Words of Encouragement

Here are some words of encouragement from the Class of 2024. Our class extends its best wishes to you all during interviews. We wish you the best of luck!

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Just like you, I was dying of fright and Imposter Syndrome before I walked into that interview room last year. And look! Here I am today trying to give you advice. Get a good night’s sleep, breath, and try to enjoy the experience. Be yourself, not the person you think they want to see. And when you’re finished, celebrate your accomplishment. Let what happened in the (virtual) interview room stay in the interview room–you did better than you think! Congrats on getting this far, and can’t wait to see you in the fall! 🙂

David Heikoop, Class of 2024 (London)

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Remember that you know yourself the best! Talk about things that make you happy, that you are passionate about, or things that just always stick out in your mind. Even if they are super small or seem insignificant, the interviewers will be able to tell that it is important to you and it will make your personality shine. I promise you that showing your personality is what they will remember the most, not the impressive resume you have. Don’t be afraid to crack a small joke or say something silly, if that’s what makes you comfortable. I talked about how I like to knit in my free time and I also made a couple jokes, and I still made it here! Finally, remember that you deserve to be there. They don’t make mistakes. You are there because you earned it, and that is something you should be so proud of! This is just your time to brag about yourself and not feel awkward doing it. You’ve got this!!!

Daniella, Class of 2024 (London)

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First of all, huge congratulations on getting an interview! Whether you thought you’d get this far or not (how I felt last year), you’re here and you should be incredibly proud of reaching this point. I know how stressful the interview stage is, but just remember that the people interviewing you are human too. Many people will prepare for the interview, but no one will have your unique attributes – that is what’s going to distinguish you. As hard as it sounds, try to have fun during your interview and be yourself 🙂

Moe Simsam, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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Hey everyone! A huge congratulations on all of the hard work you’ve put in so far, and best of luck in your upcoming interview! You should be extremely proud of yourself. I remember during my interview, the Schulich students, staff, and interviewers were all so welcoming, friendly, and supportive, which definitely put me at ease and calmed down my nerves. Though it’s a different year this year, I hope that through this message I can extend a similar sense of welcoming and support to you, as well. All the best and I’m looking forward to meeting you next term!

Lindsay Donovan, Class of 2024 (London)

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Congrats on receiving an interview invite! You must be feeling so many things right now… it has been a wild year and huge props for making it to where you are today. My interview day at Schulich was very welcoming – the enthusiasm and authenticity of all the facilitators really stood out to me. Interviews may be virtual this year but we will do our best to show our warm Schulich hospitality and make it a comfortable experience. Amidst the prepping and waiting for interviews and admissions decisions, I hope that you will be able to find some time to do the little things you love. Best of luck – you got this 🙂

Angela Chang, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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It’s okay to be nervous. Be nervous. Be really nervous. It’s okay if you start sweating or stuttering. It’s okay if your blood pressure spikes and you suddenly look like a tomato – this was my experience, my eyes got so bloodshot not going to lie. So be all that. But also believe in yourself. Believe that you have something to offer, that you’re worthy. That you’re meant to be where you are. That you’re here for good reason. Don’t let your nerves become your focus. Because the thing is, the nerves fade away as the interview goes, they do for everyone and they will for you too. So what shows through in the end is not the nerves, but that self-belief and confidence in yourself that you are good enough to get in, which you 100% are. Feeling nervous, anxious, scared, or unsure just means that this matters to you. It doesn’t have to mean anything else. Interviews are just like that. So you’re going to feel stressed. But try not to dwell on that, accept it and keep on going – show them what you’re all about. Goodluck!

Mostafa Alimari, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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They say waiting is the worst part. But whether you’re waiting for the first release date, or for the waitlist to move, I want to remind you that it isn’t the end of the world. I personally struggled so much with the waitlist mentally, that if I said these words to my past self he wouldn’t have heard them. Still, I hope you can remember to love yourself and those that support you. I cannot wait to meet the new incoming class! Keep staying awesome!

Anonymous, Class of 2024

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I was absolutely crushed the day I found out my (only) interview was going virtual because of the pandemic. I felt like I was losing out on a once in a life time opportunity to experience “Interview Day” in its full glory- the buzz of excitement and nervousness, the warm welcome of the Schulich fam, the chance to tour the school, and the big celebration with my family post-interview. My virtual interview ended up being simple and cozy, at the kitchen table in my student house. I had takeout with my parents on a videocall that night to celebrate. Despite the virtual nature, I knew the Schulich family was thinking of all of us interviewing, cheering us on from a distance, and eagerly awaiting the chance to meet us.

Enjoy your interview day, even if it doesn’t look like what you’ve been imagining the last few years. Take a deep breath, relax, and be yourself- you’ve got this! Know that the Schulich fam will all be thinking of you, wishing you the best, and excited to meet you someday soon!

Audrey Gruneberg, Class of 2024 (London)

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Congratulations on receiving an interview! This year has been beyond trying and you deserve to take a moment to let this amazing accomplishment sink in. You have all accomplished amazing feats and you absolutely deserve this opportunity. One thing I remember from my interview day was the calming feeling that came from the current students. They were really rooting for us. I hope I can convey that message to you. We all remember the nerves and excitement that came with interview day and even though we can’t be there to cheer you on in person, we wish you all the best! Remember to be yourself and good luck! We can’t wait to meet you!

Nikita Ollen-Bittle, Class of 2024 (London)

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Hey, good luck with your interview! You might have feelings of stress, anxiety, and self-doubt leading up to your interview, and it is totally normal to feel this way. I want to emphasize how important it is to take care of yourself mentally and physically during this time. Please remember that you were selected for this interview for a reason and to believe in yourself and be confident! You got this!

Tina Chen, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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Remember to breathe and always be yourself, I know that sounds cliche, but I just mean to embrace exactly who you are and not to try to fit yourself into one box you think the school is looking for. Everyone in our class is so different and that’s what makes the class so amazing. Also, remember that you are worthy and be so proud of yourself for getting this far. After the interview, try not to think about it too much, I had sleepless nights afterwards and i do not recommend that because it is out of your control at that point and all you can do is relax and live your life. The time will fly by, trust me. 🙂 Good luck!! I hope to see you next year!

Kimya Manouchehri, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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For all of you, medical school will be an unforgettable opportunity and experience that changes you not only as a learner but as an individual. Aspiring applicants should be proud of how far they’ve come and be inspired and encouraged by the fact that the Schulich family is here to support and take care of you so that you can reach your dreams. I know that it is not easy but I encourage you to be resilient and adaptive in the process and I strongly believe that your expectations and desires will be rewarded.

Hammad Saif, Class of 2024 (Windsor)

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Applying to medical school and going through the interview process is a very daunting process! My interview day itself felt like a blur as I was so nervous, especially seeing all the other interviewees together – everyone looked so professional and capable! The thing to remember though is that everyone is going through the same exact stress and nervousness! As clichĂ© as it sounds, being yourself is the best thing to do for the entire application and interview process! You’re an incredibly amazing and accomplished person, let it show~ good luck with the process!

Devanshi Shukla, Class of 2024 (London)

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