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Naive high schoolers- Most of you should be avoiding engineering
Unless you are extremely passionate about it, have connections, or get into a top program at U of T or Waterloo, most of you here should avoid the field of engineering. There are very few jobs available because foreign immigrants are lowballing and saturating the market. Over the last decade there has been massive layoffs. Alberta used to be popping for engineers, but with the oil crisis it's laid off 50,000 petroleum and mining engineers this past year. 

Read OPSE report on underemployment of engineers in Ontario.

P.S. I did a degree in engineering, found out about the job market and pursued professional school instead (law school). I have a job lined up in intellectual property law, where my base salary is 140k. 

I came on this site to help my brother who's going into university next year, and am amazed at how many intelligent students are going to fall into the trap of engineering. Unless you'll be content making 30-60k (before taxes), forget about engineering. 
Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Applicants of 2016!
This forum is or Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Applicants (Fall 2016) 

To get a better understanding of this years pool of applicants, please share the following.

1. Your admission Average (Approx.) 
2. Your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. 
3. EC's
Do I have a shot at a UofT and UWaterloo eng transfer?
I currently go to Ryerson biomedical engineering, thinking of applying to UofT ECE, and UWaterloo ECE, SYDE, or Tron. I got rejected with an 88 last year. I'm aiming for a 4.0 (4.33 on the rye scale), work doesn't seem too difficult - yet. What's a safe GPA for applying to both those universities?

I'll also be doing other things in my spare time, hopefully it would add to my mediocre SPF/AIF from last year.
Where can i find MSAF for McMaster ? i have missed my lab and i can't find the MSAF form.
$500 "To My Past Self" Community Contest
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.  

We’re looking for some inspirational advice that will help other students have an amazing 2015/16 Student New Year. Whether it’s “No matter how comfy your bed is, go to class” or “life’s short, eat the cake” we want to hear from you.  

To enter, simply comment below using your real name with “To My Past Self:” followed by the piece of advice you think would have helped you one year ago. 

Encourage your friends to vote your comment as helpful. The comment with the most helpful votes at the end of the contest period will be awarded the $500 prize.* 

Only friends that have an active yconic profile will be able to vote. So connect and make new friends in the yconic Community or invite your friends to join http://yconic.com for FREE today.

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM EDT.  

*See full rules and regulations. Please note: Anonymous or inappropriate posts will not be tolerated nor entered into this contest.  

What advice will you find most helpful? Help us identify the best advice by giving your favourite comments a ‘Help Vote’!

* https://support.yconic.com/hc/en-us/articles/205369054--To-My-Past-Self-Community-Contest-Rules
University midterm grades vs final grades
Okay, so I took a couple grade 12 courses last year and got 92 in one , and 93 in the other two.I am taking 6 courses this year. Say if my midterms for the 6 new courses are really high. So I use them in university admissions. Then I get accepted and they tell me to maintain an average of say, 88%+. Can I just use those 3 final grades from my 3 grade 12 courses last year and then go ham in the other 3 courses this year (which are the prerequisites) and sort of slack of from the 3 other courses that I used for midterm marks but aren't prereqs?
Nursing Hopefuls for 2016!
Hello future nursing students! I think we need one of these discussions to communicate with and help each other for this upcoming year.

Please, share with us:

1. Which school(s) are you applying to?
2. What other programs are you applying to as your back up?
3. What overall average are you aiming for for your final year?

I plan on applying to McMaster, uOttawa and Western and I am aiming for a 92% average.
Any GLuten Free Friendly Universities

Hi, I'm in grade 12 and I have to decide which uni I would want to apply pretty soon. However, a big concern for me is which universities offer gluten free meals. I have celiac and I have to have my food made seperatly so that cross-contamination does not occur.

Thanks for your help

SE at Waterloo
I feel like competition is going to be even higher this year for SE, I've seen so many people on here that are applying to SE this year. Was the applicant pool for SE on yconic last year about the same or less?
First Year Transfer
I am a first year student at Laurier (double degree with Waterloo) and I am really not liking it here. I don't like Laurier as a school and I feel the same towards Waterloo. I am considering transferring to Western, however this would mean I would have to take the rest of the year off. Any suggestions/tips? Thanks
University Application
What is the benefit of early application and adminssion? I've ask many people, but no one know.
Do I need physics 12?
Hi, so I took grade 11 physics in summer school before starting grade 11. And now I'm in grade 12 and I don't remember much about physics 11. I'm wanted to know if I really need physics if I want to go into bio med, biochem or health science. I'm looking into going to Guelph science. Many universities also said that you can take a different course if you didn't take physics in university. Is that course easier or should I just do physics 12. It won't be on my top 6 though. Thanks!!
Applying to the Same School?
Hello! I am applying to universities soon, and I have a question that may not have a very direct answer. I really love the University of Guelph; the campus, the professors that I've met, and above all the programs. I definitely want to go through for plant biotechnology, which is only offered at Guelph, but I will be paying $140.00 to apply to three schools. My problem is that one of my back-up plans is genetics at Guelph. They are both Bsc programs, so would I even be able to apply to both of them? Does this depend on the school? Does it even matter that they are both Bsc since the specialization is different? Thanks so much!
Anybody here watch DOSEofFOUSEY for motivation or to disconnect from the real world? We can have a interesting discussion if anyone's interested...
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
creative writing
I was wondering if anyone has taken the grade 12 creative writing course.. and I was wondering what you do in that class and the types of assignments I can expect.
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?
Easy Courses For Grade 12

I'm going into grade 12, and I was just wondering which courses are easy.

I was thinking about Earth & Space Science because it sounded very interesting, but is it easy compared to all the other sciences?
(If taken) Could you tell me your final mark for this course compared to all your other grade 12 science marks?

Could you also recommend other bird courses please?


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?
Please help me I am in danger of failing
I have a 54% in grade 9 English and I have no idea what I am doing wrong if someone could please send me some advice I would appreciate it so much because I haven't gotten a mark lower than a "B" in my entire life! Please help!
uofa and uofc
Hello I was wondering what the average for biological science average is for uofa and uofc.  My average for the first semester of grade 12 is 88-89%. What are my chances of getting in?

Thankyou for the help 
University of Calgary - Architecture Program
Hey everyone! 
I am currently planning on attending the architecture degree in UofC. However, it says that I need to enrol into a recognized 4-year undergraduate degree before I enter the masters program. However, I am unsure about what undergraduate degree I should take. My counsellor told me to apply for the minor in Architectural studies at UofC and then apply for the masters once I complete it. I am still a bit confused on how this process goes. Any advice? 
3rd year Canadian medical student happy to answer questions!
UPDATE July 11, 2012:

My name is Josh, some of you might know me as the guy who started MedHopeful. For those of you who don't know me, I am currently a 3rd year Medical Student at UofT and I have run a blog called MedHopeful for almost 4 years now which provides stories and advice relating to undergrad, scholarships and medical school.

I originally wanted to remain anonymous in this thread because I was working on a few new projects (like a new group blog I had started) with some medical school classmates who wanted to remain anonymous. However, after long discussions and thinking, I decided to go back to primarily posting on MedHopeful. I also figured that I was OK not being anonymous (my friends still want to be, which is fine and I understand why).

In any case, I am happy to answer any questions, and for those of you who didn't know, I started a similar thread like this last year on the old Student Awards forums, which you might also find useful:


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Hey everyone,

I am a 3rd year medical student at a Canadian medical school. My first 2 years were spent mostly in the classroom learning anatomy, physiology, disease, treatments, etc.

I started 3rd year in September 2011, and since then, I have been in "clerkship" - which means I have been working and learning full time in the hospital - seeing real patients everyday, and learning to diagnose/treat their illnesses. I have to say, it's very different from what I imagined. No matter how much you try to learn what it's like to practice medicine (e.g. shadowing), you really don't know what it's like until you do it.

I found these forums very helpful while studying in undergrad and applying to medical school. I'd like to give back by answering questions about medical school if anyone has any.

I'll try to be as honest as possible. I just won't be revealing any personal details as I'd prefer to remain anonymous.

Ask away! :)

P.S. I now blog everyday about med school life, getting in to med school, undergrad tips, etc. (see signature)