My name is Bo and I'm a second-year Software Engineering student and Engineering Ambassador at the University of Waterloo. I know many of you are keen to study at Waterloo. I hope this thread will be very useful for you guys. I also started my blog: https://bopeng.io to write about my first year experience. I'll also be writing about the University admission process, and specifically for Engineering programs!
List any questions below! I will try my best to respond to your questions daily.
Admissions 2015: How it's going to work by Prof Bill Anderson
Professor Bill Anderson's Blog on Waterloo Engineering Admissions
Waterloo Engineering Shadow Program
OUAC Important Dates
Which Engineering Program is right for you? Quiz
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I understand that it's hard to find jobs in some fields. I'm sure almost everyone on here does as well. It seems that every post i see, there's always some anonymous commenter discouraging them and telling them "good luck working at starbucks/mcdonalds/burger king/etc." I just saw something that said the only useful degrees were engineering and computer science. Do you think that Engineers and Comp. Sci majors can do every job that our complex society needs? No, they can't. Yes, it may be hard to find a high paying job with certain degrees but who are you to assume that making money is all someone cares about? Coming from the home of a single mother who makes a little over 50k a year, I can tell you that having an average paying job isn't hell like people on here make it out to be. I would never go against what i aspire to do based on the amount of money I'd start off making.
It just seems that some people are so dead-set on tearing people's goals down on here and I just wanted to let people know that their degree isn't "useless" if it doesn't get them a job paying 100k off the bat.
PLEASE comment on the difficulty of the course compared to adv functions. Also if you are an okay math student also comment! I know lots of people doing this course who think it's a breeze but they are strong math students! I need to hear from someone who is an okay student.
I'm in Grade 12 in Ontario and I already have five U/M credits because I took a math course over the summer and had a full load of four courses in Semester 1. In Semester 2, I have two U/M courses but couldn't get another U/M elective of my choice because everything is wait-listed, so I accepted an open course as a placeholder, thinking I'd get into one of the U/M courses when someone dropped out. That's not happening, and the open course is useless, so I want to just stick with the other two. Maybe I'll pick up a part-time job or take a course through a private on-line high school. My problem is that the Guidance department is telling me I can't drop the useless open course because it would make me a part-time student and the principal isn't approving anyone becoming a part-time student until April! Can they do that? I don't want to have to waste my time in this stupid course until April when I could be doing something more productive with my life.
I'm currently in grade 11 and I took mostly science's , but I'm not doing that well in them. I went from getting high 80's to not even 70's.Even though I was planning on doing science in uni , I don't think that's going to happen anymore realistically.I also enjoyed business so I was wondering what business programs you would reccomend applying to and what pre reqs I would need.I can probably get high 80's in business programs (if its not math based it would be great) Thank you! (+Unis in Ontario)
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
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)
Hey yconics, im a grade 12 student and im currently only taking one grade 12 course. I know they will be looking at my grade 11 courses, and the marks are pretty bad, but im doing good in physics rn and hopefully in next semester. So my question is will i be accepted at the regular time or get a late acceptation?
Hello reader, I'm a grade 12 student whom is currently taking two grade 12 courses (Advanced Functions and Physics) unfortunately I'm failing the advance functions course so i will have to retake it next semester. And on top of that my grade 11 marks are terrible. So my question is will i get late acceptances regarding of the shity first advance functions mark along with my bad grade 11 marks or i have to re-apply next year? btw im applying for computer science.
I feel like my possibly(in the range) 69-79 in MCR3U will impact my application towards
for Computer Science. The reason why I have a really terrible mark in grade 11 Math is because I tend to not try, and dont put any effort into work. All I have been doing for the past 5 tests is memorize the concept(I know, I shouldnt do this) instead of trying to understand it. I only do this because I know I really don't need to, not until grade 12 atleast, because in grade 12; I am going full out in school.
But I was wondering, will this low math mark impact my application towards these Unis?
I want to do bachelors of music and major in piano. Do you think there are a lot of jobs out for there for music teachers? Is the salary for music therapist high? I am thinking of jobs like accompanist, teacher, therapist, i dont know what else. For me having a high salary and being able to find a job is very important... so i am having a hard time thinking about all this. I somewhat believe that maybe being a music major wont be helpful for my future.... However it my main interests and I dont want to study anything else.. I am thinking of applying to Laurier (Music Comprehensive) and Western (Maybe music education). For people who are in the program, or who have graduated from comprehensive and education programs of music, how was it? did you become successful? Did you enjoy it?
What are everyone's career goals? What do you want to pursue? What programs or training are you going to take? Which univeristies are you considering? I just love hearing everyone's goals because, as cliche as it sounds, we are the future! :)
I know that University of Toronto - St. George only lets you apply to one stream, and if you apply to more than one, they ignore the other one and do whichever is ranked first. What other universities have this? Does York do this too? (I'm applying to Computer Science and Math, so if I don't get into Comp Sci, will they reject me for math too because they only consider the higher ranked program?).