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The title says it all. I am a first year in Waterloo science so if you have any questions about the courseload, types of classes you would take, programs or anything let me know!!
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Hello,

Just got accepted to biomedical sciences, and I'd like to know a few things. How are the profs? Do they care about what they teach, and are they available for support? How is the research that the faculty conducts, and can students participate? How afforadable is living off campus (rent) when compared to res? And finally, which courses have interested you!

Thanks!
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The profs are really nice and encourage you to see them if you have absolutely any issues. It's up to you to seek them out, but if you do, they will do their very best to help you. I found that the best way to get answers to my questions were emails but they have office hours where you can come see them. If these times are when you have other classes a lot of profs are willing to meet with you another time as long as you arrange it by email first. It's for sure less expensive to live off campus than residence. I haven't done the math, but you for sure save money especially if you don't eat out often. I have found all the courses I've taken interesting even though some of them have been difficult, the profs really have a strong passion for what they teach and it shows! My profs would tell stories about their research which I found interesting
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What are you taking for electives and how would you rate Waterloo's non-science courses?
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I will not have electives until second year so I can't comment on this
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Do you live on residence or do you drive there? I was accepted there for coop chemistry and I wanted to know if it would be worth spending 20k a year for living there (I live in Brampton which is an almost 1 and 15 drive by highway) What courses did you find benefited you? Did you often need to use textbooks or were lecture notes sufficent enough? What time are your classes and how often do you have classes throughout the week! Thanks!
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I currently live in residence. I found the courses specific to my program as well as chem beneficial and interesting. I personally didn't use textbooks (except for classes where reading is necessary). Chemistry you have to buy course notes (like 30$) which I found good enough. The textbook was for extra questions which I didn't do. In Physics the textbook would have been useful (I joined the class late and didn't see a point to buying it). Math they recently changed to specifically not require a textbook. (I am talking about these classes because you will be taking them) I did use the textbooks that the professors specifically said to do readings out of. Wait until after the first day of classes to buy your books as the profs will tell you if you really need the book or not (but you MUST buy lab manuals)I have class everyday as most courses are run where you have 3 50 minute lectures Monday Wednesday Friday. And then some classes and usually labs were on Tuesday and Thursday. My shortest day was 4 hours of class between 9:30 and 3:30. My longest day was 8:30am-10 pm with nine hours of class. It would not be unusual if you end up having at least one night lab in your schedule first semester (but again that depends on scheduling) don't let this scare you, it's not too bad. Just be mindful of this if you plan to commute over an hour. You are lucky where most of your classes are taken bymany students so there is flexibility as the course is offered at multiple times. You can change around your schedule to best benefit you. I usually had around 21-26 hours of class a week if that helps :)
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Thanks so much! Which residence community do you reside in? How much is your residence for first year?
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I am in st. Jerome's and it's about 11 thousand a year
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Are you a regular or co op student?
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Co op
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How competitive is the program? Do you think a mid-high 80 average is good enough or should I strive to raise it up? Also, there isn't any AIF required, just the marks being submitted in in right?
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Can you be more specific on what you are applying to?  (Ie physical science/life science/honours science)
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