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Hello! This forum really helped me back in 2014 (back when it was http://studentawards.com) so I thought 4 years later I'd give back. I know you're all super anxious about admissions now that they're coming out and want more information about the process and student life so ask away~
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).
This site helped me a lot when I was applying for universities last year, so I thought I'd give back to the community.
I am a French international student, but I have lived in Canada a few years ago, so I know the grade system and what kind of averages would get you in different schools (to an extent).
For any frenchies out there my grades were:
16/20 Overall average (8 classes)- equivalent to a 92-95%
Got my Bac Mention Bien (high school degree with honours)
I got into all the schools I've applied to (they all offered my transfer credits, some more than other - York gave me a full year in credits, and UofT gave me a bit more than a semester):
- UTSC Coop
- Rotman commerce
- McMaster commerce
So here you go, Im currently a first year (second year technically speaking as of this semester) at UofT Scarborough campus, pursuing a BBA degree in Co-op.
You can ask me anything (anything really!) about all these schools mentioned above.
I keep it real here, so everything I tell you is exactly what I experience, and you can trust me that I will be honest to you guys 100%. Im not a recruiter/campus ambassador, I won't sugar-coat anything.
While googling, I noticed not all OUAC programs I applied to will have a rejection or offer status (i.e. some will remain blank) and it's probably more reliable to go with email correspondences for rejections. For offers, I believe it takes 1-2 days for the OUAC portal to get the updated information.
So now I have a few questions on the back of my head:
1. Besides universities that only offer acceptance to only one program, will all other programs be courteous enough to provide an offer or rejection email/mail correspondence?
2. Because we can apply to entrance bursaries and scholarships even before receiving an offer of acceptance, when does it make sense to accept an offer way ahead of time? This isn't anything like for Med School or Ivey but more a Math/Business or Business programs.
I don't want to accept an offer only to rescind it towards the end because that can screw up someone else's spot.
hey guys, im a first year student at schulich, and i was probably in your place last year, stressing about ec's and averages, spending hours on this forum.
i know you guys are all smart, ambitious kids, wanting to get into queens, ivey, rotman, schulich, laurier, waterloo etc. I'm writing this post because I want to inform you guys on a few important insights that I gained only AFTER i started first year.
1) Your program does not make or break your career
- this is so important for some of you to understand. yes queens is good, yes ivey presents opportunities in finance, but at the end of the day, your success is up to your GRIT, your determination, ability to consistently motivate yourself, pick yourself up after failure, and learn from mistakes. Your success in business depends on your ability to be extraverted, outgoing, enthusiastic. It depends on your ability to hold a pleasant conversation with people you just meet (NETWORKING). sure, a top program will provide you fantastic resources, but please please don't obsess over your program if its already between the top schools. also don't be condescending to people who choose to go to a program that YOU deem a lower tier than yours. those people may have traits that you don't have that will make them better students than you are.
this being said, i still want to give advice on HOW to choose your program, given that a lot of you will be receiving multiple offers.
2) choose your program based on multiple factors, and choose wisely.
if you're SET on accounting, go to AFM (or even brock). big 4 love waterloo students.
if you're going into finance, in my opinion, your program doesn't matter a lot, u just have to have a crazy high gpa and be a very specific type of person (super driven, smart, sociable). but a lot of people interested in finance choose ivey, so u'll definately find a bigger finance community at ivey and queens than at schulich or afm. i don't know much about finance at laurier and rotman.
if you are undecided, which is probably the majority of you, i'd recommend to choose based on the experience you want out of university. Do you want to party and get out of town and away from your parents? choose ivey, queens or laurier. do you want a coop program so that you can alternate between work and school? choose afm or laurier (i highly recommend coop programs) do you want to stay at home and save money? choose schulich. do you want to drop out and hate life first year? choose rotman... haha i'm just kidding. for real though, rotman kids seem to have it SUPER tough and i already know a lot of people regretting rotman because their gpa's are really low, theres no coop, and the environment i heard is kind of hostile. but if you do choose rotman and end up graduating from there it is really impressive. everyone knows how hard rotman is. people who choose rotman tend to be the people whoare super ambitious and/or really idolize living in downtown.
3) be conscious of your mental health
so on a very serious note, i know of a few business students right now that have depression that developed in first semester. i want to you to know that university is a whole different ball game. it really challenges your ability to push through some really tough times. you could be going through a break up and have 4 midterms in a week. please know your limitations. if you know you are not good at handling stress, and you break down very easily, i would recommend staying close to home. i know so many people who moved away and once frosh and all the partying ended, they started to get really homesick, and the homesickness did not go away. of course this isn't the case for everyone. however, as a business student, you're gonna go through a lot of stress. business isn't just about school grades, it's about building this personal brand also. it consumes so much of your life. if you have a life established back at home, e.g. you're a competitive dancer, you go to church, i'd say not to give that up and choose a program close to home so you can continue pursuing that passion. trust me, it's not smart to have your whole identity and purpose in school and your success in it. it's not healthy, and if things start going south, you'll lose hope in life very quickly.
4) more about schulich
since i go to schulich, i wana talk a bit more about it. social life in terms of partying and meeting a ton of people is gonna lack compared to those who move away, but again, if you have a life outside of school in toronto, it won't really matter. plus, if you're super outgoing and friendly, you'll make friends. don't choose this school if you want a traditional university experience. i do want to put it out there that you shouldn't put too much value on social life because you don't want to be someone who moves away from home for the social aspect and your grades fall into the 60s because you don't have self-control. at the end of the day, you're going to school for education and opportunities in business.
the academic aspect is ok. don't slack on readings, do practice questions, and study in advance for things and you will do fine. schulich courses are curved, so be higher than average and you're blessed. there are some bullsh courses in first semester, but just push through them.
there's so many topics to talk about and so much advice i want to give... but i can't collect all my thoughts rn. if you guys have more questions please post them and ill get back to you!
here's another piece of advice i just thought of: when you're choosing your program, look at the actual program courses. compare them across programs and see which courses seem more appealing to you. you obviously won't know that much about the course just by its name but if you have friends in the program ASK about those courses. make sure u choose the program that have courses that seem interesting to you and suit what you want to learn.
this is especially helpful if you dont know whether to go into (for example) a business program or an art program. which seems better to you? intro to accounting or design studio?
be as informed as possible before making your decision.
I recently got accepted to the BBA program at Schulich school of business at York university, but I live in Brampton on bovaird. What is the fastest way I can get from the pertosa bovaird intersection to Schulich? And least expensive!! I cannot drive yet by the way so that is not currently an option and in addition I can't afford a car right now either. Apparently the zum 501 is a direct bus to York but that's from downtown Brampton and I'm not sure how long that takes and how expensive it is. Please let me know if anyone has an idea!!
So I applied to the Laurier economics degree specifically economics and accounting I might switch it to finacial management. So like if I get accepted I dunno if I should take it, I went to their open house and asked about the program and enjoyed the school (lazardis) saw the benefits, jobs and the employment rate which was pretty good. However I'm still on the fence because it's an econ degree which feels fishy and my parents disapprove. I mean I could just power through it and aim for a competitive average and switch to BBA But I dunno if i wanna go through all that I might just take my guelph acceptance but that school isn't really known for its commerce (farm school)...sigh any thoughts on the econ program?
ask me anything about queen's, business school, university life, your wildest concerns, etc. there are no stupid questions lmao, i remember going on yconic searching for some really silly stuff while applying for business schools. it's lit
- third year, currently on winter exchange (lot of fun!)
- interning this summer at a telecom (think Telus/Bell/Shaw/Rogers)
- applied as a chancellor's scholar outside of ontario
Hi everyone, I’m a grade 12 student interested in studying business next year. I’ve gotten early acceptance into four of the programs I’ve applied to, but I’m waiting for Schulich BBA. Right now, my top two choices are Laurier BBA, which I was admitted to late February, and Schulich BBA but I’m torn between the two. In particular, I have a few questions and I was wondering if anyone had advice/answers: 1) How is the student life at both schools? 2) Which program would better prepare me for accounting/marketing? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much!
somebody told me they got in with an 80 average and I straight up told them I didn't believe them. They said they got into Waterloo campus because I thought maybe they applied to BTM at brantford campus but no they said Waterloo. And when I asked what program she applied to they said "whatever the commerce is" and I was like.... it's a BBA not BComm lol. Am I crazy for not believing them because I'm pretty sure they didn't get in. I brought it up with them again too and they think I'M being the crazy one for not believing.
Hi everyone, I am a first year AFM student at Waterloo and last year I was in your position. I was trying to figure out which university programs to apply to and I heavily relied on this website to make my final decisions from first years in the respected programs. If any prospective students in high school are looking to pursue the AFM program at Waterloo I would love to answer any questions, and talk about my experiences so far! I was admitted with a 91% average with excellent EC's.
planning to move to laurier this year. got accepted into bba, and was wondering what the people were like
a lot of people have said it's a close knit community which im looking forward to experiencing
1- uni life
are the people totally party freaks or are they academically oriented too? laurBBA is very highly talked about so i was wondering whether the people were serious in that aspect of academics in this uni