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McMaster Life Sci Cutoff?
hey! so i know this has been asked so many times, but i can't seem to find an answer to it! i was wondering if anyone knew the life science cutoff average over the past few years? 

also, i'm expected to have a 91-92% avg on my first semester report card, do you think this mark will get me into the program?
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QUESTION FOR SHAD ALUMNI
what is it that makes SHAD so great? I'm not doubting anyone who says it's an amazing opportunity but every time someone talks about their time at SHAD they always seem to only say "SHAD was amazing, it was the best experience of my life you should totally do it !!!!" so I was just wondering, what is it exactly that makes shad so great? what do you do at SHAD? is there some contract stopping alumni from speaking about it?? lol anyways if any alumni see this, I'd actually love to know what the program really is, what you do, and how it has benefited you. :) thanks in advance

*posting this separate to the shad 2018 thread because I don't think alumni are reading that anymore*
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SHAD 2018

    Hey guys!

Does anyone know the chances of getting into SHAD this year? People have been saying 50-60% but those posts are probably a bit outdated as more people know more about this program.

 And how will I do in the application process? Unfortunately Ive started this year with a low 85 average but I have several ECs to my name. I play soccer and taekwondo, play the piano and guitar, member of cadets, lifeguard and volunteer at the hospital and homeless shelter. My essay is probably at the B+ mark and I believe my reference is very solid. What are my chances of getting in?

 Thanks

Starting a Key Club
Hi everyone. I am a high school student and I want to start a Key Club at my school for the upcoming school year. We do have some service clubs at my school but they do not do much. I have been doing research for starting the club but could not find out all the information I needed. So, if anyone has been previously involved in one or knows about Key Club, I would appreciate it if you could answer a couple questions for me :)
1. What does it mean to charter a club and how is it done?
2. Would it cost student members anything to be a part of the club?
3. How do I make it a part of Key Club International?
4. How do I get the club to be sponsored to be sponsored by the local Kiwanis club?
5. Is it possible for a student to start the club?

I might have more questions later but just these for now. I would love some help to clear some of my confusion. ?
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Bad grade 11 marks? Need help ASAP?! Please?!
Hey guys, really need some help. I'm mainly asking about Canadian unis btw.

I'm going to be in grade 11 in the 2017-2018 school year. I took some grade 11 classes during my grade 10 year--math foundations and health science.

I didn't do ideal. I plan on working really hard next year to up my grades. I got a 74% in math, and a 87% in science. And I know I totally could have done better, I just... slacked off.

Say I did really good in all my grade 11 courses next year, as well as grade 12 courses, would it be enough? Im taking 1 grade 11 math next year, and one grade 12 math. Two grade 11 sciences, and one grade 12 science. Grade 11 Eng AP, grade 11 drama, and grde 12 psychology. I want to be a doctor. Will having higher grades next time boost my chances, or should I retake Health Science and Foundations?
Extra curriculars
Hi guys. So I am currently in Grade 10 and am going to be entering Grade 11 in this coming year. I have applied to be on a lot of councils and a couple internships at school and in my community and it seems as if I rarely get selected. Does anyone have tips on how I can remedy this and also how to effectively write a good resume and cover letter?

Another thing I wanted to ask to people who have won scholarships or have gotten into competitive programs, what types of things did you do to make yourself stand out from other applicants? What types of ECs did you do?

Thanks for the advice :)
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Any suggestions
Hello. 
 I was a student at university of Saskatchewan and because of unfortunate circumstances I couldn't do well in school for first two years. I was taking science classes and I was asked to discontinue for a year. I worked all that year and spent time with family. Following that year I started school again and was doing well till one of my family member passed away. I wasn't able to write my finals for first semester and second semester I couldn't focus anymore because I was so depressed. University asked me to discontinue again and I did because I couldn't bring myself to do anything. Now I'm feel like I'm ready to go back to school but I don't want to go to university. I was thinking to apply for Nait human resources diploma. Do you think I have a chance of getting accepted with all the U of S history. I did have decent marks in high school. I just had very unfortunate past 6 years of life. 
Engineering Laptop?
Now that people are deciding where they are going next year, a next step is buying a laptop. What are the best laptops for engineering that are in the $900-1500 range? What laptops are you buying and what should be prioritized when buying one?
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How are you deciding which university to attend next year?
So, as offers of admission start to roll out, I want to know (mostly because I am stressed about making the decision myself): how is everyone going to decide what university to attend next year? What universities do you have to decide between? Is cost, being able to live on residence vs commuting going to make the difference for you? Or is it something about the university itself which will, whether it's the prestige, the programs offered, the family legacy, etc.
For me personally, I have to decide between a few schools more close by - UBC, UVIC, SFU - and a few schools I applied to out of province - uOttawa, York and U of T.
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What are the Top 3 Medical Schools in Canada?
Title says it all; what do you think? Across the nation, there are 17 medical programs that each has their own unique characteristics that make it desirable to curtain individuals. In the larger picture, this leads to curtain levels of student satisfaction despite the regulated standard that is necessary for granting an MD in Canada. Each year, MacLean’s makes their voice heard with their infamous rankings (http://www.macleans.ca/education/unirankings/university-rankings-2017-medicaldoctoral/).  

Despite the fact that McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia being ranked as the top 3 Medical Schools over the years, it is evident in the MacLean rankings that their student satisfaction is fairly low each year. Likewise, the University of Calgary and McMaster offer a 3 year programs which may attract students interested in completing their degree a year early.  

Overall, the CaRMS residency matches each year are balanced with all programs doing well. Taking this all together, what would you say are the Top 3 Medical Schools in Canada?  

Check out some of these resources and have your say in the comments below: https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/documents/en/Publications/AdmissionsBook2016-Final-EN.pdf http://www.oxfordseminars.ca/MCAT/mcat_profiles.php http://www.carms.ca/en/data-and-reports/r-1/reports-2016/  

Mathieu  
yconic Student Ambassador
What are the Top 3 Kinesiology Programs in Canada?
Over the past few years, Kinesiology has increased in popularity and is being offered at more and more post-secondary institutions in Canada. Often, the program constitutes a small number of seats with varying degree majors. While it is strongly known as a stepping stop for Medicine and Physiotherapy, there are numerous other options as well, such as that in the field if Biomechanics, Research, and Injury Prevention. When choosing the right program, one must take into consideration the various majors that are offered and the various opportunities that are available. In the big picture, this can cause debate as to which program is the best fit for each individual. Which 3 Kinesiology Program do you think tops the list?  

Here are just a handful of the programs. Use these resources and have your say in the comments below: 
UBC Kinesiology: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/ 
UCalgary Kinesiology: http://www.ucalgary.ca/knes/ 
U of A Kinesiology: http://apps.admissions.ualberta.ca/programs/pe/pe050 
U of S Kinesiology: http://kinesiology.usask.ca/ 
U of T Kinesiology: https://www.kpe.utoronto.ca/ 
McMaster Kinesiology: http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/kinesiology/ 
Western Kinesiology: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/kin/ 
UOttawa Kinesiology: https://health.uottawa.ca/human-kinetics/ 
UWaterloo Kinesiology: https://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/ 
McGill Kinesiology: http://www.mcgill.ca/edu-kpe/ 

Check out one of the rankings here: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2017/sports-related-subjects

Mathieu
yconic Student Ambassador
Can I accept a scholarship offer but decline it later?
This scholarship is valued at $24 000 and it's at the University of Saskatchewan. The deadline to accept this scholarship is Feb 28th. However, I might want to change my mind at a later date once I hear back from programs like Mac Healthsci. What are the consequences if I accept the scholarship now, but decline it later?
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University with lower admission requirements?
I've applied to my preferred school but I think I might need a back up just in case my marks mess up.   Any recommendations for a university with an admission standard in the 70s?       I'm interested in a comprehensive school abd want to study Social sciences.   

Any recommendations? 
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Engineering Job Prospects
What are the job prospects like for engineering in the future. I know everybody always says there are plenty of jobs but is this true? Does the school make a difference in getting a job?
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QUARMS Scholarship
Hi. I am currently a grade 10 student and want to work towards getting the scholarship. My average is ~99% and I am part of 3 clubs in my school (environmental, yearbook, and international crisis awareness). I am going to start volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation and at the University. I am also thinking about participating in Science competitions. But I also understand that in order to get the scholarship, you need to also be nominated for the chancellors scholarship. Just plain volunteering and good grades can only get me so far. I need to also take up some leadership roles. Applying for QUARMS is like applying for Medical School 4 years earlier so I just want some insight on what to do to prepare for the process. What are some things that I should think of? Also, I need some specific suggestions i.e. places to volunteer, activities to start??? I would really appreciate some advice :)
QUARMS Scholarship
Hi. I am currently a grade 10 student and want to work towards getting the scholarship. My average is ~99% and I am part of 3 clubs in my school (environmental, yearbook, and international crisis awareness). I am going to start volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation and at the University. I am also thinking about participating in Science competitions. But I also understand that in order to get the scholarship, you need to also be nominated for the chancellors scholarship. Just plain volunteering and good grades can only get me so far. I need to also take up some leadership roles. Applying for QUARMS is like applying for Medical School 4 years earlier so I just want some insight on what to do to prepare for the process. What are some things that I should think of? Also, I need some specific suggestions i.e. places to volunteer, activities to start??? I would really appreciate some advice :)
Engineer students who upgraded their hghschool marks
I want to pursue chemical engineering but my physics mark is lacking (around high 60's). I personally don't understand the method that my physics teacher is teaching. Is it possible to pursue chemical engineering?  and based on your experience, was upgrading beneficial to you? or did you struggle?
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The Transition from High School to University
Let’s face it. The transition from high school to university is a frightening one and if you are someone like me who had a million questions with no answers, one can easily feel lost. Whether it is choosing the right post-secondary institution to attend, a particular career path to pursue, or be it the first time that you have lived away from home, we will all encounter obstacles that will make this chapter of our life an adventure. Today, I am going to help tackle the burning topics that pondered my mind as I made the transition from high school to university.

Academics

First and foremost, how difficult is university compared to high school? This question was continuously on my mind throughout my senior year of high school and having finally experienced my first semester at the University of Calgary, I can definitely say that it is a step up and a learning curve. From learning to manage one’s time to the depth in which we have to understand course material, it really is a change from high school. Having said that, it is still manageable and the workload varies depending on the program/faculty that you enroll in! No matter how your first-year turns out, always stay motivated to do well because it honestly will get better as the years go on and as you adapt to the new learning environment!  

Finances/Residency

It is without question that across the nation, the cost of post-secondary tuition is expensive. Tacking on the cost of books, living expenses, and personal entertainment, one’s debt can get dauntingly large. Help reduce that scary number by applying for scholarships and bursaries! Remember, grades are not the only criteria that selection committees look at when choosing recipients for their awards (In fact, many awards don’t require high grades!). Work on your portfolio (whether it is volunteering, playing sports, etc.) and be yourself; it truly is the key to winning scholarships! Also realize that while moving away from home may seem like a fun experience, it definitely is not a necessity for enjoying university and could quickly add up your debt. Don’t be shy to stay at home throughout your post-secondary lives, because not only does it allow you to keep some coins in your wallet, but also relieves some of the stress that comes with living on your own!  

Campus Life

The first thing that you will notice when you enter your first week of studies is the amount activities that are going on. From the many clubs (U of C has over 300!), to the daily social events, there is always a place for you to find your niche. Also, be sure to learn about the various resources that are available to you! Whether you need some extra support academically, looking for some activity to do, or just need someone to talk to, there is always a resource to help you along the way! Yes, the large campus and amount of students can make you feel like a drop in the sea, but don’t be intimidated! Make your mark, get involved, and have some fun!  

Did you find this post helpful? Got more burning questions about the transition into post-secondary? Comment your thoughts and questions below and feel free to share your own personal experiences with the yconic community!

Mathieu Chin
yconic Digital Brand Ambassador