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Going to a university near home vs. living in res/renting off-campus?
I live in Toronto and I wanna do CS. I really want to go to Waterloo but going to U of T seems to be more cost-effective. There would really be no additional expense for me except for tuition and books. Is the 5-year expense of res/rent, meal plans, co-op fees, etc for Waterloo worth the extra cost? Would co-op earnings compensate better than U of T's PEY?

(yes i know it's early to think about this but i need to plan my finances, also i don't have problems w marks so i think i'd get in for either w no worries)
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Computer Science Co-op @ Waterloo. Questions for 2016 First Year Students!
Hi! 
I was wondering what your profiles were (average + ECs) because I was reading through another discussion but it was way too long! 

I was also wondering how important it is to do Euclid or to be in ECs related to CS because I'm not involved in any! I took ICS 2O and ICS 3U, helped the school with some programming activity in grade 10. And does being in IB give you any advantage? 

Thanks!
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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


Yr2 UWO Health Sci Student - Ask Me Anything!
Hey guys! I'm a second year health sci student at Western University, honours specializing in rehab sci. I'm happy to answer any questions about the program, major, application process, studying, etc. Hopefully this helps some of you who are considering Western, health sci, or both!
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University Applications! - Ask Me Anything
Hey guys! I'm a second year student and I would love to answer any questions you have about the general university application process (marks, conditional offers, financial aid, extra curriculars, etc.). Specifically, I applied to the following programs: 

1. Western Health Sci 
2. Wester Media, Information, Technology 
3. U of T Life Sci 
4. Ryerson Creative Industries 
5. Waterloo Urban Planning 
6. Mcmaster Kin 

If you have any questions, whether they're specific to these programs or not, feel free to ask!
UW Acceptance Clarification
Lets say I pick SE as my first choice at UW, then Mechatronics next. If I'm not eligible for early acceptance for SE but am eligible for Mechatronics, do i get that offer in the early period or do i have to wait if and/or when they say no to SE for me and then receive it in May?
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Commerce admissions 2017
Hi there!! :) 

So I'm in grade 12 this year and for university I'm interested in commerce specifically finance or international business (and economics as a back up if i do not get accepted into business at my top schools...)
I was wondering if anyone who has applied last year or any other previous year that could help me out and tell me if my EC's would give me a good chance at Western Ivey, QueensComm, UofT, or York? (Specifically QC)

I am co-running a Womens/LGBTQ+ Rights club at my school, been a lead in the school musical for 3 years, theatre summer camp leader, reading buddy, peer retreat leader for the grade 9 religion retreat, volunteered at Paramount Pictures and TIFF in Public Relations and I currently work at McDonalds and teach music. 

It worries me because many who get accepted to QC were student president or DECA president (my school does not have that) and i feel very intimidated.... Let me know in the comments below any feedback; I'm soo stressed about this already and also, please, no trolls. Thank ya! 
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What do Canadians need to get in to Oxford University?
Hi!

I'm in grade 11 and am considering applying to Oxford in grade 12. I really want to study Physics, but what exactly do they look for both academically and extra-curricular wise? 

My marks never fall below 95% and I'm also part of a number of clubs this year(MUN, STEM, Environmental Club, Kindler's Society, TED-Ed, etc.). On top of that, I'm also part of our cross country team and I'm currently thinking of preparing for the Physics Olympiad, plus a few math competitions.  This year I'm also trying to get a job and volunteer in areas which would benefit me in the future. 

In grade 12, I intend to take AP Cal 12 and possibly AP Computer Science 12. So should I consider applying next year, or would it be futile? 

If anyone has information for what they focus on for those applying it would greatly help!


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Schulich Leader Scholarship winner- AMA (repost)
I'm still getting loads of questions from friends, etc so I'm reposting this in case some people didn't see the first thread before it got buried. 
Hello Everyone!
 I've been getting a lot of questions from friends who are working on their applications so I thought I'd do an AMA here as well so anyone who has questions can ask them! I am the recipient of a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship, a STEM scholarship given to 50 recipients across the country. I was also offered a MES from Simon Fraser University.
I had a lot of help with my own applications, so I'd really like to pay it forward. Feel free to ask me about essays, the application process or other assorted topics and I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I wish everyone the best in all their endeavours and applications! 

Link to Schulich leader scholarship program: http://www.schulichleaders.com

 P.S. Please keep everything civil- mean or disrespectful comments will not be tolerated and I will not hesitate to report you.
Waterloo competition
Hi, I'm a current grade 12 student, and I want to know if I will be able to attain an admission at Waterloo for their Systems Design engineering program. I did all the research in the world, and even went to the university to check it out for myself, and I feel like it is the right program for me. 

I have Advanced Functions, English, Business, and Chemistry first semester, and Calculus, physics, and Nutrition second semester. I aim to achieve a realistic average of 92+ this year, but will obviously aim for better. 

some of my ECs include:
-SAC as the school's PR rep (just grade 12)
-Track and field/ cross country (all 4 years)
-I work  for the city as a swimming instructor (3-5 hours a week and started in grade 12)
-I am Involved with EWB in the food systems department (started in grade 12)
-Vex Robotics doing programming/building/networking (grade 11-12)
-Iv been to one hackathon (hack the 6ix)
-Mohawk College Bridge Building contest (grade 10 only)
-Aquatics volunteer for city pool (all 4 years)

All I want to know is if I will be competitive enough to actually get in. I am mainly worried because I hear that many people apply for SYDE as an alternative to Biomed. If you have any suggestions on what else I can do to better my chances of getting accepted, please let me know. Thanks!




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Chance Me Computer Science UWaterloo
105F Applicant from India Cbse 9th - 10CGPA CbSE 10th h 10CGPA Cbse 11th- 90% (Grade Defation) Cbse 12th Mid Term - 90% (Grade Deflation) Cbse 12th Predicted Final - 95% TOEFL 102/120 23 in Writing ( Bad Writing Day) Euclid 61/100 ( Gave in 11th Grade and Poor Writing Day) AIF - Moderate to Good Chance me for CS Co-op please. I have already submitted everything
McMaster Life Sciences
Just wondering what top six subjects you guys took to get into McMaster Life Sciences? 
Should I take all sciences and maths for grade 12? What subjects do you guys recommend?
3rd year Ryerson student: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a current student at Ryerson entering my 4th year in September, majoring in Professional Communication. I'm currently studying for the LSAT and hoping to go to law school after my undergrad. Aside from holding 2 internships over the last 3 years, I work as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. I've also recently been hired as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- OSAP
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government 
- basically any other questions you might have 

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

Engineering - Would you go to UOFT, Waterloo, or McMaster?
I just wanted to know if you guys got into all 3 which one would you go too (ECE at UOFT, Computer engineering at waterloo, and SOFTWARE at mac)
I want it based on environment and stress as well, i know all of you will just say waterloo, or uoft for prestige but I was wondering if mcmaster is considered as a recognized university for engineering? I know a lot of people who got into uoft and waterloo but chose mac because it would be less stressful or something and they liked the environment

i live in mississauga

Which one would you guys suggest? 
All opinions appreciated
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Queens student life
Hi,
Im very interested in going to Queens for engineering (if I get in: low to mid 90s average, average ECs) next year. My only concern is that it is a party school and I fear the peer pressure to drink and party, which i have come to dislike greatly. If anyone can shed some light on this that would be greatly appreciated (I.e. Are there party in the dorms on week nights? Will people judge/outcast me? Is everyone a partier? How much does it live up to the stereotype? Is there like a drinking party during frosh week?)

I know I have other options but i do love the campus/city, program, what I've heard about the support for students and how welcoming it is. 
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Can you apply to more than one program at University of Waterloo? And do you have to pay extra?
So the fee to apply to universities is $150 for 3, $50 per extra. If I wanted to apply to engineering AND honour sciences at Waterloo, is that possible?  And do I have to pay $100 to apply for the two? Or do I just pay the $50 because it's two programs at the same university?
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Applying to Software engineering at Waterloo
Would it be a good idea to apply to Waterloo for SE if you have the marks and a reasonable AIF but very limited knowledge about software/programming whatsoever?
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Need help
What are the best business schools in Canada. And what can I do with a bba
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Does work experience count as E.C?
I want to get into engineering at Waterloo, but I'm very aware it's super competitive. I can forecast my grade 12 marks to be 88 (my grade 11 average) to 95, but that's still a large range, so I want to enhance my application with more E.C. I only have 60 volunteer hours so far at various events/fundraisers and plan to volunteer much more. I also do two extracurriculars at school currently, and plan on starting a third in peer tutoring. I can see this isn't much, so I was wondering if 2 years (3 years by university application time) of work experience (as a shift leader) would be relevant/be considered as an E.C?
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Laurentian University Life
So I was just wondering what the party scene is like at LU. I'm not looking to party every night but I would like to have fun you know??
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Is my schedule too loaded?!?! Help!!
I'm in grade 12 and in second semester I'm taking MHF4U1, SPH4U1 and MCV4U1... is it possible for me to get high or good  grades (70-90) in those subjects or will it be too much work for me in my final semester??
Summer School
Has anyone who took grade 12 english online for no medical reason still been accepted to waterloo? I took it online this summer without knowing that waterloo was super against it, and I'm afraid that it will really hurt my chances. I had about a 7% difference between my grade 11 mark and grade 12 mark so will they decrease my admission average or reject me because I have no significant reasoning for taking it? Thanks.
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