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Do universities care if I take summer school?
So I tried changing my courses around. My options are to take either English 12 in school, or Bio 12. My school has very full classes, so there is no other option for me in school. I have decided to take Bio 12 online. Either that or night school. Will universities hold this against me? I was signed up for these courses when we were asked to choose classes for the next school year, but the computer didn't do it accordingly. My counsellor has said one must be done outside my school. 
*I need both these courses. English is mandatory to graduate, I need Bio to apply to my Bachelor of Science programs*
How much sleep do you get during regular school days?
On your regular school days in high school (Grade 11/ Grade 12) how much sleep do you get? What time do you wake up at and what time do you sleep at? does sleeping less by maximizing more time for studying worth it and is it useful? Are you able to concentrate at school the next day? What is your average?

Thank you in advance!
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TDSB SPARES?!?!?!
Hey everyone!! Next week I will officially be a grade 12 student. My school is semestered and I have a few urgent questions. I am enrolled for 3 courses each semester. That means that I will have 32 credits. In each semester I have a bird course such as gym or family studies. Is it possible for me to drop a bird course in each semester and have 2 spares each semester. I would still get the 30/30 credits needed. I have asked my guidance councillor and she said I can only take 1 spare. I am not sure if this is true or she doesn't want me having 2 spares. 

Thanks!!
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When should I apply for engineering transfer?
Hello, I would like to transfer to a difference engineering school, and I was wondering when I should apply and how should I go about doing it. Should I apply through OUAC and are there any documents I need to send to OUAC or the transfer University?
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The 'Knowledge is Power' Thread!
Greetings, fellow Yconics!

I'm sure you have all heard the saying 'knowledge is power'. If not, then you know it's true! Let's make this thread interesting! 

Think of one of the strangest, most awesome, or most fascinating things you have ever learned in or outside of school. It can be about anything related to what interests you: a random fact, nature, history, medicine, technology, people, etc...

This thread is to give all members a chance to learn something new and refresh their minds before school!



One fact that left me stunned was that a treasure box, worth more than 3 million, is supposedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Hidden by the author and art dealer Forrest Fenn, the treasure is named the 'Fenn treasure'. He stated (as of Aug. 20, 2016), that it is still hidden. Cool, right?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenn_treasure

Ontario Virtual School
Hi,  
Has anyone taken a course with Ontario Virtual School before? If so, how was your experience with the elearning school?

http://www.ontariovirtualschool.ca/

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met all admission requirements but didnt hear back from uni
i handed in all my final documents but UOIT never sent me an email saying im accepted?
i did have an issue with a physics mark, i was taking it with the ILC but was withdrawn last minute and couldn't do anything about it so i had to use my old physics mark (60%)
but i still met the requirement of 72% avg with no grade below 60%

but i called to ask "what now" and was told they will make another FINAL decision?
WTF?

Should i be worried 
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Current UBC Student- Ask me anything
I'm a second year UBC student. I took first year sciences, lived in first year residence, upper year winter residence and year round housing, and have since transferred into Engineering. I'm also an Orientations Leader and a volunteer for Destination UBC. I'm in the coop program at UBC and currently on a work term with a software company. 

I can answer questions about about rez life, science, how I got into UBC, engineering or transferring.
Is My English Mark Too Low For University Applications?!?!
I took Gr.12 English online in summer school and got a 72%. I want to apply to Nursing at YorkU and Ryerson as well as Kinesiology at YorkU. Should I upgrade this mark or leave it as it is?
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Course change help!! Please reply quick.
I got my Grade 12 schedule and the guidance counsellor's at my school are really strict when it comes to changing courses. My Grade 12 schedule is this:

1st Semester:
Spare, Advanced functions, Drama and Biology

2nd Semester:
Spare, Physics, Calculus and Vectors, and Chemistry

I really want Physics to be first semester because I am going into Engineering at Waterloo and i only need to give in my top 6 marks. I already took Grade 12 English in summer school. Biology is not one of the prerequisites thus, I want bio to be in second semester that way I can decide based on my Drama mark about whether I want to drop out Bio or not.

 Do you think it is best for me to switch Biology to second semester and Physics to first semester? and what is a good reason that i can give to the councellor's in order for them to let me change this.

Thank you in advance
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Has anyone gotten a response from their appeal?
Title

I submitted it 9 days ago and no response :o I know it says 10 business days but im just wondering
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Experience- grade 12 data management?
If anyone has taken data in grade 12 can they tell me their experience with it? I currently want to fill in one of my spares and want to know a bit more about that course from a student before speaking to guidance 

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French or other bird course
I will be starting grade 12, and have been taking french all throughout high school. For me, it is a mark booster (high 90s) and i enjoy the class, but i was wondering - is it worth to keep french, or switch to something like a 4M business course to boost my top 6? I plan on going into engineering or maybe business
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What does having more credit help you with?
Right now i am going into grade 12 with 27 credits which is good, and when i am done(if my plan works and i pass all my classes with good marks) grade 12 i will have 37 credit. What exactly does having more credit help you for?
University only looks at your top six university class.
Thinking of going to: I will get accepted
Waterloo: Geography and aviation 
Toronto: Paramedicine

Grade 9(English, English(yes two english), Math,Geography,French,Science ,Gym, Art)
Grade 10(English English,Math,civic and careers,Science,Gym,History,Construction,and Tamil)
Grade 11(English,English,Math,Computer science,Biology,Physics,Math, Nature,Tamil,Tamil)
Planned:Things don't go as i plan so
Grade 12(English,Math,Biology,Chemistry(night),Chemistry(night),Physics,Tamil,Economics,World issues, and Computer Science)
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Odds of Getting Accepted to an American Aerospace Engineering Master's Program
Hello folks, First time posting on yconic so I'll try to keep it brief. Haha, this is yet another "what are my chances" post that we've all seen many times over and have either grown to love or despise. Nevertheless, I will give a quick backstory and follow that up with the obvious question.  

I completed my undergraduate degree from Queen's University in mechanical engineering back in 2014. Academically, I did very well. GPA: 4.13 out of 4.3 and I did receive some scholarships based upon academic performance. I was accepted to a fully funded master's program at Queen's University after my undergrad. The area of research pertained to reducing the heat signatures on military aircraft, which I was very excited for. This was largely funded by a military defense company. CFD would comprise a large part of this program. Long story short, I found out a month before I was to start that my professor (supervisor) would be out of the country for the majority of my program and that he could only be reached sporadically via Skype or email. I also was a little burnt out on school at the time and felt work experience might do me some good. I therefore decided to withdraw from the program and instead found employment working as a Mechanical EIT in the nuclear power industry.  

I've been at my current job for 2 years and do a lot of mechanical design work involving fluid mechanics, CFD analysis and stress analysis using hand calculation and FEA techniques. All of the stress analysis work (always with regards to pressure boundary) needs to either comply with ASME BPVC Section III & VIII or ASME B31.1. So I do have quite a bit of experience with designing to code. Lately, I've been involved with some CFD work at the office and it's made me realize how much I wish I could pursue further study in the field of aerospace engineering (most likely focusing on computational aerodynamics or CFD & propulsion). A quick aside, aerospace has always been my chief area of interest but the employment opportunities in Canada seem to be limited in comparison to the opportunities available in the USA.  

For the past month or so I've been contemplating taking the GRE and sending out applications to upper echelon aerospace engineering master's programs in the USA. Schools such as Caltech, Stanford, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, etc. I have even looked at what we have to offer here in Canada at U of T and was very impressed. However, my first choice would be to go to the States for study, if possible.  

Anyways, to quickly wrap this up and save you folks from a lengthy read, what are my chances of getting accepted to an upper tier American aerospace engineering master's program given my current situation? Would I just be wasting my time and money on applications? Any advice or personal experience from anyone willing to share would be greatly appreciated :).  

Andrew
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


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Undergrad Program -> Med School?
Hi guys,

Soon, I will be needing to choose my courses for uni. I'm stuck with my choices, especially because my main focus is med school and I know what I end up taking will play a big part with the outcome of my chances to get accepted there. I'm really into bio and chem, but I know these choices are probably the most difficult ones to study. I hear that, although it is recommended to study in the sciences, it's not always the path people take to make it to med school. This is what gives me second thoughts as to what I want to study, but at the same time, I know it's still possible to succeed with hard work and dedication.

My question is, what do you guys think about studying in the sciences? 

Thanks in advance.
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Grade 11 IB question
I'm starting Grade 11 IB this year, and I've been offered a job. The job is Monday's and Tuesday's and its 4 hours per day. I don't take too many extra curriculars but I lose almost my whole Thursday afternoon/evening to sports. I don't know if I should take the job or not. So far my grades have been fine, I have a 95 average but I don't know what to expect from grade 11.

How much harder is IB from pre-Ib? Is it manageable? Should I expect my marks to drop? And should I take the job?
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University Residency (Specifically McMaster, UFT and Western)
I'm a Grade 12 student right not and I'm interested in the 3 schools listed above ^^. My problem is with the expensive residence fees that I might have to add on along with tuition, books, food. I want the experience of living on residence along with the convenience of being close to school, but adding on $8000-$9000 a year on top of everything else seems almost unreasonable, especially if the quality of living there isn't worth it. So what are your suggestions (drawing from experience even if you don't go to these schools would be appreciated) on which residences have the best quality of life at a reasonable price? Is it more worth it to live off residence and rent an apartment with friends? Or should I live at home and bus and subway to school (which would mean I would have to wake up super early, not to mention the risk of missing a bus or being late to class)? I don't think I have enough qualifications to get alot of scholarships and I'm just above being able to receive grants or government help besides OSAP.
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Western's Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) Program
I'm a soon to be grade 12 student and would like to know what Western's IMS program is about (including experience as well). I've been looking through many forums and only come across information about the BMSc program. Any help would be great!