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3rd Year Ryerson Student: Ask Me Anything!
I'm currently in my 3rd year at Ryerson, majoring in Communications and double minoring in Law and Marketing. I work for my faculty in student recruitment, and also work for the university mentoring first year students and assisting them in their transition into university. I've also had 2 internships over 3 years in communications and marketing. 

Do you want to know how you can get into Ryerson? Curious how you can find an internship? Interested about life at Ryerson? Curious to know more about the campus and campus life? Need tips and advice regarding general university applications and senior year? Ask away! 

 (Im well versed in requirements for all programs at ryerson and can answer inquires about OSAP, scholarships, among other things!) 

Ask me anything!!
3rd Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (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 (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)

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:
- Will be joining B4 audit in Toronto in January
- 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

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


Physics or not?
HELP!!! I’m a grade 11 student and have been on the fence as to what to do in university. I am a strong student and enjoy math, but sciences are not my strongest suit (I still do decently – mid to high 80s ish, but the marks are significantly lower than other subjects). I have an interest in business, such as finance, but I still am a little uncertain. Lately I have been curious about engineering as well, but very broadly (i.e. civil). The problem is, I  did not take physics (SPH3U1) because I felt that I did not like physics very much (did not really enjoy in grade 9 or 10), so I took chem and bio, but as i think more and more, i do not have much interest in probrams with bio. I have bio next semester and I am second guessing bw that and physics, since I am pretty strong in math, but the subject of physics scares me a bit. I only have one problem – the 2 physics classes at my school next semester are during my law and accounting classes, which i would like to keep. I really do not want to regret going to physics!!

So my main questions are, is physics really hard/easier than bio? Is it worth switching from bio (especially is I am only slightly considering engineering)? How do i know if i want business/finance or if engineering is a better fit?

Current semester 1 marks (before exams):
English (ENG3U) – 94%
Anthro (HSP3U) – 92%
French (FSF3U) – 95%
Chem (SCH3U) – 86%

Semester 2 schedule:
Math (MCR3U)
Law (CLU3M)
Bio (SBI3U)
Accounting (BAF3M)
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Ryerson's Business Programs?
Ryersons BTM is currently my top choice and ive also researched a bit about it. However there seems to be a lot of negative opinions/views on Ryersons business programs. 

Obviously it isnt up there with schools like Rotman and Schulich but is it as bad as some say it is? Also it would be great if you guys can share a bit of info on the BTM program or just Ryersons business programs in general. 

How will my job prospects as a Ryerson business graduate be? And is BTM covering a bit of business and technology instead of focusing entirely on one aspect a good thing?

Any info on Ryersons business programs would be great :)
High school grades are meaningless- Read this.
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-to-reward-true-high-school-academic-excellence-aspx/

"The collapse of standards in high schools is a boring refrain. All too many first-year university science students cannot do single-digit multiplication."

"Writing ability isn’t much better. One professor, upon receiving the first chapter of a Master’s thesis from a Canadian-born student, stated “Your first sentence lacks a verb.” “What’s that?” was the reply."

"The real victims are conscientious students who are penalized for taking tough courses such as Grade 12 French or Physics while classmates enrol in fluffy subjects to boost their grade average."

Your grades will drop.

http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/your-grades-will-drop/
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Canadian Student at Yale - Ask Me Anything
I've noticed that there are a lot of misconceptions about applying to schools in the US.  As someone who just went through the process and did a lot of research, I'd love to answer any questions and help clear things up :)

I was also admitted to other Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey, among others, so I can answer questions about those as well.
WHAT ARE THE BEST FIELDS TO GO INTO
okayso i am currently in high school, what is a good field to go into? In terms of job opportunities and not staying in school for 10+ years? 

before you say compsci or eng.... my current math ave is a 75... fml i know but all my other marks are high.. this is my lowest 
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new Licensed pharmacist ask anything!
Hello everyone, I am a newly employed  (working for about 2 months) licensed pharmacist who is ready to answer any question about the world of pharmacy (pharmacy school, pharmacy work life,etc.)!
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Business
Is their any good business careers that have decent pay which aren't accounting or Investment Banking? That's all everyone talks about on here.
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Why is everyone here going into Engineering/ Computer Science/ Business/ Science
As I go through this forum I notice the significant number of threads, almost all of people going into primarily engineering and business. To a lesser extent computer science and regular science also appears to be be chosen.

There is nobody here posting about college technical programs, arts programs, music, dance, etc. All careers are not just limited to the STEM programs so just curious as to why you guys have chosen the career path that you did.

This thread is not for bashing any particular schools or programs, rather it is for all of us to share why we have chosen our respective paths. Keep it civilized and interesting!
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Creative Industries (Ryerson) OR Book and Media Studies (U of T)
HEY EVERYONE!  
I REALLY need your help! I'm having the hardest time choosing between the above courses, Creative Industries at Ryerson and Book and Media Studies at U of T. I'm looking to go into editing and publishing in the future, and I would definitely like some more modern, hands on experience in whichever university I choose. I'm hoping that someone, somewhere can pretty please list some pros and cons for both programs, as well as the schools themselves. Or if you know ANYTHING at all about either, please share. It would be greatly appreciated, especially since I have to accept an offer in less than a week.

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Accounting or Computer Science?
I am in grade 12 and can't decide which path to take.
I excel in Accounting, I got 97% when I took grade 11 accounting in grade 10,
and I am currently getting 99% right now. It comes so easy for me, but what I'm scared about in going to this position is that you have to talk a lot, if you want to become a CPA/CA. The thing is I'm more intrapersonal. I can talk to people if I have to, and can easily talk with friends and family. I've had a part time job which required a lot of talking to customers which drained me. :/
Computer Science on the other hand, I get high 80s - low 90s. I like to do it because it has to do with technology and I'm all about technology, but I'm not the best at it. If I can't solve a problem, I get really frustrated and it bothers me. Sometimes I may give up. But I do love the feeling of solving a program. I am also scared about the future and not getting a good job security, and job interviews which require you to problem solve on the spot (I can't do that because I have to think things through).
I am limited to the university I want to go to. I can only commute due to financial reasons. So if I were to apply for accounting, I want to apply for Schulich or Rotman but it requires a video essay, and like I said I'm not fond of communicating. Also, I don't have a lot of extracurricular so that might not help me out. If I were to go for computer science, I would apply for uoft or york.

Thanks for the help!
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The Value in a Business Education
Where's the value in getting a business degree? 

We're living in a digital age where everything can be found online. Why are people dishing out $50, 000 for a 4 year business degree when they can learn everything online, still participate in the same events and conferences, get real world experience with unpaid internships, and maybe even audit classes without enrolling. 

I guess the real question is, can you get a job on Bay street without a business degree if you can prove you know everything a business student knows? I've done the research. At first I didn't believe an accounting graduate makes 45k upon graduation based on the university's statistics. Then I asked around, real university students, and they confirmed. Why is everyone fighting to get a spot in Canada's top business schools when they make less than a TTC transit driver, or a full time sales associate at Moores? 

Looking at this purely financially, the ROI of a university degree is not there. Granted, it gives you the opportunity to move up in the business world, but can't you do that anyways? Even with 10 years experience as an accountant, the average pay is 80k. If you're thinking about this in the "Following your passion perspective" and avoiding all financials mentioned above, can't you learn faster on your own? Yes, the "quality" of employment may be better than a TTC driver upon graduation, but who says quality is sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day being told what to do. 

These youngsters on Bay street paid 50k to attend U of T so they can pounce around in their fancy suit and tie and call themselves successful even though they're making 10k below Canada's average income. 

This is how I see it: why not fully customize your education to your liking. Contact small companies, ask to shadow employees, find unpaid internships, get several part time jobs in every industry you love. Work 9 to 5 and spend your evenings mastering what you love through online education. An education that's completely free and 100% controlled by you. Want an international co-op program? Spend 3 months in the Valley interning at a small tech startup while learning how to code PHP during your evenings, all while staying under the 50k budget you would otherwise spend getting a piece of paper. 

I have hope that societal norms are moving forward. That you no longer require a degree to get a really good job. That a piece of paper doesn't determine your status, but knowledge does. University education forces us to sit in a class and listen to someone explain how to solve a problem that we don't have. I'm looking for an education where the problem is identified first, then the solution is learned, creatively.

Looking to hear some of your thoughts and opinions.
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Carleton IMD vs SFU SIAT?!
I live in Ontario and have applied to SFU'S School of Interactive Arts and Technology in BC and Carleton's BIT Interactive Multimedia and Design in Ontario. I have the option of adding a joint business major and concentration at SFU and a minor in industrial design at Carleton. Both include Co-op. Any helpful opinions on which school I should attend?

My interests include: design(all kinds including product/industrial design), business and film & animation along with some computer programming.

Thanks!

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Is it too late too prepare for SAT?
Hi guys! I was just wondering is it too late to start prepare for SAT? I am willing to study hard during Christmas break and few hours every day after my break. When is the latest day to do SAT?
Is there any good websites for SAT preparation? 

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To everyone going into Computer Science
There are a lot of CS grads to the point where there's significant saturation in the industry. There are also many seasoned professionals with no schooling but decades of experience who are still working; they are generally preferred to recent grads, except maybe at tech startups. Speaking of startups, they're a dime a dozen but the funding of the Internet boom has run out, so you won't see stupidly high salaries; instead, stock options seem like to go-to in the hopes of making it big. In the meantime, you can expect a marginal salary. Investors are also staying away unless you're established, so crowdsourcing is the way many startups try to fund now, but because of the vastly disparate outcomes in those campaigns, teams tend to be pretty small. You're by no means given the security in computer science that you used to be 10-15 years ago. You will either end up taking a corporate gig as a staff developer for an acceptable wage (but only after a couple of low-paying internships) or you'll end up at a startup or entrepreneurial company where your wage and future are by no means guaranteed (hint: many of them fail).

Your open source contributions to your GitHub portfolio or your accepted pull requests will only get you an interview, but your 2,000 classmates from your CS cohort are also doing the same thing, so how far do you think it will get you?

Also, increased globalization and outsourcing is really kicking IT's ass these days.

Now, good luck and work hard but know that you are by no means guaranteed anything just because you are in computer science (except if you go to Loo or U of T).

-Source: Another Comp Sci student
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Only 5% of Rotman Commerce and 11% of Queen's Commerce are in Consulting
http://rotmancommerce.utoronto.ca/about/annual-report

Scroll to page 19. 40% are in accounting, 22% finance, 5% consulting, 2% marketing, 4% operations and 6% other.

https://smith.queensu.ca/bcom/career/placement.php

Queen's Commerce- Average salary is 56k and median is 53k

25% in accounting 11% in consulting 27% in financial services 15% in consumer goods/ retail
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I see similar figures when I look their employment statistics of other business schools like Laurier and Schulich.

People on this forum keep throwing around the terms investment banking and  consulting, but the stats show that 90% of business students in the top business schools don't make it into these fields.

For anyone applying to business programs, please stop listening to the other high schoolers on this forum and do your due diligence. Start looking at employment stats, LinkedIn profiles, talking to professionals and go from there.
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Anyone else not surprised that Queen's Quarms is primarily Asians?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-wong-17746360
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-bae-ba2b8055?trk=pub-pbmap
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenyschan?trk=pub-pbmap
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-how-70044880?trk=pub-pbmap

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/adam-mitha-94286092
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/spasricha?trk=pub-pbmap
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Is it possible to do a bcs+HBA dual degree at Western?
I recently started to research about Ivey and its dual degree opportunities, computer science+ business seems really attractive to me. 
http://www.csd.uwo.ca/current_students/undergraduate_students/programs/Computer%20Science%20And%20Ivey.html 
^ this talks about western's joint program,  i kinda got confused because it says you will end up getting bsc degree. 
does Bsc = Bcs? 
 is it possible to do a computer science + hba dual degree? 
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Average salary for Ivey graduates of 2014 was 63,677
http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/cmsmedia/500290/iveyhba-permanent-summer-employment-report.pdf

Average salary includes base salary, signing bonus and other guaranteed compensation. Don't get me wrong, this is a great salary but it is also the AVERAGE for all Ivey graduates of 2014. I felt the need to bring this up because recently I came across multiple posts saying how Ivey will get you six figure jobs.

Median salary was 59k meaning that half the class was making below this, and the data reflects only those students who REPORTED their salaries.

My friends in college trades programs, currency trading, and managers of simple department stores are making 60k. So it doesn't seem all that impressive to me.
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Where are York Region's highest Ontario Scholars now?
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc071009/yrdsb-sc071009-p1-5.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc081006/yrdsb-sc081006-p47-50.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc091005/yrdsb-sc091005-p113-p116.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc101004/yrdsb-sc101004-p108-112.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc110912/yrdsb-sc110912-p4-8.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc120919/yrdsb-sc120919-p23-27.pdf
http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/pdfs/a/agenda/ms/sc130917/yrdsb-sc130917-p22-25.pdf

York Region has some of the higher standard high schools in Ontario. Notice how grade inflation increases with each year. Also if you have time and google some of these scholars, most are only in average jobs now (LinkedIn).
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Ivey, Schulich, Rotman or Queens for undergraduate? 
I am going into grade 12 and interested in business.  
      The title already says it all. I have heard a lot of good and bad things about these schools as well as many different points of view. Could you please tell me your preference in regard to any aspect of school and why.  
      The ultimate goal of attending a university is to land a job. Therefore, please address about the job placements after graduation.
       Please be simple and unbiased as much as possible. Real personal experiences are highly preferred. If using any source on the internet, please be selective. No rage war and stay on the subject please. Thank you.
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