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    Applying Windsor premed, few questions

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    I've been lurking here for a while, finally time to post. I'm probably gonna apply to the Windsor premed program for September. I've got about 60 college credits from a state university in the US, but I've been out of school for a few years. My gpa is horrible, I'm 24, and I'm starting to feel like I'm too old for where I'm at in life. I want to go to the island and kick ***--or kiss ***, whatever works--to get on track to having a career. Yes, my punk rock IDGAF high school self is glaring at me angrily for those words.

    But I digress. I have a couple questions for you good people, especially those who have graduated or are on to clinicals for #2.

    1. When applying to the program, is Windsor gonna be annoying and say "hey BWmF, where are your letters of rec and/or why are they from 2008" or "is this a smudge on your college transcript or does your cumulative gpa really start with a 1?" I guess my question is, do people get turned away from the premed program and will I be one of those sad few?

    2. Since I only have 60 college credits I thought I'd take some online courses to get that number up to 90+. I saw people recommending some online program, forgot what it was called. But personally, I'd like to take math courses. U ILLINOIS has this online math program (netmath.illinois.edu). What do you all think about taking a course per semester while also taking courses at Windsor? I figure during premed it shouldn't be that bad, but is it possible to do so during basic sciences and also do well on Step 1? How about during clinicals?

    3. Should I just go to Pakistan? I mean, it's 5 years either way, but I get laughed at when I speak Urdu. Also, rotations in the US are a big draw for the Caribbean, but is one group more competitive than the other for residency spots (specifically psychiatry, which is my interest right now).

    Oh god this is a long post, I'm so sorry. Let's end this on an upbeat note.

    4. What do you all do for fun? I mean, is there really this dichotomy that I seem to see here on the message board, where the students who do well study day and night, and everyone else wastes their time and money and fails and dies unfulfilled. Obviously I want to be in the first group, I'm too old and I've had enough fun for a while. But still, you guys aren't robots right? You're living in the freaking caribbean! Is there scuba diving, surfing, hiking, biking, anything going on?


    Alright, I've subjected you all to more than enough. Apologies for excessive length and any typos, I'm on mobile. Thanks for reading all this, if you did, and thanks in advance for any responses.

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    1. They're not gonna turn you down. At all. There have always been rumors of Windsor asking for MCAT scores at some point for the MD program, but I don't think that has happened yet.

    2. If you take the premed program at Windsor, it'll technically give you the hours for 90+, but I'm not sure how legit they are. You could try taking a few classes at COD, or something, while you wait. Knock out maybe 10 hours now, and then some more when you get back from the island and maybe during rotations. Or online classes at COD while on the island.

    3. Can you buy your way into Aga Khan? If so, nothing like it. I don't know much about Pakistan schools, but aside from that and Manipal in India, it's just kind of whatever.

    4. You can have fun on the island with the boating and swimming and diving, but just don't carried away. Literally. We've lost some people that way. You'll find people there to chill with. Not everything has to be done outside of the hotel all the students stay at. The school itself is kind of on top of a mountain/hill in a secluded area, and it actually looks nice once you look out on the ocean from a height.

    Any of you nuckas seen Rufus around? Dude needs to go to Payless and get some shoes.

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    Cool, thanks for the response. What's COD though?

    just don't carried away. Literally.
    Oh pooh pooh, lol


    Edit: "pooh pooh" really valuemd?

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    I assumed you were from Chicago, mentioning UofI classes, but I guess not.

    Never mind it, then. Best to earn college hours once you're back at home or by doing Walden or Davenport online. Search the forums for what those are and what they entail, because I didn't do them.

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    Oh nah I'm from NY. I just googled "math online credit courses" or something. So you're saying it's easy enough to take a few classes during clinicals?

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    You honestly sounds like a better fit for the MD program than the premed program. If you have the financial means to get through windsor without worrying about taking additional courses then go for it. So long as you're aware of how extremely competitive it is for residency, and how caribbean schools will soon be a thing of the past. If you can tell yourself that going to windsor and never getting a residency is acceptable, and that you've considered backup plans if you can't (many don't) then you will be well served by going there and busting your ***.

    Most of us didn't do too many social activities because there honestly isn't the time if you want to do well. We still did stuff here and there but it was occasionally (like every other weekend max at the beach) and that would be for a short duration as well. Or to occasionally go see a movie.
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    ^^ Pretty much this. It is nearly impossible for even the best student to comprehend how much they need to know and study for the Step 1 exam. There is no way anyone can tell you to treat your time on the island seriously and work diligently so that you can be well-prepared for the Step. Usually after Basic Science does it set in how much you know and how much you don't, once you take a Comp. Basic Science exam at a prometric center and think "oh, boond."

    Honestly, do the work to learn the material properly and struggle enough so that you pass the Windsor exams (and do well), and let the real studying begin in MD5 and beyond. It's easier said than done, but that is the best approach, I think. If I could do it all over again, that is what I would have done.

    Go to the beach, enjoy a drink, go shopping, whatever. But do not fall into the retake pit. And understand that no matter how much you study during your four semesters there, you will have gaping holes in your knowledge that you will need to patch up quickly and efficiently in MD5 and a few months after before taking the Step 1.

    It would be silly for someone to tell you to lock your doors and sit in your room and study. Whether you're in a nice setting like the island or in a Siberian Gulag. You will need to stick your head out once in a while and unwind to get some fresh air. Or else you will fall into mental despair that will be hard to shake off until you're actually back home after MD5.

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