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"extracurriculars " do not really matter after all...
for mcgill atleast..this is directly from their website : 

"Generally speaking, extracurricular activities are not significant in the admission decision, although they are an important factor in awarding certain entrance scholarships."

Just wanted to let y'all know. 

Peace out 
Hey, so both my parents make a combined income of under 20k, and I have a part time job making around 2k during the summer. I'm going to waterloo eng, and my first year tuition is around 13k for the first semester.. my osap estimation is 7k for the first semester .. i have no resp, and my parents have 5 dependent kids, is there something wrong with my osap estimation?
Why are high school students going into business so optimistic?

High school business students be like:

“I’m going into Queen’s/Ivey, therefore I’m better than you” *creates hierarchy of tiers of b-schools as a thread*

“I want to become a CPA accountant and work for Big 4 at Bay street and then I’m gonna become an investment banker and work for GS at Wall street to make millions.”

“I have a 98% average (private schooled) and was the president of every club at my school, therefore everyone be jealous”

“After I finish undergrad with a 4.0 GPA, I’m going into MBA program then law school, then get my CFA, then CPA, then PhD to make my business card credentials as long as possible because I’m going to become a CEO”

I honestly don’t see engineering, science, arts students say these type of ridiculous things on the forum.

Why do students go into business?

Please don’t say because you want to become an investment banker and make millions. The job market is already oversaturated with jobless commerce/degree holders (go look on redflagdeals forums).

  The only reason I went into business because I suck in science, therefore I couldn’t go into engineering. Most students will tell you they are interested or passionate etc (complete BS for high school students with no actual business experience). Going into my 3rd year I had coop/internship experience working for two top firms and found the work doable, not necessarily interesting.

Everyone Needs To Rethink Their Lives......
I relatively new to this forum site and from what I have seen all everyone on here cares about is prestige, putting people down, and picking jobs that only make more than 500 000. The business students are the worst!!

Is that all you really care about? I read someone (a business student) recently say that engineers can only make 250 000..... yeah ONLY. Life isn't all about money. Have you ever though about the toll, stress, and time that high paying salaries can take. I hate you little high school students who think just because you go to queens or lvey you will be handed a half million dollar salary...like? You all think you are the only business students well there are thousands of other graduating at the same time and they all think they will be multi millionaire CEO's. Wake and see the real lyfe.

How hard is it to get into University of Waterloo/ UBC/ Uni of Toronto for me ?
I am an International student in grade 11. I study in an Indian curriculum (CBSE) school in Bahrain (Middle East).

I want to apply for computer science with co-op. 

My grade 10 Cumulative GPA: 9.8/10
My score for grade 11 term 1:
Math: A+ (98/100) , Chemistry: A+ (66/70), Physics: A (47.5/70) - that's my lowest mark ever (the paper was really hard), Computer Science: A (62/70), English A+ (66/80)
I don't really like my scores in grade 11, I'll improve in the second term. 

My extracurriculars:

1. NASA International Space Settlement Contest 2013 – 2nd Prize (First award winner from the entire Middle East region in the contest’s history, competing against students from 20 countries.)
2. NASA International Space Settlement Contest 2014 – 3rd Prize
3. ISWEEEP, Houston, USA 2015 – International Finalist for own invention project titled “Biodegradable Plastics for Better Agriculture” (First International Finalist from Bahrain)
4. Golden Climate International Environment Project Olympiad Kenya 2014 – International Finalist for own invention project titled “Biodegradable Plastics for Better Agriculture” Project I’d : 140677 (First International Finalist from Bahrain)
5. International Young Inventors Project Olympiad, Georgia 2015 – International Direct Finalist (First International Finalist from Bahrain)
6. Golden Climate International Environment Project Olympiad Kenya 2015 – Senior Division – International Finalist. Project I’d: 151070(First International Finalist from Bahrain)
7. INESPO International Environment Scientific Project Olympiad (INESPO), Netherlands 2015 – International Finalist. Project I’d 2136 (First International Finalist from Bahrain)
8. Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certified and Autodesk Excellence in Analysis (year 2014)  
9. Autodesk Student Expert  
10. Certificate of Distinction in Science, International Benchmark Test, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 2015
11. Sastra Prathibha National Examination 2014 – A grade 
12 Sastra Prathibha National Examination 2015 – A+ grade top scorer
13. National Institute of Technology, Bahrain Microsoft MTA Scholarship – Half Scholarship Winner 
14. Received Appreciation from United Nations Director for Gulf Countries (Mr. Nejib Friji) for helping in promoting the UN My World 2015 Survey and Post 2015 Development Agenda in the Middle East School Network 
15. Founder and Secretary General of Everyone Counts Society, Bahrain and founder of the Everyone Counts Newsletter to address global issues. 
16. The World Scholar’s Cup Bahrain Regional Round 2015 – 4th place and global round qualifier 
17. The World Scholar’s Cup GLOBAL Round 2015 - top 10% Science, Top 30% writing, and 4 other awards + school top scorer.

I am writing my third proposal for the NASA contest

I am also making my own formula to calculate economic feasibility of a space mission. 

Chance my acceptance into UW/ UBC/ U of T - computer science with co-op. Which university is better for me ? 

I can afford Waterloo without any aid, I will have to seek for scholarships for the others. 

Which university is better for me ? What is my chance of acceptance ? Chance me for other top universities like MIT, Caltech, Columbia, NYU etc. 

Thank you so much :D
Scholarships and Biochem vs Life Science
I'm a student who is going into 12th grade this September from Ontario, I was just wondering what I could do this summer in regards to preparing for university applications.
I have all the hours and marks I need so far(not including the grade 12 marks I will be completing next year). Like are there any scholarships or things I can apply to for the summer?

Also is it better to go the Life Science or Biochemistry (mainly Mac or UofT) route when it comes to pre-med options. I want something more biology based and I'm not sure I will  be accepted for Health Sci (at Mac or McGill).

My average for grade 11 (7, grade 11 credits and 2 grade 12) is 90% so would I be eligible for early acceptances?

Thanks for any help xx
Why are Toronto's top law firms filled with U of T and Osgoode grads?
The general consensus on http://lawstudents.ca is that all of Canada's law schools are good and no rankings really exist.

I just took the time to go through the profiles of students and lawyers of Toronto's top corporate law firms (the seven sisters)- Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Goodmans, McCarthy Tétrault, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Stikeman Elliott, Torys.

I barely see any Ottawa or Windsor law school graduates; and I mean barely. Out of the hundreds of lawyers there were very few. It's all U of T and Osgoode grads. Western also makes a good chunk of student/ articling hires, but not as many are hired back as lawyers.

I didn't see a ton of Queen's graduates either though you may chalk this up to the school focusing more on family, criminal and labour law. Lots of Queen's law school graduates go into these fields and I see them working in good firms.

Good luck getting a job if you go to law school outside Canada- I saw maybe one or two people who went to Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Columbia. If you went to a UK law school or a lower ranked US school, you won't be getting into these top firms without serious connections.

Anyways, what do you guys think about this and the bull about all law schools in Canada being equal. Sure the education you receive may be equal, but there certainly appears to a stigma pertaining to how firms and lawyers view students from certain law schools. I even read online that many hiring partners based on past experiences viewed U of T and Osgoode students as having some of the best work ethics and intelligence over other law school graduates. What makes these schools special?
Do universities look at SAT scores?
do they even if I'm from Canada and I did the SAT? especially Mcgill and Western? even thought they r not mandatory, will it make my file look a little better if they r moderately high ?
Do universities care if you switched high schools 3 times?
I switched almost every year, and I'm switching again my last year. Don't ask why please, I have some issues lol.
My grades are pretty good (93-95% top 4 average) but I'm worried universities will reject me due to my constant switching of highschools...

Btw I'm looking to apply to UBC Science, Western Med Sci, Mac Health Sci, UofT life science, Waterloo eng.

Thank you
Advice for grade 12 pls!
Hey guys, I'm pablo and i just recently registered to this website. I am 17 years old and I am going to grade 12 next year. I also go to school in edmonton, alberta! I am feeling a little down today as I just got my diploma marks. Long story short, I am looking forward to enter to engineering to the University of Alberta or enter the MacEwan Engineering Transfer Program. However, as I just finished grade 11 just recently, I don't have the marks to get in. I got a 78 in Chem 30 and a 70 in Math 30-1. Even though they are 2 out of the 5 pre-requisite courses, this is truly bothering me and bringing down my motivation and hopes to become a mechanical engineer. I love math and sciences and I am willing to put down the effort but I think I made an immense mistake during my grade 11 year. I did not try hard enough and now I regret this. I want to know what you guys think about this situation and how you would approach it. Also, I can tell you guys what I have next year for my grade 12 courses. Thanks :)
1st Year Waterloo Biomedical Engineering Student, Ask me anything!
Hey guys!

As you probably know if you're applying to Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, the program just started last year meaning that my class is the first ever class of Biomeds here! It also means that there's very little information available for prospective students for both the application process and what the program is actually like. If you have any questions regarding the program, the admission process, or Waterloo Engineering in general please feel free to ask me!

Good luck with admission everyone!

Summer :)
Grade 12 Marks ?!?!
So I recently finished summer school english and ended off with an 83. I want to go into something science related such as health sciences, something to do with biology as I want to be a doctor in the future. 
Is an 83 a low mark for what I plan to go into? I'm getting anxious about it and I may plan to take it in night school to upgrade my mark.

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MEDHOPEFULS--mega thread
1) What grade are you in currently (if in high school) or what school are you attending, what year, in what program (if in university)?
2) What was/is/you think will be your top 6 (or 4/5 if you're from a province other than Ontario--please state) in high school?
3) What was/is your top 3 school & program choices for undergraduate studies before pursuing medicine ('premed')? Why?
4) Many on here seem to believe that Mac's health sci is the best, then Western's med sci, and then students should just apply to a school where attaining a high GPA is easier. Do you agree?
Thank you so much for your input! Hopefully we'll get some meaningful discussions started! Good luck to all of you! :)
Learning ahead in the summer?
I'm contemplating on whether I should start teaching myself content for Physics 12U and Advanced Functions 12U before the school year starts in September. What do you guys think?
BMath/BBA Double Degree student - Ask anything
Just like the topic says.

I am a BMath/BBA double degree student currently in my 4th year.

If you have any questions at all about admissions, co-op, courses, competition, work load, etc. just let me know either here or in a PM and I'll do my best to answer them.

I can also answer things about Laurier's BBA program or UW's Math programs.

Actuarial Science and Engineering
I got into University of Calgary and University of Manitoba for Actuary. University of Manitoba is more known for this particular program but it is not exactly the best or the safest city in Canada. I also have an engineering offer from University of Calgary and University of Alberta but I am not a huge fan of physics so I have not looked too much into it. Concordia University gave me an offer for statistics which is pretty close to Actuary but it will probably be more beneficial to get a degree in Actuary.  I am lost.
Laurier-Business Technology Management (Co-op), Ottawa Commerce (Co-op), or Brock Accounting Co-op)??(I need help to decide!!!)
Hey Guys, I need some help deciding which university to attend. I currently have an alternate offer from Laurier for business technology management with coop and with a $1000 scholarship. I have a an offer from Ottawa with a B.Comm (specialization in accounting) with coop and a $4000 scholarship. Lastly, I have Brock Accounting with Co-op and a $750 scholarship! I know I want to get my CPA, but I'm considering my social life, cost, ranking of the school, and the overall view of the school. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!

Can you please do something about the night-time spam?
For many weeks now we've been bombarded with spam that usually starts right after midnight. I'm unable to post on this site at that time or read old threads, because I get a message that says "Oops, you've hit your posting limit. Please wait a couple minutes and try again." It's getting really tiresome and isn't a problem I see with other forums or the old studentawards.

What are the administrators of this site doing to stop this spam flow? It's getting ridiculous.
Advice to students going to Grade 12?
For those who achieved high 80s to 90s, how did you do it? What programs did you get into?