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In grade 11 I slacked off slightly and didn't get the best grades. I have one more chance to get into the University of Toronto (to study law) but I'm stressing over the grades I got in grade 11. See, i lost my aunt and it threw me off for the rest of the year. Do I still have a chance if I do well this year and meet the university's admission standards?
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Should I live in rez, off-campus, or commute to my future school?
Deciding between living on rez, off-campus, and commuting can be a difficult decision. I lived off-campus in a studio apartment for my first three years of my undergraduate degree. In my last year (this year) I opted to move out of the city my university was in and moved in with my significant other – I now commute an hour for class every day. It’s hard to decide what’s going to be best for you, your studies, and your wallet. Here’s my list of major pros and cons:

Living on Residence:

PROS:
You get to meet amazing people : You're automatically thrown in with people to live with, and these could become some of your best friends!
All utilities are paid for!: This is amazing! If you've ever paid a hydro bill before, you'll appreciate an all-inclusive living arrangement. If you've never paid a utility bill, take a moment to google the average bill for hydro, water, internet and cable. It's not cheap!

CONS:
Tends to be expensive: Just because you're not paying your utilities separate doesn't mean that they haven't accounted for them. Your best bet would be to take the amount living on Rez is, and divide it by the 8 months you live there - this could make your wallet cry.
It may be a disruptive learning environment: Keep in mind you live with roommates. Although you are all there to learn, and I'd hope you all respected one another it doesn't mean that it will be the most productive learning environment. Walls can be thin, and the stereo they're playing in the room next to you may cause you some study grief.
Limits to guest visits: I'm not sure if this is standard for all schools, but at Laurier, you're only allowed overnight guests so many times per year. I'm not 100% what the limit is now, but when I started, it was something like 9 overnight guests for the year, and you can't have it more than 2 or 3 days consecutive.
No pets of any kind: They don't care if it's your goldfish, Pal, or your dog, Biscuit. None. No pets. Ever.

Living off-Campus:

PROS:
Pet Freedom: You can bring any of your pets. I brought my two cats when I moved to university.
All-Inclusive Student Housing: Most student houses are all-inclusive, and equals much cheaper than rez. At Laurier when I started it equally approximately $650 per month a rez, versus the $500 I paid for my studio apartment.
Your own space: You have your own space. If you choose to move in with roommates, you tend to have a larger space than the little apartment they give you in rez. Here at Laurier, most students have 4-5 people living in a house (much more spacious than 4-5 in a little apartment with one bathroom!)
There is so many off-campus houses: I signed my lease the summer going into my first year, and I got an amazing place. There was still a huge variety the summer leading in (but the later you look, the further from campus it may be.) There are websites specific to helping you finding a home while living in university. 

CONS:
Living Alone can be lonely (if you go that route!): If you choose to live alone, you don't have that typical roommate bond
Bills: Bills suck. I'd recommend finding an all-inclusive building. I paid $500 for an all-inclusive, including internet, studio apartment for 3 years. It was amazing.

Commuting:

PROS:
Commuter Lounges: Some schools have lounges specifically for commuters
Save money: Living in the heart of a city (where most universities are) can be expensive. I pay much less living in a small town and commuting in, than when I lived in the city. 

CONS:
Commuting can be boring: If you commute alone, the silence of driving may be super boring!
It takes up part of your day: I spend two hours commuting each day. An hour each way. And that's with me owning a car and driving. If you're taking transit or a GO system, expect it to be longer. That adds up.. 
Gas money: You're spending money that you wouldn't be spending by commuting. I spend about $60 every week, to week and a half.

Make your own list of pros and cons - see what works best for you. If you have any pros and cons specific to your school, or just your own opinions, feel free to contribute! :)

Kathleen
yconic Student Ambassador
How are you going to #BeBoldForChange?
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day! Every year there is a different theme and this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange

Gender equality has made progress throughout the years. However, girls continue to face exclusion in many aspects of life, including education. Did you know that according to UNICEF, an estimated 31 million girls in primary school and 32 million girls in secondary school face gender inequalities that prevent them from attending school?

Be bold for change calls upon women (& men) to challenge bias and inequality, campaign against violence, forge women’s advancement, celebrate women’s achievements, and champion women’s education.

 I would like to create awareness in this student-based setting because we are the up and coming generation to speak up and make a change. As a student-athlete, I would like to celebrate women’s achievement in sport and in the classroom. Sports and athletics have traditionally been dominated by males. If it wasn’t for the progress made towards gender equality, I would not be the woman I am today. 

Sport has enabled me to pursue post-secondary education and has contributed to my success in the classroom. Education has given me a future of choice. 

Sport and Education have given me the confidence to pursue my dreams and has improved my self-esteem.

Sport and Education have given me opportunities to travel the world and develop important life skills.

It is important to celebrate the progress we have made towards gender equality while recognizing that inequalities still exist within our community and globally. Being physically strong doesn’t make me any less of a ‘girl’ and the traditional female responsibility of being a caregiver is not going to stop me from having high career aspirations. I think that in order to make a change, we need to have a voice and become positive role models for upcoming generations. March 8th is also a “Day Without a Woman,” a one-day strike for women around the world to demonstrate the impact women have in both the domestic and global economy. Women are encouraged to take the day off from both paid and unpaid work (if possible), wear red to show solidarity and refrain from shopping.

How are you going to #BeBoldForChange? Do you think there will ever be equality between genders? If so, how do we get there? 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
"Student Topics" are the bane of Yconic's existence
This may read like a rant, but I think it's well founded, so hear me out here. I think Yconic is amazing, and it extraordinarily helpful to so many people. But there is this one thing that has really been bugging me lately (fine, I'm relatively new). Now that's out of the way...

Topics/Tags are the bane of Yconic's existence. 

Here's why:

1. Some have become the pile of things that don't have a place in that tag. In other words, they contain posts that have no relevance to the topic at stake. Look at Summer Jobs (https://yconic.com/topic/summer-jobs). AMA for a Brock Accounting grad, Calling all Yconic folks! Tell us what you want for back to school! How did you decide what program you are doing in university... And so on.

The issue is that topics are cluttered: they contain posts that shouldn't be there, and those that should become significantly less visible. The posts that want to get seen, simply won't be.

You all know about the posts such as "Who's applied to SHAD" or "Where are you applying this year" and those blog like posts from Yconic ambassadors... Not to put you on the spot Mathieu, but look at yours: https://yconic.com/discussion/managing-your-time-for-finals-as-a-kinesiology-student/EMN5d426DaEPMflyZxG7v8Xdol8cZS0H

It's basically about tips about how to prepare for finals. It's pretty general information for all post-secondary and high school students. So why is it specifically "tagged" with the uBC, uToronto, uCalgary and other tags?

For people who actually follow tags to learn about more insightful discussions, "announcement posts" don't exactly make things easier. It just clutters in an effort to see more people, and it cuts other things out.

2. Tags don't have a focus. For example, what's the "Education" tag about? Teacher's college? Going to post-secondary? It would be fitting to have some sort of description about the tag, in say, a pop-up excerpt. That would also help mitigate the issue where people don't know what a topic is for, and to hopefully encourage people to use the right topic tags.

3. Stop tagging everything! We need a better approach to classify things. Yconic, while having a post-secondary focus, tries to go forward a lot in other extracurricular programs as well. The way I've seen it is that it's a discussion center for youth in their secondary/post-secondary years. Naturally, conversations have spurred up about things other than just university, one notable example being SHAD. But things such as SHAD don't have a tag of their own. So they defer to tagging everything.

A post shouldn't have to require every university tag, academic tag, or regular tag that exists. If it does, then there is clearly something wrong. Generally, you should only need a few university tags, a few student life tags, and maybe a couple academic subjects. Realistically, those numbers should be less. Yes, there may be "Community Guidelines," but those only work if the system underneath is intuitive and easy to use. Otherwise, no guideline can avoid this situation. Can we work together to find a new tagging system that works more cleanly and efficiently?

Now I may be biased, being a moderator on an online community (if you're a computer science person, then you may have heard of the Stack Overflow network!), getting posts to people, and sharing as much information as humanly possible to everyone should be the grassroots foundation. But this is getting long now, and I should seriously stop. Thanks for reading :)

Guilty as charged for including lots of unrelated tags to get people to see this too.
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How did you decide what program you are doing in university
Heyy people, I am a going-to-gr12 public hs kid wondering what to do in life.

A brief info about myslf:
1. Live in GTA
2. Like interior designs, fascinated by tech, love to eat, outgoing, enjoy flying and driving
3. my favourite YouTube video is "A Day Made of Glass"
4. i studied because of others, not for myself (aka I got good grades but I didnt enjoy them)
5. my ultimate goal is to retire asap (at 45) [I know it may not be feasible, but still...)

Here's my gr11 grades
English 83
Functions 99
Accounting  94
Marketing  96
Chemistry 86
Physics 82
Biology 90
Broadcasting 87

And my only grade 12 grade is physics (completed in summer school) - 94

As above, how did you decide what you are going to do in the future??? Like how do you figure out what you want??
I like interior designs, tech, food, sports, but the thing is - i can't see myself in the future
I dont know what to do? Despite trying to get good grades and apply every single university in ontario....
I really need some advice. Please give me some advice :) :) :)

Thank you very much
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Do universities care if I take summer school?
So I tried changing my courses around. My options are to take either English 12 in school, or Bio 12. My school has very full classes, so there is no other option for me in school. I have decided to take Bio 12 online. Either that or night school. Will universities hold this against me? I was signed up for these courses when we were asked to choose classes for the next school year, but the computer didn't do it accordingly. My counsellor has said one must be done outside my school. 
*I need both these courses. English is mandatory to graduate, I need Bio to apply to my Bachelor of Science programs*
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A new laptop for university
Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

MUST HAVE:
1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
4. HDMI
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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Best jobs in Canada needing French?
Hey!
So I'm taking a year off before uni and moving to France and I am wondering if anyone knows of good jobs that I could use my French as a second language for?
QUESTION ABOUT ACCEPTING OFFER! Please help!!!
So, I got accepted into both university and college.
I haven't made up my mind about which to go to.
I'm thinking of accepting the college offer and the deadline is in less than 2 days (MAY 1)!
i want to do this so I can have more options - so I would not miss out on potentially going to college.
BUT
If I do accept the college offer, will the university offer be taken away from me automatically??

I appreciate your help,
THANK YOU!
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What is Carleton University Bachelors of Global and International Studies like?
as soon as i saw that Carleton offered this I immediately wanted to apply! I am currently in grade 11 and I am really interested in international studies for university. Has anyone been in the program? I know it's only in its first year, so I'm just wondering what it's like.
Dorm room ideas
For all the freshmen out there staying in res, just wanted to start this discussion so we could start sharing ideas on how to make our dorms more homey, tips on choosing the right place, tips on utilizing space and even decor ideas. Anything really. Just fire away! 

Thx
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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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Honestly this is how the world will perceive you - Tier 1,2,3,4
ENGLISH SPEAKING UNIS 
Tier 1 
1. HYPSM, Cambridge, Oxford 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Border
1.5. California Institute of Technology, Columbia U, Cornell, University of California Berkeley , University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, ICL, Brown University
Tier 2 
2.0. University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University College London, Duke University,  Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UMichigan, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Boston University, Dartmouth College, University of Southern California
Tier 3
KCL, University of Wisconsin, University of Melbourne, UCSD, UCSF, Washington Uni in St. Louis, McGill University, University of Edinburgh, UC Davis, Penn State,Georgia Institute of Technology, UCSB, Emory University

Tier 4 
Nobody cares where you went, don't expect people to respect you for your undergrad education. Your personality will help tho. 
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Funding For Working Mature Students
I have been researching and planning my preferred course and narrowed down the schools of choice, but what I seem to have the most trouble with is funding. There are so many countless awards, bursaries and scholarship for high school students, unemployed and people currently enrolled in programs full time, but for an adult working 40 hours a week looking to study part-time it's bleak. 
With the economic down turn out west it is the right time to return to school , try and get out of the oilfield,  because you don't know if you will have a job tomorrow.
I want to get a certificate in human resource management part-time and then move onto a diploma and take it step by step as that's all I can fit with my work schedule but without aid available for people like this we have to take a second job which are far and few between out here and loans to pay for our schooling which wouldn't leave us the time to go to school or study.
I understand youth are our future, but the working age people are the ones currently running things and if the help isn't available to them to better themselves in turn bettering our economy, the future we are preparing our kids for won't be promising it will be higher unemployment rates an d more people on social assistance than we have seen since the last down turn.
Sincerely, 
Patiently waiting on the side lines
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CAN PHONES BE DAMAGED BY MAGNETIC STRIPS (i.e cards) ?
I've been looking faarrr and wide for an answer, on like android forums & whatnot, but can't seem to find one... so gonna try my luck in a student forum! lol. you guys have technological knowledge, so why not give it a try?

so many humble thanks in advance if you read this and you've got an answer. I'm desperate. and my mom's gonna whoop my ass if I try to get a new one (currently saving all the meager $$ I got for uni tuition, ain't gonna spend it on a phone).

I have a TTC metro pass (it's a card for public transit in Toronto) and like credit cards or library cards or whatever, it has a magnetic strip on the back.

Now i've been keeping it in the back of my phone case for convenience. The magnetic strip side is facing the back of the phone. 

I've been keeping it like this for the whole month now, and just recently a strip of surface area on the phone screen doesn't seem to be working. Can't press anything in that expanse of phone screen, particularly the middle.  I downloaded a screen touch test app, and the whole screen is responsive except for that strip down the phone screen. 

Initially I chalked it up to the fact that I updated this 2 year old nexus 4 to android 5 (lollipop) some time ago and it was just glitching, but when I took the metro pass out, I realised that the strip of irritatingly unresponsive phone surface was also suspiciously the same area where the magnetic strip on the card is placed. 

So naturally, I attempted googling this foolishness up, but to no avail.

could anyone let me know if it's possible for a magnetic strip to affect a phone's touch screen? just so I can explain to my mother as she writes me out of the family will for wasting money? thanks guys, just been tearing my hair out for the past couple of hours.
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Paramedic AMA, Ask Me Anything!
Ever seen someone having a medical emergency, and everybody's looking at each other with no idea what to do? Or even worse, you're having a medical emergency and nobody knows what to do. This is what inspired me to become a paramedic.

I drove past an SUV that was stopped at a pedestrian crossing. In front of that car, a young woman lay on the pavement. She wasn't moving. A small crowd had gathered. The faint sound of sirens echoed in the distance. Well, at least somebody called for help. If only someone knew what to do in these crucial first few minutes.

In another instance, an elderly woman carrying a small bag of groceries felt dizzy and collapsed to the floor at the sky train station. Someone had knelt down to talk to her, and asked me to call 9-1-1. It was my first time dialing 9-1-1. A pretty nifty experience, although I was terrified at the time.

Anything can happen at any given time. I felt that it was so dumb that nobody knew what to do. 'Well maybe I can make a difference. Maybe next time, I'll know what to do' I thought.

I started with a 3-week advanced first aid course. I didn't plan on becoming a professional, I just wanted to know what to do if something happened. I discovered that I loved the course, so I decided to go through paramedic school.

If you're curious about becoming a paramedic, I would suggest taking an advanced first-aid course to try it out and see how you like it. The best thing is, even if you decide not to take it further, there are plenty of jobs out there as first aid attendants. I worked an entire summer earning $17/hr (Canadian dollars!) doing first aid for warehouses, construction sites, and manufacturing facilities. You can even volunteer at rock concerts, raves, marathons and sporting events, and see all kinds of fascinating emergency medicine scenarios behind-the-scenes.

Read about the most compelling and deeply moving experience that I've had as a paramedic on my blog: http://wayneskickasswebsite.com/

I hope you've found this interesting, but perhaps you have more questions? Go ahead! Ask me anything!
Residence
Hey Everyone! I need some help! I've been looking at residence's at schools and I don't know how to pick! so hopefully you can help me with some of my questions: When picking your residence choices what factors did you evaluate? How much did they weigh into your decision? Did you make a mistake in choosing your residence? if so, how and why?
Is there anything I should really consider before I pick a residence?
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Should McGill Accept Proposal for Women Only Gym Hours?
I am not sure how I feel about this. It seems a little unfair, but also seems unfair that certain women can't work out with men in the same room because of their religion. What do you think?
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Chemical Eng. of Waterloo 2016
I'm Omer from Iraq
 Live in Mississauga ,Ontario 
 I'm looking forward to apply to Uiniversity of Waterloo chemical engineering department .
 I have my Iraqi high school diploma from Iraq ( issued 5 years ago )
 I'm current adult credit student
 I need IELTS in addition to ENG4U as I'm not a native English speaker 
 And I'm looking for some friends of the same interest , so we could plan our path to get the acceptance of waterloo 's by mutual help 

                         "Two persons 'opinion is better than one's, and three persons' opinion better than two"