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A Story from A Waterloo Engineering Student About Failure
Nobody told me university can be so brutal

Hey StudentAwards commmunity. I wanted to share my story with all of you to let you know what can happen in engineering. What happened in University was something I never even remotely thought could occur. I was one of you guys - a HS student coming into Waterloo engineering with a 90+ average. I want to let you know that you will experience many ups and downs and suffer through feelings of inadequacy but thats ok.

I hope you guys take some of my lessons as a reminder to always keep your head up.
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$500 "Ultimate Study Tip" Community Contest
Love them or hate them, exams are a part of student life. We want to know what your "ultimate study tip" is that helps you get through (and ace) them! 

Essentially we’re looking for some inspirational advice that will help other students have an amazing academic year. Whether it’s “Don't leave it to the last minute” or “Memorize facts with a song”, we want to hear from you. There’s a $500 cash prize up for grabs!* 

How to Enter: 
Simply comment below using your real name with, “My Ultimate Study Tip Is:” followed by the piece of advice you think will help other members as they prepare for exams.

Deadline to enter is January 29, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. ET.  

How to Win: 
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. 

Please note: Anonymous or inappropriate posts will not be tolerated nor entered into this contest. Good luck! 

*See full rules and regulations ( https://support.yconic.com/hc/en-us/articles/206119646--Ultimate-Study-Tip-Contest-Rules)

McMaster Math and Statistics
Is math and stats at mcmaster any good? I want to go into actuarial science.
Should I choose it over uoft math since there is no co op avaiable for this program at uoft?
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Laptops for engineering students
I'm planning to go into engineering next fall and I am looking to buy a laptop during black friday deals. Macs seem to be fairly dependable but also pricier. 

Personally I've only ever used PC.

Right now I'm looking at the Hp Spectre with 8gb ram and 512 SSD.

any advice for someone with limited computer knowledge?
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Waterloo Systems Design Engineering
Are any systems undergraduates lurking around these forums? I've done a bit of research on what this program actually is, but still don't really understand it. From what I grasp, it deals with designing and managing all kinds of engineering systems? 

Can anyone give me a bit more detail on what this program is and what its like? Also wondering if it is/can be related to computer/IT related career paths since that's what my main interest is in.
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Should I Submit My Transcript to Toronto & Waterloo Now or After the 2nd Term?
I am applying to electrical engineering at both the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo (from BC.) I have completed Pre-Calculus 12 (100%)  (in summer school) and Physics 12 (93%) already, while I am currently taking Chemistry 12 and English 12 (full year classes) and will be taking Calculus 12 second semester.

My 1st term report card has Chemistry 12 at 95% and English 12 at 93%. However, both classes will probably be 2 or 3 percent higher by the end of the 2nd term (end of January.) 

Should I submit my transcript now with the lower marks or wait for February when I'll have higher interim marks? 

Also, my grade 11 marks were:
Pre-Calculus 11-98%
English 11-96%
Chemistry 11-95%
Physics 11-94%
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Loran Scholarships 2016
I just submitted my application and I know it can be a gruelling experience. To anyone reading this, hang in there :)
 I started this thread as a way for applicants to support each other. So feel free to discuss the application process and anything else in between.
York U Residences
Does anyone has experience with York University residences? A family memeber will be attending the social work program next Fall and is considering Winters, Calumet, Vanier etc. Any recommendations? Does any residence has built in cafeteria for dinner ? Or students have to walk somewhere else? From the videos on website the facilities are a bit old.

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what are the questions you got for the rotman supplementary applications?
what are the questions you got for the rotman supplementary applications - both video and essay question?
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2nd Year Queen's Commerce - Ask Away!
Hey guys, this forum helped me out a lot in high school. If you wanna know anything about the Commerce program, let me know.
Thinking of Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and/or Bachelor of Business Administration (HR)
I'm thinking of going into Bachelor of Arts and major in sociology and/or minor in Bachelor of Business Administration in HR. 

Im in high school and i'm just confuse on whether I should drop chemistry 30? I had already researched the specific required courses and it did say it did not need the subject but i'm just worried. 

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Ryerson University Bachelor of Arts Acceptance!!!!
Hello. For Ryerson U, what averages would most likely lean towards acceptance for the arts program? I'm thinking history, politics, and criminology. I know mid to high 70's are required but Ryerson only looks at grades and no ecs. This worries me. I'll have a low 80 average and am applying generally, NOT early accpetance. Thanks.
First Year ECE at uWaterloo AMA
I remember roaming through these forums just a short year ago, and I'm here to give back. I know everyone is going to ask about my admission average, 90.5%, with some extracurriculars such as robotics club, some intramural sports teams, etc. I did not do any math/cs competitions.  

Before you ask any questions, I highly recommend looking at some of these links:

Besides, that, ask away! 
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Why is everyone on this forum so dead set on telling kids not to go into any given program?
I understand that it's hard to find jobs in some fields. I'm sure almost everyone on here does as well. It seems that every post i see, there's always some anonymous commenter discouraging them and telling them "good luck working at starbucks/mcdonalds/burger king/etc." I just saw something that said the only useful degrees were engineering and computer science. Do you think that Engineers and Comp. Sci majors can do every job that our complex society needs? No, they can't. Yes, it may be hard to find a high paying job with certain degrees but who are you to assume that making money is all someone cares about? Coming from the home of a single mother who makes a little over 50k a year, I can tell you that having an average paying job isn't hell like people on here make it out to be. I would never go against what i aspire to do based on the amount of money I'd start off making.

It just seems that some people are so dead-set on tearing people's goals down on here and I just wanted to let people know that their degree isn't "useless" if it doesn't get them a job paying 100k off the bat.
Uni out side of ontario
I'm contemplating whether it's worth it to apply to a university outside of ontario, mainly I'm looking at UBC right now. But what are your guys opinions on this because ontario already has most of the top universities in Canada, so would there even be a point in applying outside of Ontario. Btw I'm applying to engineering or CS, also if anyone knows anything about UBC's CS how is the program, from what i heard it's second best after waterloo and what are the admission averages?
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Diploma vs Undergrad
I am a gr 12 student looking into criminology, I have the option to do 2 years of Criminal Justice studies to recieve a diploma and continue to do 2 more years to recieve a bachelor of arts degree, is it worth recieveing the diploma or is it better to apply for the bachelors degree out of the gate?
How to get high marks in high school
Hey guys,
I have a 92 average in high school currently. However to make it to most engineering programs, you need upwards of 95%. Does anyone know how I can get stellar high school grades. Some people recommend private school, but I know that they are looked down upon for admissions. With that in mind, does anyone have any tips on how I can attain such a high average. Perhaps any high schools within Toronto that are not academically rigorous. If any students on this forum looking at this post had a high high school average, please share your experiences below!
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What do you wanna do for a career?
This is just a general thread for what people aspire and plan to do in the future. This can include programs, unis, colleges, and other.
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Western or queens
What are my chances for western or queens?
I can get the marks its just my ecs that aren't super great
Calc 86
Adv func 87
Eng 90
Economics 97
World cultures 95
Philosophy 94
International bus 84
Fashion 96
French 88

-summer job at fast food stand 1 yr
-badminton team 1yr 
-badminton club 1 yr
Outdoors club 2 yrs 
Volunteer at library 2 yr
Tutor students for free 2 yrs
Link crew this year 

Do you think i could explain to them that i moved halfway through high school and wasn't able to continue with my ecs which is why there is a lack of continuity?

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Applying to college
I've heard many times of schools adding 10% to your grade if you took a U class and apply to college. Is there any truth behind this?
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U of T - Ask me anything!

I'm a student at the University of Toronto, planning to pursue either an Economics or Economics and Mathematics Specialist.

I understand that the University of Toronto is a popular destination for many Secondary School graduates, so I thought I'd offer up my expertise and answer any questions you may have.

I can help dispel (or confirm!) scary rumours, answer questions about the application process, or whatever is on your mind. My specific knowledge is of Maths and Economics, so I can help applicants planning to enter that field.

*Note: There has been some interest in the sale of my ECO100Y notes among entering students. I do have prepared a large document including all relevant graphs, equations and definitions - complete with explanations and descriptions. If you're interested, feel free to send me a message on the forums.

**Note: Please do not use this thread to ask whether your entrance grades are good enough. I don't really know, and don't pretend to.

- MattUK
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U of T advice compared to Gr12
so right not im HOPING to get accepted to U of T. the following question does not limit itself to only U of T. i was wondering if anyone knows the difference in terms of work load say compared to biology first year and grade 12. Right now im almost a straight 90 student (most difficult subject and lowest mark for me is english) and i admit i do not work as hard as everyone expects a 90 student to work. i was wondering how difficult it would be for me say mcmaster u of t or western if i decided to work hard. (in your opinions )
ps i never feel stressed for some reason
Chances of getting into U of T Toronto and Scarborough?
I want to pursue life sciences. It's nearing the end of November as of now.  Do I have hope? I'm about to get my first term reprot card, and I don't have all my marks now but I can estimate. 

Advanced Functions - 78
bio - 82 (I will ensure this reaches at least an 87, it's this low cause of stupid mistakes)
chemistry - 83
Rep Music (extra course) - 90
Music - 90
English - 76 (I will increase that by A LOT)

Physics isn't required, but I will take it in first year uni. I know I'm going to have trouble with that cause I don't have any physics experience. All my courses are U level, except for Music, which is mixed. 

I haven't done this bad in a long time, Last year my makrs were high by ten percent. I think it's because I have no motivation, but if I hear some now I will be inspired to work!!