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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
what is the best university to do Bachelor of commerce at?
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Can multiple people from the same school get accepted?
What are the chances for two people in the same school to get into the same program? I’m talking about programs like AFM in Waterloo and Accounting in Brock? 

My friend and I want to go to the same program so we are planning to work together to get, however I would like to know the chances of both of us getting in..
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Integrated Business & Humanities at McMaster University
For anyone interested applying to this brand new program at mac, or have any questions regarding course work, load, style, profs etc. Let me know! I am part of the first class to be a part of this program, and it's only October but i can give a general idea about what this program is like:)
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Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
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Incoming Commerce/Business 2021 Student
Hey guys! I've been seeing a couple of these incoming student posts, so I thought I'd do one for Business/Commerce in general.

I applied to York Schulich, UofT Rotman, UTM Commerce, Queen's Commerce, WLU BBA, and Western BMOS + Ivey AEO and got into all of them. I ended up choosing Queen's Commerce.

So feel free to reply to this post if you have any questions about any of the above universities or programs. I used this website a ton when I was applying so I thought I'd try to help some 2022 kids :) I also researched a lot for the above schools.
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Low math marks in grade 12
I have a really stressful problem. I would say I am fairly good at math. In the past years I always maintain between 75-86% on my tests. However, since grade 12 has started, I'm doing miserably!!! I'm taking Advanced Functions and even though the textbook questions relatively easy, the tests aren't. Or I should say, the tests my teacher gives requires a lot of thinking and to be honest, my thinking skills are lacking so much. I keep getting 50-60% and midterms are released November 15th and it's honestly making me so stressed because I know I can do it but I'm not able to think as I am required to. There was an instance where once I finished writing the test, I knew the answers to the questions but I hadn't known the solution method while writing the test.

What can I do to improve my marks? Once again, I'm not lazy, I'm very concerned about my marks so I always am organized and consistent with my work. I'm just unsure how to acquire better thinking skills.

When I think about my relatives and my friends, I actually feel stupid. They always get high 90's and I usually do too in business or social science. I've always had an interest in math so what are ways to study effectively
Also, I'm not just moping around. 
Highest Paying Trade?
What are the highest paying trade in the industry? How much do Mechanic makes?

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Midterm stress
Hi im really struggling in my advanced functions class...i have 44 right now and its not final or on the midterm....is it possible for me to get an 82% as my final mark by January..its October right now...idk what to do.
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which uni for buisness
im thinking of doing B comm where should i do that wont give me hard to achieve GPA...but the work ethic still strong
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I am applying to Uni this December. I am deciding between Laurier BBA and Schulich BBA. So Far I heard..  


Pros- Reputation, Community, Small class size, networking  
Cons – No co-op, curriculum is hard, commute,  


Pros – Easier to get high Gpa, Co-op, #1 in student satisfaction ranking  
Cons- Community (not many south Asians), risk of not getting co-op, bigger class sizes.  
Both of these school offers great opportunities. It will be difficult to choose between these two. If anyone from these school could give me some guidance or share their experience that would be great
So, I saw online that there is 6 different co op sequences for AFM. I wanted to know if you get to choose which sequence you want. And when do you get to choose that. Also there is a star on some of the options which says “ curriculum and coop sequence are subject to waterloo senate approval” does that mean you can’t pick those, and if you do want those options you have to go through a bit more work to get it ? Thanks a lot !!
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creative industries - minor in accounting
Hey. so I wanted considering taking a minor in accounting in the creative industries program at Ryerson. However, I am not too sure about a few things. For one, if i do a minor in accounting what must I do after to get my CPA accideation. Like does it give me all the courses i need to have before going into CPA PEP, or do I have to take some CPA prep courses as well. Also, if I do creative industries (business) then a minor in accounting, what opprotunities does it open for vs if i were not to take it. These are my questions, I did research but i can’t find what i’m looking for which is why i am asking you guys, Thanks :).
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Math in Ivey (AEO)
Hi all,

So I'm in high school planning to go to Ivey but I'm not so good at math. I'm planning on doing History for my first two years. Firstly, Is Ivey very quant-heavy, and what type of math is required? If this is the case, what math courses do you recommend I take in first and second year university before going into Ivey?
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Creative industries Accounting
If i complete a minor in accounting at creative industries what do i have to do get my CPA acceridation. Also what opportunities does this minor give me? I am doing research but i can’t find exactly what I am looking for, which is why i am asking you guys. Anything helps! Thank you! :)
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Hello university students !!! I will be applying to university soon. It would be very helpful for me and other students thinking of applying to Business Programs. I would appreciate if you share about your experience in your Business programs about the followings:

1. Workload (very important)
2. Opportunity in terms of Co-op, internship,networking, etc. (very important)
3. Social life (somewhat important)
4. What advice would you give to future students if they were to succeed in Uni 
5. If you were in grade 12 what program would you chose and why?

Thank you..

5th Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (IB and Big 4 Co-op)

I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.

- First 2 years spent as BBA Co-op student, secured first coop term through BBA
- Transferred into BAcc Co-op after 2 years
- Currently doing a spring semester

You kinda get the best of both worlds since I have been in all (both) the programs offered at the Goodman School of Business!

And since I know these are gonna be popular Qs:

- Avg (both major and overall) ~80%
- ECs: Leadership position in a club, some entrepreneurial stuff, sports stuff
- Work XP: General accounting internship at no-name organization doing very basic stuff, manual labour

Since attending Brock, I have received interview requests from:

Company / Quantity / (Co-op vs summer intern, Location) 

RBC x 3 (Various positions, co-op x2 and summer intern x1, Toronto)
Big 4 Audit x3 (1x Co-op and 1x Summer intern, Toronto...1 x Co-op in Calgary)
Big 4 Summer Leadership Conferences x2 (Toronto)
CPP Investment Board x2 (Summer Analyst, Toronto)
Scotiabank (Co-op, Toronto)
Grant Thornton Audit (Co-op, Toronto)
Canadian Tire (Co-op, GTA)
Ontario Securities Commission (CPA position, summer intern, Toronto)
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (Co-op, GTA)
TeamBuy .ca (Summer intern, Toronto)
Imperial Oil (Co-op, Calgary)
Suncor (Co-op, Calgary)
Regional CPA firm (Co-op, Hamilton area)
Small CPA firm (Co-op, Niagara region)
Publicly traded minerals company (Co-op, Toronto)
OMERS Pension Fund (Co-op, Toronto)
Big 5 Canadian Bank Capital Markets x2 (Co-op, Toronto)
Husky Energy (Summer intern, Calgary)
Accenture Consulting (Full time, Toronto)
McKinsey Consulting (Full time, Eastern Europe)

- Rejected from BAcc Co-op
- Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6

- Joined B4 Audit in January 2016
- Done 8 months of co-op, not at an accounting firm
- Major average ~85, overall ~80+
- ECs, unchanged from when applying to first co-op
- Completed a couple certificates in excel

- Get public accounting experience somewhere else. This is basically a must. I believe I was the only upper year hired from my school into B4 this past term without prior public experience. It's something I noticed during recruiting
- If you have the above, grades matter a bit less. Yes you still want to do as best as you can, but a high 70 is OK enough if you have prior XP. An 80+ is still ideal though
- Be prepared to explain why you left your previous employer (and don't speak poorly about them)

That's basically it. So feel free to ask me anything and I'll try to answer your Qs as best as I can!

*Even if nobody has posted in this topic for a while, feel free to do so, chances are I'm still lurking on here

Accounting and Finance? ANY advice !!!!! Want to become an accountant !!
Hi, I am currently in grade 12, I am thinking about becoming an accountant in the future. If you have ANY advice, please let me know. 
Some of the questions I have are: 
- Is an accountant a good profession? If not, what is a good profession in the business field? 
- What is the process of becoming an accountant (ex.CPA)?
-What university should I go to? (Ryerson???)
-How can I get co-op in university?
-What courses should I take in grade 12? 
-Is a good idea to take data management in grade 12?
-Do you have to be good in grade 12 advanced function to become an accountant, if so what mark?
Thank you so much.
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Current BBA student at the Schulich School of Business at York
Just finishing up my first year here, feel free to ask any questions you have! (getting in, courses, difficulty, etc.) I won't sugarcoat anything/try to sell the school lol!
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Science and Business
Hello! I've been thinking of pursuing science and business in University but I'm not really sure what to expect and what I will be learning in the first few years, I know waterloo has a good co op program for that but I don't really want to go that far. It would be great if you guys could share some of your experiences in a program similar to this, thank you so much!
Res or stay
I dont know if I should live on residence or stay at home. Money is not a big issue and doesn't play a factor for me in this situation. However, if I stay I can work a job while going to school but if I live on res I wouldn't be able to work. Any suggestions or opinions?
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Accounting at Ryerson???
Hi,I want to become an accountant and I was wondering if Ryerson is a good university for accounting and finance. If u have any advice let me know. 
Thank you   
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Business (Accounting)
I am currently in grade 12, I am thinking about going into business (accounting). I know some universities that offer accounting programs are Waterloo, York, Brock, UofOttawa, Guelph, Windsor. I would greatly appreciate if those who have gone into a business program (preferably accounting) talk about their experiences at these schools and with averages and extra curriculars you got in with (if you remember). Thank you.
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