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$500 "To My Past Self" Community Contest
Hindsight is everything, right? 

With Happy Student New Year quickly approaching, we want to know what one piece of advice you would have given yourself 12 months ago to better get you through your last academic year.  

We’re looking for some inspirational advice that will help other students have an amazing 2015/16 Student New Year. Whether it’s “No matter how comfy your bed is, go to class” or “life’s short, eat the cake” we want to hear from you.  

To enter, simply comment below using your real name with “To My Past Self:” followed by the piece of advice you think would have helped you one year ago. 

Encourage your friends to vote your comment as helpful. The comment with the most helpful votes at the end of the contest period will be awarded the $500 prize.* 

Only friends that have an active yconic profile will be able to vote. So connect and make new friends in the yconic Community or invite your friends to join http://yconic.com for FREE today.

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM EDT.  

*See full rules and regulations. Please note: Anonymous or inappropriate posts will not be tolerated nor entered into this contest.  

What advice will you find most helpful? Help us identify the best advice by giving your favourite comments a ‘Help Vote’!

* https://support.yconic.com/hc/en-us/articles/205369054--To-My-Past-Self-Community-Contest-Rules
Early acceptance
What are my chances of getting an early acceptance into waterloo's biomed or health science program with a 88% average from grade 11
Nursing Hopefuls for 2016!
Hello future nursing students! I think we need one of these discussions to communicate with and help each other for this upcoming year.

Please, share with us:

1. Which school(s) are you applying to?
2. What other programs are you applying to as your back up?
3. What overall average are you aiming for for your final year?

I plan on applying to McMaster, uOttawa and Western and I am aiming for a 92% average.
night course
So Im taking a night course for physics 4U. will Waterloo accept night courses?? please reply fast, since i have already registered for it!!!!!!
Queen's PSE
How many activities can I put on the Queen's PSE?
Do I Drop Physics?
I decided to take grade 12U english over the summer so heading into this year I have Chemistry, Adv Functions, Physics, and Dance in my first semester. I was in the hospital 2 weeks ago for 4 (school) days, and the following week I was either not coming at all or showing up for half days because I was too weak to stay the whole day.. Not only did the week following my hospitalization suck because I had to miss more school, I also did not get to use that time efficiently to catch up on everything i was missing because I was still very sick. Throughout those half days I missed physics and dance way more than chem or math. My physics teacher told me to focus on my health and get better which was great, but now I'm left two weeks behind in university physics! My teacher has a big heart, but as for his teaching HE IS TERRIBLE and is 100% lecture based. We never have notes but if we do they are minimal with no real information, and there is no set connection to the textbook so I have no real way to get my self caught up enough to do well. I am now caught up in all my other classes but I am still 2 weeks behind in physics because i have no idea how to teach myself the material!

I will be applying to life science programs this year and physics is only recommended not required. The way my 4 required courses work out (chem, bio, english, calc) and my other 2 U/M courses most likely being both my dance classes (RAP) because i get high 90's in those courses... My physics grade would not be as high and would than be dropped. I am literally just taking physics to learn, not to get a good grade and submit that when applying to uni. Having two years of physics experience under my belt compared to others who have never even heard of "F=ma" will give me a huge advantage once I actually am in my first year at a university. (hoping to attend uoft or mcmaster)

I could realistically catch up, but it would take a lot of time of effort because of my teachers style of teaching and  that would cut into my two other very important classes (math and chem). But if I drop physics than I will not get that advantage compared to those who have never taken physics during first year uni  in a physics class. I also took physics in grade 11 (duh) so I don't want to drop grade 12 after completing the previous course.

So i guess the real question here is, would completing grade 11 physics be enough of an advantage going into a life science program to drop grade 12 physics? I really don't want to drop, but if I don't technically need the course and if the reason I'm taking the course is to learn material and I'm not even learning then whats the point? What would you guys do if you were in my situation? A lot of people have been telling me do i want to take physics to get an advantage in university or do i want to drop physics so i can get into university. Keeping physics seems like it would really hurt my other classes i need to do well in, but i just don't want to make the wrong decision. HELP!!!

Nursing Programs at University
Can any current or recently graduated university nursing students please tell me what school you went to and the best part of your program? Worst part? Any warnings/heads up future students should be aware about? What is clinical like? Your favourite course? Hardest course? When did you receive your offer? What average did you finish with in grade 12?  

Sorry these are such broad questions but I'm trying to gather all the information I can before I start applying. My top choices for school are Mac, Ryerson, Western, and Brock. I've been taking all uni courses and finished grade 11 with a 93 average but am hoping to finish grade 12 with a 94-95 average.

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes their time to reply to my post and answer some of my quesitons, I appreciate it a lot!

Anxious grade 12 student 
Road to UX Designer
Hi there!
I'm currently a grade twelve student who has no idea which program is of best fit to her. Because UX design is still a fairly new career, there is no distinctive degree or path for it.

I was wondering if anyone can suggest programs that are relevant in going into UX design? 
Average needed for engineering?
Im trying to apply for electrical , computer engineering at ryerson, Mcmasters , uni of toronto, waterloo. could you tell me around how much mark average you need, to get in. And if you know someone or someone who is in what average did they/you get in with. 
I want to go to a top-tier business school,  but I am afraid my calculus mark is bringing me down! I have an overall average over 90 but my past calc quiz and test I got 54% and 61%. I understand all the homework and do it correctly I just can't seem to do well on the tests. Does anyone have any advice?
i have a question. i am a grade 12 student in BC, and i have to take English 12  in summer(this is the only course i don't take it because my English is not that good and i have to do Eng11 and Eng10 this year. )but my question is what should i do about applying for university and scholarships ? when should i apply?
Laurier 4th yr, with Co-op, worked at PwC, Suncor, and more -AMA
Hi There,

I was a fiend on StudentAwards when I was applying to Unis 3.5 yrs ago, so I'm coming back to help from the other end now. Feel free to ask about Laurier, BBA, Co-op, ECs, International Exchange (currently in Spain), or anything else!

Other schools I applied and got into to in Gr12:
-Waterloo AFM (got the fellowship scholar thingy)
-Ivey AEO, BMOS, Bmed
-Schulich iBBA
-Guelph: resturant mngmnt
-McGill: Immunology & Microbiology
-Did not get: Queens

Highschool: Intnl Baccalaureate.
Business Programs
Are there any high school courses that you aren't required to take for business programs, but are worth taking anyway? Such as computer programming, physics, data management, etc. Looking for all opinions, especially from people who have taken/are taking business programs.
Management Schools.
Hey everyone, next year I will be in grade 12 and am starting to look into universities. I am from Toronto, so local schools may be preferable. Anyways, I am more interested in the management side of business, rather than accounting or finance, etc. So which schools (York, Laurier, UofT, etc.) have the best programs for management? Thanks in advance.
repeated courses and university of Waterloo
hi i am thinking about repeating advanced function in night school next year, i am currently a grade 11 student do advanced functions, what effect will this have on my chances of getting in. i am repeating the course because i am not getting as well of a grade that i would like to get. i want to apply to the life sciences in Waterloo.

Waterloo Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) - 2016 Discussion Thread

If you have any questions on the University of Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) program this year and are interested in applying, dont hesitate to ask them here! I'll try to answer them as best as I can! 

For those of you who dont know what CAP is, it's basically a program designed for students who wish to pursue a field in pharmacy in the future. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE: https://uwaterloo.ca/pharmacy/future-students/conditional-admission-pharmacy-cap ALSO be sure to check out the FAQ section too because they usually cover a lot of your questions there. 

NOTE: Applications will be available starting October 9, 2015
I never took accounting in HS . Worried
Do you think I will like accounting in general if I'm pretty much/average good at math. Got 90 on grade 11 functions and Im expecting a higher 90s for grade 12 adv. Functions since my tests are either perfect or one to two mistakes. My data management will be low to mid 90s i should say.. i never took accounting in grade 11 so i dont have the chance to take it this year. what do you guys think? I want to get a CPA designation.. but actually no idea what they do specifically. I mean, i know they do debits and credits and all that stuff, and it kind of interests me. Im just not so sure if i will like or hate it. Anyone here who didnt took accounting in hs but enjoyed it in univesity? And vice versa.
First Year Nanotechnology Engineering Student at Waterloo (AMA)
Hello prospective STEM students! I remember using this site quite a bit as a prospective engineering student last year and, among the flourishing egos, found some interesting and helpful information. I'm hoping to return the favour and offer some advice and insight to prospective students looking at STEM fields primarily at Waterloo. However, I did do some extensive research on U of T, Western and Queen's as well during the admission process, so I may be able to answer questions about some aspects of those universities as well. Feel free to ask me anything about engineering or Waterloo!
Naive high schoolers- Most of you should be avoiding engineering
Unless you are extremely passionate about it, have connections, or get into a top program at U of T or Waterloo, most of you here should avoid the field of engineering. There are very few jobs available because foreign immigrants are lowballing and saturating the market. Over the last decade there has been massive layoffs. Alberta used to be popping for engineers, but with the oil crisis it's laid off 50,000 petroleum and mining engineers this past year. 

Read OPSE report on underemployment of engineers in Ontario.

P.S. I did a degree in engineering, found out about the job market and pursued professional school instead (law school). I have a job lined up in intellectual property law, where my base salary is 140k. 

I came on this site to help my brother who's going into university next year, and am amazed at how many intelligent students are going to fall into the trap of engineering. Unless you'll be content making 30-60k (before taxes), forget about engineering. 
Biomedical Engineering
I am a grade 12 student, hoping to pursue a career that involves biology/health sciences without becoming a doctor. Biomedical engineering really interests me and I think I would enjoy pursuing a career in this field, however I have been told many times that it is very hard to find a job with this degree, and I should choose another type of engineering. I am not sure what other types of engineering I would enjoy. When I looked online, many websites say the job market for biomedical engineers is expected to increase. I am not sure which one I should trust; the most important thing or me is to able to find a job. Would co-op increase my chances of getting a job in the biomedical field?
Will I be suitable for Ophthalmology?
I'm in grade 11 and going into grade 12, as of now my marks have not been the best and I'm going to be starting to work efficiently and more productively. I've had bad study habits and have been procrastinating on work throughout grades 9-11 and thats reflected in my marks. 

My grade 11 marks:
were bad....

So clearly my marks aren't good and I know that i've been screwing up somewhere and i've realized that it's within my study habits. I just waste time browsing or watching videos that I start my work late and hence don't do well and don't get enough sleep. In the end im left without energy since i'm sleep deprived and can't adhere to the class lessons and knowledge being taught by my teachers. I think the studying environment maybe bad for me since i'm at home and surrounded by family, i think it would be better if I spent my time outside at say the Library working and studying to understand what I'm learning. 

I know that i'm a determined student, if I put my heart to it and considering the Grade 12 is the year that counts and is most important in my case - I will be working and giving my 100% at all times. 

I know that becoming an Ophthalmologist is not something that happens fast and takes time so I'm willing to dedicate myself to it now since i haven't dedicated myself to anything yet. I know that in the end it'll pay off and I'll be able to look back and see what I've achieved and come past. 

As a person, i'm very caring and like to work with people and learn more about them and try to help everyone that I can. I've always been like that and I think becoming some sort of Physician would be one of the best choice for me.

So yeah i'm just putting this question out there, do you think I can pull this off or would i be better off going into the Finance industry?
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