took the courses just not the labs yet and also I have 1 full year of biochem. Btw my ottawa WGPA is only about 3.9 due to my low first year GPA so what else should I do to increase my chance to get into ottawa?

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