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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
Which university programs are you applying to?
Hi everyone!

If you're currently a Grade 12 student, chances are you've already heard your guidance counsellors talk about university. You might've had recruiters from different post-secondary institutions present at your school as well. At this time, you might even have a stack of viewbooks from attending university fairs and presentations.

Which university programs are you applying to?
Was there a university program you didn't know about that peaked your interest? If so, how did you find out about it?

Hope to hear from you all soon!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
Queens Engineering Chemistry
Can anybody tell me a little more about thi program? How are job prospects? What kind of jobs can you get after graduating?
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Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
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Best university for getting into med school/a high GPA?
Hi, I'm a grade 12 student and I'm trying to decide on a good university program and school for getting into med school. I heard that universities like U of T and McGill make it difficult to get a high GPA as it is really competitive. I am interested in McGill, McMaster, U Of Waterloo & U of Ottawa. Where do you think is the best university for keeping up a high GPA and getting into med school? And are there any programs similar to McMaster's health science?
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What is your go-to restaurant?
Hi everyone! I'm Alyssa, one of your yconic Student Ambassadors. 

As a university student in the heart of downtown Toronto, I am surrounded by SO MANY restaurants that offer a wide-variety of food options and different cuisines. Though I bring lunches (It's a great way to save money aha!), I would eat out once in a while.

And so...

When you eat out during your lunches or breaks, where do you go? 
Is there a specific place that students from your school go to? 
If you could recommend one item from the menu to someone going to your favourite restaurant for the first time, what would it be?

Maybe through this discussion, we can all visit a new restaurant and try something new. My fellow foodies, I look forward to hearing from you! :)
Arts & Science at McMaster?
Is anybody a student of the Arts & Science program at McMaster that could explain a bit about the program? What is it heavily focussed on? Would it be a good choice for somebody who wants to go to med school?
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Helpful University Majors?
Hey, I'm in Grade 12 and well it's time to start applying for universities and think about what degree I should get. So, I'm wondering what courses are you taking and for what job? I know personal interest is definitely a factor, but I also want to take something useful. So, for example, I have aspirations of becoming a doctor, but if I unable to get to that level I don't want to be stuck with a degree that I cannot use anywhere else. Any advice?
5th Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (IB and 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 x2 (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)
Big 5 Canadian Bank Capital Markets x2 (Co-op, Toronto)
Husky Energy (Summer intern, Calgary)
Accenture Consulting (Full time, Toronto)
McKinsey Consulting (Full time, Eastern Europe)

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


Health Science at SFU
I've been reading about SFU's Health Sci and I'm curious what the students have to say about the program and the school as a whole
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Grade 12 philosophy
I go to a Catholic school, and I must take either O Christ and Culture, M Christ and Culture, or U Philosophy as my grade grade 12 religion credit. I am not sure whether or not I should take the extra U course; Philosphy. Any thoughts on this course? How interesting is the course for those who have taken it? How is the workload? Is it worth taking the extra U course?
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Life Science, Health Science, or Medical Science
Hi, I'm interested in these sciences but am unsure of job prospects and which school is best for each.
1) What are some job prospects?
2) Which school is best for each?
Thanks.
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Schulich is BAD - Go to Western/Queens/Rotman
People seem to be asking about business schools for BBA so I'm going to give the general opinion from many industry experts and company execs. Schulich was known before for being good but Schulich is turning bad recently - the REAL top schools are Western AEO, Rotman, and Queens Commerce. Legit look up the stats for Western, 1/2 grads are in executive positions in their companies.
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Good Health-related programs and what universities offer them?
There's so many, but which one's are good for someone interested in biology and chemistry? If you have experience with one mind telling me how it's like?
Thanks in advance!
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McMaster Life Science vs Waterloo Life Science
Hey everyone! 
I'm having some difficulty deciding whether I should go to McMaster or Waterloo for life sciences. My goal is to one day attend medical school, and I'm not really all that sure which school would be best in helping me do that. What are some pros and cons about each program at each school that you think that I should consider?

Thanks!
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Choosing university programs to apply to
Hey guys! So I have a question and it's not bragging or anything, I'm just feeling a bit insecure about my choices. 

So a bit about me, I had a 91 grade 11 average and expect around the same for grade 12. I want to apply to earth science programs. Looking at the different schools that offer the program, all of them have an admission average between 70-85%. I see everyone worried about getting accepted to their programs and I'm wondering if I'm not pushing myself enough or if I'm selling myself short as getting the grades needed to get a guaranteed acceptance is very do-able for me. Again, not bragging. I don't know if I should push myself harder or even how to do that. Any opinions/ideas are greatly appreciated. 
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Best schools for Computer Science in my specific case?
I'm an international student (currently in U.S.) and I can only transfer next semester (Spring 2018, January). So unfortunately, McGill, UBC, U of T are out of the picture even if I have a good enough GPA as they only accept Fall transfers.
I would like to major in CS but would also like to have access to good social science/humanities classes and profs. 
I'm considering SFU, York and Concordia. Easy access to a major metropolitan area is a huge plus, but I'd give it up for a really good school. 
What are other schools I should consider? 
Thank you! 
Kin / Human Kinetics Programs
I've now been accepted into all my top programs and it is time to make a decision on what school I want to attend come September. The programs I've been accepted to are:

UOttawa for Human Kinetics (emphasis on social sciences)
Lakehead for Kinesiology
StFX for a Human Kinetics
UBCO for Human Kinetics

Does anyone have any input on what these schools are like and/or what these specific programs are like? Any information is greatly appreciated :)
U of T vs. Western
I've been accepted into Western's Scholar's Electives and AEO and U of T's Trinity One programs and I would like to go to Law school for graduate studies. I'm not sure which offer to accept at this point. Scholar's Elective guarantees me an undergrad research opportunity and therefore ensures me a good network of people as well as something impressive to put on a resume and supplementary applications. However, Trinity One streams have small class sizes (around 25-30 students), so it wouldn't be too hard to get close to the professors and find research opportunities. As for AEO, I'm not that much of a business person, but it is an amazing backup in case I don't end up going to Law school.  

I'm also worried that my GPA would be impacted more at U of T because of their bell curves, and I need a high GPA to get into Law school. On the other side, getting grades good enough to maintain AEO status and be accepted into Ivey plus the extra commitment and work that is needed for Scholar's Elective will be stressful and may also affect my GPA. However, I do plan on applying to Law schools outside of Canada, so the prestige that U of T holds to its name has some worth when international schools look at my transcript, but I don't know how much value they hold on a student that goes to a renowned, internationally recognized school with slightly lower grades than a student who goes to a "local" university with slightly higher grades. 

Additionally, U of T has offered me a considerably large scholarship (close to $10K), while Western has only offered me $2000. Plus, I do like downtown Toronto more than London. 

I really don't know what to do at this point. Can anyone please provide me with some insight or experiences with any of these programs? Any suggestions on what I should do?
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Which uni should I go to?
I finally got all my offers but I'm having a tough time making a decision. Here are the options:  

 Queens Commerce
 UTM Commerce  
Schulich BBA  
Guelph Software Engineering  
Rotman Commerce  

Out of these 5 universities I've narrowed it down to 2: Guelph Software and UTM Commerce. Which one is the better program of the 2? Queens, Schulich, and Rotman are too expensive/far which is why I would prefer to either go to Guelph or UTM.
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I am confused on which uni to choose
I am getting a massive headache from thinking about which uni to choose out of my options. I have too many options

Rotman Commerce
Laurier BBA/BSc (Comp. Sci) Co-op
Schulich BBA
Waterloo AFM Co-op
Laurier BBA/Fin. Math Co-op
McMaster Business and Integrated Humanities

They are all great. I initially wanted to go to laurier for BBA/Comp. Sci. But now I am confused since laurier is not a "renowned university". It's only well known in Ontario, would this limit my options after graduation?

Would I make a wrong decision if I go to Laurier for BBA/Comp Sci over Schulich / Rotman / Waterloo ???
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Help Choosing a University
So the deadline to accept an offer is almost here and I'm having trouble choosing a university/program. Here are the program's I was accepted to:

1. Guelph - Software Engineering 
2. University of Toronto (Mississauga) - Commerce (I would specialize in accounting)
3. Laurier- Business Technology Management 
4. Ryerson - Business Technology Management 
5. UOIT - Game Development
6. York - Information Technology (BCom)

I'm leaning more towards Guelph Software Engineering (non coop) but I was wondering what you guys think would be the best university/program.

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What are some things students overlook when selecting a business school?

1. Co-op/Internship Programs

Experience is important. That’s why attending a business school with a co-op/internship program (or solid connections with employers) is important. The more experience you can build before graduation can make a huge difference.


2. Professional Designations

Thinking of doing your CPA or CHRL? It’s important to attend a business school which offers you the courses you need to fulfill the education requirements for your chosen professional designation.


3. International Accreditations

AACSB and EQUIS are two of the most prestigious accreditations. Why are these important? If you apply for jobs/internships abroad, companies can do a quick search to see if your school meets international standards. Few people in Germany have probably heard of Brock University, but I was able to land an internship there because Brock’s business school is AACSB accredited.


Also, you can leverage networking opportunities that come from being accredited. For example, the top 10% of students at AACSB-accredited schools are invited into an honour society called Beta Gamma Sigma which has an inductees-only job board, leadership events, and discounts.


4. Recruiting Targets

If you have a list of target firms, check to see where they recruit from. As an accounting graduate, I can attest to the fact that the Big 4 focus on certain institutions – make sure you don’t end up at a university where they have a small on-campus presence.


Are there any other things students overlook when selecting a business school? Comment below!