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Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

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                               2. Red TOMS shoes
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                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
3rd Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (Big 4 Co-op)


I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.

Background:
- First 2 years spent as BBA Co-op student, secured first coop term through BBA
- Transferred into BAcc Co-op after 2 years
- Currently doing a spring semester

You kinda get the best of both worlds since I have been in all (both) the programs offered at the Goodman School of Business!

And since I know these are gonna be popular Qs:

WHEN SEARCHING FOR 1ST CO-OP:
- Avg (both major and overall) ~80%
- ECs: Leadership position in a club, some entrepreneurial stuff, sports stuff
- Work XP: General accounting internship at no-name organization doing very basic stuff, manual labour

INTERVIEWS:
Since attending Brock, I have received interview requests from:

Company / Quantity / (Co-op vs summer intern, Location) 

RBC x 3 (Various positions, co-op x2 and summer intern x1, Toronto)
Big 4 Audit x3 (1x Co-op and 1x Summer intern, Toronto...1 x Co-op in Calgary)
Big 4 Summer Leadership Conferences x2 (Toronto)
CPP Investment Board (Summer Analyst, Toronto)
Scotiabank (Co-op, Toronto)
Grant Thornton Audit (Co-op, Toronto)
Canadian Tire (Co-op, GTA)
Ontario Securities Commission (CPA position, summer intern, Toronto)
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (Co-op, GTA)
TeamBuy .ca (Summer intern, Toronto)
Imperial Oil (Co-op, Calgary)
Suncor (Co-op, Calgary)
Regional CPA firm (Co-op, Hamilton area)
Small CPA firm (Co-op, Niagara region)
Publicly traded minerals company (Co-op, Toronto)
OMERS Pension Fund (Co-op, Toronto)

AT TIME OF APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY (September 2012 Entry):
- Rejected from BAcc Co-op
- Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6

WHEN LANDING BIG 4 AUDIT CO-OP:
- Joined B4 Audit in January 2016
- Done 8 months of co-op, not at an accounting firm
- Major average ~85, overall ~80+
- ECs, unchanged from when applying to first co-op
- Completed a couple certificates in excel

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET INTO B4 BUT DIDN'T/WON'T FOR THEIR FIRST COOP:
- Get public accounting experience somewhere else. This is basically a must. I believe I was the only upper year hired from my school into B4 this past term without prior public experience. It's something I noticed during recruiting
- If you have the above, grades matter a bit less. Yes you still want to do as best as you can, but a high 70 is OK enough if you have prior XP. An 80+ is still ideal though
- Be prepared to explain why you left your previous employer (and don't speak poorly about them)

That's basically it. So feel free to ask me anything and I'll try to answer your Qs as best as I can!

*Even if nobody has posted in this topic for a while, feel free to do so, chances are I'm still lurking on here


Back to school thread!
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year. Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!

Answer the following:
- What do you want to improve with yourself and how will you do it?
- Past average? Average you're aiming for? How will that be accomplished?
- What is one thing that motivates you to 'keep going'?

With me,
- I know I need to start focusing more on studying for the fact that I constantly get distracted by pointless things. I will make sure I study in a calm place from now on, avoiding all distractions. 

- I had a 90% average, but I'm aiming for 93% or higher. I need to pay more attention in class lectures and study more effectively.

- One thing that keeps me going is sports in general. If I find myself too stressed with school work, I tend to play sports like basketball and volleyball, or simply go for a walk. Also, I plan on moving away for uni (maybe McMaster, Western, or UofT), so I know I'll need high marks!


If you ever feel discouraged, look back at this thread to remind yourself what needs to be done :)


SHSM Business for Uni
Hi guys
Im interested in business, mainly finance, and my final goal is to get into queens commerce or ivey. 
My school currwntly offers an shsm in business, and i was wondering if anyone has info on it and if it is useful for getting into top canadian business schools. 

Thanks
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Actuarial Science at UFT
I am currently going into grade 12 and im hoping to enroll in this program. I took Adv. Functions in grade 11 and didn't too good because I slacked off a lot. Im planning on redoing it (for other programs) . I am  aware UFT doesn't accept repeated courses, but the Admission requirements for this program need Calc and English. If I do well in these two courses and another 4 U/M courses can I still get in? Or will my 75 in adv. Functions ruin my chance
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Research survey on student needs and job opportunities
We are doing a research on student needs and job opportunities, please help us with this survey https://sydequest.typeform.com/to/v1z0Pm Thanks!
Research survey on student needs and job opportunities
We are doing a research on student needs and job opportunities, please help us with this survey https://sydequest.typeform.com/to/v1z0Pm Thanks!
Research survey on student needs and job opportunities
We are doing a research on student needs and job opportunities, please help us with this survey https://sydequest.typeform.com/to/v1z0Pm Thanks!
Research survey on student needs and job opportunities
We are doing a research on student needs and job opportunities, please help us with this survey https://sydequest.typeform.com/to/v1z0Pm Thanks!
McMaster Health Science Program-2017 Applicants
Hey guys, 
I am going into grade 12 in September. I have been doing a lot of soul searching about what kinds of programs and stuff I wish to apply to. One of my top choices is McMaster Health Sciences and I'm sure it is many other peoples top choices as well. Ever since I was young i knew I wanted to do something in the health field, mainly to help other people out. I have always LOVED science, especially biology and chemistry. We can use this discussion page to talk about the program and stuff. 

These are my other top programs:
-Life Sciences at McMaster
-Medical Sciences at Western
-Health Sciences at Western
-Biochemistry at Western 
-Biomedical Science at Waterloo

If anyone was or is in McMaster's Health Science program, I was wondering what do you think makes a successful applicant? How did you decide to enter this program?

Thanks
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No Scholarships for Overseas Universities?
Hi, I'm a Canadian High School Student, and I plan on going to University somewhere in South-East Asia, most likely in China or Korea. I can't seem to find any scholarships that suit my needs, since a good portion of the sites I find require that I plan to go to a Canadian or American college or university. Where might I be able to find scholarships that fit this criteria?
CALLING GRADE 12 BUSINESS STUDENTS
Hello!!!

I am making this thread for students who will be graduating in 2017 and are hoping to enter a business program/school.

Please feel free to share the classes your taking and where you are thinking of going to uni!
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
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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
international student
Hello
I’m a seventeen years old student from Sudan (a country in Africa). I have just finished high school but in Sudan we study 11 years before University and I know in other countries they study 12 years. I ‘m asking in which grade will I be in if I went to study in North America and scholarships till I get a bachelor degree.
 Note: I scored 93.9% which means I’m one of the top 150 students in Sudan school certificate (400k took the exam) and I’m being accepted to study electricity engineering at University of Khartoum (five years bachelor degree program) now I’m working on my English to take the toffel test
Back to School Thread: Ultimate Goals
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year.List your ultimate goal/target average for the following school year. Please feel free to ask for advice on how to achieve your ultimate goal!
Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!
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!

Scholarships and AIF
I am going into Grade 12 and I am planning to do Engineering (civil, biomedical or chemical) at either Waterloo, UofT, or Mcmaster. I am planning on applying for scholarships, will I be able to get a good scholarship with these:

Clubs I joined: Junior Civitan, D.E.C.A (Business competition club), Morning Rush (Broadcasting), Executive of Do something club (helping out in the community), the Badminton team, Best buddies (helping out students with disabilities in our school), and the Table tennis team

Certificate from school: A.S.E award (Academic Success Excellence) for gym class

Outside of school activities/programs: Leadership club; I won a trophy for 1st place in the competition for my pitch on how to help the world and environment and a medal for being chosen the top best leader by showing great leadership skills. Also, I am part of the Sai school association, we do plays and volunteer to help others out. I went to dancing and piano classes. I am really good at sports.

Grade 11 average: 81% (It was terrible and I am going to work really hard for my grade 12 marks)

Grade 12 summer school English mark: 85%

Also, do I have a chance of getting into the programs accroding to my marks, it will be added with my Grade 12 marks that I will get this year.

Aswell, for Waterloo's EC's is this information good enough.
Thank you in advance!! 
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Should you study where you want to work?
Last minute worries.
I am from Vancouver but I'm going to Toronto to study. Honestly I really love Vancouver and I would love to come back here to work but I realized that if I do my networking and volunteering in Toronto  I have no chance to work in Vancouver, right?
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Guelph SPF
is it already available? if so, where? i can't find it
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HAVE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW GOTTEN 100% ON THE ENGLISH PROVINCIAL? I need to get into UBC
Is it possible to get 100% on your English Provincial? I screwed up bio 11 with an 73%. it's the end of gr. 11 and I still haven't done french11 or english11(it's a long story). I'll be doing them this summer and aiming for a 95-100%. IF I get 100% in Bio12 , HIstory 12, Eng 12 and a 95% in PReCal 12.( I might take an AP class once I've figured the faculty I really want, It'll probably end up being art as you can see from my recent bio failure) Will UBC still accept me? I'm really stuck in a pickle because I don't have time to make money and my parents can't support me. I need UBC to need me as bad as I need them. I'm so scared. Oh and I got 97% in S.S. 11, 90% in Chem 11 and 86% in precal11 just for refference. So desperation is my best friend I just need to know their are others who have done it.
   Sincerely,
 starting to hate this percentages game
UBC/SFU/UVIC admissions
Just wondering what your highschool averages were when applying to post secondary. Please include faculty,university, and average. Thanks!
Averages needed for nursing programs?
Hi I'm interested in nursing but for a science my grades are slightly on the iffy side since I let them drop in gr 11. I'll try hard to boost them my gr 12 year but just in case.
Hopefully, if I can, I'd like to go to u of t cause I heard their nursing program is good but I'm also looking at mcgill, ubc, and bcit. 

My gr 11 average is sitting around the mid 80's, highest mark being social studies 11 with 97% and lowest being precal 11 with 65% (I know.. made the mistake of doing it in summer school without knowing anything so I'm getting a tutor for precal 12).
And also, do those schools take ecs into consideration for nursing? If it helps, I did a science coop last semester lots of volunteer hours and the founder of a charity club for terminal illness.
Thank you!
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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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