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I am a first year Commerce student attending Queen's University, I'm here to answer any questions and clarify any doubts! AMA! :)

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Ask away! I will try to answer all your questions objectively and to the best of my abilities.
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Hey, so I am a chancellor nominee who applied for commerce. I was just wondering if you were a nominee yourself and when you got accepted (I hear of people getting accepted as nominees before Christmas with a grade 11 average above 90% such as one of my good friends, do you believe this is true and was this the case for you?) Also, I was wondering if you could explain to me a little bit about residence and how to apply if I get in. This is because all I really know is that residence is guaranteed. Additionally, how is the atmosphere at Smith, is there a lot of stuff to get involved in and what have you done yourself?
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Hey, I also applied as a chancellor nominee. I'm not sure if all Chancellor nominees got accepted before Christmas, but I was and I know a decent number of others who were. Based on my understanding, you only apply for residence once you've accepted your offer to Queen's. Last year, everyone had to choose their top five rooms choices and send a deposit of around $500 before the beginning of June. Most people I know ended up getting a room type that was one of their top two choices (80 of rooms are single, 18% are double). To answer your last question, the atmosphere at Smith is wonderful and I really love it. I love the fact that we have small class sizes, many of my professors know my name and that the students in the program are very hard-working and ambitious. There are many ways to get involved (clubs, conferences, events), personally, as of now, I've been to a lot of events such as talks on Bitcoin and other fascinating topics.
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Can you even get into queens commerce if you are not a Chancellor nominee?? I'm so sad lool
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Yes, you can! It's totally possible :)
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Okay thanks! Are the majority of students at queens commerce Chancellor nominees?
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Unfortunately, I don't know, what I do know is that I know many people in the program who are non-chancellors.
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I have polio in my left ankle and I have arthritis in my toes. this makes me wheel bound if you know what i mean. so would there be any trouble maneuvering myself around the queens campus?
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Not that I know of :) I know the Smith School of Business and the cafeterias all have ramps and I  believe all residences have elevators!
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Tuition is "off the charts" .... worth it in your estimation ?? (I'm guessing yes !)
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Definitely, worth it, the Commerce Faculty has plenty of amazing professors and helpful resources for its students such as the CAC(Career Advancement Center). With all these resources available, you can always get help on improving your resume and interviewing skills. Furthermore, our program has a very strong alumni network and that on its own is worth a lot!
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Yeah Jue Wang, Ning, and Barber especially are the most elite profs
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hahahaha ofc Jue, Ning and Barber are the absolute best! Worth every penny
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Rip XD
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How hard is it to get a frosh rep job?  For first year.
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It really depends on who you know, based on what I know, most first-years don't end up getting internships in their summer(if that's what you're asking). Most people who do end up getting internships, do so through their family or family friends.
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How does a double degree work?
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I don't know too much about double degrees so I apologize in advance, what I do know is that it's something I'm pretty sure you start in your second year and that a popular double degree is with comp-sci.
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Is there a lot of white people? (This is a real question)
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The university and program definitely is majoritively white but diversity exists.
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Approximately how many Commerce students are chancellors? How heavy is the courseload?
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I don't know the number. The course load is definitely a step up from high school, but if you put in the work, you can definitely do well!
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If you have amazing extra circulars, but only a 85% average what is the likelihood of getting in?
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Describe your "amazing" extracurriculars because people with 95+ averages apply to the program with amazing extracurriculars too....
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Any tips for the application process? Should you write the essays in a formal or personal way?
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To be completely honest, I'd recommend just being genuine and answering the question (a lot of people tend to go off on a tangent and not ever actually answer the question from what I've heard). Also, don't get caught up in what others are doing, what you've gained from your experiences is much more valuable than the actual experience. I highly recommend getting an English teacher to read your application to avoid having repetitiveness, grammatical errors, or bad flow. From what I've heard, the essays should be very reflective and I'm not sure if this is right, but I'm pretty sure you can use personal pronouns!
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I highly doubt I won't get in. Please clarify.
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Good luck with your application! Bear in mind, many people think that.
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When do most Chancellor nominees get accepted?
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Unfortunately, I'm not sure. However, I'm pretty sure many got accepted around December 20th(for Ontario chancellors).
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Why only ontario chancellors?
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I don't know about other provinces (maybe they also get accepted same time), all I can say is that I know a hand full of Chancellor's that were accepted late December and they all happened to be from Ontario.
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Do you know anything about MBA programs in Canada? Queens MBA does not seem to be looked highly upon as its Bcomm program is. Do you know much about this?
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Unfortunately, I don't know much about this. May I ask why you're thinking about MBA programs already?
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How are exams going rn?
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They are pretty stressful, to be honest, but these are also my first set of finals in university so that causes a lot of stress on its own.
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For every single answer on this thread, your respons is "I don't know". So my question is...what do you know?
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lmao, ikr.
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Better to say "I don"t know" than giving false information on the pretense of knowing everything...
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Even if I'm 5% uncertain about a certain topic, I'll reply saying I'm not sure, but xyz is what I've heard or thought since I don't want to mislead you by backing up things I'm not 100% certain about.
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How many hours a week do you and other commies spend studying, working on group projects, in class and participating in extracurriculars?

Also, what is your predicted GPA if you don't mind me asking. How much did it change from high school? Thanks for everything!
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I'd say most people (including myself) study anywhere from 25-35 hours a week (more when closer to midterms and finals).
On team projects, I'd say the average commerce student spends anywhere from 5-10 hours a week working with their teams. So far, we've had 15 hours of class a week, however, in second semester, I'm pretty sure that number goes up to 18. The average person spends 8-15 hours a week for extracurriculars (varies by club/activity). Predicted GPA is a 3.6 (81% average), it dropped 14% from my grade 12 average. If you have any more questions, let me know!
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How often are networking events?
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There are networking events really often, during the first month of school pretty much every night was a networking event. Although there aren't as many networking events as at the beginning of the year, they still occur quite often!
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What other business programs did you apply to and what were you accepted to? How did you chose Queens commerce?
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I applied to Queen's, Western, and Laurier and got accepted to all of them. I chose Queen's because I really liked the fact that it was a four-year program, in which class sizes never exceeded 80 students (for commerce courses). Furthermore, I thought the campus was beautiful and I really loved the community feel I sensed when I visited Queen's during their Fall Preview! If you have any more questions, let me know :)
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How much scholarship money did you receive form Queens and did they offer you scholarship money? I heard that even if you don't win the chancellors scholarship, chancellors nominees can win other scholarships after accepting their admission offer.
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Queen's is really good in terms of scholarships in my opinion. I received 10k but I have friends who received 20k. I'm not sure how my friends got theirs, but I  applied for Chancellor's and didn't get it, but was notified about another scholarship I got in the summer after I accepted their admission offer.
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Did you apply for busary, or was this fully merit based?
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It was fully merit based.
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I think they have good bursaries too though, I have a friend who got a big scholarship which was based on financial need I'm pretty sure.
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What was your average and EC'S
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95% and just a couple schools clubs/ volunteer experiences (camps/fundraising). Nothing too extensive.
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If I only finish Calculus with a mid-low 80, though all of my other classes are in the high 90s (Currently have a 97 average), will I still have a chance of acceptance? Also, do they look much at grade 11 marks? My grade 11 average was only a 92.
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Your marks are good, just make sure you finish calculus with higher than an 80. Focus a lot of your time on your PSE, after 87%, the Commerce Office really focuses on the PSE.
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Were you accepted to the Western Ivey program or the Laurier double degree program?
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I was accepted to Western's Ivey and I didn't apply for Laurier's double degree
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Hi, 
Just wondering whether Queen's Commerce is worth paying such a high tuition for? Also if there is any general information you can provide about paying it? $30,000 is crazy for the first year, and I've already heard all the great stories about how the program is worth, it but I'm just wondering HOW first year students can pay, OSAP, etc. Also if you don't receive a major admission scholarship, what advice would you give for paying the high tuition? 
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Yes, I'd say it is 100% worth it. It's a large investment, but one that I believe is justified due to the strength of the alumni of this program and all the wonderful resources available to us. I know for some students OSAP will pay for around 10k every year and loan an additional 8-10k(interest-free), so that's a common way to pay. My main piece of advice would be to apply to as many scholarships as possible (even the super well-known ones). Last year, I thought I had no chance for any of them and that I was simply wasting my time applying for all these scholarships.Fortunately, my hard work and time ended up paying off for me as I received two scholarships.
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Actually from Kingston though. Good luck getting into commerce with that attitude.
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Hey, I'm in first-year as well. Which section were you in last semester and which are you in in this semester?
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Hey, I was in section 4 and I'm in section 3 next semester! How about you?
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I'm in section 3 next semester too! Hb that killer wednesday tho? 8:30am start and 9:30pm finish?
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Section 2 here with 3 8:30s
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