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Dalhousie, UTSG, UBC or Queen's?

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Hi all,

I've been admitted for undergraduate studies in Life Sciences in all of those schools (except Queen's, still waiting :compress:).

Which school would it be best to study at in order to have the highest chance on being admitted to Med School later, I'm sort of leaning to UTSG because I like the city and I feel that I would enjoy studying there.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
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You can do well at UTSG, but it won't be easy. Maintaining a good GPA here is stressful, and given your aspirations to go to medical school, the other schools might be better choices.

Posts are probably going to follow soon warning you about how horrible UTSG is and how you should stay away at all costs, but take them with a grain of salt. Again, you can do well. I know many that are.
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It honestly depends on the type of person you are. If your the social person who spent most of their time skipping useless high school classes and chilling with your friends in the caf then UTSG isn't the place for you. If your the studious kid who really has an interest in science that UTSG is your spot. Me personally, I have no idea WTF I want to do with my life, I just want to enjoy it though, I don't like the idea of dragging along for 4 years in UTSG life sciences slaving for a 3.5 gpa. Hindsights 20/20 though, I thought at UTSG I would pull in good grades and keep up with my friends and the social part of youth. Its really tough to balance it at UTSG. So in all honesty it depends on the type of person you are, if your one of the Bill Nye's of society than you most likely will enjoy UTSG. If your just a young confused youth and aren't sure what you want but enjoy learning about sciences than UTSG isn't your best bet.
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@Sheldore wrote
It honestly depends on the type of person you are. If your the social person who spent most of their time skipping useless high school classes and chilling with your friends in the caf then UTSG isn't the place for you. If your the studious kid who really has an interest in science that UTSG is your spot. Me personally, I have no idea WTF I want to do with my life, I just want to enjoy it though, I don't like the idea of dragging along for 4 years in UTSG life sciences slaving for a 3.5 gpa. Hindsights 20/20 though, I thought at UTSG I would pull in good grades and keep up with my friends and the social part of youth. Its really tough to balance it at UTSG. So in all honesty it depends on the type of person you are, if your one of the Bill Nye's of society than you most likely will enjoy UTSG. If your just a young confused youth and aren't sure what you want but enjoy learning about sciences than UTSG isn't your best bet.



Based on this I think I'll probably do quite well at UTSG.

What comparisons can you make between UTSG and Queen's (assuming I'm accepted), because they're both my top choices.
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I'm not sure if you're aware of this but getting an 85% at UofT is equivalent to a 4.0 GPA. You might want to look into Queen's GPA weighing scheme.
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@elimede wrote
I'm not sure if you're aware of this but getting an 85% at UofT is equivalent to a 4.0 GPA. You might want to look into Queen's GPA weighing scheme.



Yes, I am aware of that :). Queen's is slightly different where they work on a 4.3 grading scale and a 90% will be equivalent to an A+, which will equate to a 4.3.

However, if I'm not mistaken, this is irrelevant when applying to Med School as they use the OMSAS scale. It's probably going to be changed next year due to the new grading scale being implemented at Queen's. According to that scale, 90% is a 4.00.

Or am I wrong? :S
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Curious, what's your average? I'm waiting on Queens science as well.
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@Sean1218 wrote
Curious, what's your average? I'm waiting on Queens science as well.



I go by IB points, so I doubt it would be of much use.
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