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Hi, I am really stressed out for gr.12 because I'm really scared that I will not get into university. I am interested in going into either psychology or anthropology. Ever since the start of highschool I was always super interested in those subjects. 

Anyways I am going to be applying to five universities: 
-Western University (really hoping I'd get into this one) 
-University of Waterloo
-Ryerson University 
-Laurier 
-York University 

My grade eleven marks: 
English (gr11): 87%
English (gr12):86%
Biology: 81% 
Math: 88%
Forces of Nature: 70% (really hated this class, only went because of guidance recommendation)
Psychology: 83%
World Religions: 90%
Law: 80% 

Those are my gr11 marks, I'm really disappointed because I was hoping I'd get high grades for early acceptance but really fell off. HOWEVER, my semester two marks were all above 85% which I'm hoping the universities that I want to go to look at. I know I could do well, extremely well, this year but I'm so scared that I will mess up and just blow my chances completely so can you guys just maybe give me a bit of advice for prepping and making sure I am successful?? 
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I cringed at this entire post. You want to go into a research based program and don't have the ability to do a minimal amount of research? Admissions averages for arts programs at Ryerson, Laurier, York are in the low to mid 70s. Western is low to mid 80s. Waterloo is high 70s to low 80s. I would be more worried about what you can actually do with a degree in anthropology and psychology in the real world. Seriously, it's hard for people to take you seriously when every other line you write I have mid 80s but am scared if I'm going to get into an arts program or university at all. In fact, it's probably best for your future anyways if you get rejected from these useless programs. Your bank account will thank you for it.
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I did do extensive research on them, I personally e-mailed the universities, I am aware that I can get in but I want early acceptance. I simply just asked for advice on how to do really well in school so that I could get a little bit of guidance. You did not need to give me so much attitude especially because I was already stressing out. Thank you very much and have a great day.
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lmao ignore that rude comment. Your marks are fine for any non-competitive social science course
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You basically said the same thing as that other poster. Now we're supposed to sugarcoat things so OP's feelings aren't hurt? That other poster was right. OP said they were scared of even being accepted into arts programs at schools like Ryerson and York with mid to high 80s! If the OP can't even do basic research why in the world are they even going into arts? Does OP even understand how unemployable a degree in psych or anthropology is? Is it even worthwhile to go tens of thousands of dollars in debt for this degree?
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4 followers to this post, incl. rude guy, me, business person, and OP. You don't have to pretend to be someone else to put your point across.
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LOL, kid you do know that one can unfollow threads, right?
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Thank you :)
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Do yourself a favour and go into business instead. At least you can get a decent job coming out.
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Tons of idiots do a bachelors of business degree. This degree is becoming the new BA or BSc. Its pretty useless unless overall.
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You're right. But it's still better than a BA or BSc LMAO. It might indeed be emerging as the new BA/BSc in the job market, but there is no disputing that you still take more practical courses in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and management - all of which is more useful than political science, psychology, women's studies, sociology, criminology, law & society, african studies, anthropology, canadian studies, caribbean studies, asian studies, english, environmental studies, european studies. health studies, urban studies, south asian studies, international studies, geography, equity studies, philosophy, peace studies, history, etc.
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You're not gonna get any well paying job coming out with a bachelors in business. Expect low level data entry jobs or office administrator work. Many grads would actually kill for these jobs, because the job market for business grads is this saturated! One of my friends from Western business (not ivey tho) is stuck working a crappy data entry job where the work is so menial and the pay is sooooo bad. She still thinks she should be entitled to a better job, but tbh she should be happy with what she has. Exceptions are obviously to those individuals who find decent jobs through connections nepotism.
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Everybody tells me that and I tried taking business courses but I ended up dropping out; they were extremely easy, to the point where it was down right boring. I know I might sound extremely ignorant but I really just want to study something I am genuinely interested in rather than just getting a job for a lot of money. Believe me, I did summer school chemistry going to gr.11 and I got a mid-eighty but I hated it so much. Doing biology as well and math, I'm really good at those subjects but it makes me want to kill myself.
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Guys you are just being flat out rude.
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And you sound like an entitled child riding high on parents money. Who is paying for your education? No independent student taking out student loans and going tens of thousands of dollars in debt, would be so careless with going into a program with poor prospects.. And then, calling anons on the internet rude when what they say is true. I would give you some credibility if you had a long term plan set out, but your questions themselves are incredibly basic asking about admissions averages to arts programs at schools like York and Ryerson - something that 5 minutes of effort searching the internet could have told you. 

Even worse, you don't want to go into a business program because high school business courses were too easy for you. LOL, business is a more difficult degree than an arts degree IN UNIVERSITY. Arts programs are filled with people who couldn't get into anything else. 
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Anon. Let's be real, most undergraduate degrees are completely useless without graduate school. If they're willing to pursue their studies beyond the undergrad level, then why not just go into what they're truly interested in? This way they can probably achieve a higher GPA. Not everyone wants to go into science or business, and the fact that you think that success will only come out of studying in these few selected fields just goes to show how closed minded some people really are.
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OP never said anything about graduate/professional school in his or her post. She hasn't even researched admissions averages to go into an undergraduate arts program at York and Ryerson. You really believe that she has thought that far ahead? Not everyone is cut out to be a lawyer or doctor. No, there are certainly undergraduate degrees that can lead directly into the job market such as computer science, engineering, nursing, business, food and nutrition sciences. Even grad school is worthless for a lot of people in terms of taking on more debt and time. 90% of the masters degree programs are just as useless as their undergraduate counterparts. Even MBA graduates are being chugged out like an assembly line in a factory. The close-minded one here is you talking about graduate school as if it's a good idea for most people to just spend 6 years in post-secondary and take on all that debt. 

P.S. OP just posted in another thread that they will also be taking courses in private school. And you believe someone like this will perform well in an undergraduate arts program, and then go on to law school or something afterward?
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I'm just being general. I'm definitely aware of the undergrad programs that do lead to jobs, and I get where you're coming from, but i'm saying that MOST bachelor degrees wont do much for you. I don't know what OP's plans are, but I'm throwing it out there that graduate school is always an option to increase the chances of getting a job. And there are definitely more options than med school and becoming a lawyer (for example, physiotherapy is always an option that doesn't require med school, or even teaching if that's what they want to do). Obviously if there isn't any goal, then going into the program wouldn't necessarily be a bold move since, like you mentioned, it's a lot of money. However, I just wanted to point out that IF the thread creator does have some sort of end goal, then going into social sciences doesn't necessarily mean they won't be successful.
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I agree wholeheartedly but I'm speaking from the fact that OP has private schooled grades and doesn't seem to have any plan beyond an undergraduate degree in psych and anthro. But, hey, if he or she does then kudos. 
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OP, your marks are fine.  Visit the universities,  diversify your program choices a bit at the different universities for some wiggle room.  Just relax and enjoy learning and meeting new people.
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You guys are just assuming and not even listening to what I have to say. For that one kid who is commenting about how I sound like a high entitled rich kid: you don't even know what conditions I'm living in. I'm going to be applying for OSAP. I have plans ahead of me thus, you should probably just be quiet because all you've been doing has been assuming and making crude remarks about me. 
 
And yes, I said high school business was easy for me and I hated it. I don't like it so drop that?? Next, I didn't even take private school courses so for you to automatically just assume that is stupid of you to do I said I was interested because night school sign ups were already taken. ALSO I was just offering advice to another individual based off of my sisters experience in private school. I am going to go to graduate school, I have a plan and once again I didn't ask for anybody to be telling me admission averages or requirements. I simply said I was scared because of the idea of me some how messing up and ruining my chances of going to university because I messed up with my overall average last year. I had 90 averages for grades nine and ten but there was something that happened to some of my family members that caused me to slack off and ontop of that, I attend an IBT program which meant that my workload increased by a lot. I asked for tips and advice on how to be a successful in university not for people who do not know my future plans or who I am to critique everything I want to do. I will repeat this again: I wanted to go into these programs ever since I first started high school, every since I was in middle school. I know I can become a successful researcher because I've always been passionate. Especially because I am in IBT already, we have had university styled research papers to hand in, we already have seminars, we have the whole package and let me tell you its not easy at all. So everyone needs to just stop. 
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No offence but why are you defending yourself to a bunch of anons on the internet? Stop being so insecure and just do what you have to do. If you want to spend 10 years in university to become a researcher and make crap pay then that's your decision to make. But, people are not wrong for telling you otherwise because they also believe differently than you do. You asked a question on an online forum filled with high schoolers and trolls. Obviously you'll get responses that you find rude, disrespectful, and outright disagree with. You'll need to learn how to deal with this in university especially when different perspectives are brought up in class, and among your peers and instructors. I took a pol sci course in uni and my TA gave me a C on a paper because he completely disagreed with my realist position. I took it to the professor for re-evaluation and got an A. 

Basically, when people are critiquing you, you need to learn how to keep your personal emotions from clouding your judgement. This is a really important skill set to have in life. 
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Its funny, people are roasting business degrees when it is one of the most employable degrees (after nursing). You can especially find good jobs if you go to top business schools... obviously you get better positions with more experience
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@the person who is talking about critiquing: thank you for that. I really appreciate it. I guess i was getting insecure because of how bad my grades were from last year hence, I feel like I’m just too stupid for everyone on this forum. I understand that the people on the forum are not completely wrong but it’s hard to hear stuff like that from a people who barely know you. I’m set on reaching this goal and I have huge ambitions in life to do what I want. Thank you for your advice I really appreciate it  :)
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