Hang in there, Mike.
This is my third year applying (however I only applied to Waterloo in my first 2 tries - interviewed each year). I interviewed at Waterloo, SCCO and ICO this year, and was given 2/3 acceptances so far. (If you applied to SCCO another spot will be opening up).
In my experience, persistence pays off and if this is what you really want to do (seems like it), you will.
I'm assuming you didn't apply to american schools due to the exponential tuitition relative to UWO ?
Yeah, I was 2nd and 3rd year undergrad (finishing my Biology degree in... 3 days) and I'm in Canada. My parents really wanted me to stay up here because of tuition, cost of living, etc. The Canadian dollar had some rough times back then.
It was all or nothing this year (even though I only applied to 3)... and I was determined to get a seat somewhere.
Luckily, I will be able to stay in Canada and continue into the profession that I have been dedicated to.
However, in my eyes... what are the US school doing that's so much different as compared to UW? Not that much.
I'm sorry but < $10,000 vs. > $30,000 (per year) in tuition alone is quite shocking. Even with the strong Canadian dollar (at this time), I cannot justify paying triple for ultimately the same education.
There probably isn't much of a difference between american and canadian optometry schools, but I guess you would have to experience both to conclude the indifference.
I dont know why, but even though the tuition is exceptionally higher in the states, I'd really like to study there. I just want to get out of Canada, for some illogical reason.
Anyways, good luck to you
I kind of agree with Gochi........even though the tuition is much, much cheaper at waterloo than it is in the states...I also want to leave Canada and live in the States.....I think it will be very fun...in addition to being a great learning experience.....
I agree with both of you, it would be great to study in the US.
However, I intend to return to practice in Canada and if I went to school down south I would be concerned with the extra work needed to complete both Canadian and American board exams.
Saying that I'm sure it's not that much extra work and could be completed with some dedication.
Where are you both (gochi and Jay12) attending?
Just wondering, which and did any schools give you feedback on why you were not accepted? Some do point it out to you, and there are optometry students who are reapplicants.