I have been accepted to both McMaster and Queen's for engineering, however, I can't decide between the two. I do not know which engineering discipline I want to pursue, so the general first year is good for me. Which school is better based on the program, reputation, campus and uni life?
I went to Queen's for electrical engineering, and graduated two years ago and am now thinking of studying for my actuarial exams. I did well in school, especially in statistics, but was still wondering if anyone here has written one of the exams, or is also thinking about going down that career path.
I've heard they're very challenging exams, so before I sign up for a course, i thought I'd ask here. Thank you
I'm a bit confused on how University degrees and majors work. I hear often about people who do a "double degree" or a "major in this and a minor in that". Can someone explain the differences between a double degree and a minor? Aren't they essentially the same thing?
Also, how would you apply for a minor or a double degree?
I'm trying to decide between McMaster and Queen's for Kinesiology but I keep going back and forth between the two. I'm leaning more towards McMaster for program but Queen's for campus and atmosphere. If anyone has any information about either program or school I'd appreciate it! Thanks! :)
So I have roughly 13 days to accept my offer for one of these universities. OH and I live in British Columbia.
Ill start by explaining my situation:
Waterloo:<-- has always been my dream school. I plan to live in VILLAGE ONE if i accept Waterloo.
Rejected for my first choice which was Computer Engineering. Haven't heard back from Waterloo Computer Science. Accepted to Mathematics (Regular), and I have plans to MAJOR in Computer Science from Mathematics. Will I ever hear back from Waterloo Comp sci?
Simon Fraser University: <-- Very nearby to where I live
Accepted to Engineering Science, I have plans to branch out to computer engineering in second year.
University British Columbia:<-- 1 hour commute from my house and I don't really plan to go to UBC because I didn't get my first choice.
Accepted to Arts. Rejected for Engineering. IF i do go to UBC I would be doing a Dual Degree in Arts and Engineering, but thats just freaking hard. UBC is my last choice.
So June 1st is quickly approaching, and I have yet to come to make a decision to which school/program I want to devote my next four years to. Can you guys list the positives and negatives of each program and the potential job opportunities. Thank you so much in advance.
Hey everybody, this is a post for people applying to an architecture undergrad next year. I've just been accepted to Carleton for architecture for this fall 2015, and I want to share what I've learned about the process.
First, if you think you are going to be applying to architecture, research the schools! There isn't a huge number of programs in Canada (see https://www.raic.org/raic/canadian-university-schools-architecture for the list), and the main ones that people apply to are Waterloo and McGill (best of the best!), Ryerson, Carleton and U of T. There are a lot of pros and cons to each school, with very different requirements for each, and not every school will be for you.
Personally, I applied to two streams of the B.Arch program at Carleton (Design, and Conservation and Sustainability), which was my first choice school. I also applied to U of T, and the new program at Laurentian University (which isn't yet listed on the raic website), and I was accepted to both. From what I've heard through doing a looot of research, U of T has a pretty terrible program because its mostly theory based and essay writing, so for those reasons it was my last choice (But of course I'm no expert, this is just what I've heard). The only things it seems to have going for it are that its in downtown TO, and its a fairly prestigious university. My main reason for applying to U of T was that there was no portfolio required, just the "One Idea" application.
I also applied to Laurentian last minute, and I only had about 2 weeks to do the portfolio which was pretty stressful. As the program isn't on the RAIC website, I didn't even know about it until I stumbled across it in a forum. I really liked the program, but I am not a fan of Sudbury, so I wasn't keen on having to live there for 4+ years. Since its such a new program (started in 2013 I think), there isn't much info online about it. One great thing about Laurentian is that they had an awesome video online, outlining the sort of things they wanted in the portfolio.
The reason I chose all 4 of the programs I applied to was because they are "Architectural Studies" programs, compared to "Architectural Science", which I understand is a little more about the engineering and science behind a building rather than its artistic design. Basically I just really hate science and the idea of combining it with my greatest passion, architecture, just grossed me out. Honestly theres probably not much difference between the two types of B.Arch, but I just didn't want to risk it lol. I didn't apply to the big schools like Waterloo and McGill because I didn't have the grades to get in (even though McGill has been my dream school for years :/). Oh well, I'm super excited to be going to Carleton anyway!
Okay. This is the big part. Basically, for every school (except U of T), you are going to need a portfolio to get in. This is where you show them that you're creative and a good match for the program. Most of them just ask for general creative work. They usually aren't looking for drafting or architectural related stuff, as you will be learning that stuff next year anyways. Portfolios are a way for schools to get to know you without having to meet you.
Portfolios are a lot of work. A crap ton of work. And if you are going to be applying to multiple schools, you're going to need multiple different portfolios. My situation worked out quite well, because although I applied to 4 schools, I only needed 2 portfolios. U of T didn't need one, and my Carleton one was good for both programs. So it was like 4 for the price of 2!
Anyway, just keep this in mind when you think about where you're applying. Its certainly possible to do 4 portfolios, and I know lots of people who have done it, but its A LOT of work, and you need to start way in advance. I'm a procrastinator, and as I mentioned, I didn't start my Laurentian portfolio until 2 weeks before it was due, and my Carleton one about a month and half before. BIG MISTAKE. It was extremely stressful, and I had to pull more all nighters than I'd like to count, on top of doing my homework and keeping my average up. So please, for your sanity, START NOW! I can't stress this enough. Just start thinking of creative art ideas, start painting, drawing, sketching, whatever.
As for the content:
Personally, I am not an artistic person in the traditional sense. I haven't taken art since the 7th grade, and I was never very good at it anyways. So I signed up for art lessons and my instructor helped me with nearly all my pieces, which was awesome. I also did a lot of work on my own. I would spend hours in my basement painting and drawing while I watched all 7 seasons of Boy Meets World! Haha.
A lot of what I did sucked, in my perfectionist-over-achiever opinion, but I kept it just in case. And it came in handy because I ended up throwing some old pieces into my Laurentian portfolio just to fill the pages.
I can barely remember what I put in my portfolios, but for a few examples:
-A collage using water-colour and crumpled paper
-An acrylic painting of a flower, but using weird colours like purple and blue for the stem
-Some watercolour landscapes
-Charcoal sketch landscapes (BTW, I really like charcoal. Even the worst drawing looks awesome in charcoal, so I strongly recommend it if you're a beginner!)
-Pastel of a lions head (which was really bad...)
-Sketch of a city
Basically, what I recommend is that you really show variety, both in your subjects, and in your mediums. Do a painting, and a sketch, and a charcoal drawing, etc. Also, don't make all of your work relate to architecture. What I did is I did one or maybe two pieces that had a building or a house in them, but otherwise, as you can see above, I did everything from flowers to portraits.
Don't just make the bare minimum required number of pieces. Do lots, and then chose your best work for the portfolio. And get somebody else (like an art teacher)'s opinion too. Something that looks terrible to you might look really cool/creative to someone else.
In addition to my pieces, I also made my own portfolio case instead of buying one from the store. I seriously recommend this because while there is usually a limit on the amount of pieces they want in your portfolio, you can go a step further and show even more creativity in the case itself!
The mailing of the portfolio....
I live in Ottawa, so I was able to drop my portfolio off at Carleton, which I did about 3 days before it was due. My Laurentian portfolio on the other hand, had to be shipped, and I did this at the very last minute. It was a disaster. The portfolio was due on a Saturday at 5:00pm, and we mailed it on the Thursday. The courrier people promised us that it would be there on time, but on Saturday freaking morning they called us to say it wouldn't be there until Tuesday, as it was a long weekend. SO, in a huge panic, I had to throw together a digital portfolio and email it, using the crappy pictures I had taken of the real portfolio and powerpoint. It was awful. In the email, I basically pleaded with them to still consider my real portfolio when it arrived, as it was a better representation of my work, and I guess they did. Phew. So, moral of the story kids is don't procrastinate -.-.
Though I can't vouch for it personally, I know that other schools like Waterloo, McGill, and Ryerson, have various other admission procedures, like interviews and drawing tests, but you'd have to look into that. (Thats another reason I didn't apply to any of those schools. No scary interviews for me! :P)
Grade 12 averages and courses
Ah yes, the topic of our every thought and nightmare. When I was looking through these forums doing research, everybody was whining about their 90+ averages, and I was like wtf? I am a decent student, but definitely not 90 average material. Sooo, I narrowed my school choices down to the ones I could actually get into. Right now, I have about an 85 average, which is what all the school accepted me with.
As for courses, I took:
Advanced Functions- 77 (I really struggled with this class, and if you're not so great at math I highly recommend getting a tutor)
English- 94 (took this in online summer school which was awesome. Super easy course, plus I got to take a spare in its place first semester!)
World Fashion- 92 (A mixed level course, and it was soooo easy!)
And this semester I have French (Currently sitting at an 84) and Calculus (Currently 87). I'm also doing co-op with a landscape architect, and learning a ton of AutoCad, which I'm hoping will help me out for next year!
To get into University, you need 6 U/M courses. For most B. Arch programs, you will need atleast ENG4U and advanced functions, and probably calculus and physics. If I were you I'd find the easiest possible mixed courses to make up your last two courses (like my world fashion), so that you can focus your time on the courses that actually matter for uni, like math.
And finally, the last step in the process. Acceptances for other programs start rolling out around Christmas time. As a B.Arch applicant, prepare to sit back and wait patiently while all of your friends get accepted to their programs, because arch acceptances don't start coming out until the spring. I got accepted to U of T and Laurentian at the end of March, and Carleton this past week on April 21st. Honestly, you'll have friends who have been accepted to university while you're still working on your portfolios! It sucks but its worth it in the end. Architecture is a competitive program, but the feeling of getting in at the end is amazing.
Carleton for example only accepts 90 kids out of 700 applicants (or so they say), but a lot of those applicants don't stand a chance due to really bad portfolios and grades below the minimum average, and a lot more of those applicants end up refusing their offer when they get accepted to another school. So don't get freaked out by the numbers like I did. You DO have a chance of getting in, you just have to give it your best effort!
Wow this was long. I am not saying I know everything, I just wanted to share what I have learned, because I sure wish there was something like this ^^ when I was applying! If anybody has anything to add, please feel free! Goodluck! :)
I got a defferal from waterloo cs to waterloo math non coop. After talking to so many people I have decided to take this offer over utsg. Waterloo's name means a lot in this world thats what I have heard. Good or bad choice.
I've always been a music lover since I was little and my dream is to pursue a career in music composition. I'm also pretty decent at math and the sciences, which is why my parents and my family relatives wanted me to go into engineering. I've had many debates with my parents and it didn't work out. I thought maybe I should just give up my dreams and obey my parents since they've worked so hard to raise me. They even immigrated to Canada to work on low wage jobs in order for me to have a healthy environment and less rigorous education (I came from China).
So I stayed away from playing music in the past 8 months and focused on my academics. I was a slacker from grade 9-11 and my marks were in the 60s and 70s, and even 50s. Because I care a lot about pride and prestige, I worked really hard this year and competed against the top students in each of my classes, and I got accepted into U of T Electrical Engineering.
Getting the marks needed for engineering admission at U of T was a really big stretch for me because of how bad my foundations and study habits were in the lower grades. I've pissed off a lot of my friends and teachers this year because of how academically focused and stubborn I became. Some of them are going to different universities this year and I really regret not spending enough time with them. I don't even know if I'm going to enjoy my life as an engineering student and engineer. I can't switch into music because my parents will be disappointed in me and I will feel bad.
Is it worth sacrificing the things you enjoy doing and live on pride and live for others?
I have been accepted to Queen's Commerce, have my parent's approval to go, but on Monday I found out my calc mark dropped to a 76.3 from an 80, cause I had a bad vectors test (ironically I did this the same day I got my acceptance). We did one more test and I know I did well enough on it, so my mark should go up by a bit. I have one more test and a 30 percent exam to finish (I plan to start studying this weekend).
I am wondering if I should accept my offer and make sure I kill these next two evaluations, or accept another offer instead of Queen's. Queen's has been my top choice and I worked hard for it, and I dunno if it is wise to give it up cause of one bad math test.
The deadline is approaching and i've narrowed down my options to Brock and Schulich. I'm set on pursuing my CPA designation. I know majority would say Schulich simply because of its prestige, but I would like to know which program will be best if i want my CPA designation? Here are some of the pros and cons that I've come up with.
-prestige, known for accounting
-close to home so it's cheap
-heard that the campus life isn't so great
-no co-op, and co-op is essential for obtaining your CPA designation
-got into co-op
-quick way to obtain CPA designation [skip some modules, etc]