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Business and Computer Science Combined ADVICE
So I really want to pursue a BComm or BBA, but since I've been doing comp sci for the past few years, I've been looking into a lot of unis that offer a combination of both areas (like WLU/UW program, UBC, UofC, etc). Without sugar coating the difficulty of doing two degrees at once, is there anyone than can give me advice on this combination? (job prospects, friends who have done it, experience, etc). ALSO, if you are straight up doing ANY combination, you are more than welcome to answer as well.

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Which School Should I Accept?
So I applied to 4 colleges and 4 universities:

Social Service Worker - Immigrants And Refugees @ Seneca - Seneca@York 
Mental Health And Addiction Worker @ Fleming - Peterborough 
Social Service Worker @ Georgian - Orillia
Social Service Worker @ Mohawk - Fennell (Hamilton)

Social Work: Trent University 
Social Work: University of Windsor
Community Health (with a specialization in Mental Health and Addictions) : Wilfrid Laurier University 
Social Work: Lakehead University Orillia 
Living on Campus
I'm currently in grade 12 and planning on going to Laurier next year, I'm also planning to live on campus. What are the most useful things you brought with you that made living on campus easier? Was there anything you wish you didn't bring? Any other useful tips for living on campus are welcome. Thank you in advance.
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Human Rights & Diversity at Wilfrid Laurier
Hey, Everyone!
I'm a grade 12 student interested in this program but I was wondering if it is difficult to get into this program?  at Laurier.
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Need criminology advice!
I am a grade 12 student interested in criminology and originally planned on going to Wilfred Laurier Brantford campus for criminology. Since I made the decision of wanting to go to university in grade 11, I needed to switch my english's to uni but guidance would not let. I finished with an 85% college English. 

People are telling me I should go to Humber and take community justice or police foundations as a base course and after 2 years branch off into uni, but I don't know if that is possible or a good idea? I don't want to be a lawyer, but maybe something like a Parole Officer, does anyone have advice? 
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Transfer AFTER second year
I am entering my second year this fall in Biology. I currently go to a smaller university far from home and this summer has been very tough on my family financially. It would be better for me if I went to uni in Toronto/Durham region to save money. I was wondering if anyone has their own experiences or heard from friends about how it is like to transfer after second year. Also, I know most schools accept transfers only for the fall term, but I want to transfer as soon as possible so are there any schools which offer admission for the winter or spring/summer semesters? I will need further school after my bio  BSc, so for my undergrad years I want to save money. Also, am I making the wrong choice to transfer after second year? or should I just stay and finish up the degree there? Anyone with opinions on how its like transferring from a smaller uni to a larger one?
*I will be transferring into third year
*my grade are pretty decent so far-I only know the first year grades
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HEY, just looking into some life sci/health sci programs for next year (I will be doing grad school too) and was wondering how the University of Waterloo is in their sci programs? I know some people who go for their arts/bus but not for sci. Is it a nice school for a science undergrad if I want to pursue grad school? I heard a lot about their coop and engineering but based on my grade 11 marks, I don't know if I will qualify for co-op. Just want any thoughts on the waterloo science programs/faculty and reasons why I should keep waterloo as my first choice *other than Co-op*
*edit-I will be living in rez

Does UWaterloo offer good connections in sciences?
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Laurier User Experience Design Program ??
I'm considering applying to Laurier's User Experience Design program, but with it being brand new for 2017, there really isn't much information I can find about it. The program courses aren't even uploaded yet. I was just wondering if anyone else is interested in this program too? And if anyone that went to the Laurier Brantford open house could share their experience with that? I just wish I wasn't going in so blind.
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program crisis???
Hello everyone,
I have had anxiety all throughout the summer just thinking about this. I am entering my second year of uni in a BSc health studies program. All throughout high school I took science courses because I only had one career vision-to work in health care. Although I enjoy studying bio and health courses, I have never had a internship/placement to actually experience health care careers which is why I am worried it won't be the career for me. I have never had a business, computers, etc classes and I want to experience those courses so I can finally know what I am interested in. I just don't want to have regrets about not experiences certain areas and wondering if I would have been better off in that field.
What should I do? my university has a picked out course schedule and our electives are program related as well

*using sisters account*
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WLU Brantford
Hows Laurier Brantford? Is the social life there pretty ok? I'm not too sure if I should live on rez because i do stay nearby, but I'm afraid it might be hard to make friends that way considering how small the campus is. Any thoughts?
Advice on UOIT
Okay help me out ...
I applied to forensic psychology at Wilfrid Laurier (Brantford) and UOIT.

I have heard some negative things about UOIT, so it obviously was not my first choice but my family really wants me to go there because it's closer and blah blah. My first choice was Laurier but after visiting the campus, I don't think I would feel comfortable there because I'm literally moving from the city to a tiny town.

Also besides those two schools I got accepted to UofT, York, and Ryerson.
I got an average of 85 and UOITs cut off for forensic psych last year was 70..
(I'm also planning on doing my masters)

So What should I do? 
Can you tell me any useful info about UOIT?
Is it actually as bad as people claim it to be? 
What could I expect by going there?
Would I get job opportunities at UOIT?
Would I feel somewhat comfortable or will there be a culture shock (I'm a South Asian girl from Toronto)?
Is the forensic psychology program good (or better) at UOIT (than Laurier)?

I need all the help I can get!!

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Not Accepted Yet? Help Pleaseeee!
Hey! So I applied to Criminology at Laurier Brantford Campus. The estimated acceptance average is like a 70% or something. I had an 86% average from last year and about a 89% average so far this year. I got early acceptance to both of my other university choices but have heard nothing from Laurier yet...
Is this normal? Should I be worried?
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DD acceptances per year?
How many students get accepted to the BBA/BSc double degree program every year? OR How many students get accepted to any double degree program on average every year? Someone told me it's only 50 students per double degree program????
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How many students are accepted to the DD degree programs at Laurier?
How many students get accepted to the BBA/BSc double degree program every year? 


How many students get accepted to any double degree program on average every year?

Someone told me it's only 50 students per double degree program????
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Computer Science And Criminology
I am very interested in computer science  and I am currently in my first year as an undergrad. I was debating between trying to become a detective and going into computer science. I chose computer science but I am wondering if any universities (Ontario) offer a combined degree/major or dual degree program that would allow me to pursue both criminology and computer science. I can't seem to find much. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Which is better
I have applied to McMaster commerce, Brock BBA co-op and Laurie BTM. Which is better to go to and why?
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Should I be worried?

 I hope you all are doing well. I applied to Laurier's Psychology programs - Forensic Psychology at Brantford and Psychology with Management Option at the Waterloo campus - on December 17, 2016. 

 My top 6 Grade 11 average: 85.33 % (including English (78)) and 86 (not including English. Got 82 in Chemistry) 

 I was expecting to get early acceptance because the cutoff average for these courses is around 75 %. I did get accepted to Brock's Psychology program with a scholarship so I was expecting to get accepted to Laurier based on my Grade 11 marks as well. 

 I have done 4 Grade 12 U courses so far. Advanced Functions(81), World History (80), English (66, I know it's not that good but the minimum grade requirement for Psychology is 60 %, at least that's what Laurier's website says. Plus, I'm doing English again this semester so I hope my final English mark will be 75 or higher), Biology(65, not a prerequisite) My current average (top 3 Grade 11 and top 3 4U courses, including 4U English but not including 3U English): 82.16 % 

 Do you guys think I'm going to get accepted based on my top 3 4U and top 3 Grade 11 marks? That is what they are going to look at during the second phase of offers, which has already started. 

 Oh, and I am doing Calculus and Vectors, Challenge and Change (Psychology), English, and Data Management this semester. 

 My top 6 4U courses will most likely be: Advanced Functions (81), World History (80), Calculus and Vectors, Challenge and Change, English(because it's a prerequisite, at least 66), Data Management 

 Should I be worried? I was expecting to get accepted in December or January but that didn't happen. I wonder why they did not consider me for early acceptance.

 Any advice or comment will be highly appreciated. Oh and sorry for the long post. Just wanted to include all the information to give you guys the full picture. 

 Thank you
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Laurier Waterloo, Laurier Brantford or Brock?
Hello everybody

I applied to Western's Psychology (BA) program, Laurier Brantford's Forensic Psychology program(BA), Laurier Waterloo's Psychology with Management option program (BA) program, and Brock's Psychology - Co-op program last Saturday. I got accepted to Brock's psychology (coop) program with a scholarship of $6,000 over 4 years.

I have heard that Western is a really big school that only rich and snobby kids go to. I know this is a stereotype and stereotypes are not always true but Western's big reputation and size has caused me to focus more on Laurier (especially Brantford) and Brock. I know both are really good schools. What is the social life like at Laurier Brantford and Brock?

I have heard that Laurier Brantford is in the middle of nowhere but since it is so small there is a strong sense of community. This is exactly what I am looking for. But then I heard that there is nothing to do off-campus and all the residences are apartment-style, not the traditional dorm-style. Does it take away from the University experience? I have also heard that students usually find their own apartment after the first year and move out of university rez. If there is not much to do off-campus, will I still have a chance to socialize and have fun after first year? People who actually go to Laurier Brantford, or used to go there, really like it there. I've also heard the people are really nice and friendly which is the main reason I want to go there.

Brock is also a small school with a strong sense of community but Laurier Brantford is much smaller and has only 3,000 undergraduate students. Laurier Brantford seems perfect, but at the same time, it seems like a risky gamble. Can you guys tell me anything about these two Universities?

I am really sorry for making this so long. I just wanted to tell you guys what I've heard about these universities as well.

Any insight or advice will be highly appreciated.
Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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Ask Me Anything: 4th Year WLU/Conestoga College Collab in Journalism&PR
Hi Everyone! My name is Kat, and I am one of your Digital Brand Ambassadors here at yconic! 

I am a fourth year Journalism major specializing in Public Relations, minoring in History at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. I have a post-graduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from Conestoga College. I wanted to create this post as a space to answer as many questions as I possibly can that you may have! 

 Who is Kat: 
 - I am a fourth year Journalism major, specializing in Public Relations with a minor in History. I have a post-graduate certificate from Conestoga College in Integrating Marketing Communications (By April, I will have finished 5 years worth of school in 4.) 
- Photography Editor for the university’s school paper, The Sputnik, and Editor-in-Chief of the university’s yearbook, The Carnegie 
- I’ve been a part of many organizations at Laurier: O-Week Icebreaker, Foot Patrol volunteer, The Carnegie (yearbook) volunteer, The Sputnik (newspaper) volunteer 
- I’ve completed work placements in Marketing Communications 

 What Kind of Things Can I Answer for You: 
- Campus Life at the Laurier Brantford 
- Time management!! (I work full-time and study full-time, so I’ve gotten really good at this!) 
- Anything about J-School - I will do my absolute best to give you the best answers I can! 
- Organizations and clubs you can get involved in on campus 
- The transition between high school, the workforce and post secondary education 
- Gap years (I took two!) 
 - How to get involved in your on and off campus communities 
 - Course selection – after four years of course selection, I have it down to an art! 
- What it’s like to live off campus during your post-secondary education (and not with your parents) 
- The difference between college and university from the perspective of someone who has done both 
- OSAP - Literally ANYTHING about OSAP 
- Summer jobs - I've worked in some weird atmospheres like cleaning toilets for a summer, and some interesting and physically demanding atmospheres like in a Toyota Motor Manufacturing Weld Shop 

Of course these are just a few things I can help you with! If you have any questions that are not listed above, please ask anyway! I’ll do my absolute best to help you out! 

 The comments on this forum are open for your questions below! 

Has anyone been accepted to the Health Science program at Wilfrid Laurier University? If so, what was your average? 
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10 Books To Read, As Told By A Journalism Major
Whether you’re looking for something to relax with, or are making “reading more” a new year’s resolution, there are always perks to reading. I love that you can delve into another world and live the lives of hundreds of new people just by turning some pages. With help from various sources, and my personal experiences, I’ve compiled a list of must-read books. This list is in no particular order because all of the books were too good to try to scale in numerical order!

1. Adulting: How to become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
This book is exactly what it sounds like – a how-to guide on how to be, and function like an adult. Have you ever had to call your mom from college, because you didn’t know how to make real food, let alone Kraft-Dinner? Because I’ve done that before. Have you ever taken a photo of the washing machine in your building and texted it to your mom because she did your laundry until you moved out when you were 18? My older sister did as soon as she left for college. I know this book sounds absolutely absurd, and like it couldn’t be useful at all, but it surprisingly is! Based on Kelly William Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the “real worl” approachable, and manageable. Some things you’ll find in the book is: • What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. • The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. • Tackling your bills and your debt

2. Taking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), Lauren Graham
A New York Times bestseller, Talking as Fast as I can, is a must read! If you’re a Gilmore Girl fan, there is no doubt that you were probably anxiously awaiting the revival to come to Netflix on November 25th. Now, you can read a collection of personal essays by Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore!) where she reveals stories about life, love and working as a women in Hollywood – and who doesn’t want a little behind-the-scenes look into what it was like filming the Gilmore Girls revival?

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay, J.K Rowling
Growing up, I was addicted to Harry Potter. I’ve noticed that right now we’re in that strange no man’s land of people old enough to remember the first release of the Philosopher’s Stone (guilty.) and those who were far too young to be involved in the craze – but thankfully, J.K Rowling has opened the world of magic to us unworthy muggles again! I may be a bit biased, and super nerding out, but I highly recommened Fantastic Beasts. It was such an easy read, and was filled with quick wit and plenty pages of great humour (if you like sarcasm like myself, you’ll definitely be a fan of Jacob!) For those of you who were Harry Potter fans – the whole concept of Albus’ deceased sister makes so much more sense now! You have to read it!

4. The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
With the recent release of this movie in theatres, this 2015 bestseller resurfaces as a must-read. An Excerpt from Chapters Indigo reads “Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this #1 New York Times bestselling psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.”

5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a foster child who lives in Germany at the beginning of World War II. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. The Book Thief is an absolutely heartbreaking read (but an amazing one) that reminds us of the importance of books, and how they have the ability to feed our souls.

6. The Girl Who Came Home, Hazel Gaynor
This is another read if you like a historical aspect in your book, like me! It is a bit older of a book, but equally as good! The book flips between seventeen year old, Maggie Murphy in 1912 Ireland, and Grace Butler, her great-granddaughter, in 1982. The book blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic’s impact and the aftermath on the survivors and their descendants. I read this book in less than three days, I was so captivated with it. 

 7. 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher 
 “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.” – This book is perfect for those who like the mystery aspect, but I found this book to be super powerful. Thirteen Reasons Why changed me. It made me step back from my life and realize that every action I take affects someone else, whether it be good or bad. (This is something I was already aware of, but this book definitely but it into a bigger perspective.) 

 8. Harry Potter and The Cursed ChildJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Sorry not sorry for another book by or related to J.K Rowling - I couldn't resist. Although this one screams "fan fiction" and feels like you're reading something completely absurd if you're a diehard J.K fan, it is surprisingly a fantastic read! 

 9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
This one some of you may have already read to prepare for the release of the movie this year, but just in case you haven't, i'm here to plant the bug in your head. You should read it! Even though I feel books will always trump the movie, this one was practically a tie. If for some reason you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend reading the book. It's impeccable. 

 10. Humans Of New York: Stories, Brandon Stanton
Looking for some inspiration? Try reading Humans of New York: Stories. It's a bit more of a light read for those with heavy course loads, and minimal time to delve into a large novel. It's the perfect combination of photographs and stories. Like an adult picture book!

No matter whether you utilize this list or not, I hope that 2017 will suck you into different realms, and stories through the books of the past, present and tomorrow. Read on, bookies! 

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