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Nursing Hopefuls for 2018!!
There has been posts like these in the past years, so I decided to make one for 2018 applicants!

You can share...
1) What school(s) you`re applying to?
2) What other programs are you applying to as a backup?
3) What overall average are you aiming for at the end of the year?
4) For current/past nursing students, what is your advice for anyone applying for nursing programs this year?

I am applying to Western, McMaster, Brock, Ottawa and some collabs!
Hoping for a 90 average this year.
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University Admissions
Do universities for normal acceptance look at your grade 12 semester 1 final, and semester 2 midterm for acceptance? 
And what about for early acceptance?
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McMaster VS U of T: History
I've applied to U of T and McMaster for History. I had a 92% average for grade 11 and I expect to receive the same average or higher for this year. I was wondering which school is better for history- I am interested primarily in European History. I know that where you get your undergrad ultimately doesn't matter once you get a job, but I'm looking to get the most enjoyable experience during my undergrad. 

Thank you!
I'm good at math, what university program should I go into?
I am good at math, and very much enjoy the subject.
My marks in senior mathematics were 98% in advanced functions and 99% in calculus and vectors.
I am on gap year, so I still have time to decide what university program I want to enter. 
My overall top 6 average (including english, the two maths, and my 3 highest electives) is 95%.
I was wondering what university program I should enter.
I have stated my marks so that you guys will have a good idea of what programs/univeresities I would be able to get admitted to.
I am not looking to study beyond the undergraduate level, so I would like to enter a university program which has good employment prospects for those who only hold a bachelors degree.
I am ruling out engineering programs, because I have no interest in chemistry or physics and engineering requires a strong foundation in physics.
Another obvious program that people may suggest is computer science, but I do not particularly like programming. I enjoy the problem solving aspect, and coming up with an algorithm to solve a problem. I get headaches trying to decomplie errors in code, such as fixing small sintax errors. Even a missing semi-colon can cause your code to not work! However I am still open to people suggesting this program if they can justify that I would do well in it.
Other than Engineering and CS, what undergraduate programs would be a good choice for me that would have good employment prospects?
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Bad senior year grades + dealing with mental illnesses
I'm a grade 12 student and I'm not doing so good for two of my most important courses for this semester - academic biology and academic chemistry. I currently have a 56 in bio and a 64 in chemistry, and my marks dropped this much due to a harsh unit test and assignment. It's the second month of school, and I'm already close to giving up on working as hard as I did in the beginning of this semester, and univeristy application submissions + midterm report cards are right around the corner. I'm one of those students that invest most of their day for studying, and try to do everything to the best of my ability.  I've been dealing with depression and anxiety issues for a few years now, which I feel like is taking a poll on how I'm currently feeling now about my future, and at this point I feel like I'm going to get rejected or end up passing these courses with a low mark (and what I need is at least a 90 :/) If someone can advise me on what next steps I can take in encouraging myself/get my grades up in time for early application submission I would greatly appreciate it. 
Thank you very much
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Integrated Business & Humanities at McMaster University
For anyone interested applying to this brand new program at mac, or have any questions regarding course work, load, style, profs etc. Let me know! I am part of the first class to be a part of this program, and it's only October but i can give a general idea about what this program is like:)
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What is mark inflation?
This word gets thrown around so much these days!
What is mark inflation, how does it affect students, and does it really exist (to a significant extent)?
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Insight on McMaster's Business Program
I am in grade 12 and I'm starting to look at schools, one of them being McMaster. I am interested in studying business/commerce, and specializing in marketing. I chose business because I love business, working with people, the math part of it, etc. but I want to go into marketing more specifically because I am very creative with an artistic background and I'd like to use that to my advantage. I am curious to know if the Degroote business program is more straight-forward, strict business, or if it would let me tap into my creative side. Anything helps! Thanks in advance:)
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McMaster Health Science FIRST YEAR (AMA)!!! Premed, applying, scholarships...
I'm a first year in BHSc at McMaster. Yconic was my life last year in grade 12 and I found all the forums really helpful so I thought I'd make my own. Feel free to ask me anything about the application process, what the program is actually like, or my extracurriculars and stuff. If you're feeling super stressed about anything and need to vent...I get it. I was in your shoes. 

I applied also to:
Western Med Sci
Queen's Science and QUARMS
UBC Science
McGill Science

My average was 98%
High School Class of 2018 Offers of Admission
Now that school's back in full force and university applications are open, I thought I'd make this application thread so that people can see when people get accepted, where they applied, their averages, etc.

In your post, please include the following:
- Program and post-secondary institution
- Date of application
- Date of offer
- Admission average (Grade 11, Grade 12 first semester- basically whatever was used in determining admission qualifications)
- Province you're applying from
- Any other information you'd like to add

Good luck everyone!!
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Q/A about Medical School
Hi there!

My brother, who is a physician that works in a hospital as well as a medical school, has been getting questions about how to become a doctor, getting into medical school, etc. He did not get accepted into medical school the first time he applied. The most common questions he had received were:

(The following responses are my brother's, not mine. I just felt sharing them with the yconic community.)

"Is it bad to dream of becoming a doctor where medical school chances are less than 10%?"

It's not bad to dream of becoming a doctor one day and that goes for anyone. Yes, it's true that most students won't be able to attend medical school. In order for the dream to become reality, a student must really be persistent, determined, intelligent, patient, and hard-working. A future doctor wouldn't let this statistic completely deter them away from it.

"What did you do when you received a rejection letter from medical schools?"

I won't put what I did, but I'll generalize it. Those students who are insistent of becoming a doctor do not see the first rejection letter as something that will ruin them, but rather an opportunity to improve. Students have to ask themselves: "What did I do wrong?" "What can I do to improve?" "Do I really want to spend effort to apply a second time?" "Should I go get a Master's while I wait to get accepted in future tries?" "Should I just try another profession, something that is related to medicine, such as nursing?" "Should I call the medical school and ask what I did wrong more specifically?"

The first rejection letter is usually something that sets apart those individuals who truly want to become a doctor and those who didn't really desire it in the first place. People who passionately want to become a doctor will not let one rejection letter deter them from the career pathway completely. Sometimes they might receive another rejection letter from the second time they try to apply, and have to re-evaluate themselves again with those same questions I posted above.

"Was the MCAT hard?"

It wasn't too hard when I first started studying the content. However, there was just so much of it that it can seem difficult. The MCAT encompasses multiple subject areas and not all students excel in each of these areas (for me personally, was the physics section), which can be quite stressful. Begin studying for the MCAT months prior to your scheduled date. I used the Kaplan MCAT prep set and it helped a lot. I also joined a MCAT club that I found at my university and that helped me as well. Keep in mind, the MCAT won't have questions that are too difficult because of how long and how much (the content) the exam is. 

When finally writing the exam, I was beyond nervous and that made it seem like it was the hardest exam on the planet's history in my opinion. However, if I just stayed calm throughout the exam, it wouldn't be as hard as I thought it was. 
Hey I was wondering what the academic admission requirements are for universities such as Waterloo, Mcmaster, UofT, Ryerson, Western, and Guelph. Mainly for engineering courses. And also what the best engineering courses at each of these universities is.

PS. I know this is a very big question, and I'm sorry. I am just trying to do some research before I apply. 
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Are top universities worth it?
I'm in grade 12 and will be applying to university soon.  I'm going to apply for engineering, but I'd like to ask: are top universities (Waterloo, UofT, UBC) really worth it for an undergraduate degree? I've heard that students at those schools are very stressed and even depressed.  Is this true? Is the stress really worth it in the end, because everyone will end up with the same degree anyways? Does the school name affect your chance of employment in any way? For people studying at these schools: do you have any regrets/advice for uni choice?
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AP Courses and affect on averga
Hi, my school was offering 1 AP course next year that I would want to take. How do universities look at AP courses? Do you get a mark booster for you admission average or just for the course?
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AMA: McMaster Health Sciences, Level 1 Student
Title says all. I empathize heavily with the premature, second-week-of-Grade-12 anxiety about university admissions. Not to mention, I relied on these forums to ease whatever feelings I had last year, so it's only natural that I give back.

Seriously, AMA. (ex. What Grade 12 courses did I take? What are some tips for the supp-app? What is BHSc even like? Is it the right program for me and my learning style?) 

Even if I'm not  the best source of info regarding a topic, I'm surrounded by enough people everyday that someone's ought to have an answer for you.
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Private School Courses
Hey, I was just wondering whether certain universities look down upon private school courses. I have heard that some universities hate private schools where some universities don't care. If you know any could you tell me which ones and for what university programs.

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Should I retake Advanced Functions?
I took Adv. Functions in summer school and I got a 90. My parents want me to retake it in the regular school year so I can get a high 90 in the course to maximize my top 6 average. I'm gonna be applying to McMaster Health Science, Western Medical Science. What do you guys think?
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Help with university for mechanical/mechatronic/automotive engineering.
I am a grade 12 student and willing to get into mechanical engineering co-op. In the future I want to master in automotive engineering. I have some questions.  

1) Is early acceptance for universities like Mac based on the specific prereqs like physics and math? Or is it general top 6 grade 11 marks?  

2) If I had a 87 average in top 6 of my courses in grade 11, is my chance of getting early acceptance in Mac or Ottawa good? Also will I be able to apply twice (one for early and one for later) is it a good idea?  

3) I would like to get into Waterloo, Macmaster, Ottawa, or Queens university.  Are my chances likely with a predicted 87 average? I am thinking that is what I will probably end with.  

4) Is UOIT a good idea for me and is it internationally recognized, because it is 17th ranked in Macleans?

5) Should I go into mechatronic engineering and then
Publish specify into automotive engineering? Or is it better to start with mechanical?
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First Year McMaster Life Science: AMA
yconic really helped me last year but unfortunately there weren't many people that were in this program on yconic. I can try to answer any questions related to McMaster, my program, what I applied to, residence, etc.. 

Applied to: 
McMaster Life Science and Health Science 
Western Medical Science 
Queen's Science 
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Why does everyone wanna become a doctor?
Legit 95% of you fools won’t even become doctors. If you’re into money, just do business, don’t waste 10+ years of school and ruin the chance for a student who deserves to be in med school. I’m sick and tired of people trying to become doctors, just do something else ffs.
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Should I drop functions in school and take a private school course?
I've had 2 tests so far in advanced functions so far and I've bombed both, one 80%, the other 40%(lol). I want to go far Mac health sci, life sci and integrated sci. I was wondering if I should stay and work my butt off or dip and go for private school for the mark. Also do the mac programs i mentioned care whether the course is taken through private school or not?

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McMaster Health Science Program-2017 Applicants
Hey guys, 
I am going into grade 12 in September. I have been doing a lot of soul searching about what kinds of programs and stuff I wish to apply to. One of my top choices is McMaster Health Sciences and I'm sure it is many other peoples top choices as well. Ever since I was young i knew I wanted to do something in the health field, mainly to help other people out. I have always LOVED science, especially biology and chemistry. We can use this discussion page to talk about the program and stuff. 

These are my other top programs:
-Life Sciences at McMaster
-Medical Sciences at Western
-Health Sciences at Western
-Biochemistry at Western 
-Biomedical Science at Waterloo

If anyone was or is in McMaster's Health Science program, I was wondering what do you think makes a successful applicant? How did you decide to enter this program?

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