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Time to Get Motivated

635837576855041966-1244977572_letters of recommendationIn the past few weeks I’ve been researching psychology graduate programs and seeing what they entail. I honestly wish I would have done this in my first year at McGill, as it would have made my life a lot simpler, but I can’t go back in time unfortunately. It’s now time for me to get serious and start preparing myself for my future.

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Summer 2016 in Montreal – Looking Ahead

3716949038_2484d04998_b-1000x543Ever the planner, I am currently searching for summer opportunities. As I’ve written before, my Summer 2015 was spent interning at Liberal International, a London, UK-based federation of liberal political parties. It was a great experience and I am grateful for everything I learned. Therefore, I am committed to finding an equally career-advancing experience of some sort here in Montreal. (more…)

Prep-Course Review: LSAT

LSATWhen it comes to LSAT prep, the reviews of different companies and courses seem to be mixed. Even after scouring a number of different blogs and forums, I wasn’t able to identify any clear front runners. That being said, Kaplan and TestMasters were two of the most frequently mentioned.

Kaplan’s most popular LSAT course is their in-person course, which starts at $1,399. It’s taught in seven 4-hour sessions of comprehensive instruction and three full-length in-class proctored practice tests. In addition to the in-class sessions, the course also offers access to Kaplan’s LSAT Channel, which is an online resource providing hundreds of hours of live workshops. Furthermore, you’ll have access to over 7,500 LSAT questions and an online PrepTest library featuring more than 75 practice tests, each of which is accompanied by detailed explanations of the correct answers. Kaplan’s Smart Reports provide you with thorough performance analyses and study prescriptions, which help target and overcome any problem areas. Although the course is formatted in in-person class sessions, it’s also flexible enough to accommodate scheduling conflicts. If you miss a class, you can always catch up with a free, online make-up session. Finally, Kaplan offers a satisfaction guarantee. If your LSAT score doesn’t improve after taking the course, Kaplan will provide a full refund. The most cited disadvantage of this course seems to be the slightly larger class size. Kaplan’s courses have around 20-30 students per class, which doesn’t seem too big but still exceeds the class sizes of The Princeton Review and Manhattan Review.

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Thinking Ahead

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I remember one of my very first blog entries was on stress and how to cope with it; yet here I find myself, 4 weeks into the semester, stressed out. Quite ironic isn’t it?

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Preparing for Medical School: Part 3

keep-calm-and-mcat-onThis is the final part of my series on the MCAT. Here are part 1 and part 2. This is about the things to expect on test day.

So you have prepared long and hard to study for the exam. I dug around on the internet for some advice and tips. Here are the most helpful suggestions that helped me. (more…)

Preparing for medical schools interviews

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By this time of the year, the majority of medical school invitations have already been released. A  huge congratulations and good luck to those who are advancing to the final stage of the application process!

I am very fortunate and grateful to be part of that group continuing to the interview stage and just wanted to share my some of my own plans for the next daunting step, as well as some of the approaches and strategies recommended to me by various students who have gone through the process already.

 Practice, practice, practice. It has been recommended to me over and over again to find mock interview questions online, and to practice them alone, with friends, family, and basically anyone who is willing to listen. Being the over-optimistic person that I am, I  found a group of peers and started practicing in November, without knowing whether or not I was even going to get an interview. The practice not only helped me develop more coherent and articulate answers, but it also greatly improved my confidence and allowed me to meet incredible peers with similar goals and diverse interests. There are a couple of these groups on McGill campus currently as interviews are quickly approaching, and I highly recommend to seek one out, or start your own! Aside from peer groups, McGill’s CaPS also offers mock MMI practice, geared especially towards the McGill interviews. The mock session takes around 30 minutes, and consists of 3 different “stations” with a different prompt and evaluator at each one. I attended one of these last week and found it to be very professionally organized, helpful in terms of feedback, and certainly worthwhile. Furthermore, are also many companies that offer “professional” interview prep. I have given this a try as well, and although it certainly helped, I feel they are extremely pricey and oftentimes consist of information you can easily find on the internet.

Another major tip given to me by many people is: know yourself. I have always been a pretty self-reflective person, so initially I thought “ this is silly, of course I know myself.” However, when I started practicing “personal” interview questions, I realized how much deeper I had to dig and the importance of truly understanding my own values, beliefs, and motivations. With questions like “How do you cope with grief” and “What is your biggest frustration in life” (example questions found online), you can’t help but take a step back and replay your entire life story in your head.

Finally, as a final remark: walk into that interview room with confidence (you are there for a reason!) Good luck everyone!

Build Your Brand: A Website

websitesIt seems like everyone’s got a website these days. Every company, every organization, they all got one. It’s not just a fad, more and more personal portfolio websites are popping up too. A personal website is a great way to showcase some of your works and interests, and with some tips you can really “wow” employers. Here are some things I learned when building my website.

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Preparing for Medical School: Part 2

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The new MCAT is here to stay. How exciting! I’m here to give you a first-hand recount of how it went for me. This is part 2 of that story, here is part 1.

So I just took the MCAT first time over last weekend. Oh Boy, was it fun. Let me start from the beginning.

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Science: Research, Projects, Academia Week, and More!

lab-roomOh January, the time for new starts and beginnings. A time for peace and quiet. Wait. How come I’m hearing the words “apply” and “deadline” again?

Good news everyone (in sciences and engineering), the NSERC URSA grant applications are making their way around again.

Here’s all the fuzz about that and some ideas on how to beginwith the search.

 

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My (Academic) New Year’s Resolutions

shutterstock_62795851Welcome to 2016! This post comes a bit tardy of January 1st, but better late than never. Similar to others, I like to make resolutions to myself in order to make each year as wonderful and full of potential as possible. As we are students here at McGill University, it is important that we make the most of our university career and ensure success so this should most certainly include academic resolutions! I want this semester to be my best and most productive yet, so here are a few of my academic New Year’s resolutions. (more…)

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