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Christmas vacation in University
Is it safe to assume I will be able to join my family on vacation over Christmas holidays while in university?
It's between semesters so I assume it's ok. But I might be missing something.
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Early Admission Anxiety?
I don't know if anyone else is experiencing a situation akin to my own and I hope it doesn't sound conceited or anything, but is anyone else experiencing anxiety when people with worse marks and less ECs are getting into programs you applied to, and you're still waiting? 

Can anyone tell me if I'm somehow missing anything important, or if there's possibly something unappealing about my application? My average in grade 11 was 95, my average currently seems to be hovering around 96-97. I'm a member of several sports teams, exec members of a couple of school clubs, founder of an out of school organization, and I have a part time job as a lifeguard. 

I applied to Waterloo Life Sci quite a while ago, and still haven't gotten anything back. A few of my friends with high 80 averages and fewer ECs have gotten in since the beginning of the month. I also applied to McMaster Life Sci and haven't gotten anything back while others have. My science and english marks are all mid to high 90s. 

Edit: I've been accepted! 
Grade 12 Marks
Hey guys, so I currently have an avg of 90%+ in all of my grade 12 courses. There's just one problem. my Advanced Functions  mark is 60% (lowest mark ofc) and im scared I wont get into Uni because of this even though my avg is relatively high. I have tried applying to unis where they do not require Advanced Functions. What do you guys think about this? am i screwed or is there hope with a 60% in advanced functions but 90%+ in everything else (including calc)

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Didn't get my student ID from UOttawa
Anyone didn't get their student login or ID from UOttawa here?? I applied more than 2 weeks ago and haven't got any e-mail from them... and won't reply to my e-mail. .. please help :(
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Why Making Goals for the New Year Might be a Good Idea
Life gets hectic, especially for students. Sometimes it feels like we can get stuck in a hectic cycle of never-ending work, sleep, and classes. It’s important to establish a few goals to fully understand what you want to accomplish on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. The new year is right around the corner, so it’s about time to pull out that new calendar and mark a few things into your schedule. 

1. Daily Goals: Setting a goal for your daily life is a big undertaking. It takes determination and perseverance to stick to a daily goal. I would recommend that if you do make a daily goal for the new year, don’t make it too big. For example, maybe you want to start keeping a daily journal. Even just spending 10 minutes doing this each day is an accomplishment.

2. Weekly Goals: Dedicate a bit of time each week, whether it be on the weekend or mid-week, on relaxing or doing something you enjoy. Even if you’re stressed and have lots to do, your mental health is important! Block off a special hour or two every week to curl up with a book, take a nap, listen to music, or another relaxing activity. (I would recommend staying away from your phone and have more of an inward focus during this time.)

3. Monthly Goals: These goals can be a bit larger. What’s something you want to accomplish by the end of one month? Maybe you want to write a song. Maybe you want to complete a new piece of art. Maybe you want to learn origami, or write some letters for relatives or friends. It could be anything. You can work on your monthly goal whenever you have some spare time. 

4. A Goal For the Year: This could be a large-scale goal. It could even be related to your monthly goals. (For example, if you write a song every month, you could have an album by the end of the year.) Maybe your annual goal is to learn a new language. It could also be a more simple goal, like meeting 10 new people, or doing 10 random acts of kindness for strangers.

Personally, I’ve found that making goals and following through with them has been a very enriching experience, as it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and it gives your days more meaning. In fact, having things to work towards has pushed me to get my schoolwork done more efficiently too.

Let us know what goals you’re setting for the New Year in the comments below!

 -Rachel H, yconic student ambassador
Do universities care if you take pre-requisite course online?
I want to take pre-calculus 12 online. Would universities look differently at this course grade because I took it online?
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No close friends to connect with in highschool, is it just me?
I'm an extrovert, outgoing guy and can make friends/acquantaises easily. I will usually strike up a conversation with the person next to me no matter what.  I know a good amount of people, but I have no close friends (asides from my elementary friends who dosent go to my school)

I went to a highschool where I knew no one; at freshman,I hung out with these bunch of kids I loved to talk to + hang out out of school; I was quite close to everyone in that group. But life happened and the group broke up for reasons I won't go into.

I decided to find a new group and so I did, at-first I thought I would fit into this group,but as time goes, I quickly lost interest in them as I cannot connect with them (I find their convos with me/others boring/something I can't relate to)

Now I'm with a group that I'm quite uncomfortable with, sometimes they bring up interesting topics to talk about, but the fact that they talk crap about others behind their back (even from people in their own circle),makes me sick and wary of them. Only reason I'm hanging out with them right now is so that I can find another group to slowly get into. I would honesty not trust them at all(I know this is an unhealthy friendship), even though they seem to like me. Nor am I that much interested in hanging out with them outside of schooldays.

Odd that I usually connect  with the kids who play soccer (I have no interest in soccer though), but sometimes I find it a bit hard to establish a close friendship with them as they play/talk soccer almost everyday outside, while I don't. I  literaly feel that I cannot find any close friends, it looks like everyone got their "close" friends from elementary.

In all honesty, after 3 years in highschool, I always prefer to hang out with my old elementary best-friends. It's like those people are the only people I can ever connect with.

How to Juggle Exams and Christmas Shopping
You're almost there!  December can be a crazy month, especially for students, who have exams, assignments due, bags to pack, and christmas presents to buy for friends and family members. It can also be an extra-stressful time for the many students who are sticking to a certain budget. (Education is expensive.) Here are a few ways you can budget your time AND your money this holiday season:

1. Make lists. You can make to-do lists of what schoolwork and studying needs to be done as well as gift shopping lists. Try to plan as many of your gifts in advance… this will make shopping more time-efficient and easy. If you are having trouble coming up with gift ideas, you could try scanning Pinterest or Amazon for inspiration. Thinking of the interests of your loved ones can also help you come up with thoughtful ideas for gifts they’d love and use.

2. Coordinate your shopping with study breaks. Decide how long you plan on studying for and stick to your plan! Once you’ve put in a good amount of effort, take a break and go christmas shopping. Or, even better…. 

3.Coordinate your study breaks with your friends’ breaks, and go Christmas shopping together. Make shopping a fun experience, not a chore. Spending a little time with friends during exams can be extremely beneficial, as long as you don’t get too carried away and spend your entire day or evening out. Depending on how you’re feeling about your exams, you may or may not have the extra time to spend. Try to be smart about your study breaks, and stick to that study plan you made earlier. ;) 

4  Keep in touch with your family, relatives, or close friends. Exams and Christmas can be extremely stressful for students and it’s important to have good supports in place. Even just taking a few minutes out of your day to have a conversation with someone you’re comfortable with can take a lot of pressure off. In the way of Christmas shopping, I’ve personally found that brainstorming with family members about gift ideas for other family members can be extremely beneficial as well.

5. Try to stay positive. Christmas holidays are nearly here… try to stay in the Christmas spirit by making people smile and by staying positive. While positivity is helpful for others who might be stressed, self-positivity is also important, especially during exams. Don’t get discouraged. Prepare for your exams as best as you can and then give them your best! I’ve found it helpful to walk into an exam telling myself I will kill it and that I really know what I’m doing. 

 Wishing you all the best of luck in your exams and christmas shopping! If you have any more ideas for stress/shopping tips, feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear them. -

Rachel H, yconic student ambassador
Should i be worry for my grade 10 average mark?
Guys I'm studying very hard and i've come here from grade 10 and because english is my second language i needed time to get the level that i really belong to , but after grade 10 i've got great marks , with these marks can i go to a top university like mcgill and u  of t or ubc

Grade 10 : 85% average 
Grade 11 : 92%
Grade 12 : 94 %
I won a trophy in table tennis 
I'am a writer for websites
And i worked more than 50 hours 

Should you live on campus in 1st year university?
For some students, living at home is not an option. Their university of choice is out of province, the program of choice is not available in their local university, etc. The question is then: to live on campus, or to live off campus while completing your education?

Pros of living on campus
- You'll become immersed in your community and make life long friends.
-It's a risk-free form of independence
-You'll be able to walk everywhere
-Fees are all inclusive, so you don't have to worry about budgeting for rent and food

Con's of living on campus
.-You get what you pay for...even if you don't need it
-Mandatory meal plans
-Sharing a crowded bathroom might not be your idea of a good time

Have you lived on campus? tell us what you found amazing and what sucked in the comments below!

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
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Last Year Stress !
I'm currently in grade 12 and I'm stressing about which school to apply. I have no idea where I want to go and I don't know exactly what I want to do. Is taking a year off a wise decision or not?
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5 Ways to De-Stress During Exams as a Music Student
Exam season is rolling around again, and for music students that means juries, playing tests, listening quizzes, and written exams. With so much to prepare, study, and memorize, things can really pile up, causing this time of year to be very stressful at times. Here are a few tips on how to feel prepared and ready for exam season: 

 1. Set aside time each day to prepare for your different tests. If you split studying up into manageable sections each day, you will feel less stressed and more prepared than you would if you crammed the night before. Even just spending 10 minutes throughout the day practicing through one of your performance pieces or reviewing key terms can make all the difference. 

 2. Try to break these study periods up into different sections between what is difficult for you and what is easier. For example, you can spend time memorizing dates for history and then take a break to practice a performance piece, then practice theory and take a break to listen to music to prepare for your listening quiz. You can also study with friends in a place where you won’t be distracted. Studying with friends is a good way to make sure you haven’t missed any information or to get multiple opinions. 

 3. Don’t be afraid to take breaks. Sometimes a good break is needed, however feeling guilty about taking a break can lead to a decrease in motivation and an increase in anxiety. Stressing about taking a break from studying isn’t the point of taking a break. Go easy on yourself, do something relaxing and enjoyable that will give your mind a break. Just make sure you set a time to get back to practicing or studying.

 4. Don’t over-study or over-prepare the night before your test. Don't exhaust your brain before an important performance or a test! The night before an important exam is a time to relax and get a good night’s sleep. Set a time to stop preparing for the night, like 5:00pm. Eat a good supper, do something to relax, and make sure you get to sleep at a good time. The next morning, make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and don’t have too much sugar or caffeine. Arrive early for your exam and if you need to warm up before a playing test or jury, give yourself ample time to do so. 

 5. Don’t get discouraged. It might be hard for you to approach studying with a positive attitude, but studying can be fun! Set small goals and reward yourself for reaching them. (For example, memorize a complete series of flashcards before getting tea and some cookies. )Celebrate small successes.   

I hope this helps! Approach your juries and exams with confidence!
Do flashcards work?
My science teacher told us to make notes and i did but it didn't work. Do flashcards actually work?
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What are the pros and cos of taking a year off?
I'm thinking about possibly taking a year off to travel for a little while and then to come back and work but I don't know if I should or not.
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