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4 hours ago, sumad said:

Thanks!! 3 years of nursing home experience should certainly be a boost too! I'm sure there is a lot that you learned from during your time there. The geriatric community is lovely 🙂

That's how I will be preparing for it! Just practicing within the time limits and getting my thoughts down as best as I can. I already know that this is one of my weaknesses - it takes me forever to write something coherent haha.

Thank you sumad! Yeah absolutely, I've gotten lots of experience with concise writing in school, but I still tend to ramble lol.

I learned so much - patience, perseverance, and multitasking! So I definitely put those traits down in my application! 

Yes, again previous cohorts have told me that studying for it is impossible - just practice how to write down your thoughts within the time limit and use the STAR method when seeing the scenarios: think of the Situation, Task, Action, Result!

 

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4 hours ago, sumad said:

I know I don't know any of you personally yet, but it's great having you guys here during this process 🙂

Me too!! :D It's super energizing to know that we're not alone. 

I just finished my Personal Statement today!! So we're almost there. I want to go over everything a final time before submitting it on Thursday night (or earlier). 

I made my Personal Statement more of a running narrative (discussing my mother, a Filipino immigrant, as my inspiration for Nursing. She went through so many challenges and has been my stronghold for the traits -- certainly Nursing-applicable traits -- I want to emulate. I'd like to say she successfully bred them within me, too. She got her BSN degree at 45 years old in the Philippines and I admired her strength in studying for Nursing School while juggling her full-time responsibilities as a mother to three sisters haha!)

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On 1/26/2019 at 7:32 AM, sumad said:

Amazing!!! Congratulations on completing it. I'm happy that it went smoothly for you! I have so many questions - I am so so so nervous for this part of the application. Did you prepare for it prior to? If so, how?

Thank you so much!! Keep the questions coming, I'm happy to reply! Yup I did prepare for it but it didn't take me long at all. So I currently have five courses on my plate (finishing up my BSc this semester) and didn't have too much time so I used this link as a quick prep to see what kinds of topics will be covered: https://quizlet.com/145256088/casper-situations-flash-cards/ It was so helpful in getting an idea of what to expect. First I suggest you get familiar with what content you're expecting and then begin developing your approach. You will get either a video scenario or a personal question. For the video, I used the PPDJ method: What is the problem? Put it into perspective from BOTH sides. Decide. Justify your decision. Another helpful tip: never jump to conclusions, and make sure that you decide based on the evidence + based on what you have discussed from both perspectives. For the personal questions, I made sure to discuss what the challenge was, how it was challenging, and what I learned from it. A lot of this is expressed in the quizlet link I provided! I hope that's a start for you and please let me know if you have any questions!!!! 

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19 hours ago, mb96 said:

Me too!! :D It's super energizing to know that we're not alone. 

I just finished my Personal Statement today!! So we're almost there. I want to go over everything a final time before submitting it on Thursday night (or earlier). 

I made my Personal Statement more of a running narrative (discussing my mother, a Filipino immigrant, as my inspiration for Nursing. She went through so many challenges and has been my stronghold for the traits -- certainly Nursing-applicable traits -- I want to emulate. I'd like to say she successfully bred them within me, too. She got her BSN degree at 45 years old in the Philippines and I admired her strength in studying for Nursing School while juggling her full-time responsibilities as a mother to three sisters haha!)

Yay!! I finished my personal statement too!! I'm hopefully submitting mine tomorrow after some more revision to make sure it's absolutely flawless.

Wow! That's amazing that your mom did that! It's never too late to change career paths/learn! 🙂 

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7 minutes ago, sss29 said:

Thank you so much!! Keep the questions coming, I'm happy to reply! Yup I did prepare for it but it didn't take me long at all. So I currently have five courses on my plate (finishing up my BSc this semester) and didn't have too much time so I used this link as a quick prep to see what kinds of topics will be covered: https://quizlet.com/145256088/casper-situations-flash-cards/ It was so helpful in getting an idea of what to expect. First I suggest you get familiar with what content you're expecting and then begin developing your approach. You will get either a video scenario or a personal question. For the video, I used the PPDJ method: What is the problem? Put it into perspective from BOTH sides. Decide. Justify your decision. Another helpful tip: never jump to conclusions, and make sure that you decide based on the evidence + based on what you have discussed from both perspectives. For the personal questions, I made sure to discuss what the challenge was, how it was challenging, and what I learned from it. A lot of this is expressed in the quizlet link I provided! I hope that's a start for you and please let me know if you have any questions!!!! 

Wow! I use quizlet all the time! I did not even think to check it for casper prep! Thank you SO much for the tips!! I'll start my prep soon.. i'm sure i'll have more questions that come up during my prep.

Did you feel that you were able to get your thoughts adequately in order within the allotted time provided?

Also, if you don't mind me asking 🙂 What will you be applying with in terms of bachelor's degree/experience? 

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1 hour ago, sss29 said:

Thank you so much!! Keep the questions coming, I'm happy to reply! Yup I did prepare for it but it didn't take me long at all. So I currently have five courses on my plate (finishing up my BSc this semester) and didn't have too much time so I used this link as a quick prep to see what kinds of topics will be covered: https://quizlet.com/145256088/casper-situations-flash-cards/ It was so helpful in getting an idea of what to expect. First I suggest you get familiar with what content you're expecting and then begin developing your approach. You will get either a video scenario or a personal question. For the video, I used the PPDJ method: What is the problem? Put it into perspective from BOTH sides. Decide. Justify your decision. Another helpful tip: never jump to conclusions, and make sure that you decide based on the evidence + based on what you have discussed from both perspectives. For the personal questions, I made sure to discuss what the challenge was, how it was challenging, and what I learned from it. A lot of this is expressed in the quizlet link I provided! I hope that's a start for you and please let me know if you have any questions!!!! 

OK I always use quizlet so this shouldn't be too hard for me to prep! Thanks so much sss29!!!

I may not be in school at the moment but I do have full time work so this will be very helpful in quickly prepping! PPDJ method is what I intend to use for video scenarios and the STAR method for Personal Questions (Situation - analyze both perspectives; Task - what will you do?; Action - how was it done and how challenging was it?; Result - what happened and justify why it was a good choice/how the action impacted result). 

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1 hour ago, sumad said:

Wow! I use quizlet all the time! I did not even think to check it for casper prep! Thank you SO much for the tips!! I'll start my prep soon.. i'm sure i'll have more questions that come up during my prep.

Did you feel that you were able to get your thoughts adequately in order within the allotted time provided?

Also, if you don't mind me asking 🙂 What will you be applying with in terms of bachelor's degree/experience? 

I feel like I got my thoughts down on majority of the questions, but I usually wrote more for the first two questions because I tried my best to explain both perspectives. I did get cut off twice as I was writing my last word but I'm sure they'll understand what I was saying. 

I'm applying with a bachelor's degree in Health Science from SFU! On SFU's 4.33 scale, I'm currently at a 3.97 for my last 30 credits. I'm not sure how that transfers to UBC... I did contact UBC admissions and they told me it stays as it is based on my school-- which is not what i've heard. Oh well! In terms of volunteering, I've been at a senior home for about 4 years now, am a mentor with the Big Sisters of BC organization, and do research in SFU's Injury Prevention Lab. I did do research on the side on a joint project with SFU and Fraser Health for kidney dialysis patients. I was also an executive member for a club at SFU for two years. 

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16 minutes ago, mb96 said:

OK I always use quizlet so this shouldn't be too hard for me to prep! Thanks so much sss29!!!

I may not be in school at the moment but I do have full time work so this will be very helpful in quickly prepping! PPDJ method is what I intend to use for video scenarios and the STAR method for Personal Questions (Situation - analyze both perspectives; Task - what will you do?; Action - how was it done and how challenging was it?; Result - what happened and justify why it was a good choice/how the action impacted result). 

Honestly don't stress out because of your full time work. You can't really prep for it anyways, aside from knowing what to expect/the method you will be using! Once you've got those down, you'll be good to go. Make sure you know how to type super fast!!! 

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1 hour ago, sss29 said:

Honestly don't stress out because of your full time work. You can't really prep for it anyways, aside from knowing what to expect/the method you will be using! Once you've got those down, you'll be good to go. Make sure you know how to type super fast!!! 

Sweet, again thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how CASPer went/providing tips :D

Wow, you transferred from SFU? I was at SFU in my first year then I transferred to UBC for Winter 2015. 3.97 GPA based on your last 30 credits is incredible.

My last 30 credits amount to around ~3.82 GPA on the 4.33 scale. I have no idea how they'll calculate them as an exact GPA since counting back 30 credits lands around the middle of Winter Session 2017. Does the GPA include admission prerequisites? (I took them back in 2016 so they're not counted in the "most recent 30 credits"). I guess we'll have to see! *crosses fingers* 

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18 hours ago, sss29 said:

I feel like I got my thoughts down on majority of the questions, but I usually wrote more for the first two questions because I tried my best to explain both perspectives. I did get cut off twice as I was writing my last word but I'm sure they'll understand what I was saying. 

I'm applying with a bachelor's degree in Health Science from SFU! On SFU's 4.33 scale, I'm currently at a 3.97 for my last 30 credits. I'm not sure how that transfers to UBC... I did contact UBC admissions and they told me it stays as it is based on my school-- which is not what i've heard. Oh well! In terms of volunteering, I've been at a senior home for about 4 years now, am a mentor with the Big Sisters of BC organization, and do research in SFU's Injury Prevention Lab. I did do research on the side on a joint project with SFU and Fraser Health for kidney dialysis patients. I was also an executive member for a club at SFU for two years. 

Okay, thanks again so much for letting us know more about the casper test!!

Amazing! It sounds like you have well-rounded experience, and certainly have the good grades!! I'm envious of your research experience! 

That's strange that they would base your GPA on your school's GPA.. but nonetheless, i don't think you should be too worried about your GPA - it seems pretty good to me 🙂 

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16 hours ago, mb96 said:

Sweet, again thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how CASPer went/providing tips :D

Wow, you transferred from SFU? I was at SFU in my first year then I transferred to UBC for Winter 2015. 3.97 GPA based on your last 30 credits is incredible.

My last 30 credits amount to around ~3.82 GPA on the 4.33 scale. I have no idea how they'll calculate them as an exact GPA since counting back 30 credits lands around the middle of Winter Session 2017. Does the GPA include admission prerequisites? (I took them back in 2016 so they're not counted in the "most recent 30 credits"). I guess we'll have to see! *crosses fingers* 

I did the same thing, mb96! I also did my first year at SFU then transferred to UBC. Your GPA is pretty good too! I think my last 30 credits is about 3.95 on the 4.33 scale. To my understanding, I thought that if your A&P is included within your last 30 credits, then it counts towards your GPA score?

I'm guessing that you also haven't completed a prior batchelor's degree?

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3 hours ago, sumad said:

I did the same thing, mb96! I also did my first year at SFU then transferred to UBC. Your GPA is pretty good too! I think my last 30 credits is about 3.95 on the 4.33 scale. To my understanding, I thought that if your A&P is included within your last 30 credits, then it counts towards your GPA score?

I'm guessing that you also haven't completed a prior batchelor's degree?

Nice, sumad! I would have stayed at SFU — it’s an excellent school — but Nursing was my aim, and I gave UBC a shot just in case. When I got admitted, I decided to transfer to UBC 🙂 

Ah I see! And thanks so much - I would’ve liked to achieve all A+’s in my most recent 30 credits but I count my blessings for the fact that I have 3.82 GPA in the first place haha

3.95 is phenomenal! 

And yes, I haven’t yet completed a Bachelor’s degree. I do hope it doesn’t hurt my chances of admission.

 

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