Nefelibata

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Nefelibata last won the day on December 16 2017

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    2018 Fall
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    Genetic Counseling

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  1. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    I should be paid for the free advertising I'm about to give here, haha. I have both points from credit cards and rewards with airlines/hotels. My two personal favorite credit cards that I use are the Delta Gold American Express and Capital One Venture. I use the Delta Gold because my airport is a Delta hub so that's the airline I most frequently fly (and with the gold card I get a extra free bag, priority boarding, and some other cool perks), but the miles take a little while to rack up because it's only one mile per dollar. The Capital One Venture card is by far the best points card (in my opinion) out there. You get 2 points for each dollar you spend on ANYTHING, and you can redeem points directly through them for airfare, hotels, rental cars, etc. In my experience, booking through them requires fewer points than all my frequent flyer miles options (except maybe southwest). For example when booking my flight to Houston, it would have cost me 60,000 miles through Delta, 40,000 miles through American Airlines, and I don't remember how many points I would have needed through Southwest, but I didn't have enough anyway. Using my Venture card it cost me 35,000 points AND I am still able to earn frequent flyer miles for the airline Capital One booked it through so even though I'm using points I'm still earning some at the same time. You can also pay with partial miles/partial money in literally any amount of your choosing - you just type in if you want to pay x amount of dollars and it will tell you how many miles are required to cover the rest of it (or vice versa). If you pay for anything travel-wise out of pocket, you can also use points to reimburse your purchase after the fact. Even if you aren't a frequent traveler, you can also redeem your miles for gift cards or for a lump sum credit to your account (i.e., take $150 off your credit card bill by redeeming 15,000 miles). For the Venture card and any airline-specific card, when you first sign up there is usually a bonus, like "spend x amount of money in x amount of time and you get 50,000 miles!". So look out for those offers too. And once you spend the money to get the bonus, you don't have to use the card ever again if you don't want to. Hotels also have credit card partnerships but I don't use any of those. The hotel point systems can be helpful though. Most hotels let you choose if you want to earn/redeem your points for staying as frequent flyer miles for a specific airline or as points for that hotel brand. Some airlines have partnerships with hotels anyway, like I know American Airlines has a partnership with a TON of hotels, and you can earn miles just for staying there if you give them your frequent flyer number when you book or at check in. There are a lot of ways to save if you know how to play the game right
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    I booked almost all my stuff with points too! Saved me SO much money.
  3. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    @bB0769 I am among the many who interviewed at a school last year but was rejected this year. It happens, and quite a lot from the sounds of things this year. One possibility could be as someone mentioned that they didn't feel you were a great fit for their program. Another reason could be simply the application pool. As the field becomes more and more popular, there are more and more qualified people applying. Some application cycles might have more super-qualified applicants than other cycles, and where you fall among the other applicants changes every year. I don't mean to offend or put you down, but I can't imagine a school telling someone not to re-apply next year, and "we strongly encourage you to reapply" kind of sounds like a generic blanket statement they probably say to everyone. The school I interviewed at last year but was rejected from this year said something along the same lines to me as well. All in all, try not to let it get you down too much! If you applied to other schools and/or have other interviews this year, I wish you luck!
  4. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Someone on discord said SLC told them they still have one more wave to send out.
  5. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    @waitingGame2018 Hi! This is the thread for Genetic Counseling applicants. try here : https://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/33-computer-science/
  6. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    My personal opinion on it is that it really doesn't matter when you interview - if you stand out and they like you, they're going to remember you no matter when you interview. Most programs interview [on average] 40-50 applicants, which isn't that many to be lost and forgotten in. Edit: congrats on your interviews! It ain't over till it's over, and it ain't over until all rejections are received!
  7. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Tshirt size! That's a new one. And intriguing.
  8. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    I didn't post that, but that is a quote from Augustana's rejection letter. I don't think it's unfair or inappropriate to post it at all, it's part of the reasoning augustana is using to justify their rejection. I don't think they were necessarily trying to blame underserved populations for their rejection.
  9. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    @Joey0817 Personally, the 3.3/3.4 GPA really isn't that bad. The average GPA of admitted students is only 3.5. What really matters is the grades you received in pre-req classes. If you have anything less than a B in a pre-req, in my experience most programs write you off right away. The other thing I notice is that you're only applying to Canadian schools, which is SO tough because they all only accept ~4-5 students, so with those 4 schools, there are only 16 spots available. If feasible, you may want to look at applying to some US schools next year @TAGC can tell you about their experience with only applying to Canadian schools vs. adding some American ones). Lastly, with your experience and decent GPA (assuming you don't have all low-prereq grades), I would recommend approaching your personal statement in a different way. Applicants can have a fantastic background and experience, but if their personal statement doesn't stand out or wow them, you also won't be selected. I had a poor personal statement last year which I think was part of my problem. Ask mentors/other people to look over your personal statement and give you suggestions. One of my best friends applied to medical school last year and her essay was selected as one of two highlighted in a news article about medical school essays that admissions people loved. I asked her to look over my personal statement (before I even knew her essay was selected for that article!) and she gave me some really good pointers and suggestions and my essay doesn't look ANYTHING like it did last year. If you have great qualifications, your personal statement can be a make-or-break between you and other applicants. Those are just my suggestions, obviously schools might have other things to say. But like others have said, ask for feedback around May.
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    If you're talking about discord, this is the link: https://discord.gg/7HFjFr5
  11. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Their rejections are starting to come too... haha
  12. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    They are doing calls on a rolling basis, with no definitive timeline as to when they will be done as far as I know.
  13. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    I only received the "application submitted" email when I paid. For what it's worth, SLC is sending out their invites in waves, and doing it on multiple days -- it says so on their website. They have 112 to send out, so I imagine it will be across a few days. I don't know if they will be consecutive days or not though.
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    I also think it's interesting that an applicant/program can tell the other they will rank them, but they can't specify exactly where on the list..