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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.* 

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

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

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Success Breeds Jealousy
Warren Buffet>>>Bill Gates
Goldman Sachs>>>Google
Fashionable businessmen>>>nerdy neckbeards
Sociable businessmen>>>nerdy isolated islands
Varsity Sports>>>programming clubs/Dungeons and Dragons


It's the only reason why they try to put us down.


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.
best options for me?
I am going into grade 12 with a 93 average. I like all my courses. Find math a little repetitive and boring but don't mind it. good at science. I am not an artistic individual whatsoever but am extremely creative. Going to be playing a varsity sport in university. My choices of school are waterloo and u of t. Any recommendations for programs i should take, which school is the better school? Would i be making a smarter decision by looking at other school options? Thank you.
Math/BBA or Computer Science/BBA
If you had the choice what would you personally chose and why?
Is my schedule balanced?
Semester 1:
Advanced Functions
Data Management
English (Online)
Sports/Entertainment  Marketing

Semester 2:
Calculus
English (Day)
International Business
Economics 

Would this schedule allow me to have time to study for each subject, or would it be too burdensome? Also, for those who have taken English online (Peel), are the assignments manageable? I will most likely use my spare in order to work on the assignments, but use my time after school to work on math. Would this work? I am taking English online as a security blanket because it is one of the hardest marking departments at my school and I don't want to risk having a mediocre mark. I will obviously drop before midterms if my marks are lacking, or if I find the work to be to strenuous. 
EVERYONE WHO JUST FINISHED GRADE 11? TIPS?
so, i'm starting grade 11 and i am kind of stressed about it. Apparently its the hardest year in high school. So can anyone give me any tips on how to do well, in terms of grades, social life and how to prepare for uni. My courses for grade 11 are:

functions 11
advanced functions 12 (2nd semester)
food and culture 11
gym 
english 11
bio 11
chem 11
anthropology 11

WILL THIS BE A TOUGH WORK LOAD? i took grade 12 math in grade 11, because i knew i would have to take calculus in grade 12, so might as well get the other math course dont with. IS GRADE 11 HARD?

ANY ADVICE WOULD HELP, THANKS

oh and also i would like to get in to life sciences at U OF T or mcmaster
Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

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                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
Going into UBC this September. Answering any admission related questions!
Hey guys,

I was accepted to UBC Sauder this April! UBC was my first and only choice and I am so glad that I got in. I am starting this September.

I will be able to answer any admission question you guys might have. But keep in mind that I live in BC so I am only familiar with the BC admission system!

I honestly believe that I am almost an expert in the UBC's admission system :P I spent countless hours researching and phoning UBC that in the end, I knew more than  some enrollment service professionals who were often clueless when I tried to ask a question.

Ask away!


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Low ENG4U0 Mark
I know posting these types of questions are stupid and I will get answers like "make sure your other marks are high and you'll be fine" type answers, but is that really the case? I decided to fast track grade 12 english this summer to get ahead and to have a lighter course load so I can focus on my math and science classes. My final mark was an 85, which is so incredibly low and I'm so embarrassed. As a student who will be applying to life sciences at UofT and McMaster, will this low mark really effect me if the rest of my top 6 courses are high marks. Also kind of random but in order to be eligible for the President's scholarship at UofT you have to have a 92% or higher average with all courses at and 'A' standing. Is an 85 considered an A standing??? I know I can still get a 92 average with my 85 english mark!
The Only Majors to Go to University For


Ok so I see high school kids talk about going into art or business, and I think to myself, " well I will be seeing you in four years making my coffee". So I have to write this, because I fell for the trap. Every year high school kids think about going to university and spending thousands of dollars to study a hobby. I attended queens commerce for my undergrad, and learned the hard way. College majors such as English, political science, business, social sciences, humanities, psychology are all scams(to the most part). In this forum, business major seems to be the most popular, as I was one a couple of years ago. When I got accepted, I was so happy because I heard all the good stories of students going to work at big financial and consulting firms. This is not true. In theses so called " top Canadian business schools", the students are misinformed. Only a few and I mean a few go work in these big firms, while the rest works at crappy places. Today, everyone has a business major, so the job market is sh*t. Majors like English and humanities, are the biggest scam also, because high school kids think they are hoping to be the next Shakespeare, but instead they will be making sandwiches at McDonalds. Also pre med is another scam. If you major in biology, but do not get into med school, you are then useless. Unless you spend 5-6 years getting a PhD, your bio degree has 0 value. As the job market gets tougher and tougher, people need to realize that only a handful of college majors make the student more valuable. Examples, such as engineering, accounting and computer science. I wanted to rant about this because High school kids need to know about the trap of university majors.   
Chosing a University for Health Sciences
If a university like McMaster demands a higher GPA for admission compared to another school, then is the McMaster program tougher to get a high GPA for medical school criteria?

For example: UOIT and Western both have a health science program but the minimum avg requirement for Western is low 80`s whereas the minimum avg requirement for UOIT is mid 70`s. Does this make the Western health Science program more difficult to maintain a high GPA, or are they both at the same level of difficulty?

I am trying to go to a health Science program that I know will be easier to maintain a min 3.5 GPA for med school.
Second Year UBC Geological Engineering Student
Ask me anything about first year, my program, the university, commuter life etc.
Medical school
Hello everyone, 
I am a student going into gr. 12 this fall, and I have a few questions. 
First off, is it more beneficial to get my bachelor in life sciences or health sciences specifically, or go into something broader? 
I am also a student that has gone to a french elementary and secondary school, so in your opinion, should I test my chances in going to an english university, or go for the french program? Would it impact my chances of getting into a good hospital?
Lastly, which schools in Ontario are considered the best for their medical program?
Thank you so much
Nursing Hopefuls 2015!
Hey everyone!

I saw this thread last year and thought it was worth while to do! For anyone applying to 4 or 2 year programs.

1. Which school(s) are you applying to?
2. What other programs are you applying to as your back up?
3. What average are you aiming for your final year?
EXTRA - I want current Nursing students to be included as well! Tell us where you go, where you applied to and what your GPA in Grade 12 was or post secondary if thats what your doing right now. Also, a few pointers, tips and guidance is always great!:cheers:


1. I want to go to McMaster (4 year), Queens (4 year or 2 year), Western (2 year), UofT
2. Nursing, and nothing else!
3. I had mid 80's in high school and currently have a 3.1 from Uoft B.A second year


So common guys, reveal yourselves! ;)
Entering grade 12 mega-thread
So this thread is for people who just finished grade 11 and will be applying to uni in the fall, post your grade 11 average and top three choices!

Me: grade 11 average--89.5
Top 3: Ivey/Queens (tied) and Laurier
Google Docs or Word?
Which one is more preferable to you? And why?

I am planning on trying out Google Docs for this upcoming school year.
Not sure which university I should aim for..
So I'm about to start grade 12, but I need to know which university I'll be applying to so I can get an idea how studious I should really be. I'm planning to major in Marketing, so I have three options: York University, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto. Also, in grade 11, I had an average of 88%.  

My parents are hoping that I apply to York University since it's fairly close, but I highly doubt I can get into the Schulich program so easily. Ryerson is kind of far, but their business program seems promising. I don't know much about U. of T., but it seems like a backup choice that I can't consider. Which university should I really aim for?
Hardest program to get into at Ryerson?
Title says it all. Lowest acceptance rate compared to people who applied, as well as the one with the highest cutoff please.
Grade 12 challenge and change vs international business
I'm a GTA student going to grade 12 this year and I'm having second thoughts about taking Challenge and Change in Society. When I did my course selection in grade 11 it seemed like a very good course but now I thinking about international business. If anyone has taken either or both courses I would really like an opinion on them. Particularly about the workload and the type of material and assignments. I'm really looking into easier U/M courses to boost my average. Thanks in advance.
Ivey Grad / IBD in New York, AMA
Hello all. Used to frequent this site somewhat. I graduated Ivey not too long ago and work as an investment banking analyst in New York with one of the top firms. Feel free to ask me anything and I'll try my best to answer. 

I've been where you are now and received a lot of guidance back then. Hoping to return the favor. 
Is a Heavy Course Load Good?
The engineering science program at u of t is quite well known (at least in ontario), and is infamous for being too much work. My question is: is that amount of work worth it? I mean if you take a 6 courses each semester, then you'll learn a lot more compared to others in other programs. But the problem is that you'll only be doing the homework or the task assigned to you that is due soon. There is no time for you to learn freely, dig into a subject a bit deeper, and nurture your curiosity. You can't really get anywhere far if you only have time to do your homework. So is it really worth it?