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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
Chance of Acceptance for Queens Commerce
Grade 12 Classes:

Accounting 88 (final)
Business Leadership 87 (final)
Data Managment ~94 (estimated mid term mark)
Adv Functions ~87 (estimated mid term mark)
English - Next Sem
Calc - Next Sem

- Student Trustee for my Grade 12 Year
- Member of OSTA-AECO Executive
- Student Council for about 7 Years
- Chair of my board's Student Senate
- Member of Student Senate for 3 Years
- DECA Participant for 4 Years (1 ICDC)
- Member of Grad Council
- Attended WE Day
- Grade 9 Transition Leader
- Worked as Cashier at a local business for about a year (Quit to focus on school)
~100 Volunteer Hours
- Play Hockey and Baseball

What do you think
   - What are the odds I get accepted?
   - My EC's are very good. Do I try jamming it all into my PSE and SE or pick a few and really        go hard on them?

Any comments are appreciated!

Question for commerce students (queens, UTM, Degroote, Laurier)
Hi guys,

I'm currently in Grade 12 and looking to apply to Queens Commerce, Rotman, Degroote nad Laurier. I have an 88% average so far but i mean the year just started so i have to maintain it. My question is that, i want to do a business undergrad before applying to law school (hopefully Osgoode). 

I know that for law, i just need a high GPA in whatever undergrad i choose, and so i am stressing. If i get into one of these programs (all of which are tough), my marks aren't likely to soar. I don't want to graduate with my bcom, but then fail to get into any law school due to low marks.

Are these programs not for me? Does anyone have experience of doing these programs pre-law school. I am also aware some schools offer mba/jd programs, so if anyone knows about that?
Safest way to optometry school
Hey guys, 
Optometry has caught my interest over the few months, and I think thats the goal I want to pursue, I've been thinking about many different programs such as; Biomedical sciences, Life sciences, Human kinetics (kinesiology) or maybe even psychology. 

I've read places that a good base for optometry is neuroscience. But I want to know what's really the best program that could increase my chances (even though it doesn't matter the program), and help me learn a lot for optometry school. 

Thank you :) 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Queen's and Western Ivey
Hi there I am a grade 12 student looking to apply to these schools. I was wondering if you could just list some advantages and disadvantages of both school and for any current students or alumni do you mind sharing personal experiences, would be really helpful.
Physical sciences
Is entry into physical science programs competitive? Most websites for the schools I have checked out only list enrollment numbers for science as a whole as opposed to physical science specifically but I gathered that a large portion of those students are life/health science. Mac does list theirs and has a target enrollment of 100 which seems pretty small, but is this because not as many people are applying?

I also have a more demographic related question. Is there a higher proportion of boys than girls studying physical sciences? I didn't feel comfortable asking this sort of question to the profs I talked to at OUF but I'm curious with what I will be facing next year.
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?
Night School SPH4U
So I have 3 university requirement courses in sem 1, which are advanced functions, physics and chemistry. I'm dropping physics because the physics is not my strong subject, and I'm uncomfortable to talk to the teacher about my problems. I know that physics is the main subject for engineering, but I really think I should take action. Other problem is it's pretty hard for me to do physics without guidance I am now registered in physics in night school, and i have 2 courses only in my semester 1. I would like to know if universities like UofT, UW, Mcmaster, Guelph, etc.  will still look into my offer. I still have these 3 subjects in semester 1, AND I also have a strong AIF. I am going for software engineering (I love programming) and my alternatives are computer science and system designing. Thank you so much for taking your time to help me.
Waterloo Computer Science Applicants of 2016!
This forum is for Waterloo computer science applicants of 2016!

This is created to get a better understand of the applicants this year. Share the following please:

1. Estimated admission average
2. EC's

Just want to get to know the competition a bit better! Good luck to everyone!
Life Sciences Question :D

I know that in business, extra-curriculars  count almost as much as marks, especially in the top schools like Ivey and Queen's. But, however, in life sciences, do they only really care about marks, assuming you have decent ECs? I had a 93 avg in grade 11, and am confident I can maintain a mid-high 80 avg this year at minimum. I am planning on going to either Waterloo, McMaster (life science), Carleton, Queen's, or U of Calgary/Alberta (assuming I get accepted to some of them). 

Now, I know you business and engineering students are going to be like, what? Why is he applying to such crap schools!? 

Well, in retrospect, medical schools do not care where you went for your undergrad, at all. The only things that matter are your MCAT, GPA, and ECs. So, really, I would NEVER choose U of T ... Like, ever .... Worst changes at getting even a decent GPA. Same case for UBC and Queen's really. 

So really, the Queen's/Ivey/Sauder/Rotman case in superiority is not indicative of the medical field, at all.

So back to my original question: do universities (life science program( only really care about marks, assuming you have decent ECs?

I have a about 5 or 6 ECs that are above average in my opinion, so I'm not too worried about that really. 

Would appreciate any insight though? 

Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Applicants of 2016!
This forum is or Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Applicants (Fall 2016) 

To get a better understanding of this years pool of applicants, please share the following.

1. Your admission Average (Approx.) 
2. Your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. 
3. EC's
Undergrad for law school?
Hey guys,

I'm going through a bit of a crisis where I've realized applying to queens commerce and rotmans is great and all, but it'll be very difficult for me to graduate and go to law school (a good one) due to a low gpa. 

Two questions. 1.) does it make sense to get into a well known business program and then a rather average law school, I'm sure job recruiters will still consider me a top asset for corporate law. Or should I do the opposite, easy undergrad and very good law school (osgoode).

2.) anybody do a business undergrad and go to law school? What kind of undergrads did u guys do? 
Waterloo Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) - 2016 Discussion Thread

If you have any questions on the University of Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) program this year and are interested in applying, dont hesitate to ask them here! I'll try to answer them as best as I can! 

For those of you who dont know what CAP is, it's basically a program designed for students who wish to pursue a field in pharmacy in the future. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE: https://uwaterloo.ca/pharmacy/future-students/conditional-admission-pharmacy-cap ALSO be sure to check out the FAQ section too because they usually cover a lot of your questions there. 

NOTE: Applications will be available starting October 9, 2015
Current UBC Student- Ask me anything
I'm a second year 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.
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.
East Res-- At University of Guelph?
How is the double east res at UOG? 
do you get your own kitchen? what is supplied (stove, oven? etc..)

Also do you have to bring stuff like a microwave, fridge.

And can you bring appliances like a toaster, blender, etc..
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. 
First Year Transfer
I am a first year student at Laurier (double degree with Waterloo) and I am really not liking it here. I don't like Laurier as a school and I feel the same towards Waterloo. I am considering transferring to Western, however this would mean I would have to take the rest of the year off. Any suggestions/tips? Thanks
Double Major
Has anyone done or is currently doing a double major? How hard is this? Thinking about a double major for my future studies.
Art-Sci at University of Toronto?
Anyone here in the art and sciences faculty at UofT or planning to go there?

What are your thoughts about this program? Would you consider it a decent undergraduate degree for someone who is interested in going to graduate school (i.e. law school) since there is no 'pre-law' degree.

I would most probably major in International Relations, Political Sciences, History OR Computer Science. Still thinking about this one.
First Year U of T Life Sci Ask me Anything
Hey, I am in U of T life sciences first year, Ask me anything you want regarding U of T or any other university in Ontario :)
18-Year-Old Seeks Advice for Unconventional Dilemma
Hi All,

I'm 18 years old and currently in my fifth year of high school, and I'm looking for advice on what to do for post secondary next year, but I'm different from most people my age in that my main goal isn't to find a job that I love. My main goal would be work-life balance.

Here's the thing- all through high school I wanted to work directing and writing movies, but after some revelations in my first round of Grade 12 I realized how truly foolish that was. I also came to realize something about myself. And that's the fact that I'm not really passionate about anything. Even as a child, I wasn't that interested in much of anything (except reading :P).

Because of this, I've given up on finding a job that I love, my main goal is finding a job that gives me a basic schedule where I can work from 7am-6pm Monday through Friday, and I would prefer a job that's at a desk in an office. That way I could just come in, do my job, leave and have the one thing I truly love, evenings and weekends off :P. If that exact schedule and lifestyle isn't realistic, I want the closest thing possible to it.

Anyone have an idea what jobs could support this lifestyle? What could I study next year in order to get one of these jobs?

UBC, Western, UofT, Queen's reputation?
I'm currently in grade 11 and I am completely certain I want to do business as my undergrad. Ideally, I want to focus on finance, get my CFA designation, work for a couple of years, and then get my master's degree (of course, this plan may change - I know it's very ambitious).  I will definitely be applying to UBC Sauder, Western AEO, UofT Arts (Economics), and Queen's Smith.  

I live in Vancouver, so of course UBC makes the most sense but I don't feel that it's the right school for me.  Personally I feel more inclined to Queen's.  But my parents are worried that if I wanted to return to Vancouver, UBC or SFU grads would be preferred by employers over Queen's grads.  Is this true?  In Vancouver, are Queen's (and Western) grads at a disadvantage?  Also, what's the international reputation of UBC, Western, UofT, and Queen's (particularly in Europe)?

Please don't comment that business is useless now, all of my family is in business and I know it's the right path for me.

Thank you!