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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
I am a 3rd Year Queen's Commerce Student: AMA!
I'll be happy to answer any questions, whether they're related to your entry essays/application, academic things, or the social life here at Queen's!
Software engineering at McGill or at McMaster???
Hi, I live in Ontario and i wanted to study software engineering and I narrowed my choices to these 2; McGill and McMaster. I also go to a French high school

-Ranked really high in engineering and software
-Better reputation
-General year then apply to software (need a 3.2 cgpa)
-Beautiful City
-Lived there for 4 years so living expenses and life is easy there for me
-Is there anything else i should take note of?

-Ranked high but Mcgill is ranked higher
-Less reputation
-General year then apply to software (need at least a 4/12 McMaster gpa)
-I live an hour away
-My sister goes there 
- Any thing else

The thing is my parents are forcing me to go to McMaster because my sister is there and they have COOP. But i believe that McGill is better because of its reputation and I do want to work outside of Canada in the future. Which Uni is better?
Business Schools
So......top 5 business schools in ontario have all been named now.

Richard Ivey School of Business - Western
Stephen Smith School of Business - Queens
Seymour Schulich School of Business - York 
Mike Lazaridis School of Business - Laurier
Rotman Commerce - U of T
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? 
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? 
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.
Chance getting into Queens commerce?
Advanced functions: 100%
Calculus and Vectors: 92%
Data Management: 100% 
(took all 3 maths in gr11)
This semester I'm taking 3 bird courses: Mentorship, Mandarin, and Religion. 
expecting to get 90+ in mentorship and religion, 95+ in Mandarin.
Taking English next semester, expecting an 85%

Church youth leader 4 years
Eco-school team 2 years ( prob going to be captain this year) 
Black belt in Taekwondo ( Won international tornament once in grade 10) 6 years
Member of student council (started this year)
Member of charity club (started this year)
Drummer in a band outside of school for 2 years 
Peer pal (started this year) 
Summer internship at taikang life insurance company last year in china 
only 55 hours of volunteering

one of my biggest concern is the quality of my extracurricular activities, I spent most of my time on maths last year so I really dont have that many long-term ecs. 
Any suggestions on how can I increase the chance of getting into Queen's commerce? 
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. 
Waterloo Computer Engineering
Hi, I want to get into Waterloo for computer engineering! I'm expecting a 91% average in grade 12 and I have 300+ hours of volunteer service with an award from Government of Ontario. I also am at an executive/leadership position at a few clubs in school, would this be enough to get into Waterloo Computer Engineering?
How can I guarantee admission into Osgoode or U of T's Law Schools?
My ultimate goal is to be a lawyer and attend Canada's two best law schools. However I heard that acceptance rates are 10% and less, so what can I do to ensure that I get in? What school and program should I go into, what other factors do they look at, and what are the employment prospects like coming out of them?

All immature responses will be disregarded. Don't bother trolling here.
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! 
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!!!

Integrated Science (at Mac) Supp App, Where is it???
I can't seem to find the supp app for this program on the website. 

Any help is greatly appreciated. 
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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.
Current UBC student - ask me anything
I'm a second year Computer Engineering UBC student. I took first year sciences, lived in rez, and have since transferred into Engineering. I'm also an Orientations Leader and a volunteer for Destination UBC.

I can answer questions about about rez life, science, how I got into UBC, engineering or transferring. This is my second forum post, my old one was getting huge and a bit unwieldy. 
Getting accepted into UBC
I'm a senior in a french high school in New Brunswick, CA. My entire life is set upon my acceptance into UBC. It's too early in the semester to know my grade average yet, but I tend to do mid to high 80s. I just wanted to know what I should be aiming for grade wise, how I should write my personal profile (is there a format? Do I just simply right about myself?? AM I OVER ANALYZING EVERYTHING??) 
Also, I would like to apply to the Sauder School of Business, is that possible first year? Their website only had information available for 2-3 year. Should I simply apply to arts and transfer later on?
Any information would be tremendously appreciated. 
I'm an international prospective student. Please I need information on masters programme for civil engineering, but must be affordable though. Good lifestyle and sports like basketball. Cheap accommodation.
Ivey transfer
Anyone applying to Western HBA this year? What are your stats?
UBC Vancouver vs UBC okalanaga vs Calgary
Hi everyone. I'm  graduate of Civil Engineering from a university in Nigeria. Now I seek to further by masters degree from a university studying Structural Engineering. Now I choose Canada to study because of her reputable schools, low tuition fees compared to other countries, facilities, and her lifestyle which I see is quite comfortable & interesting. I looked up UBC and I sense it fits my interest because I'll also like to work with studying just for extra expenses u know. I found out about the vancouver and Okalanaga campuses and got confused about their accommodation fees, because I'll like to get at least a cheap accommodation not to incur more expenses in any university I get to study. Please if anyone knows a better option I'll be grateful you share. I enjoy playing basketball and like keeping fit, so any school having recreational facilities is a big plus. Also spots like clubs, and groove to make & meet with new friends won't hurt. *smile... Thanks
University midterm grades vs final grades
Okay, so I took a couple grade 12 courses last year and got 92 in one , and 93 in the other two.I am taking 6 courses this year. Say if my midterms for the 6 new courses are really high. So I use them in university admissions. Then I get accepted and they tell me to maintain an average of say, 88%+. Can I just use those 3 final grades from my 3 grade 12 courses last year and then go ham in the other 3 courses this year (which are the prerequisites) and sort of slack of from the 3 other courses that I used for midterm marks but aren't prereqs?
McMaster Health Sciences Supp App 2015-2016!
What are your thoughts on the questions? Please do not share or discuss your answers.
In this thread, I am going to lay down the FACTS and my experience in Co-op.

Common Question: "If I don't get into co-op, is it still worth it?"
Answer: YES depending on how bad you want it


Co-op is not the end all be all.  If you have a solid GPA (9+), some good extracurriculars and job experience DO NOT STRESS AT ALL.  To be 100% honest, all that stuff listed won't guarantee you a spot.  It ALL COMES DOWN TO YOUR INTERVIEW.  I know so many students with over 10+ GPAS that still do not get in, so DO NOT STRESS OVER BEING UNDER QUALIFIED.  INTERVIEW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, DONT BELIEVE ANYTHING ANYONE ELSE SAYS.  I know people with 8 GPAs that had got in (myself included) and I know way more people with 10.5+ GPAs that did not.  If you do not get in, DO NOT STRESS! Plenty of my friends had found office administrative jobs through their own personal career search.  It comes down to HOW BAD YOU WANT IT! If you do not get in and quit then you obviously did not want Co-op that bad to begin with. 

Now let me talk about once you get into Co-op because some of you may seem that it is all fine and dandy.

Finance People:
Most jobs offered in the Spring such as "Financial Analyst' are highly competitive.  From what I know most of these jobs go to the Double Degree  people.  To put yourself in the best position for these jobs is get some certification (bloomberg, securities course).  If you are afraid of the Co-op interview, the Finance interviews are 100x tougher as it involves many technical based questions.  This is where you really gotta know your sh*t if your trying to land a good finance job.

Accounting People:
GRADES MATTER THE MOST HERE!  AND YOU HAVE TO NETWORK! ALL THOSE DINNER EVENTS WHERE YOU GOT TO KISS EVERYONES ASS YOU HAVE TO GO TO THOSE! YOU MUST NETWORK WITH THE PEOPLE FROM THESE JOBS IF YOU EVEN WANT A CHANCE!  Everyone that got into the Big 4 or w/e had a SOLID resume.  Interviews for accounting happen early and most(if not all) people who get an interview have at least a 10.4 GPA.  After the early rounds, accounting jobs are really scarce and you have to really make yourself standout from the bunch that did not get into an accounting job from the early rounds.  

THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE 99% OF YOU WILL FALL INTO.  Not sure if you want to do accounting or finance? Then there is a 99% you wont get into those jobs.  The people that want these jobs have already been preparing for these positions and WILL get these positions.  If you spent this summer working at Forever 21 or McDonalds just thinking about getting into co-op than the chances of you landing the above jobs are slim.  Now, there are 100s of jobs that go up on the website throughout the process and it will be overwhelming.  In my year (last year), finding a job was as hard as staying sober at Phils.  Maybe not that hard, but almost 60% of ppl who got into co-op didnt have a job after RANK MATCH (What kinda bullshit is that?).  Co-op office says they help you find one but in reality they DONT DO SHIT!!!!!! They ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO LOOK FOR THEIR OWN JOB ONCE RANK MATCH IS DONE! (sounds like scam?) Their resume editing service is basically spellcheck on Microsoft Word cause thats all they really do.  So many of us had a hard time finding a job because after rank match, every job you see on the Laurier co-op website IS ON http://indeed.com, http://monster.ca etc.  So basically you are no longer battling people from Laurier, you are competing with EVERYONE from EVERYWHERE!  Now after months pass and exams are about to come up, you will find a job but it won't be one that you are extremely excited for.  

To summarize:  That roommate that didn't get into co-op that has a higher GPA than you, more ECs and experience will be competing with you even if you are in Co-op.  And he/she will be $1400 richer than you because he didn't have to pay for the co-op fees.  

Dont stress if you don't get in.