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I'm a Canadian studying at an Ivy League school - Ask Me Anything
Basically what the title says. I find that people--especially Canadians--hold a lot of misconceptions regarding what it means to go to an Ivy League or Ivy-calibre school. People on this forum also love to throw around terms like prestige, liberal arts degrees, connections, success, wealth, etc. in their discussions, especially when the Ivy League is brought up or when people are fighting about which business program is the best. I thought I could answer a few questions and clear up a few things about the Ivy League and what it actually means in the real world. I'm not a freshman/1st year so I stopped seeing everything with rose-coloured glasses like I used to when I first got here.

About me:

Sex: Male

Program/Major: History, but I'm also completing the requirements for medical school.

High school: Regular public high school in Ontario. No AP or IB. My 4 year average was 94%, with course marks ranging from 83-99%. I did a lot of extracurriculars in high school and I had a couple of leadership roles. My teachers also really liked me so I was able to get good letters of recommendation from them. My school isn't known for sending kids to the US at all.

SAT/ACT scores: 2140 (out of 2400) and 35 (out of 36).

I did not get in because of money or connections. I come from a middle-class family, and most of the $60,000 cost of attendance per year is covered by my school's generous financial aid policy. I pay about $8000 a year for tuition and room + board.

So go ahead. Ask me anything. I'm currently studying for midterms so I'll try to answer when I can.
Careers in Math and/or Science
I want to pursue a career in math or, math and science as those are two of my best subjects and the ones i enjoy the most. What are some jobs that are in that field of interest and have a pretty decent salary, like 65,000+ starting, and which can go up to 100,000+ as you gain more experience? I know like jobs in math and science are basically all engineering programs but i have no idea what are some which directly focus on math and have decent pay. Thanks
3rd Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything!


I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.

Background:
- First 2 years spent as BBA Co-op student, secured first coop term through BBA
- Transferred into BAcc Co-op after 2 years
- Currently doing a spring semester

You kinda get the best of both worlds since I have been in all (both) the programs offered at the Goodman School of Business!

And since I know these are gonna be popular Qs:

WHEN SEARCHING FOR 1ST CO-OP:
- Avg (both major and overall) ~80%
- ECs: Leadership position in a club, some entrepreneurial stuff, sports stuff
- Work XP: General accounting internship at no-name organization doing very basic stuff, manual labour

INTERVIEWS:
Since attending Brock, I have received interview requests from (in no particular order):
RBC x2, Canadian Tire Financial Services, Imperial Oil (Alberta), Ontario Securities Commission (CPA Approved), Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Big 4 Audit (Toronto), Suncor (Alberta), TeamBuy .ca, Big 4 Audit (Calgary) and CPP Investment Board.

Note: These were not all co-op positions, some were just summer internship interviews.

AT TIME OF APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY (September 2012 Entry):
- Rejected from BAcc Co-op
- Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6


So feel free to ask me anything and I'll try to answer your Qs as best as I can!

*Even if nobody has posted in this topic for a while, feel free to do so, chances are I'm still lurking on here


i dont know wat course to take...
i was wondering wat course do you need to take in hs to get into physiotherapy?
Got denied
Really quick question. 
I checked my quest today and it showed "deny" as my status. Is there absolutely no hope left or can I still be considered before June 1st (Since ppl who got accepted might not accept their engineering offer, so there would be more spots left)? If this is the case, do I still have a chance?

PLEASE HELP. 
really really wanna get into waterloo :'(
Waterloo Computer Science
Hey guys!
I'm a grade 12 student who is enrolling into Waterloo Computer Science (non-coop) this upcoming September.

I have no prior programming experience and I'm wondering what language I should start off with to prepare myself for Computer Science. I'm thinking about starting off with C++ as I heard it was one of the more complexer languages and it will make it easier on me when we begin with a more basic language in CS. 

If anyone is in CS at any school, I'd like to hear your insight on what you think I should do to prepare myself for this upcoming fall season. I also would like to know if it would be better to go in with where I'm at (which is 0%) or if I should try to gain some sort of experience in programming to help prepare myself better. I'm hesitant as I heard that if I am not properly taught, I may form "bad coding habits" which will eventually be harder to fix later on. 

I'm really nervous and intimidated by everyone going in with a lot of programming experience and I kind of want to enter on the same level as everyone else.

I would appreciate any feedback so please help a brotha out!

also if anyone could give me some advice on what I could do over the summer to land an intership.... yeaa
Who wants to go into med school?
And what are you doing to reach your goal (Ecs, undergrad choice, research etc...)?? And what are your alternative careers if you decided you didn't want to go to med school anymore or didnt get accepted?
Best programs in Canada
Engineering: UoT, Waterloo
Business: Queen's, Ivey
Sciences: Guelph, UoT, McMaster
Mathematics/Comp Sci: Waterloo
& McGill is a pretty good all-rounder overall, but does not excel in any particular program

UBC? Don't go to UBC.
Political Science Major- which uni?
After summer, I'm going into grade 12 and I am very stressed as to which university (in Ontario preferably) would provide me with the best undergrad education in order to pursue law. Before naming a bunch of uni's I was hoping that you guys could help me out with what you know, maybe from experience or research, because oh boy have I been researching, and am still quite lost.
Diploma+Degree Option
Hey guys, some of you might know that you can do a 2-year diploma on a college then transfer your credits to a university where you can get a 4-year degree.

What im curious is, is it good for you? Like, "oh he got 2 both diploma and a degree!"
Or they are like "damn that poor guy couldnt afford a university" ?

Basicly, is it good, bad, or considered a normal thing when you apply to a job?

Cheers!
Getting ahead for Queen's Commerce first semester classes
I don't have a job and there are moments where I'm bored in the summer so I wanted to know if there was any sites or resources I could use to get ahead in my first year courses.

My first semester courses are the standard:
Intro to Mathematical Analysis
Principles of Economics (Took gr. 12 economics)
Business Management
Managing Work and Teams
Intro to Financial Accounting (Took gr. 12 accounting)
*Prereqs: 4U English vs. 4U French?* // & Future Grade 12 Students Applying to Canadian Universities!
I've noticed for some universities there's an option of using either 4U Eng or 4U French as a prereq (Mcgill and Ottawa U for example). If I'm currently attending an English high school and want to take all my university courses in English at an English Univerisity, will they only consider my 4U Eng mark? I mean, it just doesn't make sense to me that they would accept French as a prereq if I'm going to be studying in English. I'm asking because my French mark will most likely be a loooot higher than my English mark. I took 4U English last year, didn't take it seriously and ended up with a 90%. I've already taken 3U French and I know I can get at the very least a 95% in the 4U course. I definitely won't be applying to Ottawa, and Mcgill isn't my number one option or anything (even though I'm thinking health/life sciences), but I'm just really curious. I was really bummed out about my English mark and it would be sweet if it wasn't included in my top six, haha.
Also, anyone here going into Grade 12? Let me know what universities/programs you plan on applying to! Good luck everyone :)
Honors BBA Co-op - Brock University
So after scrolling through numerous websites about Brock University's BBA program; very few are to be found. It is mostly about the BAcc program. My average is high enough to get into the Accounting co-op program (and I emailed them already about changing the major), but I am still unsure if I wish to pursue that major. 
So here's a common question, though one that is always left unanswered...
How is Brock's BBA Co-op program? I really don't want to hear anything about the accounting which I know is very solid. I got into all my programs but Laurier (alternate offer to econ) and so I accepted Brock cause of its great co-op rate. I'm wondering how the program is, how good the placements are (obviously I'm going to put in work to earn that good placement), and how the overall program is. I am well aware that the accounting overshadows the BBA kids and have heard a lot - to sum, I'm screwed. How important is an undergrad (especially from Brock) if I'm certain I will be doing my masters. Let me know guys, thanks!
AMA Request: Summer Co-op/Intern at a Big 4 Accounting Firm
I and many others on this forum are pursuing a CPA designation and would probably want to work at a big 4 firm. I think it would be beneficial if someone who is currently working there this summer or recently worked there as a student could answer some questions for us.
Hydro
Can you set up Hydro...in Waterloo...from abroad? Any international student with experience in this area?
Ask me almost anything about Mac Health Sci
All right all right, I'm seeing a lot of misconception flying around these forums about McMaster's BHSc program. Admissions, courses, medical acceptance, etc.

I'm a recent graduate of this program and starting medical school this fall. Bring me your questions and we'll see what we can clear up. I won't tell you how to get in, because I can't, but I can tell you about the process and what we're looking for.

Ready, set, go!
Ivey HBA Acceptance Thread 2015
This is just a thread for applicants entering HBA1 in the fall at Ivey Business School (people actually starting HBA1, not high school applicants for AEO), feel free to share when you got your acceptance!

Computer Science cutoffs
Does anyone know the cutoffs for Waterloo Computer Science, UofT Computer Science, Queens Computer Science and UBC Computer Science?

Thanks in advance 
Biomedical science at Ryerson? Life Sciences at Queen's? Any other university?
I've started to look in university programs at universities in Canada, specifically Ontario. I want to become a paediatrician so I know i have to go through medical school. I wanted to know which university would actually provide a good education in the program one is applying to (sorry, I didn't really know how to phrase that question).
     For example, biomedical sciences at Ryerson is fairly new, and I've researched all over the internet but I couldn't find anything on whether or not it is a good program. Ryerson is not really known for its sciences so it's really hard to find anything online that tells if the program is any good. Ryerson is one of my options because of its co-op program in biomedical sciences. Is the co-op experience good?
     McMaster is another choice for me because of its co-op program in life sciences. 

Would the uni I take co-op at affect my co-op experience?

I hear every where that med schools and employers don't care where you finished your undergrad but is that really true?
Is there any way to decrease your course load?
I'm going to Queen's this Sept. and i'm hoping to get into the Life Science program next year. In order for that to happen I have to take BIO, MATH, PHYS,and CHEM. All these courses have either Labs or Tutorials, put that all together and you get a fairly overwhelming course load. Is there anyone at Queen's, who knows how to make first year easier? Can I do some labs in the summer, or even some courses?
Really depressed. Accepted my offer of Kinesiology at York University but I can't afford my first year
Hi guys, I live in Venezuela and I don't have family nor close friends in Canada. I applied to York University this year and I've been admitted to the Kinesiology program to start this Fall. Everything went out pretty well but I didn't get any scholarship and in my country we are facing an economical crisis that got worse lately and now it is almost impossible to change our currency in dollars and either way it's an awful lot of money to afford at least my first year at York University. I'll need to pay residence and a meal plan. 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY ALTERNATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS? Do you think if I manage to pay at least for the fees of this first semester I could work throughout the whole fall and save some money to pay the fees for Winter? Is there really anything I can do once I arrive in Canada to help myself pay? 

I have work experience in my country, I'm currently working as an English teacher in my country and I also worked in a travel agency for a time.

My email is dennysmedinar@gmail.com, I have a plane ticket to leave in September and I even though I don't have the money to pay for an education I'm saving and doing my best. If there's anything you advice me to do please let me know.

Thanks a lot! 
Just Finished (Ivey) AEO2, Going Into HBA1 - Ask Me Anything
Two short years ago, I was in the position many of you are in right now. Wondering how hard it is to maintain an 80% average through two years at Western. I will not sugarcoat anything like many AEOs did (and still do) on this forum. I will not echo useless sentiments you already know. I will tell it like it is.

In first year I averaged 78.6%

In second year I averaged 86.8%

I studied Geography for my first two years at Western.

Ask me anything - I will answer everything.