Okay so a bit of background, I plan on becoming a genetic counsellor, and to do that I need to get a MSc in genetic counselling after my bachelors. So in Canada, there are only 4 schools with this program, and they all accept between 4-12 students a year. There are a ton of programs in the US that I'd be applying for too that accept more students than that. Anyways, to get in for that I'll need a good gpa, (I think most programs want an average of 75%+) one on one counselling experience, lab/hospital experience (volunteer/paid), since most genetic counsellors are in hospitals. Plus a bunch of specific courses
So I was thinking, which school should I go to for my undergrad? I've been accepted to Waterloo for Life Sciences- Biology with Co-op. (later on, specializing in molecular genetics), Guelph for Molecular Biology & Genetics and Psychology (its a bachelor of arts and science rather than a bachelor of science) and York for Bilingual Biology (iBSc) and I've pretty much ruled out York at this point.
I think they both have their pros and cons. Like at Waterloo I'll have co-op and can get some of that experience that would look great for my masters, and good clubs to join. but also the courses for my first two years just don't sound appealing to me. Like, I physically recoiled after reading the average first year courses. I visited the campus and really didn't like it. But co-op is great though. And after the first 2 years, the program gets more specific and it looks good from there. It feels like a "don't worry it gets better" situation.
At Guelph my program doesn't have the co-op option though the courses just seem so much more intriguing since I get to do an arts and science program. Plus I also think it would be easier to get a high gpa here than at Waterloo. And I really loved visiting the campus and I could see myself going there. I could still continue taking my language courses and psychology, but still take chem and bio, the two sciences that I actually like.
I spoke with some counsellors at Guelph while I was there and they said I can volunteer with the student counselling service there for that counselling experience, there are labs and hospitals I can go volunteer at, and there are also courses in my program I can take which are basically community projects and I could do something relating to my field.
Idk what to do. I was also gonna join the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors as a student member while in school too, maybe try and find volunteering positions with genetic counsellors.
idk this is a long post what would you pick