1. First off, I am really worried about the big jump that people say high school is compared to university. Therefore, if you don't mind me asking, what was your first year average, and could you post a breakdown of the marks you received in all of your courses for first year.
2. Does everyone have the same exact schedule or it just the same classes that everyone has to take ?
3. Did you have programming/coding experience before 1st year, and would you recommend that I try to teach myself a coding language (is there a specific one?) during the summer?
4. How much homework did you have everyday, what course gave you the most difficulty/ was the hardest/ had the most homework?
5. The dual degree/ combined degree options that Western provides seem interesting, but from what other yconic users have stated, it is impossible to do in engineering. What is your opinion on this matter? Do you know anyone who has done or is currently enrolled in this type of program? Do you have any other info about it?
6. Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering after first year?
7. What do you specifically do in a lecture (I'm guessing you take notes), tutorial, and lab?
^ I am just going to repost what you posted on other threads so everything is in one place.
Civil Engineer asked: "Hi! I was wondering how hard it is to get into the stream of your choice at western engineering after first year and the difficulty of the program in general ? do people get placed into random streams a lot? i am extremely worried about this.....also, do you take seven classes both semesters of the first year? any other advice and input would also be great if anyone has completed first year eng at western...please help! Thanks :)"
Thomas Pritchard answered:
"Hey I just finished my first year at Western Engineering and honestly don't worry about getting into your discipline, the only one that is harder to get into is Mechatronics, all the others are easy to get into as long as you hold an average around like 70+, and even then you just have to do well in the courses that matter to your discipline (like don't mess up programming if you want to be a software eng). And ya it's 7 courses both semesters but truthfully is do able. Every year hundreds of kids do it, so as long as you're somewhat competent you will too. At the end of the day Western Engineering is honestly a great place to be, everyone is so friendly and everyone wants to help each other out. The upper years were a huge help to me in my classes. Western Engineering is a great place to be and I am SO happy I chose to be here rather than somewhere else. If you got any questions I can help ya out."
Since everyone takes the same courses for 1st year does that mean that we do not have to choose any courses to take for our program? Also, are we not allowed to take any other courses for this year? If we do take courses that are not required do we have to pay extra?
Thomas Pritchard answered:
I just finished my first year at Western and they literally just give you your schedule and you have no say in classes you take unless you drop them (i would not recommend that), don't take extra courses if you don't have too unless you hate sleeping, eating and having friends. All that being said though Western Eng is fantastic I love it.
Thanks for taking the time to answer all those questions. I will definitely take your advice in asking for help with questions, I usually ddn't in high school, and that type of question would be on the test.
I know you're just waiting for me to ask more ;) . Well here I go again.
1. I don't have calculus in my list of classes, and it is not listed in the Academic Calendar. When you mentioned calculus, were you referring to Applied mathematics ?
2. My schedule says that I have Rahman, how is he, or is Quazi his first name ?
3. What happens specifically in a lecture vs. lab vs. tutorial ? (Mostly asking about the tutorial part). Also, should I attend all of the scheduled lectures/lab/tutorials ???
4. What clubs and extra curricular stuff did you join/do ?
5. Did u live on residence or at home ?
6. How do you take notes in a lecture ? In high school, the teacher usually waited until everyone finished copying the PowerPoint , which is probably a bad habit I will have to overcome in university. Do the profs go really fast ? Did you ever record the lecture ? Do the profs provide us the power points online ?
7. So, for the coding, it is just C++ ?
8. Did you have a lot of tests and assignments ? Was there a specific class that had a lot of work (tests, assignments) compared to others that had minimal work ?
Are the questions on tests just multiple choice? Or are there categories (we usually had knowledge, communication, thinking, and application in high school for maths and sciences) ? Are there complex questions (thinking level), or is it about knowing all of the basic information given ?
9. Are we not allowed to use calculators in math classes?
10. Someone had mentioned previously to me that knowing how to do a spreadsheet would be helpful for the business class, is this correct ?
11. How welcoming are the profs ? I feel like with so many students, they might not be very welcoming.
12. Are there any profs that are really hard to understand because they have an accent?
I had a high school teacher, who said that people who hear her accent think it is really bad, but her friend is a UWO professor (I think calc.) and his is even worse.
13. Do you know how the whole enrollment process works since we have our schedule chosen for us ? Can we move any of our lectures/labs/ tutorials around???
14. When do we have to choose which specific engineering discipline we will be attending in second year ?
I probably will have more Q's. Thanks in advance for answering them.
Anything is reasonable, if you put in the work. On one hand, I have had a lot of friends with 90-95 averages in high school lose their AEO status because they lose focus. On another hand, I know people who did pretty average in high school (mid to high 80s) and maintained the exact same average in university, which is pretty damned tough to do.
In other words, don't lose sight of your goal and study hard, and you will make it in.