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Best university for getting into med school/a high GPA?
Hi, I'm a grade 12 student and I'm trying to decide on a good university program and school for getting into med school. I heard that universities like U of T and McGill make it difficult to get a high GPA as it is really competitive. I am interested in McGill, McMaster, U Of Waterloo & U of Ottawa. Where do you think is the best university for keeping up a high GPA and getting into med school? And are there any programs similar to McMaster's health science?
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Engineering or Architecture?
Hey guys,

I'm not sure whether I want to go into Engineering or Architecture... I'm creative and have a passion for art, but I also really like courses like math and science. If I put these attributes together, the perfect program seems to be architecture. The thing that I'm concerned about is that architecture programs are mainly studio and design based, and not including the technical courses I was expecting, like math, science, and tech. I prefer to have a balance so I'm able to gain as much well rounded knowledge as I can. Studying sciences, maths, and programming seems to have a wider variety of use and seems to lead to more stable jobs. With that being said,  I also think engineering would have better job prospects, considering that jobs with new technology and software are on the rise. I was looking into Waterloo's Systems Design Engineering, since it seemed to have a 'design' aspect to it as well as science and technology. So my question is, do you think I should stick to architecture or explore more design based engineering programs? If so, do you guys know of any like SYDE? 

*Also, my average right now is 94 so do I have a good chance to get into SYDE, Arch, or other similar programs?
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Do Grade 10 Marks Matter? What about in USA Universities?
I am currently a Grade 10 IBT student in Ontario, Canada. 

I heard from one strongly academic person that they definitely plan to take a top University in the U.S.
They said they look at all your marks from all grades of highschool, and your entire high school average, will be assessed or influence chances of getting accepted. 

I had previously thought I could slack off in Grade 10. To show the difference, I had a 92 in Math Grade 9, but in Grade 10 have a 71. 

Should I be really concerned about that for Canada/Us universities?

(I achieved Overall 87-91% average in Grade 9.)
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I'm Failing 12U Chemistry and Advanced Functions...
I don't know what to do. I genuinely feel like my life is over. My only 'okay' mark this semester is English at an 82%. However, Math and Chem... come midterms, they're both going to be sub 50% and I don't know how to fix it. I've been searching for tutors, but everyone just points to online resources like Khan Academy or PatrickJMT; even my guidance counselor has said the same things. Not that they're bad resources, but I need someone with me to keep me in check and make sure I understand the material.

In hindsight, I should have expected this. What precedes these marks are a 53% and a 57% in 11U Functions and Chemistry respectively. I know that I didn't do well, but I thought it was due to other factors in my life that were hindering my ability to study, but it turns out it was just my bad habits from my earlier years that resurfaced, resulting in such horrid grades. Hell, last year my overall was a 68.6%...

Nowadays, I can't even bring myself to look at my work. I become immensely stressed and then I just start crying because I don't know what else to do. I want to go to university. I really do. I want to be a successful student and return to my parents who sacrificed to invest in both my well-being and future.

I no longer care for exorbitantly high marks, at least not in these two courses. Flat 60% in both is my goal, as that is the lowest mark I can get in order to be eligible for Carleton U's IMD(Interactive Multimedia and Design) program. My dreams before were UfT or UW's CS Programs, but those are so distant that they're no longer plausible.

I've been saying that I'll get myself together for years -- just saying it is not enough anymore. I need to take action, but I don't know how to, and I'm just so afraid that I won't be able to. Everyone around me is sobbing about their low 80s which doesn't help either.

What do you guys think I should do? What course of action do I take? Do I take a victory lap? Do I summon up some sort of godlike willpower and dedicate all of my free hours to studying? Please, if any of you were in a similar situation before and somehow climbed out, let me know how, cause I really can't afford to fall further into this hole I've dug for myself.

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Likelihood of being accepted into University of Toronto General Engineering Program?
Hey, so I'm a grade 12 student who really wants to pursue engineering at UofT but at the moment I'm not sure about which one I want to apply to. So, I was going to apply to general engineering at the St.George campus. However, my grades are quite low, in the low 80's range. Do you think that I would have a chance of getting in? What are the admission requirements for the General Engineering program (I checked online but couldn't find the grade requirements)? And what other programs are there that are somewhat related to engineering (the aspect of engineering that requires creating stuff)?
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Is Night school worth It?
Hey there fellow Yconic members,

I'm a grade 11 student planning to attend night school. I was wondering is it really worth it? Like how different is it if I was planning to take that course in day school. 

Ps. I'm planning to take either Grade 12 Canadian Law or Grade 12 Geography. I initially planned to take the Families in Canada, unfortunately it was canceled due to the lack of students who enrolled in that course.

Kind regards,
Steven 
Applying with the minimum average.
Hi so I'm applying to a university in which the cut off is 85% and I have an 86%, they accept 200 people. What are my chances of getting in? (I'm not sure what the other averages are and I don't want to reveal the program)
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Grade 11 Grades
I understand that it is mostly grade 12 courses that universities focus on, but that grade 11 marks are also taken into consideration for early admission. Do universities take your overall top grade 11 marks to round out your top 6 or will they take specific courses? I searched online, but have only found vague answers.
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Drop a course in grade 11?
I am thinking to drop my chemistry this semester as my workload is too much and I can't get acceptable marks. If I drop it before midterm report card, will it show on my report card? Does anybody have the experience?
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Started the semester with a low grade? It's not the end of the world.
I started grade 11 Functions with a 67%, and finished with an 85%.
I started grade 12 Calculus and Vectors with a 78%, and finished with an 87%.
I started grade 12 Biology with a 76%, and finished with a 90%.
I started grade 12 Chemistry with a 60%, and finished with a 90%.

It does take extra work on your part, which may mean getting a tutor, or asking others for past tests, or consulting your teacher or peers outside of class about material learned.

Of course, if you have extenuating circumstances, then it may be necessary to talk to your guidance department about why you are not performing as well as you otherwise could have. 

At the end of the day, I just wanted you guys to know that it's possible to bring up your grades even if you had a rocky start. Don't let one bad test or assignment get you down; keep looking forward and working hard in school, and you will achieve success.
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Achieving Scholarships Before Graduating Year
I'm in grade 10 at the moment.  I am interested in going into nursing when I get older.  I was looking into universities such as Queen's, York, Toronto, and a couple others (still keeping my options open for Ontario universities).  The issue is I know my education is going to be very expensive and I was trying to start early to earn scholarships to pay for my education, but many scholarships aren't open unless it's your graduating year.  If anyone know sites I should go on, ways I can earn scholarships, or any tips, if would much appreciated!  Thank you!!
do grade eleven courses influence university acceptances?
I was browsing McGill's website today and I noticed that they ask you to submit all Grade Eleven courses regardless of what year they were completed. I'm in Grade Eleven now and i'm generally a good student, in grade ten however I took two Grade Eleven courses and had a few issues. My overall average in Grade Ten was 86% with the following marks if I remember corectly:

English 10: 97%
Math 10: 95% 
Science 10: 93% 
Art 10: 94%
Buissiness Technology 11: 79% 

and the one that keeps me up at night:

Design 11: 61%

I had expected to finish that course with a 90, but I guess there was a misunderstanding with the teacher about my marks.

This year I'm working really hard to keep all my marks in the nineties, but i'm worried that my mistakes from the past will haunt me, will i still be able to get into university if the rest of my grade Eleven and Twelve courses manage to stay in the Nineties? I would like to get either a Bachelors of Art or a Bachelor of Buissiness.

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UofT National Scholarship?
What are your grade averages (from Grade 11) going into applying for the scholarship? Mine sits at an 83 average with my highest mark being an 89. This will probably decrease my chances to be considered but do you think my grades will flat out kill it?
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Incoming first year business student - Ask me anything!
Hi everyone! I will be going into my first year at UBC Sauder School of Business. Throughout the past year in grade 12, I was constantly on yconic seeking answers to the questions I had, and looking at additional useful information on various yconic threads. Now, I want to give back to incoming grade 12's and answer any questions that you have related to the application process to business schools in Canada. I'll try my best to answer all of you :)
In addition to Sauder, I was also accepted to Queen's Commerce, Western Ivey, UofT Rotman and SFU Beedie. 
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Highschool marks/ Waterloo Engineering
Hi. I am a grade 10 student in Canada. I'm hoping to get into the university of Waterloo for computer engineering. I'm very worried about my academics and afraid that my marks won't be high enough. Only thing im really good at is math and sadly I'm mediocre at every other subject. In grade 9 my average was a 88-90 thanks to getting a 98 in math and I know a 90 is not good enough. What marks are required to get accepted and can someone give me a tip to get my average higher? Also, would my marks get higher as I advance through highschool, due to having more mathematical subjects? Thanks

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Law School
If there are any present/former law school students on here or if you know someone who is/has been one:
-How was your gpa in undergrad studies? (Even though that's not all that counts (LSAT) ) 
-What university did you do your undergrad in? 
-What's your advice for future students trying to get in? 
Thanks!! 
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How to get a high 80 - low 90 in 4U English?
I just started grade 12, and I am already worrying about getting a high 80 to low 90 in English. Does anyone have any tips on how to achieve that? 

I know it's early, but my teacher is stressing me out about it, and I'd much rather have these tips at the beginning rather than the end of the semester.
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University of Toronto
I recently have been interested in studying social sciences at UoT to later on apply for law school. I am a 90 average student, and want to make connections during uni so Toronto is great. However I've heard how hard people drop in the sciences/maths but I don't know anything about social science students. Do you think I'll do good enough to be able to get into law school? What have you heard or experienced? Is it worth it or should I just go somewhere mediocre?
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Should I join DECA if I am in Grade 12, or is it too late?
I'm going to Grade 12. I never joined DECA because my parents didn't want me to ?? don't ask. But anyway is it too late or should i just spend $40 and join it for a year?
Study break: vent thread
bored lol

Let's use this thread to vent about high school and uni drama. Uni and graduation got me stresseddddd
Are there any med schools that don't require a pre med 4 year study?
Hi,

Is the 4 year premed a pre requisite for all the med schools in Canada or is there an exception? I have heard of some colleges in the US which directly admit students to the medical course based on their MCAT scores.

Since getting accepted by a medical school is a gamble, based on whether you clear the MCAT, I was wondering if it is wise to even take the risk of going through the premed course.

I am in Grade 11, IB, in Ontario, and want to pursue medicine.
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AMA: First Year McMaster Nursing
From details on what I did to get into the program, study tips CASPer, first year courses at Mac, or anything at all tbh, I'm here to give you guys any info. you need to get into the program! I understand that grade 12 stress of trying to pick which universities to apply to so ask away!
What science courses should I drop in Gr 11?
I got my Gr 11 timetable just yesterday and I realized that they put all my easy courses in one semester and all the hard ones in the other. So basically, I have all 3 sciences including math, which probably will give me no time to breathe. My plan is to ask the guidance to rearrange my courses, but if I can't, I'm considering on dropping a science course. The thing is that, I don't have a solid idea of what I want to go into in the future, so what should I do? I'm only ok at math and memorization, so my plan is to drop either biology or physics if worst comes to worst. 

Or should I just accept my fate? and go with all 3? I might possibly die though haha. 

  
Minimum Average for Med Sci/Health Sci Program
I'm in grade 11 right now. Ended with a 89.5% average last year and looking to go into either med sci or health sci. Wondering what the cut off average is or if I even have a chance
Grade 12 Tips
Hey guys! I'm going to Grade 12 this fall. Throw in your tips and tricks on not only surviving but acing Grade 12. Here's some that I learned and found:

- Choose courses carefully. Don't overload your semesters with extra courses that you don't need.

- Go over the stuff you studied in class. Just read it over at least once when you go home.

- Stay organized: keep your binder organized throughout the year, keep a Weekly Planner, never underestimate deadlines.

- Take initiative: answer questions in class, ask questions, begin discussions.

- Don't skip class, because it is the stupidest thing you could do.

- Screw fake friends: you don't need and you certainly don't want the friends that distract you from achieving your goals.

- Don't get distracted. Take breaks but remind yourself your purpose for the year. Breaks during study are supposed to be about 10 - 20 minutes in length, not 30 - 120 minutes.

- Volunteer, of course.

- Join clubs, duh.

- Remember that teachers are there to help you.

- Sleep at night, not in class.

- No procrastinating, for real. You get homework, you go home, and you do it. [The teacher is going to mark your essay (or whatever) according to the effort put into it. If the teacher assigned you two weeks to complete your essay, the teacher expects an outcome that looks like 2 weeks of effort, not last night's scribble.]

Anymore tips, please?