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Join Date: May 2013
Confused about post-university
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I am an UBC science student going to graduate this May (2013) with a Bachelor or Science in Cell biology and genetic major with a Commerce minor.
To be more critical on planning of my future, here are my stats.
PCAT composite percentile: 80
Lab work experience: None
Commercial work experience: Internship in private and public bank in Singapore for two month. High school internship in Bank of Montreal for 1 month.
Current Work experience: 2 years in Costco, Front End Assistant. Responsibilities include customer service, cashier, American Express Credit Card sales.
For Post-undergrad, I understand there are two roads, study or work.
To study, I have thought of two main ways.
2. Continue on my Molecular biology related master programs.
I have applied to U of T's pharmacy program and was invited to the interview. My understanding on this is that my PCAT is in the range of "average PCAT score for admitted students"
My highest scores in PCAT are Biology, Chemistry, and Reading. Math was in the 76% range or something, and the vocabulary part was 25% ----because I just simply circled B for every question in that part.
I don't think I can comment anything on the interview in U of T as that I think it will be very subjective. Overall, because of my low GPA, I don't really have much hope for getting in. An analogy would be that I drove home and can't find my car key. I searched every place and still can't find it. As a last resort, I am going to search the refrigerator because I got some milk when I got back home. If i find it, great. If not, keep looking.
Molecular related graduate studies
I searched some information regarding low GPA's opportunity in graduate programs and I found that most people compensate it with better standardized test (GRE/GMAT) and work experience. Some have stories to tell but unfortunately I don't. My low GPA resulted from laziness and negligence.
Standardized tests has nothing to expand on except for getting good score,
Should I apply for graduate school after I write a standardized test with my low GPA or perhaps I should gain a few years of work experience (Biological sales/research labs) before I attempt to apply?
I was viewing most universities' master program in Biology, and not surprisingly, I don't even meet most if not all of their minimum requirement, not to mention many of them requires the student to convince a supervisor to give them fund for the student's research.
I just want to re-confirm if my chance in this field is really low and I should start looking for a career instead of continuing education.
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