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Waterloo Computer Science Applicants of 2016!
This forum is for Waterloo computer science applicants of 2016!

This is created to get a better understand of the applicants this year. Share the following please:

1. Estimated admission average
2. EC's

Just want to get to know the competition a bit better! Good luck to everyone!
$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
Double Major
Has anyone done or is currently doing a double major? How hard is this? Thinking about a double major for my future studies.
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.
Question for commerce students (queens, UTM, Degroote, Laurier)
Hi guys,

I'm currently in Grade 12 and looking to apply to Queens Commerce, Rotman, Degroote nad Laurier. I have an 88% average so far but i mean the year just started so i have to maintain it. My question is that, i want to do a business undergrad before applying to law school (hopefully Osgoode). 

I know that for law, i just need a high GPA in whatever undergrad i choose, and so i am stressing. If i get into one of these programs (all of which are tough), my marks aren't likely to soar. I don't want to graduate with my bcom, but then fail to get into any law school due to low marks.

Are these programs not for me? Does anyone have experience of doing these programs pre-law school. I am also aware some schools offer mba/jd programs, so if anyone knows about that?
Art-Sci at University of Toronto?
Anyone here in the art and sciences faculty at UofT or planning to go there?

What are your thoughts about this program? Would you consider it a decent undergraduate degree for someone who is interested in going to graduate school (i.e. law school) since there is no 'pre-law' degree.

I would most probably major in International Relations, Political Sciences, History OR Computer Science. Still thinking about this one.
First Year U of T Life Sci Ask me Anything
Hey, I am in U of T life sciences first year, Ask me anything you want regarding U of T or any other university in Ontario :)
18-Year-Old Seeks Advice for Unconventional Dilemma
Hi All,

I'm 18 years old and currently in my fifth year of high school, and I'm looking for advice on what to do for post secondary next year, but I'm different from most people my age in that my main goal isn't to find a job that I love. My main goal would be work-life balance.

Here's the thing- all through high school I wanted to work directing and writing movies, but after some revelations in my first round of Grade 12 I realized how truly foolish that was. I also came to realize something about myself. And that's the fact that I'm not really passionate about anything. Even as a child, I wasn't that interested in much of anything (except reading :P).

Because of this, I've given up on finding a job that I love, my main goal is finding a job that gives me a basic schedule where I can work from 7am-6pm Monday through Friday, and I would prefer a job that's at a desk in an office. That way I could just come in, do my job, leave and have the one thing I truly love, evenings and weekends off :P. If that exact schedule and lifestyle isn't realistic, I want the closest thing possible to it.

Anyone have an idea what jobs could support this lifestyle? What could I study next year in order to get one of these jobs?

UBC, Western, UofT, Queen's reputation?
I'm currently in grade 11 and I am completely certain I want to do business as my undergrad. Ideally, I want to focus on finance, get my CFA designation, work for a couple of years, and then get my master's degree (of course, this plan may change - I know it's very ambitious).  I will definitely be applying to UBC Sauder, Western AEO, UofT Arts (Economics), and Queen's Smith.  

I live in Vancouver, so of course UBC makes the most sense but I don't feel that it's the right school for me.  Personally I feel more inclined to Queen's.  But my parents are worried that if I wanted to return to Vancouver, UBC or SFU grads would be preferred by employers over Queen's grads.  Is this true?  In Vancouver, are Queen's (and Western) grads at a disadvantage?  Also, what's the international reputation of UBC, Western, UofT, and Queen's (particularly in Europe)?

Please don't comment that business is useless now, all of my family is in business and I know it's the right path for me.

Thank you!

Business School Options
I'm currently a in the 12th grade and have been looking into business schools to apply for. All of them have their pros and cons so I would like to ask your opinions on these schools:
-Queen's Commerce (No co-op but high prestige)
-Waterloo CFM/AFM (loving the coop and living close to home)
-UBC Sauders (Beautiful campus, decent prestige)
-Brock, all three Goodman programs (absolutely amazing coop)
-McMaster Degroote
-Dalhousie (Recommended by an MBA student, love coop)
-Laurier (again, love coop, close to home)
-McGill (high prestige)
Personally I'm aiming for a CFA designation to work as a financial consultant or something of the sort (CPA is also an option, but a lesser option). I absolutely would LOVE coop since I want to start getting work experience as soon as possible, but I'm also looking for a school with relatively high prestige which is pretty much the only reason Queens is an option.
What do you want???
What do you want in life?
and what effort are you going to offer???
Business Administration Vs. Accounting
So I'm interested in going into accounting but I'm not sure if it's a better idea to go into business administration so I can study general business and then specialize in accounting or if I should just go straight into an accounting program. Also which university's business school is better - Wilfrid Laurier, Ryerson or Brock?
Finance or risk management and insurance?
Im currently in my 1st year of Commerce at UoC and I was wondering which major would be better: finance or risk management and insurance. I enjoy math so both majors are within my interest. In terms of job opportunities, salary and work environment which would you say is better? My eventual goal after graduation is to work in either Vancouver or Toronto.
Can someone who studied psychology or is going down the psychology route please tell me their experience. I hoping to do the science side of psy but if there is someone who chose an arts or science please reply.
Safest way to optometry school
Hey guys, 
Optometry has caught my interest over the few months, and I think thats the goal I want to pursue, I've been thinking about many different programs such as; Biomedical sciences, Life sciences, Human kinetics (kinesiology) or maybe even psychology. 

I've read places that a good base for optometry is neuroscience. But I want to know what's really the best program that could increase my chances (even though it doesn't matter the program), and help me learn a lot for optometry school. 

Thank you :) 

Health and Life Sciences
Hello guys,

I want to know more about the chances of me getting into any of the health/life science programs in McMaster, Western, Queens, Waterloo and U of T.

My average this year can range from 92 to 96%. However, I know that they look for more than just grades. I currently hold two vice president positions and one president  in school. I am also a track athlete and I am mediocre in archery. My courses are the following and here are the anticipated marks (lowest marks possible):

Advanced Functions 95
Calculus 95
Biology 90
Physics 90
Chemistry 90
Latin 93
Art 90 

English (summer already confirmed mark)- 95
So what are the chances I will get into any of the school (mentioned above) health science or life science programs? 

Thank you so much for any input! 

Life Sciences Question :D

I know that in business, extra-curriculars  count almost as much as marks, especially in the top schools like Ivey and Queen's. But, however, in life sciences, do they only really care about marks, assuming you have decent ECs? I had a 93 avg in grade 11, and am confident I can maintain a mid-high 80 avg this year at minimum. I am planning on going to either Waterloo, McMaster (life science), Carleton, Queen's, or U of Calgary/Alberta (assuming I get accepted to some of them). 

Now, I know you business and engineering students are going to be like, what? Why is he applying to such crap schools!? 

Well, in retrospect, medical schools do not care where you went for your undergrad, at all. The only things that matter are your MCAT, GPA, and ECs. So, really, I would NEVER choose U of T ... Like, ever .... Worst changes at getting even a decent GPA. Same case for UBC and Queen's really. 

So really, the Queen's/Ivey/Sauder/Rotman case in superiority is not indicative of the medical field, at all.

So back to my original question: do universities (life science program( only really care about marks, assuming you have decent ECs?

I have a about 5 or 6 ECs that are above average in my opinion, so I'm not too worried about that really. 

Would appreciate any insight though? 

Ivey transfer
Anyone applying to Western HBA this year? What are your stats?
Undergrad for law school?
Hey guys,

I'm going through a bit of a crisis where I've realized applying to queens commerce and rotmans is great and all, but it'll be very difficult for me to graduate and go to law school (a good one) due to a low gpa. 

Two questions. 1.) does it make sense to get into a well known business program and then a rather average law school, I'm sure job recruiters will still consider me a top asset for corporate law. Or should I do the opposite, easy undergrad and very good law school (osgoode).

2.) anybody do a business undergrad and go to law school? What kind of undergrads did u guys do? 
How did you decide what program you are doing in university
Heyy people, I am a going-to-gr12 public hs kid wondering what to do in life.

A brief info about myslf:
1. Live in GTA
2. Like interior designs, fascinated by tech, love to eat, outgoing, enjoy flying and driving
3. my favourite YouTube video is "A Day Made of Glass"
4. i studied because of others, not for myself (aka I got good grades but I didnt enjoy them)
5. my ultimate goal is to retire asap (at 45) [I know it may not be feasible, but still...)

Here's my gr11 grades
English 83
Functions 99
Accounting  94
Marketing  96
Chemistry 86
Physics 82
Biology 90
Broadcasting 87

And my only grade 12 grade is physics (completed in summer school) - 94

As above, how did you decide what you are going to do in the future??? Like how do you figure out what you want??
I like interior designs, tech, food, sports, but the thing is - i can't see myself in the future
I dont know what to do? Despite trying to get good grades and apply every single university in ontario....
I really need some advice. Please give me some advice :) :) :)

Thank you very much
Online HS Diploma?
Hi folks,

Is there anyone on the board who finished HS Diploma earning ILC or VLC credits and got admission in Engineering dept. Of Waterloo or UOT?

Average to get into Rotman? and best business schools in Canada?
So I was wondering what was the cut off for Rotman last year? Some people say 90 some people say 85 so I'm really confused...really hope that someone who got an offer last year can tell me...
Plus, what are the best business schools in Canada (more likely going to stay in Ontario though)? Or what is each business school best known for? I'm more interested in accounting and finance, and I don't mind paying high tuition.
I'm predicting my top six average for business programs to be 92%+, and I'm the president of French club, in deca(accounting category), red cross and green club. But I only got an 81% in English, will that affect my chance of getting into business?
Engineering to medical school ?
Hey guys,

I am in my final year of engineering. I originally had planned to go to medical school after finishing my degree but I couldnt keep my marks up. I found some of the courses quite difficult and also some personal trouble that I feel has affected me. Now , I cant even think of applying for medical school as my average is quite low (60s). Things are gradually changing with my grades improving and also on the personal front. Being in my final year, even with doing good now will not be enough. So I am considering coming back for a second undergrad degree in science or biochem or something like that which will give me credits from some of the engineering courses that I completed most importantly GPA starting from 0. 

I am loving engineering  and hope to work for a few years (3- 4) before I head back to school.

Just wanted to gather some opinion and advice for this route.

I am positive and hopeful about my dream to be a doctor. I maybe taking a tougher and long route but my desire and ambition to be a doctor is strong. Not willing to give up.
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?
Calling all yconic members!
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