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HI @deena28

If you don't mind me asking, what is your average in your last year? I'm still waiting for my offer, but the wait is making me so nervous.

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Hi Deena, congratulations :) If you don't mind me asking, what is your average in your last year? I'm still waiting for my offer, but the wait is making me so nervous.

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Update: My OUAC was just updated to show the offer. :)

Update: Mine too :)

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Hey @nya30 Thank you! My average for the last year was a 3.8 but overall my gpa wasn't that high since I struggled quite a bit in the first few years (3.07). Plus I did a 5th year and still got in so I think you have hope! Good luck and I hope you get in!

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Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting, and I am new to this forum - I hope this post helps a few people. I applied to the accelerated/compressed BScN programs at both U of T and UWO. I received an acceptance from UWO on March 7th and U of T on April 12th. I ultimately decided to accept U of T since my partner has a great job in the city, and it would be nice to live together after a year of being three provinces apart :) Also, after moving to the city, I've realized how hard it is to build connections and network professionally in the GTA outside of an academic institution.

I recently completed my master's in public health at UBC (focus on communicable disease epidemiology, surveillance, and control) and am a 2014 graduate from UWO where I received my BHSc with specialization in biology. I had a 3.79 GPA (84.7% average) on a 4 point scale in my final year of undergrad, and a 3.89 GPA (86.9% average) in my second last year of undergrad. For the last four months of my master's degree, I worked at a health unit in rural Ontario where I developed an epidemiological report on infectious disease outbreak, focusing on influenza outbreaks in long term care facilities. I also provided quality control and improvement recommendations for their local primary school immunization programs.

For my U of T supplementary application I focused on the following skills for the first question: academic background that allows me to understand both microscopic physiological aspects of health, as well as the macroscopic social aspects of well being; importance of research and evidence based practice, analytical thinking; compassion and respect when working with marginalized populations; and interpersonal communication/ability to work as part of a team. The second question about the intellectual experience, I talked about my experience working in policy and public health and seeing a need to bridge primary care and public health to deliver and manage limited resources in a more efficient way to improve patient care. I particularly spoke of an article by John Caldwell that I read late in my undergrad.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my application! Congratulations everyone on all your acceptances, and for all of you still waiting, I'm sure yours are on their way! Best of luck!

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Mine came in a sketchy email that said I should login to my student centre to view a letter regarding my admission and application to the program. Kinda heart stopping.

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hello! congratulations on the admission offers. Do you mind sharing your supplementary application? did you have any volunteering on your application?

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Hi najpop - I have had multiple volunteering roles but mainly from the coordination part, very little clinical experience. I was an active board member for a international charity that provided educational and medical assistance to promote social development in a rural town in Kenya. I spent a month in that town in Kenya performing a needs assessment to advocate for what the foundations priority should be when allocating the resources. I was part of this charity for about 8 years. I also acted as a board member for a few smaller charity fundraisers such as epilepsy awareness month, and also a therapeutic horseback riding centre. Other than that, I've had some fun employment opportunities as a professional ski racing coach and research assistant in two different labs. I'm a big outdoors buff (ie. camping, hiking, skiing, canoeing) so I had a few activities relating to that my OUAC supplementary application.

I hope that helps!

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thank you for responding,

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Hey @nya30 Thank you! My average for the last year was a 3.8 but overall my gpa wasn't that high since I struggled quite a bit in the first few years (3.07). Plus I did a 5th year and still got in so I think you have hope! Good luck and I hope you get in!

hello! congratulations on the admission offers. Do you mind sharing your supplementary application? did you have any volunteering on your application?

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hello! congratulations on the admission offers. Do you mind sharing your supplementary application? did you have any volunteering on your application?

Hey! Thanks so much! And yes I did. I've volunteered at 2 hospitals, one of which I still volunteer at now. I've also had experience with day cares, labs in university, and involved with clubs on campus. One of these clubs included sending individuals abroad to hold mobile clinics in developing countries. In another, we raised money to sponsor children from developing countries. I was an executive board member in both those organizations. I also help facilitate science workshops for elementary/middle school children every weekend. Though it was a while ago, I also mentioned how I worked as a receptionist at a clinic in high school, which was a job I was offered after completing a summer co-op at the clinic. I can't recall if I'm missing anything but I think this was it for things I actually had proof for. What I mean by that is, other people were involved in these organizations as well. But I also mentioned hobbies such as singing, playing instruments, learning new languages, and other such things that I like to do in my spare time but I don't actually have physical proof for. I think rather than looking at the amount of things you volunteered in, they looked at how long you've been with the organization and how your relationship with others are. So for example, I've been volunteering at one of the hospitals for 2 years now and because I've developed a good relationship with the coordinators, I get to do cool things like training new volunteers. And because I got one of the coordinators to be my reference, they could provide proof of that as well.

I hope you get in as well! Good luck :)

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Very jealous of everyone getting accepted right now!!! I have tons of research and hospital experience (1000 + hours), but my cGPA is only about 3.5 and my GPA in the last year is only about a 3.65. But I have like an 82% average. So worried about my GPA... so many people here have like really high GPAs! I was stupid and minored in bioethics which is a philosophy discipline and I am absolutely terrible at philosophy, no matter how much I study, which significantly brought down my GPA :(

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