General questions regarding UofT

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
I am a grade 11 student in BC who is hoping to attend U of T. For the universities in BC, we have general faculties for first year(ie. science, commerce, arts, etc.) and nothing too specific (ie. computer science). I'm getting the feeling that for U of T, you need to know for sure what you want to be studying for four years when applying, rather than having the leeway of one year in university to explore and discover what you would like to do. Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I have tried to find admission requirements and they asked me for my province and program area (which is extremely overwhelming since I do not have too much of an idea of what I wish to study). Am I looking at the right website?
In addition to this, I have a few questions regarding U of T that would be of great help if you could answer them:
1) What are some negatives of attending UofT? Ie. I heard that it is extremely competitive and students tend to get overwhelmed, but does this not apply to other schools as well (or is it more here than other places)? Would you say that McGill, UofA, Queens, UBC, or any other university has the same atmosphere?
2) Does UofT really look at extra curricular activities or do they tend to focus more on grades?
3) I attend a linear school, so by the time I apply I should have my term 1 marks for grade 12 ready for application. Because of this, is there any reason for UofT to still look at my grade 11 marks? I have a 95% average, if that helps with anything.
4) I feel that I am confused with all of the campuses at U of T. Are there really six or seven? How did you choose which one you wanted to attend, or is it that each campus specializes in something different?
5) Do I need calculus 12 as a prerequisite for most of the programs at UofT?
6) How is the party scene at UofT?
7) Why did you choose to attend U of T? What was your average of 6 (?) marks?

Thank you for your time! I realize that I have a lot of questions, and I would be extremely grateful if you could try to answer them to the best of your abilities. :)
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12 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Farag Shalouf
Anyone got an offer of admission for Fall'2015? (UofOttawa)
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Ask anything about AFM or SAF here!

53 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hello potential future AFMers. I am an undergrad in AFM and I am here to answer any questions you may have regarding to AFM, SAF, Coop, CPA, or any question you have about Waterloo!

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Will Physics 11 matter a lot for UBC admission?

7 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Maya Goss
This is my first thread.. Here are my marks before my final exams, which are each worth about 20% - 25%, so they will not greatly affect my final mark.  I'm in my first semester of Grade 11: French - 92% Chemistry - 88% Physics - 85% Social Studies - 90%  I'm just wondering if this means I won't get accepted to UBC. Should I retake Physics 11 in summer school or night school to obtain at least 94%? I know chemistry I understand really well and I'm pretty confident that I will get a high enough mark on the final to get 90%.  What should I do? Can I get in or not because they look at my grade 11 marks right away. 
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Questions regarding admission to UBC

2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hello, I am a grade 11 student in BC. I have read through many threads on this website and it seems as if my grade 11 marks will not be considered except for early admission, but please correct me if I'm wrong. My following marks as of now:
Pre-calculus: 94%
English: 96%
Social studies: 98%
French: 96%
Biology: 96%
Chemistry: 100%
Physics: 90% :(

It may seem pointless to post them since they are most likely not going to be used, but here comes my questions:

1) If I keep up these marks, will I stand a good chance at getting into UBC's Sauder, sciences, or engineering?
2) Let's say that I choose not to take physics 12 next year (if I choose not to go into engineering), is there still any reason for UBC to look at my physics 11 mark?
3)I've been confused about this for a while now: I've heard that UBC will look at grade eleven marks because grade 12 marks are not yet finished. Will they look at grade 11 term two marks or the final mark of grade 11 courses? (I attend a linear school)
4) What kinds of extra curricular activities should I try to get myself involved in to be able to compete with the vast majority of UBC applicants?
5) Does UBC have any opportunities to study abroad? If so, where?
6) What do you think are the top universities in Canada for science and business?
7)Will taking calculus in high school be really helpful if I take calculus in university?
8) IMPORTANT **If my native language was say, Spanish, could I still take Spanish 12 and use this as one of my four grade 12 courses?** (I feel as if they may think I am cheating of a sort due to the fact that I have more knowledge than other students) 
9) I've heard that SFU Beedie is better than UBC Sauder. Is this true?
10)Is taking Pre-calculus 12 or any grade 12 science during the summer online a wise or bad idea? 

Sorry for having so many questions. It'd be extremely helpful if you could give a bit of insight on all of them, but if not, then sharing some information is better than nothing at all :). Thanks!

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Tips on Handling Money Wisely from Cathford Group Credit Inc.

6 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Bethy Arnolds
Remember that movie with Will Smith in it: The Pursuit of Happyness? Many of us can relate with the feeling the character had in being jobless and penniless. The sense of powerlessness can be totally depressing and energy-sucking. On the other hand, people who have no money shortage tend to be sociable, confident and level-headed, as opposed to commonly lonely, diffident and irritable "poor" souls. This holds true in many cases that we know, if not from personal experience, at least from our close relations.
The National Foundation for Credit Counselling in the US did a survey which showed that almost 80% of people claim they lose sleep from money problems over other issues such as their marriages, kids or job security. It seems, therefore, that those many sleepless people in our midst comprise a big bulk of unhappy families.
In general, we agree that genuine happiness does not come from our material possessions but in the intangible things that truly matter in life. However, being able to handle money wisely can add much to the level of contentment and confidence that people have in life.
Understanding the principles that govern the dynamics of money would greatly enhance our capacity to maintain a meaningful and comfortable life. But handling money requires knowing several powerful tips you can learn to develop, namely:
Unlearn bad habits through the power of self-forgiveness. Habits have a great influence on how we control money. Our early home-and-school training somehow predetermined our ability to make money work for us. Many keep falling into the financial trap of overspending or borrowing to purchase lavish stuff because we learned it from someone close to us or someone we know in the past. Once it becomes a hardened habit, we will find it hard to escape the vicious cycle.
What to do then? Forgiving yourself for your failures is the way suggested toward reversing this trend in your life. It is the proper way of dealing with the guilt that emanates from the bad habit. Sacrificing instead of always looking for the easy way out can break that cycle of emotional and financial slavery to your weaknesses.
Know how you behave with respect to money. Our early years, especially our formal education, molded the way we think and act in relation to other people and material things. Even the kind of music we listen to, sing or download online is controlled by the upbringing we had as well as the environment we lived or live in.
Getting to know how you handle money will help you understand yourself more. With a clearer appreciation of how money affects you, you can learn to control you tendencies in order to benefit you financially. Perhaps, some of your habits or patterns of spending and borrowing can be traced to past experiences which were stressful. Knowing that you now have enough experience to control your emotions, you can then adjust and create a better way of handling money so that you do not end up in the same rut as before.
Knowing yourself, as the wise Marcus Aurelius said, is the key to defeating the worst enemy you have, which is often no one else but yourself. "Conquering yourself" should be the better motto to keep from now on.
Seek professional help if nothing else works. A financial counsellor has the experience and ability to help you understand how your financial habits are influenced by your emotional conditions. Possessing positive money habits can be developed as we can see in some cultural environments which engender respect for and skill in handling money beginning in childhood.
Yet, the best way to develop good money habits is learning from those who have the experience of creating wealth – the business-people. They are the ones who spend their whole life making money and making it grow to benefit not just themselves but others. Perhaps, for most people, bad money habits may have come about not just from lack of discipline but lack of appreciation as to what money can do for themselves and to others. Spending money unwisely may have come about because it was earned without effort early in life. Going into business and "making hard money" may be the only way for many of us to finally appreciate the real value of money – not its worth but what is can do to better people's lives.
The feeling of being debt-free can be truly liberating. But it comes with seriously considering the above steps toward setting yourself free of the negative and unproductive thoughts and attitudes we have with respect to money. In the end, happiness does not depend on having so much money; neither are your troubles due to the lack of money. We make ourselves happy by how we deal with what we have and what we do not have.
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Do I have a chance at getting into UBC Science?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
Hi there, I applied for UBC Van General Science and I'm so worried about getting in! My grade 11 grades were as follows:

Physics 11: 89
Chem 11: 96
AP English 11: 95
French 11: 86
Precalc 11: 86
Social Studies 11: 97
(Those are my academic courses, I didn't count the electives)

Grade 12 marks:

Bio 12: 94
Chem 12: 89
Precal 12: 85
AP English: 98

That is my top 4. By the time I self report I'm hoping to go up a couple percent in Bio and possibly Chem because extra credit is available and teachers at my school will take off single tests u did badly on if the rest of your mark is consistently good to boost us for self reporting, but right now my average is 92%. As for my ECs, I listed being a team leader for a hospital volunteer program, being a lifeguard/instructor and swim coach, starting a business and online store to raise money for Science World and becoming a recognized donor, playing in the school band for 7 years and being a section leader, and being a part of the Future Science Leaders program at science world and conducting research with professors from UBC. Do you think I have a chance? I really am hoping to get my average up to 93ish. :(
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Acceptances? Engineering and Math

36 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by
Does anyone know when UW will start giving out acceptances? 

Engineering should be soon, but I have no clue on the math programs!

Also, if you wouldn't mind saying the program(s) you applied to, your top 6 average (using gr 11 marks when necessary), and when you submitted your AIF, that'd be great :)

Electrical Engineering and Math/FARM
avg: 96-97 (this might be off though because I took adv. func. in the summer)
AIF submitted late Jan/early Feb
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New Baby Congratulations

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
The “scientific miracles” of the Quran is a topic that many people are talking about nowadays, as the research in many fields continues. The source for this is probably the fact that there are literally hundreds of verses of the Quran in which God points to different aspects of this creation and encourages humans to reflect and learn from what they are seeing.

Shortly after I became Muslim, I became aware of Maurice Bucaille’s The Bible, the Quran and Science. For the sake of brevity, I wish to share with you the important conclusions that he reached:

The Quran follows on from the two Revelations that preceded it and is not only free from contradictions in its narrations, the sign of the various human manipulations to be found in the Gospels, but provides a quality all of its own for those who examine it objectively and in the light of science i.e. its complete agreement with modern scientific data. What is more, statements are to be found in it (as has been shown) that are connected with science: and yet it is unthinkable that a man of Muhammad's time could have been the author of them. Modern scientific knowledge therefore allows us to understand certain verses of the Quran which, until now, it has been impossible to interpret.

In view of the level of knowledge in Muhammad's day, it is inconceivable that many of the statements in the Quran which are connected with science could have been the work of a man. It is, moreover, perfectly legitimate, not only to regard the Quran as the expression of a Revelation, but also to award it a very special place, on account of the guarantee of authenticity it provides and the presence in it of scientific statements which, when studied today, appear as a challenge to explanation in human terms.[1]

In his discussion of the Quran, Bucaille emphasizes three important points:

a) First, there is nothing in the Quran that contradicts modern science;

b) second, there is no mention of some of the false beliefs that people had at that time of the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, concerning the creation, the universe and science in general; and,

c) three, there is no way that the Prophet Muhammad could have known at his time many of the facts alluded to in the Quran.

The Qur'an is the holy book for Muslims. It was revealed to an illiterate man, Muhammad, 1400 years ago. This is in itself amazing, that an illiterate man began to recite verses of literary genius. What is more amazing and miraculous is that he pronounced truths of a scientific nature that no other human could possibly have developed at that time (1400 years ago) and without making a single error.

For the sake of brevity, though, it will be possible to discuss only one verse in some detail here demonstrating the “scientific miracles” of the Quran.[2]

Upon reading the Quran, one topic that catches many a reader’s eye is the discussion of the creation of the human within the womb of the mother. God says in the Quran:

“We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into mudghah (chewed-like substance)…” (Quran 23:12-14)

This brief passage is outstanding in its precise description of the actual process as well as its freedom from all of the incorrect theories and views that were prevalent at the time of Muhammad. As noted in the translation, the Arabic word alaqah can imply leech, suspended thing or blood clot. In reality, all of these terms are descriptive of the embryo. In fact, in its earliest stage, the embryo not only actually physically looks like a leech
[3] but it “obtains nourishment from the blood of the mother, similar to the leech, which feeds on the blood of others.

”[4] Alaqah, again, can also mean, “suspended thing,” which is also true of the embryo in this stage as it sits hanging in the womb of the mother

.[5] Finally, alaqah can also mean blood clot. Again, the relationship to the actual physical process is miraculous.
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1st year UBC student! Ask me anything!

35 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Harvir Sodhi
I'm finishing up my first year at UBC as a Health Science student in the Land and Food Systems faculty. 

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:
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Laurier BBA (Waterloo Campus) - Will I get in?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are the chances of me getting into Laurier's BBA program..
International Business - 92%
Music - 92%
Photography - 90%
Calculus - 88%
Advanced Functions - 80%
English - 80%
Top 6 average : 87%
Please keep in mind that I am going to write my ABS form too!
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Laurier BBA (Waterloo Campus) - Will I get in?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are the chances of me getting into Laurier's BBA program..
International Business - 92%
Music - 92%
Photography - 90%
Calculus - 88%
Advanced Functions - 80%
English - 80%
Top 6 average : 87%
Please keep in mind that I am going to write my ABS form too!
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UTSC- Co-op management will I get in?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
I want to know if I would get into UTSC's co-op management program.
International Business - 92%
Music - 91%
Calculus - 88%
Photography - 92%
Accounting - 90%
Advanced Functions - 80%
English - 80%

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First year Waterloo AFM, here to answer any questions! :)

43 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hey guys, 
I'm a first year AFM student, and I've just completed my first term! I went through what you guys are going through last year so I know a lot of you guys might be stressing out about applications or have many questions to ask. 

Feel free to ask my anything, and I'll try my best to answer!
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LTD & Associates Inc., Risk Management & Assessment

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
We provide services to assess security related issues, including the building of Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and business disaster manuals, ensuring that both businesses and individuals are safe and secure from unwanted sources. This includes the safeguarding of property, inventory, fixed assets, information and personal safety. Assessing risk calls for expertise and experience to limit exposure and mitigate the effect of the risk.

Electronic Sweeps ("Bugs"), Network & Information Security

Using only up to date equipment, we can conduct electronic sweeps to ensure that offices, private residences, automobiles are free from outside monitoring devices. Further, we can conduct live sweeps of important meetings, including use of "white noise technology", to determine if essential information is being recorded or simultaneously transmitted to outside sources.

Our readily available associates are experienced in providing related surveys to install security and fire protection equipment, as well as Network Security Solutions, which includes complete computer systems assessments and computer forensics, installing firewalls, anti-virus programs and other I.T. components.
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Admission Questions? Ask a Current UBC Student!

327 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Harvir Sodhi
Hi guys,

I always remember finding this forum really useful back when I was applying for universities in 2012, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to actually get some hard knowledge about admissions rather than just hearsay.  Though I'm in Sauder, I can answer any questions regarding direct entry to all UBC programs, Sauder transfer applications, and general university stuff.

You should all also take a look at the holy grail of UBC admissions, specifically table 18 where all admission averages for all programs for entry in 2013W are outlined.

Hope to see you all at UBC in September!
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Cut off for Laurier BBA? Second Round of Acceptances?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
I'm hoping to get in for the second round of acceptances for Laurier BBA, which is based on a combination of your best 6 11/12 U/M courses, of which have to include a minimum of 3 12U/M courses. I've calculated my average and it should be a 88.83%. I know Laurier doesn't round up marks, but do you think I have a chance at getting in for second round??
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I can answer questions related to UBC if you have any

55 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Jassim Naqvi
As mentioned above, based on my first year experience thus far, I am able to answer questions related to UBC in terms of admissions, residence, courses, do/don't and so on.

Understanding that many of you have probably received offers and are deciding which school to attend/reject, I decided to help answer questions to give insider info on UBC :)
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UBC Okanagan grade maintaining?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
I got an offer from UBC Okanagan last night, and it said in order to maintain my seat, Id have to maintain my predicted grades of a BBC (Cambridge A Levels). What if I get something lower like a BCC or a BCD? Would they still let me study there regardless of their maintaining grade policy? Need help guys! 
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UofT Architecture Acceptance

17 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Anyone get accepted into UofT for architecture yet? 
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UofT LifeSci and UofT Med School!

1 reply • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I fell in love with UofT the moment I found their youtube channel, and  their website, and when someone from the university was at my school's University fair! From the questions i've asked previously on this forum i'm pretty sure I have a solid chance of getting into UTSG lifesci. I want to major in Human Biology and maybe minor in Psycology or genetics or something like that. From what i've heard UofT undergrad is a terrible idea because everyone has low 60's and its impossible to get good marks and that everyone has no life because they study so much and still get crap marks. What attracted me to the University were the research opportunities, and its downtown location which is also good for volunteering, internships, shadowing physicians, etc. Although i totally believe that it is very hard to get good marks is it really that bad? Realistically if it was so incredibly impossible and hard to do well in LifeSci undergrad and everyone fails, why do so many students still go there and apply? I think if it were really that impossible to get a good GPA for med school from undergrad that no one would attend. So my real question is how terrible and horrific is it to attend LifeSci and UofT St. George? I already know that easier universities are great for undergrad to get higher GPA's and because Uoft Med doesn't care if i did undergrad at UofT, but i literally cannot see myself going to any other university. I need to start falling out of love with UofT now if it really is so horrendous for the competitive path i want to take. I'm in love with toronto and all the positives that the University has to offer, but how realistic are the negatives that the University has to offer??
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Ryerson Accounting and Finance

2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I was just wondering how the Accounting and Finance program at Ryerson is. I know Ryerson's reputation isn't as great as Waterloo or Schulich, but I was just wondering how it is because I got acceptance and I am considering it. 
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Employment Math Degree

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are some good salary jobs you can get with a math degree? What ahould I specialize in?
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Western Medical Science and McMaster Life Science

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are my chances of getting into Western Medical Science and McMaster Life Science.

Semester 1:
Exercise Science:92

Semester 2(probably going to get):
Calculus and Vectors: 88
Overall average is 90%
I also did grade 12 physics in summer school and got an 80%
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Just got waitlisted for sciences at UBC... is it all over? (IB)

7 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous

I've had my heart set on UBC for quite a while now, and then just this afternoon I got the news that I was waitlisted on their student portal.

"We have evaluated your application and due to the competitive nature of your program, we are not able to offer you admission. Your application is currently wait-listed. Any changes to your application and wait-list status will be noted here and a final decision will be available to you by June 15th. Please note that a large number of wait-listed candidates do not receive offers of admission, and we encourage you to make alternate plans accordingly."

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me what my chances are of getting accepted, if at all. I'm a IB diploma student with a total predicted mark of 33. My predicted mark breakdown is:
6 - Chemistry SL, Geography HL
5 - Math SL, Spanish SL (final), English Lit. HL
4 - Physics HL (Trying hard to bring this up - is this mark the main cause of me being waitlisted?)
with 2 Predicted marks for TOK & EE. 

Does anyone know of IB students who got accepted with around a 33 predicted? I realise that their website has listed a "recommended" average of 29-32 for admission, and I'd like to think my PP was strong (Good ECs, but who knows, since it's relative scoring). My waitlist message doesn't even say the "Strong candidate", which it appears a lot of others have. 
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