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What average is needed for electrical and computer engineering at waterloo and uoft?
Hi Yconic,
I was wondering what average was required to get into these two programs.
I am entering grade 12 next year.
I have several ecs, but unfortunately none of them are engineering related.
I have also held two summer jobs, this summer and last.
My ecs demonstrate leadership within the community.
Thanks!
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University of Toronto or McMaster?
Hello I am a grade 11 student. I am enrolled in the AP Program and the SHSM program, and I have a 93.4% average. Also, I have many extra-curriculars, and I have a ton of volunteer experience. Finally, I have lots of health related certifications (FIRST AID, CPR, AED, INFECTION CONTROL etc.)
Later this year I will be applying for university. I want to become an Anaesthesiologist. What is better for me: Health Sciences at McMaster or Life Sciences at U of T? I also want to know which would better train me better for medical school? Please elaborate on how any of the experiences are, as well as what GPA i would need to get into med. school. Thank you. 
Is this transfer to Engineering Science at U of T feasible (work-load wise)?
Hello,

I am currently entering my first year into an engineering physics program at a "recognised university". Because this school is not my "dream school", I would like to transfer to U of T's engineering science. My courses are comparable for the most part (except for 4 courses which i would need to catch up on), which means I would more than likely get (if my grades are competitive of course)a transfer to second year, while needing to catch up on four courses. This would mean that I would need to take 8 courses per semester during my second year. I am not sure whether this would be feasible, in the sense that I've heard that second year is already the most difficult of the entire program.
What do you guys think? Is it feasible for a strong student?
Thanks
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To those starting grade 12...
I've been waiting to graduate for so long because I hate my high school, but as the days have passed ive noticed that im becoming more nervous for this year. Do any of you feel this anxiety building up? How are you coping with it?
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how to choose a university?
I am about to begin my final year of highschool and I was wondering how I can find the right university for me? i live in Ontario but I am willing to go anywhere in the country. I would like to a good university with a nice campus life, academically strong, and athletically developed. (student athlete) my program choices are Bachelor of Arts and a business program or transfer into it. can anyone help me with this? any suggestions of things to look for? what is the process and when does it start?
Odds of Getting Accepted to an American Aerospace Engineering Master's Program
Hello folks, First time posting on yconic so I'll try to keep it brief. Haha, this is yet another "what are my chances" post that we've all seen many times over and have either grown to love or despise. Nevertheless, I will give a quick backstory and follow that up with the obvious question.  

I completed my undergraduate degree from Queen's University in mechanical engineering back in 2014. Academically, I did very well. GPA: 4.13 out of 4.3 and I did receive some scholarships based upon academic performance. I was accepted to a fully funded master's program at Queen's University after my undergrad. The area of research pertained to reducing the heat signatures on military aircraft, which I was very excited for. This was largely funded by a military defense company. CFD would comprise a large part of this program. Long story short, I found out a month before I was to start that my professor (supervisor) would be out of the country for the majority of my program and that he could only be reached sporadically via Skype or email. I also was a little burnt out on school at the time and felt work experience might do me some good. I therefore decided to withdraw from the program and instead found employment working as a Mechanical EIT in the nuclear power industry.  

I've been at my current job for 2 years and do a lot of mechanical design work involving fluid mechanics, CFD analysis and stress analysis using hand calculation and FEA techniques. All of the stress analysis work (always with regards to pressure boundary) needs to either comply with ASME BPVC Section III & VIII or ASME B31.1. So I do have quite a bit of experience with designing to code. Lately, I've been involved with some CFD work at the office and it's made me realize how much I wish I could pursue further study in the field of aerospace engineering (most likely focusing on computational aerodynamics or CFD & propulsion). A quick aside, aerospace has always been my chief area of interest but the employment opportunities in Canada seem to be limited in comparison to the opportunities available in the USA.  

For the past month or so I've been contemplating taking the GRE and sending out applications to upper echelon aerospace engineering master's programs in the USA. Schools such as Caltech, Stanford, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, etc. I have even looked at what we have to offer here in Canada at U of T and was very impressed. However, my first choice would be to go to the States for study, if possible.  

Anyways, to quickly wrap this up and save you folks from a lengthy read, what are my chances of getting accepted to an upper tier American aerospace engineering master's program given my current situation? Would I just be wasting my time and money on applications? Any advice or personal experience from anyone willing to share would be greatly appreciated :).  

Andrew
6, 7, OR 8 courses?
Basically I'm a grade 12 student in a dilemma. I wish in my earlier years i could have thought to taken some grade 12 courses. Now I'm going into grade 12 with nothing. I need to know how many courses I should take. Here is a list of courses I have right now:

Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Advanced Function
Calculus and vectors
French (because I'm in french immersion)
Geography (because I'm in french immersion)
English 

I need to know if taking more courses would be a good idea or would it turn out to be disastrous. My main goal is to get into top business schools. If you agree with taking more courses do you have any recommendations on courses I should take wheter it be online or in school. THANKS!
Uni Admissions
Hey!
 I have a huge problem that still needs to be solved but feel that with the help of members of yconic, it can be solved with beneficial advice. I have a year and a half till I apply to uni and am kind of stressed that I won't get in (especially since I know people who attend ivey league schools). Now, I do obtain good averages but when I look at more successful students around me, I feel that I need to do so much better! Do yo think that with continuing maintaining a high avg,  already being an exec of 2 clubs and potentially getting a part time job will gain the admission officers interest?  I currently am looking at Western, Carleton or UFT! 
All advice is appreciated!

Graduating high school with no friends?
Man, I feel hella sad
I moved to a new school in a good area in Grade 10, tried to make friends
And its grade 12, I'm graduating with no squad I actively chill with

I have a lot of people that talk to me at school, say hi to in the halls, want to work with me when it comes down to school stuff

But no squad to call my own. No friends that invite me out.

All of the people at my school have their groups made since grade 9, and even before since middle school. It's so hard to find a place where I just fit in man

I tried getting to be friends with one group of people, but despite all my friendliness and my efforts showing that I see them as friends outside of school, they ignore me and don't see me in the same way

I try to invite them out places, but they never come through. And when it comes down to their stuff (movies, birthdays etc) they don't invite me out

And now I'm graduating Grade 12, no real friends that I chill with outside of school
I'm not an awkward person, I play basketball casually, but idk man

I'm normally a guy not fazed by sh*t like this, but when I saw my friend posting pics of his birthday party on his snapchat story, I got kinda sad :/

What should I do :/
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Could I still get into Sciences/Education?
Just got my English 12 mark (BC) and overall it is 77. In class 81 and provincial 72. 
My advantages are science/math courses (since I moved from an international school from Shanghai) Looking at a 92-96 average between Bio Chem Physics and Math.
Other pluses
Currently I am working at Richmond Night Market.
Also I am a volunteer captain in community centre with +200 hours .
Baseball player but not the best so would not be able to make the university team.
Will be hosting a small club in school. 
The disadvantage is my English mark from above. Also I do not play any music instruments. 

I would like to go to UBC or U of T. But would be fine with any good universities in Canada.
Missing the first four days of school
Due to a vacation, I will be missing the first four days of grade 12. Are they crucial, do you guys think? I will be doing everything in my power to stay caught up - email classmates, teachers, etc. I want into a fairly rigorous program, which is U Waterloo CS.
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Scholarships Associations
Hello

I am a grade 12 student trying to find scholarships for university as I know that the amount of financial assistance I get is a big factor to what school I go to. I already know about Loran, Schulich, RBC, TD, Terry Fox and Scotiabank. Are there any similar scholarships like these that I should apply for? As well as any big scholarship foundations like Loran? 

Thank you
Bizarre OSAP situation
Ill try to make this as short and simple as possible but Im even slightly confused. So I have always been in good standing with OSAP and have received funding every semester since Sept 2013. I knew that there were times I did not do so well, so I went into my financial aid office last week to enquire about my current OSAP status and this is where basically everything went down hill. 

Upon the financial aid lady looking into my file, she found that due to my academic progress in 2014 and 2015, I should have been on probation in 2014. Of course, I have never been told I was on probation nor have I had to sign any paperwork stating I was, during any point of my studies. So basically I fell under their radar somehow. She then hands me some academic explanation letter and tells me to attach documents to explain why I didn't progress in 2014 and 2015 and she will review them. She told me If everything goes well, I will be able to get funding for 2016-2017 school year. In the meantime, I go home and check my status again to find out I have been restricted from receiving OSAP. I literally went from being in good standing, to probation to restriction all in one hour. How can you be restricted without being on probation first? I didn't even get a first instance! I feel like this lady is trying to cover the fact that someone was not doing their job in monitoring my progress. (I could be wrong) 

So I gather my documents to back up my explanation letter. I was diagnosed with a permanent health condition in 2014 and my father was terminally ill and passed away in 2015. I provided a doctors letter and my fathers death certificate. This is in the process of being reviewed and if everything is good, I will apparently be on probation and will receive funding this year for school. How can they restrict me and then put me on probation? This doesnt make any sense to me. Also how long does these types of reviews take? I may have done poorly during certain semesters but both reasons were out of my control. Its also not my responsibility to monitor my own progress for the purposes of receiving OSAP. Has anyone been in a  similar situation? 

This lady told me to register but Im definitely not paying a $500 non refundable deposit to find out I can't get OSAP this year. That would just be stupid. 
Admission Questions? Ask a Current UBC Student!
Hi guys,

I always remember finding this forum really useful back when I was applying for universities in 2012, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to actually get some hard knowledge about admissions rather than just hearsay. Though I'm in Sauder, I can answer any questions regarding direct entry to all UBC programs, Sauder transfer applications, and general university stuff.

You should all also take a look at the holy grail of UBC admissions, specifically table 18 where all admission averages for all programs for entry in 2013W are outlined.

Hope to see you all at UBC in September!
Any Art Scholarships/Bursaries Based Of Merit?
Hi, I was just wondering if there are any scholarships or bursaries available based off of artistic ability. Although I am currently enrolled in a political science program, I am also a very skilled artist and I feel as if though I'd have a chance at winning something art related.

Thank you so much for your time. 
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UBC Media Studies?
Hello,

I was wondering if anybody knew about the UBC Media Studies program? It combines:
Art History and Visual Art
Creative Writing
Journalism
Film Studies
Film Production
Information Studies
Critical Theory – English Dept., German Dept.
Computer Science
It is everything I am interested in, but I am afraid that it would be another arts degree where I may struggle to find a job after graduation. What is your opinion?

Thanks :)
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Minor into a full degree down the road
Soooo I've been planning real hard before my grade 12 school year starts. I legit have a word document listing all my ECs, programs i want to apply for, etc. Anyway, I've been keeping an eye on McMaster for their B Com program lately

So lets say that if I do get in, I major in their finance program and minor in computer science. 
Down the road, is it possible for me to finish off my computer science degree as well? (bc i probably would've finished a good chunk of it as my minor). Idek if this makes sense, if not lemme know LOL. Thank ya! 
Queen's, McMaster, Western, UBC, McGill
Hi!

I'm currently going to be applying to QuARMs but if I don't get accepted I don't know where to go for my undergrad. I'm considering Queen's Sciences, McMaster Health, Western Med Sci, UBC biochemistry and McGill Life sciences. My goal is to get into Med School.

I'd like some feedback mostly on the teaching style and overall community feel at these different universities. I know McMaster is PBL and group work but are the others all just lecture based? 
Computer Science/Ivey Dual Degree AMA!
Hey Guys!

I’m a CS/Ivey dual degree candidate at Western, I used to come on here for help when I was in HS so I figured it's about my time to start giving back! So if any of you have questions on Ivey, AEO stuff or anything Western in general let's get a good thread going, feel free to ask me just about anything!

Also I’m currently conducting research on the rising competitiveness of Canadian Business Schools and their application processes. So if you're an incoming first year business student it would really help us out if you could complete our survey. The link is below:

https://rmidha2.typeform.com/to/UiSQKn
To anyone that took Grade 12 Philosophy
Hi everyone! I'm going into gr.12 this year and I took the philosophy course just because I didn't want to take religion again, but I'm not sure what this course really is about. So I have a few questions to ask if you guys don't mind answer:  

  1.What did this course teach?  
  2. Did you enjoy it?  
  3. Any tips I should know going into this course?  
  4. What were your assignments like?  
  5. If you don't mind answering, what was your final grade in this course?  

Thank you for answering c:
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Grade 11 or grade 12 marks?
Well hello!

I go to a non semestered school. Since I'll be taking all of my grade 12 courses from the beginning, will universities look at my grade 11 marks for early acceptance? I know that grade 11 marks are looked at when there are no grade 12 marks so I'm a little confused. I had a 94% average, my lowest one so I am not sure.

Thanks! 
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Qatar Cornell Medical School
The Cornell University has a university outside of America in Qatar where they offer a six year medical program. It saves two years albeit it is out of America and one still has to complete USMLE if trying for residency in America as it resides out the geographical borders of America. I'm not completely sure of the procedures needed in order to get a medical licence in Canada, but I've been thinking of the idea and was wondering if would this be a good option.
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