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I'm a going into my second year and let me say Western eng is blessed.I got in off a wait list with an average of 88 and got a $1000 bursary for second semester. Western Eng is a great place to be, everyone is SUPER nice and anyone will help you if you ask. 10/10 would recommend.
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I don't know how far this thread would go without an actual student who has finished first year, so thank you for taking your time to answer the questions the we first years might have (probably my questions). I have a lot of questions!
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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?



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^ 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."



Anon said:

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.

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I guess I should share my average and scholarships. I don't know what average I got in with b/c I was accepted into engineering and med science on Jan 13. (what would they have used to calc. my average?) Anyways I ended up with a top 6 average of 94.8%, so I got the $2000 entrance scholarship(which is applied to second semester), just missing out on the 4-year $10, 000 scholarship. I chose Western b/c I live in the city, and really it was the only option for me considering I did not want/ would not be able to afford the extra cost of living on campus at another school.
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Alrighty so:
1. With the jump from highschool to uni I think the requirements to be successful are a strong work ethic, discipline in your study habits but most importantly actually go to class. That is a big one, you do that you're passing your courses no problem. You have a pretty high average and you seem to be organized so believe me when I tell you you're gunna be fine, I squeezed into Western of the wait list and I figured things out even though I was an idiot and skipped a bunch of classes for courses I found really dumb (ie business, chem). I finished with an average of like 70. Heres a list of what the averages for each class are each year usually based on what I know:
Materials: ~67-75 
Programming: ~75-80 (if you have Quazi bless his soul)
Calculus: 65-70 (this year there was a %12 curve because people did not do well in that class)
Statics: 70 (i think)
Chem: 70 (go to class it will makes a huge difference on this one)
Physics 1: 75 Physics 2: 65-70 
Those are the ones off the top of my head, but don't worry about your marks, they are gunna go down and thats okay! it happens to literally everyone so dont stress, set you goals for marks based on what you want to do. Like if you want to do Ivey and Mechatronics you need high marks but if you're like me going into mechanical you'll be fine with an average around 70, the point of school is not to get high marks but to learn how to become a good engineer so I spent a lot of time working on extra curricular eng teams to gain technical skills. 
2. There's like 6-7 different versions of the schedule that first years will get. Everyone takes the same classes but one semester youll take materials and programming and the other youll take chem and lin alg. 
3. I knew just the very basics of C++ (thats the language you will learn) but honestly you don't need it. Go to class and pay attention and do the labs and you'll be okay even if you've never coded. Also the prof you want is Quazi, he is fantastic, he remembers the names of his students and really cares, he even remembers mine and he hasn't taught me since september. 
4. With homework it really depends on the day, each week you spend your study time differently based on what assignments and tests you have coming up. So its hard to say how much time you need to spend studying each night. As much as you think you need to basically, the same way you would set aside time in high school. 
This is important tho: DO YOUR CALCULUS HOMEWORK PROBLEMS. Calc gets pretty hard and the exams are tough (midterm average in my year was a 50) so doing the practice problems are key. Statics is important too, do practice problems and go to class. 
5. Dual Degree with Ivey: Hard to get into? Yes. Impossible? No, lots of people do it, it just takes some hard work and dedication. I have friends doing it and they still have a very alive social life and they are still involved with clubs so if you want to do it, you can. 
You can also do a dual degree with other faculties, like I plan to do a dual degree with physics cause I like physics and I think that an extra year of school for a dual degree is definitely worth the investment so I can get the cooler jobs when Im older. I want to work with the space agency so I thought physics would help me out there. Dual degrees are very possible, worth it in my opinion and pretty common, I even have a friend doing a dual with law. 
6. I chose mechanical because it the field I want to work in. I dont like chem, I dont like programming enough for software, so I was left with probably civil or mechanical, and I preferred the courses like materials that are more like mechanical engineering so I chose it. 
7. I have my notebook and pen and I take notes and mark off what parts of the note I need to review with red pen, or questions I wanna ask the prof after class etc. A big thing is to ask a question if you don't know something. People arent going to make fun of you because everyone is in the same boat mostly. Just ask if you don't know and you will be far better off.
Hope this helps!
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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.

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Do you think its reasonable to maintain an average above 78 to maintain Ivey status
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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.

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Did you apply to engineering with Ivey?
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Nope, but I have had many close friends who had AEO with engineering and knew a couple that got into ivey without the AEO
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So, if we didn't apply initially for Ivey, would we do it later on , like in 2nd or 3rd year?
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That is correct, you would apply in your second year and then go to ivey for 3rd and maybe ivey or eng for 4th, depending on if you want to complete the dual degree.
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So, would it be 5 years in total if I want the dual degree?
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That is correct. Your 3rd year would be entirely Ivey, 4th year is what would be 3rd year engineering courses with 1 big Ivey project, and 5th year is 4th year engineering courses with multiple Ivey classes.
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Hey 

I'm wondering if your school allows night school credits? Im planning to take Uni math and chem...Do they care of the marks? 

Thanks
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Do you think i will be able to get into western engineering with an average of around 87% from my top 6 courses?
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