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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.  

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In this thread, I am going to lay down the FACTS and my experience in Co-op.

Common Question: "If I don't get into co-op, is it still worth it?"
Answer: YES depending on how bad you want it


Co-op is not the end all be all.  If you have a solid GPA (9+), some good extracurriculars and job experience DO NOT STRESS AT ALL.  To be 100% honest, all that stuff listed won't guarantee you a spot.  It ALL COMES DOWN TO YOUR INTERVIEW.  I know so many students with over 10+ GPAS that still do not get in, so DO NOT STRESS OVER BEING UNDER QUALIFIED.  INTERVIEW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, DONT BELIEVE ANYTHING ANYONE ELSE SAYS.  I know people with 8 GPAs that had got in (myself included) and I know way more people with 10.5+ GPAs that did not.  If you do not get in, DO NOT STRESS! Plenty of my friends had found office administrative jobs through their own personal career search.  It comes down to HOW BAD YOU WANT IT! If you do not get in and quit then you obviously did not want Co-op that bad to begin with. 

Now let me talk about once you get into Co-op because some of you may seem that it is all fine and dandy.

Finance People:
Most jobs offered in the Spring such as "Financial Analyst' are highly competitive.  From what I know most of these jobs go to the Double Degree  people.  To put yourself in the best position for these jobs is get some certification (bloomberg, securities course).  If you are afraid of the Co-op interview, the Finance interviews are 100x tougher as it involves many technical based questions.  This is where you really gotta know your sh*t if your trying to land a good finance job.

Accounting People:
GRADES MATTER THE MOST HERE!  AND YOU HAVE TO NETWORK! ALL THOSE DINNER EVENTS WHERE YOU GOT TO KISS EVERYONES ASS YOU HAVE TO GO TO THOSE! YOU MUST NETWORK WITH THE PEOPLE FROM THESE JOBS IF YOU EVEN WANT A CHANCE!  Everyone that got into the Big 4 or w/e had a SOLID resume.  Interviews for accounting happen early and most(if not all) people who get an interview have at least a 10.4 GPA.  After the early rounds, accounting jobs are really scarce and you have to really make yourself standout from the bunch that did not get into an accounting job from the early rounds.  

THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE 99% OF YOU WILL FALL INTO.  Not sure if you want to do accounting or finance? Then there is a 99% you wont get into those jobs.  The people that want these jobs have already been preparing for these positions and WILL get these positions.  If you spent this summer working at Forever 21 or McDonalds just thinking about getting into co-op than the chances of you landing the above jobs are slim.  Now, there are 100s of jobs that go up on the website throughout the process and it will be overwhelming.  In my year (last year), finding a job was as hard as staying sober at Phils.  Maybe not that hard, but almost 60% of ppl who got into co-op didnt have a job after RANK MATCH (What kinda bullshit is that?).  Co-op office says they help you find one but in reality they DONT DO SHIT!!!!!! They ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO LOOK FOR THEIR OWN JOB ONCE RANK MATCH IS DONE! (sounds like scam?) Their resume editing service is basically spellcheck on Microsoft Word cause thats all they really do.  So many of us had a hard time finding a job because after rank match, every job you see on the Laurier co-op website IS ON http://indeed.com, http://monster.ca etc.  So basically you are no longer battling people from Laurier, you are competing with EVERYONE from EVERYWHERE!  Now after months pass and exams are about to come up, you will find a job but it won't be one that you are extremely excited for.  

To summarize:  That roommate that didn't get into co-op that has a higher GPA than you, more ECs and experience will be competing with you even if you are in Co-op.  And he/she will be $1400 richer than you because he didn't have to pay for the co-op fees.  

Dont stress if you don't get in. 

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?
Advanced Function Grade
I sort of messed up in my math class. I got a 91 on the first unit test while on the thinking task i got a 61. I didnt prepare at all for the thinking task and my course mark right now is a 85% if i was to get over 90s on the rest of the test/thinking tasks, will my mark be over 90 by end of semester? I know i can get over 90s on test. I want to apply for SE and CS at waterloo so im just wondering if i can still get it to be above 90%

Thanks so much

A worried grade 12 brown kid
How can I guarantee admission into Osgoode or U of T's Law Schools?
My ultimate goal is to be a lawyer and attend Canada's two best law schools. However I heard that acceptance rates are 10% and less, so what can I do to ensure that I get in? What school and program should I go into, what other factors do they look at, and what are the employment prospects like coming out of them?

All immature responses will be disregarded. Don't bother trolling here.
Do I Drop Physics?
I decided to take grade 12U english over the summer so heading into this year I have Chemistry, Adv Functions, Physics, and Dance in my first semester. I was in the hospital 2 weeks ago for 4 (school) days, and the following week I was either not coming at all or showing up for half days because I was too weak to stay the whole day.. Not only did the week following my hospitalization suck because I had to miss more school, I also did not get to use that time efficiently to catch up on everything i was missing because I was still very sick. Throughout those half days I missed physics and dance way more than chem or math. My physics teacher told me to focus on my health and get better which was great, but now I'm left two weeks behind in university physics! My teacher has a big heart, but as for his teaching HE IS TERRIBLE and is 100% lecture based. We never have notes but if we do they are minimal with no real information, and there is no set connection to the textbook so I have no real way to get my self caught up enough to do well. I am now caught up in all my other classes but I am still 2 weeks behind in physics because i have no idea how to teach myself the material!

I will be applying to life science programs this year and physics is only recommended not required. The way my 4 required courses work out (chem, bio, english, calc) and my other 2 U/M courses most likely being both my dance classes (RAP) because i get high 90's in those courses... My physics grade would not be as high and would than be dropped. I am literally just taking physics to learn, not to get a good grade and submit that when applying to uni. Having two years of physics experience under my belt compared to others who have never even heard of "F=ma" will give me a huge advantage once I actually am in my first year at a university. (hoping to attend uoft or mcmaster)

I could realistically catch up, but it would take a lot of time of effort because of my teachers style of teaching and  that would cut into my two other very important classes (math and chem). But if I drop physics than I will not get that advantage compared to those who have never taken physics during first year uni  in a physics class. I also took physics in grade 11 (duh) so I don't want to drop grade 12 after completing the previous course.

So i guess the real question here is, would completing grade 11 physics be enough of an advantage going into a life science program to drop grade 12 physics? I really don't want to drop, but if I don't technically need the course and if the reason I'm taking the course is to learn material and I'm not even learning then whats the point? What would you guys do if you were in my situation? A lot of people have been telling me do i want to take physics to get an advantage in university or do i want to drop physics so i can get into university. Keeping physics seems like it would really hurt my other classes i need to do well in, but i just don't want to make the wrong decision. HELP!!!

University on montreal
Hi guys i was wondering what my average should be in grade 12 for me to be accepted at University of Montreal
Calling all yconic members!
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Biomedical Engineering
I am a grade 12 student, hoping to pursue a career that involves biology/health sciences without becoming a doctor. Biomedical engineering really interests me and I think I would enjoy pursuing a career in this field, however I have been told many times that it is very hard to find a job with this degree, and I should choose another type of engineering. I am not sure what other types of engineering I would enjoy. When I looked online, many websites say the job market for biomedical engineers is expected to increase. I am not sure which one I should trust; the most important thing or me is to able to find a job. Would co-op increase my chances of getting a job in the biomedical field?
University of Montreal
I am a student in Ottawa and i wanted to know which classes I should take to be accepted at the nursing program at  Montreal University. I don't really know how the school system works in Quebec.
Laurier School of Business and Economics
Hi all,

I am currently a first year Laurier BBA student. Ask me anything you wish regarding the program, the profs, student life, how difficult it is, etc.

Looking forward to your questions.
Average needed for engineering?
Im trying to apply for electrical , computer engineering at ryerson, Mcmasters , uni of toronto, waterloo. could you tell me around how much mark average you need, to get in. And if you know someone or someone who is in what average did they/you get in with. 
i have a question. i am a grade 12 student in BC, and i have to take English 12  in summer(this is the only course i don't take it because my English is not that good and i have to do Eng11 and Eng10 this year. )but my question is what should i do about applying for university and scholarships ? when should i apply?
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. 
Chance getting into Queens commerce?
Advanced functions: 100%
Calculus and Vectors: 92%
Data Management: 100% 
(took all 3 maths in gr11)
This semester I'm taking 3 bird courses: Mentorship, Mandarin, and Religion. 
expecting to get 90+ in mentorship and religion, 95+ in Mandarin.
Taking English next semester, expecting an 85%

Church youth leader 4 years
Eco-school team 2 years ( prob going to be captain this year) 
Black belt in Taekwondo ( Won international tornament once in grade 10) 6 years
Member of student council (started this year)
Member of charity club (started this year)
Drummer in a band outside of school for 2 years 
Peer pal (started this year) 
Summer internship at taikang life insurance company last year in china 
only 55 hours of volunteering

one of my biggest concern is the quality of my extracurricular activities, I spent most of my time on maths last year so I really dont have that many long-term ecs. 
Any suggestions on how can I increase the chance of getting into Queen's commerce? 
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
are grade 12 first semester midterm marks used for chancellor's nominee admission?
Hi guy! I need help.
I have a 89 avg in grade 11, but on the queen's website says that you need a 90% avg, how is the avg calculated? top 6 in grade 11? all 8 course in grade 11? Are grade 12 first semester midterm marks going to be calculated as part of ur avg? 
Humanities Help
Anybody studying humanities (english, history, etc.) here? I decided to take physics in night school to get a credit so I could keep my options open for going into a bachelor of arts and science, but it doesn't look good. I'm just horrible at it I've been debating dropping the course for a while, thinking it'll just bring my average down in the long run when applying for University. I could drop it and then apply for just a bachelor of arts and try to figure things out. If you are studying in this field - what careers are you considering? What do you study? Any info would help. I just don't know where to put my set of skills without ending up with a useless degree.
Should I bother applying to SE @ Waterloo? Low marks...
ok, so here is my situation: Strong AIF, programming experience, etc.  but science marks lacking.
Chem '11: 75%
Phys'11: 85% (didn't try in sciences)
AF ('12): 98%
CS '12: 100%
English '11: 85%

I can raise the sciences to ~90% 2nd semester, is it worth it applyig or should I just do CS?
Waterloo Computer Engineering
Hi, I want to get into Waterloo for computer engineering! I'm expecting a 91% average in grade 12 and I have 300+ hours of volunteer service with an award from Government of Ontario. I also am at an executive/leadership position at a few clubs in school, would this be enough to get into Waterloo Computer Engineering?
The importance of extracurriculars
I have a 95 average, but I don't have many extracurriculars. I'm applying to universities this year. I'm thinking about applying to Waterloo, McMaster and UOIT for engineering. How much will not having many extracurriculars hurt my chances of getting accepted? I am a regular volunteer at a retirement home, and i am participating in the mcmaster engineering olympics. Do these count as extracurriculars?
University of Guelph: Biomedical Science
I am on the fence about taking biomedical science at Guelph as my undergraduate in hopes of later entering  the Ontario veterinary college.  Does anybody have any pros/cons that you can point out regarding this major in preparation for vet school, or just in general?  I'm leaning towards biomed, but animal biology is not completely out of the question.  I'm really confused about what I should do; I've been contemplating my options for the last year now and haven't come any closer to making an easy decision. ANY INPUT IS APPRECIAITED!! thanks in advance :)
Waterloo or uoft engineering
I am currently in grade 12. I need to know that cut off average for computer engineering in Waterloo and university of Toronto. If there were any students who go into this program for either uni can you please state your average.  Thanks!