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Do Grade 10 Marks Matter? What about in USA Universities?
I am currently a Grade 10 IBT student in Ontario, Canada. 

I heard from one strongly academic person that they definitely plan to take a top University in the U.S.
They said they look at all your marks from all grades of highschool, and your entire high school average, will be assessed or influence chances of getting accepted. 

I had previously thought I could slack off in Grade 10. To show the difference, I had a 92 in Math Grade 9, but in Grade 10 have a 71. 

Should I be really concerned about that for Canada/Us universities?

(I achieved Overall 87-91% average in Grade 9.)
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"Productive" extracurricular activities?
I play video games almost 3-4 hours a day and I am a senior. I believe it is time to put down video games as I have been recently realized that playing video games is a complete waste of time. What do you guys, especially to those with 90s average, do in you have spare times?
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High school research assistant
Hi. I am in high school and would like to volunteer or work as a research assistant. Can someone tell me some places in Toronto or Brampton to get this experience during high school?
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University that is far?
Hey, to all grade 12s applying, or ones who already did, are you guys limiting your programs and uni due to distance? There are a few programs I want to get into, but I keep thinking 'it's too far' and am only applying to the 3 in toronto.. should I still apply to further ones? 

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Rude comments
I don't understand why on this website, when people are actually seeking for solid advice or inquisitive about certain programs they wish to pursue and mention their averages, they are insulted and put down. I've seen on a bunch of posts lately how obnoxiously rude people have been and there's an uprise of trolls too? There are schools who recommended this website to get input from university students about campus life or academics and also find out about other students in the same boat, so I am irritated by how much of a joke this website has become. People can't genuinely post something without a bunch of commentors leaving insensitive comments behind, like if someone wishes to go into a program and does not have the marks for it, why not offer them advice on how to do better in the timeframe that they have? Instead of degrading them like the privilege of staying anonymous is being abused because people who aren't trolling might actually rely on this website.
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Online prereqs for US medical school
Hi, I'm planning on taking online biochem and online English at UWO ( I go to UWO). However, I've contacted good American medical schools and they seem to not like online courses. However, how they would be able to know whether my course was taken online, as UWO does not specify on the transcript whether it was online or not. It denotes the class section [650], my mark and the title of the course. Does anyone have experience with this? Has anyone who applied to US medical schools got in, even though they took biochem online? Do US secondaries ask us to specify which courses were taken online, because a majority seem to not ask this on their applications, etc? AMCAS will see my official transcript, yet it won't show my course was online because it uses UWO's way of marking. Also, Ottawa medical school states you shouldn't take too many online courses? Will online courses taken at UWO be listed as online on OMSAS? Will they have any way of finding out if my official transcript does not list online courses?
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My name is Hawa Abdoulaye and currently in grade 12, at a school called St. Margaret's School. As an international student, I am living in Canada, BC on a study permit. Does that make me eligible to apply for the #Classof2018Design scholarship?  

 Best Regards, Hawa Abdoulaye.
Is Maclean's a reliable source?
Let's face it: all of us here have at least ONCE in our life done a Google search of "Best universities for *insert desired program*" But does Maclean's really give the best input on university programs? Or is it based purely on individual experience?
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I'm in grade 10 and have one low grade???
Hi! I'm currently in my second month of grade 10, which is the first year of highschool where I live. Currently, all my grades are above 90 except for math which is exactly 61 percent :( the teacher that I'm sadly in the class of simply doesn't teach, and when I go in for extra help it does no good! Will this mark affect me at all? I'm planning to go to med school, and need to get into a science program or whatever. I'm so stressed :(((
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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey

Can I still get a 100%?
We're almost half way through the year and my current chemistry AP average is 86. We do get a 5% boost, which isn't factored here. Is it possible to get a raw 95% so with the boost it will be 100? Knowing were halfway through the whole course.
Is data science degree worth it?
It's a new undergrad degree 

I'm interest in maths + cs, so should I apply cs degree or data science? Both curriculum have similarities and difference.
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I am a grade 12 student, and my high-school does not give out any awards. What should I do?
I want to apply to the university of waterloo for computer science but I heard on the AIF you should list awards that you have gotten, and that I cannot answer as I have no awards. My school only gives awards during the graduation ceremony, which is after admissions so I feel stuck. Any help would be appreciated!
Advice on long distance relationship in university!
Is it possible to keep up a relationship when you and your significant other go to different universities and will be hours apart?   My boyfriend and I are in grade 12 and have been together for a while in highschool, however, we want to go to completely different unis (5 Hours apart) Is the relationship worth keeping? Or should we just end it before uni to allow us to have that fresh new experience and meet new people? Anyone have any advice/experience with dating someone who ended up going to a different university? Share you stories! I'd love to hear them.
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Are Canadian high school students generally interested in going to the US for college?
I know there is a strong interest among private school students, with about 20% of graduates heading over to the US each year. What's the case with students at public high schools? I'm guessing it's much lower but I was wondering what the general interest levels are with admission to not just the Ivy League, but other US universities as well.

I've been forwarded info on an upcoming seminar on US college applications with speakers coming from Columbia, Wharton and Carnegie Mellon, so I was wondering if it made sense to link here.

LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/set-yourself-apart-the-ultimate-us-college-application-workshop-toronto-tickets-38650129578
TD Scholarship
Has anyone here applied for the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership? I'm typing up my application right now and looking for any advice about it. What types of volunteering did you do? Is it better to have more items listed? What kind of things make an application for a big scholarship like this stand out?
Fast Tracking courses?

I am currently a grade 11 student attending an average high school in Ontario. I have a high 90s average and I'm currently considering going to the Ivy Leagues for unversityi. However, I have noticed that quite a lot of my friends have "fast tracked' their courses, meaning that they have taken grade 12 courses in grade 11 and so forth. I suppose this would allow students to take more courses and have spares in grade 12. Since my school does not offer AP or any other challenging courses, this would be considered the most rigorous program at my school.

However, I have only taken university level grade 11 courses this year and I am slightly concerned that my courses aren't rigorous enough to be considered for Ivy Leagues, despite my high average.  Any advice would be appreciated. :)

Ps. I am also trying to boost my ECs but I currently don't have any national awards or anything. I play a sport and an instrument which I am both fairly good at and I also recently started a research program at a local university.

I have still yet to take my SATs

Thanks in advance!
Careers: Who do you want advice from?
Hey yconic!

Do you know what you want to do after graduation? Wanna chat with someone in the field and learn more about a potential career?

Let us know in the comments below! If you have question about a certain job, career, etc, we would love to connect you with the right people. 

P.S. Serious comments only. 
Should I take 10 grade 12 courses?
Computer science at the University of Toronto requires mid 90 averages for acceptance based on some posts on this site. I've always been decent at school (mid-high 80s) and don't think I can achieve mid 90s under any circumstances, UNLESS I take a ton of grade 12 classes, and hope that the top 6 will be excellent. 

Thinking of doing something like this:
July: English
August: E-Learning Class

Day school:
Advanced Functions
Computer Science
Chemistry OR Physics
Random easy class

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