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The importance of extracurriculars
I have a 95 average, but I don't have many extracurriculars. I'm applying to universities this year. I'm thinking about applying to Waterloo, McMaster and UOIT for engineering. How much will not having many extracurriculars hurt my chances of getting accepted? I am a regular volunteer at a retirement home, and i am participating in the mcmaster engineering olympics. Do these count as extracurriculars?
$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
University of Guelph: Biomedical Science
I am on the fence about taking biomedical science at Guelph as my undergraduate in hopes of later entering  the Ontario veterinary college.  Does anybody have any pros/cons that you can point out regarding this major in preparation for vet school, or just in general?  I'm leaning towards biomed, but animal biology is not completely out of the question.  I'm really confused about what I should do; I've been contemplating my options for the last year now and haven't come any closer to making an easy decision. ANY INPUT IS APPRECIAITED!! thanks in advance :)
Waterloo or uoft engineering
I am currently in grade 12. I need to know that cut off average for computer engineering in Waterloo and university of Toronto. If there were any students who go into this program for either uni can you please state your average.  Thanks!
Advice for Grade 12 Student?
I just recently started my first semester of Grade 12 and I already feel incredibly pressured and overwhelmed with work. While I was expecting this sort of work load, I am becoming increasingly worried about my grades and average. I am unsure if I should drop a class and take a spare, but I'm afraid it will end up hurting me.

My current classes are:

Advanced Functions
Families in Canada

If I were to drop, I would lose Families in Canada, which is not a required course for any of my desired university programs, but it deals a lot with social sciences and psychology - which is what I'm interested in pursuing. However, I'm unsure if I should drop this class, which could be great for me in the future, to focus on required subjects like Sciences and Math. 

Next semester I have:


Will it look bad on applications if I'm taking 2 spares? I'm increasingly stressed out and I really would appreciate any guidance in this topic. Thank you! 
Anyone have any info or knowledge of any volunteer hours and involvement scholarschips? i have like 500 hours
uofa and uofc
Hello I was wondering what the average for biological science average is for uofa and uofc.  My average for the first semester of grade 12 is 88-89%. What are my chances of getting in?

Thankyou for the help!
Advanced Function Grade
I sort of messed up in my math class. I got a 91 on the first unit test while on the thinking task i got a 61. I didnt prepare at all for the thinking task and my course mark right now is a 85% if i was to get over 90s on the rest of the test/thinking tasks, will my mark be over 90 by end of semester? I know i can get over 90s on test. I want to apply for SE and CS at waterloo so im just wondering if i can still get it to be above 90%

Thanks so much

A worried grade 12 brown kid
Getting Into Engineering
Hello Guys
I am currently going into grade 12. I need some guidelines and benchmarks to get into engineering in UofT or University of Waterloo. What marks should I aim for such as for AP calculus and advanced functions and other sciences. 
What are the chances of success of a student that wants to apply to an accounting program in a university, but has not taken accounting at all. I am a hardworking student and is good at all the other subjects. It would help if an accounting student answered this.
Chances for ryerson york or uoft biomedical engineering
Gr 11 marks:
English: 86
Functions: 96
Biology: 94
Chem 96
Physics 92
Computer science 98
French 88
Accounting 91

 lead programmer robotics club
Christians student association founder
Hockey team
Football team 

EngSci vs ECE
Alright, I want to learn everything I can. I wish there was an electromechanical engineering program! So I'm considering EngSci. No matter what I'm attending UofT. Alrght let me have it folks.

I want to learn aerospace, I know its saturated now. But 5 years from now that may not be the case. However, I'm still considering a straight up ECE degree. I wonder if someone with an Aerospace degree can work in ECE? 
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. 
Best business/ accounting
What is the best university program for aspiring CPA?
A little background of me: I love the business world. But I also want to keep my options open, I like accounting and also  want to work as marketing manager/ or CEO in the future. This is my ultimate dream (might sound unrealistic)
So yes, which program do you recommend in terms of reputation, easy route to cpa, tuition and so on. 
are grade 12 first semester midterm marks used for chancellor's nominee admission?
Hi guy! I need help.
I have a 89 avg in grade 11, but on the queen's website says that you need a 90% avg, how is the avg calculated? top 6 in grade 11? all 8 course in grade 11? Are grade 12 first semester midterm marks going to be calculated as part of ur avg? 
fund me
Who wants to give me like $1.5k to preorder the new surface book...
Hoping to study at Wilfrid Laurier University
I am currently a fifth year in high school and have narrowed my top 3 school choices down to WLU, Ryerson, and York (mostly WLU). Last year (due to mental health reasons) I had dropped out and failed 2 out of 4 classes which means I still haven't graduated. Although I am now on the road to redemption and currently excelling in school, how will the universities look at my marks from last year? Will it change their opinion on my admission? Also, of the two classes I failed I was hoping to do them over in summer school but university applications are to be sent next month and I won't be able to do these classes over until July. I do have the option to stay back a semester, but would rather not go back for a full year. Any suggestions on what I can do to upgrade these courses/get them on my transcript before I send in my university applications? Also for any psych. students, what is the admission requirements like for getting into the Psychology program at WLU?
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.
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?
Should I bother applying to SE @ Waterloo? Low marks...
ok, so here is my situation: Strong AIF, programming experience, etc.  but science marks lacking.
Chem '11: 75%
Phys'11: 85% (didn't try in sciences)
AF ('12): 98%
CS '12: 100%
English '11: 85%

I can raise the sciences to ~90% 2nd semester, is it worth it applyig or should I just do CS?
2nd year UBC student! Ask me anything!
Finished first year at UBC as a Health Science (FNH) student in LFS; now I'm a second year student for 2015-2016. 

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year, study tips, and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:

p.s. Yes, Ana Steele and Shia LaBeouf "went" here.
Waterloo Applicants (Post Here)
I want to get an idea of what every applicant to Waterloo is getting and what program they're applying to. It helps me and you get an overall idea of the approximate cut-offs. Please post if you've applied to Waterloo. Don't ruin the topic with random questions. For me,

Overall Average: 90.67%
Programs Applied: Computer Engineering with Systems Design Engineering and Electrical Engineering as alternates, Computer Science

The overall average for the thirty-seven participants is 91.00% (This average has no significance, it just gives you an idea of the competition this year). The more people participate the more accurate we will be. I'll keep calculating as we go.
Do I Have a Good Chance of Getting into the University of Michigan
I am a Grade 12 Secondary School Student in Ontario Canada.

I am taking:
MHF4U - Mid 80s
ENG4U - Mid 80s 
SBI4U - Mid 80s 
PSK4U - Low 90s 
PLH4M - High 90s 
BOH4M - Low 90s 
CGW4U – Low 90s 
CHY4U - Low 90s 
SCH4U - Mid 80s 
MCV4U - Low 80s 

Do I have a good chance of getting in? Do I have to write the SAT? How is applying different in the US than in Canada. 

Are Canadian Secondary Schools just as hard as US schools?