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First-year Course Selection
Course selection can be super overwhelming. I’ve completed four years of university course selection, and I can still remember how I felt selecting my first year courses: Do I just pick anything? Am I supposed to pick a certain number of courses? Would I look weak if I took a lot of “fun” sounding courses versus the difficult philosophy, science and math courses? Here are some tips I’d recommend for your first year course selection:

Find out if you have a “worksheet”
There are actual forms that most schools have that list all the requirements of courses you NEED to take in order to graduate with your discipline. 

Take what YOU want
If you are entering school with friends, don’t take a course specifically because they are taking it. First year is the best chance to take electives and explore what you like, because some schools don’t want you to fully declare your major until your second year. See what you like!

Create a Mock Schedule, and have Back-ups!
Most schools release your time and day of classes. When you’re looking at courses, make a mock schedule on what your week would look like if you selected those classes. Have back up classes in case you are unable to get into one class, and make a mock schedule with those classes too! 

ALWAYS have Back-ups 
First year courses are usually the largest. You’re battling fellow first years, and all the other university students in upper years wanting an “easy” grade for a final elective (yes, university tends to become more difficult as you progress) 

Am I missing tips? Have your own? Comment below!
Should I accept my offer or wait it out for UBC?
Hey everyone! So I've kind of lost hope about getting accepted to UBC. I have a 91% average for UBC science, and I'm tired of waiting and checking the UBC portal everyday.  Looking at what everyone else has gotten in with, I doubt I will be accepted so I think I might accept my McMaster Life Science offer. Should I wait it out for a few more weeks or just accept the McMaster offer?
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Confused on which university to think of.
I am in gr11 in highschool. I am thinking of applying to University of Toronto St. George for either biochemistry, biological chemistry or human biology or ryerson for biomedical. Can you guys give me advice and what my average should be in gr12?
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Should I retake a course if I got an 80% and want to upgrade to a 95%?
So I took Earth & Space Science (which I loveeed) but got an 80% instead of a 95% (my goal). Is it worth retaking it? This is a High School Grade 12 (4U) course BTW. I need my 2 sciences and chem is def. not gonna make the cut. (I will never retake chem...ever.) 

Thanks so much. God bless. 
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Explore Program
Hi everyone,
I've recently heard about this program called Explore, where participants go to different locations in Canada to improve their French (or English??). It's something that I'm considering applying for next spring but I wanted to know if anyone on here has done it and what their experience was. 
And from what I understand, if you receive the bursary, all you would have to pay for would be transportation and spending money?? Thanks.
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A tuition-free Ontario: Would it be good or bad?
Tuition is super pricy (obviously!) Could you imagine a tuition free Ontario? There are definitely some pros and cons to it - would quality of education, and the reputation of schools deplete if there were no tuition? What do you think?

Recently OSAP (the Ontario Student Assistance Program) revamped themselves that will allow low- to middle-income students to attend school for free by providing them with grants to cover their tuition.

I am sure that you have heard the “free tuition” announcement circulating somewhere.This is the major change to the old OSAP form. 

Here is how the free tuition will work: 

Some students who are part of a low- to middle- income family can be eligible for free tuition if: 

The student's parents make $50,000 collectively or less per year 

The student will be attending school full-time The student is attending a public post-secondary institution 

The student meets the eligibility requirements for the OSAP program 

Now this is not anything like Newfoundland's elimination of student loans—Ontario is still handing out loans to students, however, some students will luck out with grants only if their parents are in the right pay brackets.

 Back in August of 2015, Newfoundland announced that they were eliminating student loans, and replacing them with non-repayable grants. Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to completely eliminate its student loan system.

How do you feel about the New OSAP. Is it evolving the education system in Canada for the good or bad? 

Personally, I can see the benefits. I'm from a middle income family, and would have loved the help without the debt attached, however, I also see the negative of people squandering away government money for a chance to "try' post-secondary school, while those who may be very serious about taking courses but are just over the cut-off are struggling to stay in school.

What do you think?
Best summer jobs for Canadian highschool students
I am a veteran to acquiring summer jobs. I’ve done them all. I’ve worked in the fast food industry. I’ve worked in retail. I’ve worked in a factory. I’ve been a babysitter. I’ve worked in countless environments, and many different types of jobs. Here are couple of types of jobs that I think are best for high school students:

City/Township work
This could be anything from working in the horticulture department, or working in city-owned/township-owned buildings. These buildings and department jobs tend to pay more, and some offer a “return” option that allows you to come back the following summer with an application that guarantees your position. When you’re saving for school, a guarantee of income during the summer is key!

Fast Food/Serving Positions
Don’t be above these positions. Some people hate the idea of working in the food industry for many reasons. Give it a shot! Fast food is where I got my first actual part-time job that wasn’t a babysitting position. This industry is always welcoming to young workers, and if you go the serving route—tips are great! 

Factory Work 
This definitely isn’t the most fun or glamorous work, and it’s only for the 16+ students, pending the type of work it is, but it is definitely a moneymaker! I worked in an automotive plant at a local factory that had an afterschool position for students. You make pretty good money, and in the summer, you take home a fair bit! Not to mention, the best part is the shift work – you always know what you are working because you always work the same hours! This is also great experience if you want to come back during the summer breaks while in post-secondary school. I was a summer student at a factory for two summers while in university at a reputable automotive manufacturer, and I made $20/hour. It’s not always easy work, but the money is good! 

 Do you have a type of position that you think is best for a student? Share!    
Will I get in ?
I have a 75 average and I applied to Ryerson BTM, Guelph accounting, and Laurier Comp sci. I'm wondering If ill get into any of them?
average booster courses
I am considering doing e-learning summer school and would like some opinions & experiences with any of these courses.

-BBB4ME, International Business
-BAT4ME, Financial Accounting
-BOH4ME, Business Leadership
-HHS4U, Families in Canada
-HSB4UE, Challenge and Change in Society
-HNB4ME, World of Fashion
-SES4UE, Earth and Space Science

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Do you guys think its okay to let your marks slide after midterms if it won't impact your scholarships? I know some people have a pride thing with their marks, but if having them slip a little won't change your acceptances or scholarships, is it basically fine?
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Apps and Sites that help you find Summer Jobs
Summer Jobs can be difficult to find, but it's a lot easier when you know where to look. You could wait until June or July to look, and chances are there will still be some positions posted here or there. Check out the following places if you're looking for a summer job! They may be able to help you!

Indeed: Indeed access to tons of opportunities. You can have your searches delivered right to your phone. The cool part? You can save certain searches with keywords, and it will notify you everytime there is something that matches your search!

LinkedIn Mobile App: Did you know that LinkedIn offers a place for job searching? Chances are these are a bit more long-term positions, but it doesn’t hurt to look!

Jobbank.gc.ca: Jobbank is a great resource for finding jobs. They pull from everywhere too, but it's supported by the government to aid in finding employment.

Indeed: I can't stress how useful this site it. It pulls from everywhere. Indeed has been the sole reason I've obtained my last four jobs (summer or not). I have no shame in saying that.

Canada.ca: This site is a government site, but often they too will post jobs on their website for you to apply to. It never hurts to take a look! :)
Is it too late to apply for a summer internship?
Is it too late to apply for a summer internship?

In short, no!

The long answer? If you’re in university, you should check your university’s job board online – Laurier’s is Navigator. If you’re a high school student scour all over online. There are different jobs according to what field you’re going into.

Why do I say that you should keep looking? New internships will continue to pop up because students aren’t the only people who leave things until the very last minute. Some employers do too!

Of course if you’re looking for some amazing opportunity like the Globe and Mail summer program, that ship has long sailed, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities. Ideally, you would have wanted to start looking sooner than now, but there is still hope! Because needs can change quickly at any business, plenty of employers won’t start up an intern search until the summer is practically in gear. Looking for an internship is nothing like university – some have deadlines, but some can come up out of the blue. I did a marketing internship in the middle of October one year (the most random time to start one!) Things come up! Just keep looking ☺

Looking for where to find an opportunity? Check places like Indeed, LinkedIn!

Hi there,

I applied to Laurier BBA and Schulich BBA but I recently dropped accounting. I am not taking the course but I am going to the class for the information but I am not getting accredit for it. Are the universities going to look at me differently for not having accounting.

Also what are my chances of getting in

Functions - 81

AP English - 84 (midterm)

Philosophy - 95

Drama - 96

Economics - 96 (midterm)

Data - 97 (midterm)

Overall average - 91.5

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Summer School English vs Explore Program
So recently, I received the bursary to go the explore program and I really want to go. Unfortunately, my school's grade 12 english teacher is very hard. The class average is usually low 70's and the program at Waterloo that I want to go into needs at least a mid 80. Now I dont know if I should go to the explore program or take english during summer school to get a better grade. I want to apply to Health Studies at Waterloo. 

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Applications that still haven't been evaluated
Hey guys! I'm super nervous as I feel like I'm the only person on here that STILL hasn't heard back from any of the universities I have applied to. My application hasn't been reviewed yet, so I'm hoping that it comes through soon! Reply if you're also waiting on an acceptance, I can't be the only one??? 
- university & program 
- date that you applied
- average 
- reviewed or not? 
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Do Universities look down on a "Victory Lap?"
I'm from Victoria and because I didn't take Calculus, I couldn't apply to many business schools in the east. My grades were as follows:
History: 95
Econ 12: 94
Pre Calc 11: 94 ( Currently have a 98 in Precalc 12) 
English: 76

My English mark was too low which was the reason I couldn't apply to Queen's. The only business schools I could really apply to that were decently good were schools like Ryerson and SFU. I was considering taking a year off and upgrading my English mark, as well as taking Calculus so I could apply to schools like Queens Commerce, Rotman, Schulich, Laurier and McGill, even Sauder. Would Universities look down on the fact that I took a year off? Will it lower my chances? Is taking a year off smart in my case or should I just settle with SFU Beedie? Also, I hope to land a high finance job, hopefully in IBanking or wealth management. 
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University Professors: tenured vs. part-time. Do you care?
University courses are taught by the best scholars and experts within the industry, supposedly. More often than not, university students are walking into classrooms never really knowing the background of the profs that are teaching them. Some of the staff are full-time scholars, while some are part-time contractual faculty that may be more accustomed to the field. What’s the difference? Should you care? 

There’s a difference? 
Within a university, there can be a significant difference between those who teach you. These people are broken down to being part-time, or full-time. There is part-time, contract staff, which are, staff who get hired on a required basis (essentially it’s if there’s a class that needs someone to teach it) and then there are full-time faculty who are permanent staff in the institution. These people are often considered “tenure.” 

Full-time faculty has regularised work, and often have high credentials to back them up (often a ph.D!) Last semester, I actually had a professor that boasted that being tenure meant that he could do just about anything and be free of judgement saying something like “unless I did something really awful, I have job security.” To become tenure staff, it takes around five years where they have to meet the university’s expectations. Tenure staff is expected to contribute to the academia world of their university through research publications, attend university or scholarly workshops and/or presentations, teach courses, and involvement in the university community (at least at Laurier they are!) These full-time staff members are always paid very nicely. 

Part Time: 
Part-time faculty are screened based on their application, CV and previous course evaluations. Contract faculty are not interviewed by staff, meaning their teaching abilities are determined by how good they look on paper. information is based on information collected from a recent interview for an overall capstone project. Unlike Full-time staff, contract, and part-time staff do not have the same expectations laid upon them due to their short contracts. Contract faculty often only make a few thousand dollars per twelve week course they teach, which means that they are split between classes, programs, and sometimes even universities to make ends meet.

Should you care? 
Short answer, YES! Why? Because the money you’re spending, the qualifications their holding, and is what you’re learning going to benefit you? 

Long answer: The ratio of full- time to part-time college professors is at least one to three across Ontario. I’ve had my fair share of crappy full-time and part-time faculty, so it’s hard to say “this one is better, or that one is better,” but rather disassociate their status of full-time or part-time with them. The average tuition in Ontario for the 2016-2017 school year was $8,114. Think about that money for a minute. You’re paying each professor to teach you a bit more to complete your overall purpose of attending the institution, which is to graduate with your degree. Professors and instructors determine the quality of education a university student receives. I’ve had a part-time professor who was supposed to teach me digital media, including, but not limited to: wordpress, html, video editing, creative cloud, etc. (all of which I’ve learned, no thanks to them..) I’ve also had a full-time prof who put students on the spot, and made it feel like they were forcing students to teach the class without knowing anything beyond a page of readings (which didn’t even begin to cover the extent of the topic). For me personally, I prefer being in a class with a full-time prof. Not because of their fancy degree, but because I know that the hiring process was extensive, and they are fully capable of teaching me. It's not that I hate part-timers. I've had amazing classes with great people, but I feel like I haven't learned and retained nearly as much as what I've learned with a full-timer. 

Do you care if you’re taught by a part-time or full-time prof? Have any stories to share of great or awful part-time or full-time staff that justifies your standpoint? (No need to use names!) Share! 
3 Tips for handling group work
Group work can be super stressful. For my first few years of university, and even all through high school, every time I heard the words "group work" I would shudder. Who likes group work? For the longest time, I believed that group work was the absolute worst thing in the entire world, however, over time I realized that it's a part of life. Although we may not necessarily love group work, it's something that we'll always run into. 

I'm it my 4th year of university, and as part of my requirements, in order to graduate with anything other than a general BA (which 4 years of Journalism specializing in PR and Marketing and finishing with a general BA is NOT what I want to do at all) I had to complete a full-year group capstone project with two other members. Luckily, it was a small group, but it didn't make it any less difficult. Group work will ALWAYS be a learning experience. Here's three tips I've learned on how to handle group work:

Task Delegation and Contracts
Immediately (and I'm talking before you even start working) create a perimeter on who will complete what tasks, and the overall expectations you all have for each other, and the creation of your work, then delegate tasks according. Make everyone sign that piece of paper, and photocopy it and hand out a copy to everyone in your group. BAM. No one can pretend they "didn't know" what was expected of them.

Am I stressing this enough? The number one problem with group work is lack of communication. Always communicate with one another. I personally love using the website slack. Slack lets you chat, and upload files to each other to view. You can even instal a slack app on your cell so that you're not slackin' on communication.. See what I did there? Cheesy. If Slack isn't for you, find another medium in which to communicate with. Not only does communication keep members in your group informed, but it avoids miscommunication which could lead to potential conflict (which no one wants - yawn.)

Embrace your Differences
If every group was filled with the exact same type of person, not only would you never grow from group work experiences, the experience as a whole would straight up suck.. Embrace the differences of each member and what each person brings to the table. For example in my capstone, I studied Marketing and PR. Another person studied Print Journalism, and another studied Journalism and Human Rights. We're a diverse group of individuals with a diverse set of skills. Find out what each others skills are, embrace them, and utilize the heck out of them!

Group work isn't easy.. But it is worth it. You'll gain so much knowledge, patience, and communication skills when you're place in a group work. Even the worst of experiences, you will learn from.

Got tips I missed? Share them below!!

Business/ Commerce
I finished my first semester with an 85 average. Did well in all my classes but failed my English exam dropping my 87 to a 79. I'm redoing English and currently doing well in all my second semester classes. Anticipating for a 90 average at midterm. Since all the programs I applied to are competative I might not get in. Should I go for a lower tier program or do a fifth year?
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What courses should I take?
Im currently in grade 11 and I want to fasttrack some gr12 courses over the summer so that I could have more options to choose for my top6 for university admissions. TDSB offers free online elearning and they have a variety of choices. I want to do both july and august sessions because although I am working all summer, I feel that I can optimize and make it more productive by getting two courses done too because my job isn't physically demanding.
ANyways I want to get marks as close to 100 as possible. Here are some options im considering:

BB4ME- International Business Fundamentals
BOH4ME- Business Leadership
CGW4UE- Canadian and World Issues
CHY4UE- World History
HHS4UE- Families In Canada
SES4UE- Earth and Space Sciences

Could any of you give me feedback on any of these courses? Is the workload heavy? How many times a day or hours a week will I need to dedicate to achieve greatly in these courses? Which one of these would you recommend me to take. Any people who have previously summer e-learned, what were your experiences like. Thank you in advance!
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UVIC Acceptances Not Being Sent Out Until May?
A couple of my friends have gotten in already (for sciences and arts - I applied for business), but I haven't yet and on UVIC's site, they say they typically send out acceptances in May and my application may be on hold? Is this certain? My average is at 94%, why is my application on hold? I'm really stressed out, I really want to get into UVIC and I really need to know soon as I have other deadlines for universities I need to answer to. I've been checking all this week but my application status has been the same for almost a month (sent to academic faculty for evaluation). I self-reported my grades on February 20th, which is even sooner than some of my friends who have already gotten in self-reported.
Is there a chance I could get in sooner than May?
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Laurier O Week
completely random but I was wondering what was the cost for registering laurier o week? just want to be prepared
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How to cut down unnecessary spending?
Budgeting is probably the most important thing you could do while in post-secondary school. 

Budget for the necessities, and then work with the extras. 
What do you need? What is important? Things like your rent, food, education supplies, and other bills – these should be your top priorities.

Use Budget Apps
Using the budget apps like Mint can really help you out with your budget, it allows you to set your budget for categories, and ensure that you don’t exceed them by giving you warnings. Mint can link to your bank account. Need some suggestions on ways to enjoy the luxuries in life?

Purchase a coffee maker instead of buying your venti everyday
As a post-secondary student, it’s easy to drink at least one cup of coffee, or an espresso based drink to get through those 8 A.M. classes. Purchase a coffee maker, although the cost is more expensive, it saves you a lot in the long run!

Ladies, Borrow Clothes
If you need a dress for one event, why buy a new dress? Borrow one? Not only do you save money, you’ll save closet space too!

Eat Take-Out Less
Limit yourself. All great things should come in small doses. It’s easy to be consumed with the convenience of eating takeout, but it’s so expensive! Limit yourself to eating out one a week (if you’re an avid diner.) I’d recommend stocking up on frozen pizzas if you are really keen on delivery. Although the taste is arguably different, it’s pizza.. so it’s still delish!

Buy food in bulk
This one is a great idea! As a single student, it’s super easy to buy a flat of chicken breast and freeze them individually, or a couple loaves of day old bread to freeze. Buying things in bulk in the long run equal a much cheaper rate, and it’s easy to do. Not to forget that avoiding the stress of grocery shopping is fantastic as well!

Use Cash
Instead of using your interac debit’s flash (which is super easy to tap) it’s much easier to monitor your spending if you bring out cash. You had a limit of $40 spending at that bowling night out? You can’t spend more if you only use cash! You’ll notice you’re more consciously thinking about your spending habits.

Do you have any tips for cutting back unnecessary spending? Comment below!
Big Fish Small Pond or Small Fish Big Pond
Since many people say that for most undergrad programs university reputation doesn't matter, which do you think is a better strategy for picking a university:

1) A smaller school where your scores place you near the top of the student body (e.g. Lakehead or Trent) so you'll have more access to opportunities (like being chosen to be a research/lab assistant, being able to TA, attend conferences, get to know your professors personally etc.) even if they are limited, and a better chance for a higher GPA (if they grade on a curve). 


2) A bigger school where your scores put you more in the middle of the pack (e.g. McGill) where there will be more opportunities (better co-op recruitment, working in a cutting edge lab etc.) and brighter students to push you, but more competition to be noticed and be chosen for those opportunities and to get higher grades.
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Wetern university or Laurier University?
what's up, so just in general thinking about the university which one is the place to be for programs, school life, residence, social life, and above all university experience.
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