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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.
I'm finally in my last week of my B.Ed here at Queen's - finished my B.A in Film and Media Studies in 2014. PJ teacher (meaning I am qualified to teach K-6). Got picked up by a private international school in Dubai at TORF, A Queen's University run Teaching Overseas Recruitment Fair.
This forum really helped me out when I was entering the program back in 2010 so I figure maybe I could help if any of you are interested in my program/path. I am willing to answer any questions that you might have about the program and such :D
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I live in Ontario and have applied to SFU'S School of Interactive Arts and Technology in BC andCarleton'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.
I am currently in grade 12 and was accepted to both universities of Waterloo and Alberta for engineering however I couldn't decide which is better... I am currently accepted as general engineering in Ualberta and environmental engineering in UWaterloo. I want to look for a balance between student life and academics with a nice environment of a community and I highly value co-op programs as well. I don't want engineering to be stressful and torturous (although, lets admit it, it kinda will be) and i want to remember the great memories I would have at University.
I know that they all have their flaws and advantages but are there any experienced engineering graduates, current engineering undergraduates or anyone who can give a bit of insight into both schools in regards to academics, ranking, social life, co-op, and maybe the best thing about both universities versus the worst for the two universities? which one would you guys pick and why?
Also,Do you guys think that first year general will be more useful than going straight into a program? I'm not entirely sure if I will like environmental engineering.
Ok so I see high school kids talk about going into art or business, and I think to myself, " well I will be seeing you in four years making my coffee". So I have to write this, because I fell for the trap. Every year high school kids think about going to university and spending thousands of dollars to study a hobby. I attended queens commerce for my undergrad, and learned the hard way. College majors such as English, political science, business, social sciences, humanities, psychology are all scams(to the most part). In this forum, business major seems to be the most popular, as I was one a couple of years ago. When I got accepted, I was so happy because I heard all the good stories of students going to work at big financial and consulting firms. This is not true. In theses so called " top Canadian business schools", the students are misinformed. Only a few and I mean a few go work in these big firms, while the rest works at crappy places. Today, everyone has a business major, so the job market is sh*t. Majors like English and humanities, are the biggest scam also, because high school kids think they are hoping to be the next Shakespeare, but instead they will be making sandwiches at McDonalds. Also pre med is another scam. If you major in biology, but do not get into med school, you are then useless. Unless you spend 5-6 years getting a PhD, your bio degree has 0 value. As the job market gets tougher and tougher, people need to realize that only a handful of college majors make the student more valuable. Examples, such as engineering, accounting and computer science. I wanted to rant about this because High school kids need to know about the trap of university majors.
I applied for Biotechnology at York, and my average is 80%</p><p>I got 87 in drama, 87 in English, 74 in bio, 75 in functions, 75 in calculus, 81 in religion. The only thing is I'm not sure about chemistry because I gave a test today and it did not go very well so probably a range between 75-80%.</p>
Hey everybody, this is a post for people applying to an architecture undergrad next year. I've just been accepted to Carleton for architecture for this fall 2015, and I want to share what I've learned about the process.
First, if you think you are going to be applying to architecture, research the schools! There isn't a huge number of programs in Canada (see https://www.raic.org/raic/canadian-university-schools-architecture for the list), and the main ones that people apply to are Waterloo and McGill (best of the best!), Ryerson, Carleton and U of T. There are a lot of pros and cons to each school, with very different requirements for each, and not every school will be for you.
Personally, I applied to two streams of the B.Arch program at Carleton (Design, and Conservation and Sustainability), which was my first choice school. I also applied to U of T, and the new program at Laurentian University (which isn't yet listed on the raic website), and I was accepted to both. From what I've heard through doing a looot of research, U of T has a pretty terrible program because its mostly theory based and essay writing, so for those reasons it was my last choice (But of course I'm no expert, this is just what I've heard). The only things it seems to have going for it are that its in downtown TO, and its a fairly prestigious university. My main reason for applying to U of T was that there was no portfolio required, just the "One Idea" application.
I also applied to Laurentian last minute, and I only had about 2 weeks to do the portfolio which was pretty stressful. As the program isn't on the RAIC website, I didn't even know about it until I stumbled across it in a forum. I really liked the program, but I am not a fan of Sudbury, so I wasn't keen on having to live there for 4+ years. Since its such a new program (started in 2013 I think), there isn't much info online about it. One great thing about Laurentian is that they had an awesome video online, outlining the sort of things they wanted in the portfolio.
The reason I chose all 4 of the programs I applied to was because they are "Architectural Studies" programs, compared to "Architectural Science", which I understand is a little more about the engineering and science behind a building rather than its artistic design. Basically I just really hate science and the idea of combining it with my greatest passion, architecture, just grossed me out. Honestly theres probably not much difference between the two types of B.Arch, but I just didn't want to risk it lol. I didn't apply to the big schools like Waterloo and McGill because I didn't have the grades to get in (even though McGill has been my dream school for years :/). Oh well, I'm super excited to be going to Carleton anyway!
Okay. This is the big part. Basically, for every school (except U of T), you are going to need a portfolio to get in. This is where you show them that you're creative and a good match for the program. Most of them just ask for general creative work. They usually aren't looking for drafting or architectural related stuff, as you will be learning that stuff next year anyways. Portfolios are a way for schools to get to know you without having to meet you.
Portfolios are a lot of work. A crap ton of work. And if you are going to be applying to multiple schools, you're going to need multiple different portfolios. My situation worked out quite well, because although I applied to 4 schools, I only needed 2 portfolios. U of T didn't need one, and my Carleton one was good for both programs. So it was like 4 for the price of 2!
Anyway, just keep this in mind when you think about where you're applying. Its certainly possible to do 4 portfolios, and I know lots of people who have done it, but its A LOT of work, and you need to start way in advance. I'm a procrastinator, and as I mentioned, I didn't start my Laurentian portfolio until 2 weeks before it was due, and my Carleton one about a month and half before. BIG MISTAKE. It was extremely stressful, and I had to pull more all nighters than I'd like to count, on top of doing my homework and keeping my average up. So please, for your sanity, START NOW! I can't stress this enough. Just start thinking of creative art ideas, start painting, drawing, sketching, whatever.
As for the content:
Personally, I am not an artistic person in the traditional sense. I haven't taken art since the 7th grade, and I was never very good at it anyways. So I signed up for art lessons and my instructor helped me with nearly all my pieces, which was awesome. I also did a lot of work on my own. I would spend hours in my basement painting and drawing while I watched all 7 seasons of Boy Meets World! Haha.
A lot of what I did sucked, in my perfectionist-over-achiever opinion, but I kept it just in case. And it came in handy because I ended up throwing some old pieces into my Laurentian portfolio just to fill the pages.
I can barely remember what I put in my portfolios, but for a few examples:
-A collage using water-colour and crumpled paper
-An acrylic painting of a flower, but using weird colours like purple and blue for the stem
-Some watercolour landscapes
-Charcoal sketch landscapes (BTW, I really like charcoal. Even the worst drawing looks awesome in charcoal, so I strongly recommend it if you're a beginner!)
-Pastel of a lions head (which was really bad...)
-Sketch of a city
Basically, what I recommend is that you really show variety, both in your subjects, and in your mediums. Do a painting, and a sketch, and a charcoal drawing, etc. Also, don't make all of your work relate to architecture. What I did is I did one or maybe two pieces that had a building or a house in them, but otherwise, as you can see above, I did everything from flowers to portraits.
Don't just make the bare minimum required number of pieces. Do lots, and then chose your best work for the portfolio. And get somebody else (like an art teacher)'s opinion too. Something that looks terrible to you might look really cool/creative to someone else.
In addition to my pieces, I also made my own portfolio case instead of buying one from the store. I seriously recommend this because while there is usually a limit on the amount of pieces they want in your portfolio, you can go a step further and show even more creativity in the case itself!
The mailing of the portfolio....
I live in Ottawa, so I was able to drop my portfolio off at Carleton, which I did about 3 days before it was due. My Laurentian portfolio on the other hand, had to be shipped, and I did this at the very last minute. It was a disaster. The portfolio was due on a Saturday at 5:00pm, and we mailed it on the Thursday. The courrier people promised us that it would be there on time, but on Saturday freaking morning they called us to say it wouldn't be there until Tuesday, as it was a long weekend. SO, in a huge panic, I had to throw together a digital portfolio and email it, using the crappy pictures I had taken of the real portfolio and powerpoint. It was awful. In the email, I basically pleaded with them to still consider my real portfolio when it arrived, as it was a better representation of my work, and I guess they did. Phew. So, moral of the story kids is don't procrastinate -.-.
Though I can't vouch for it personally, I know that other schools like Waterloo, McGill, and Ryerson, have various other admission procedures, like interviews and drawing tests, but you'd have to look into that. (Thats another reason I didn't apply to any of those schools. No scary interviews for me! :P)
Grade 12 averages and courses
Ah yes, the topic of our every thought and nightmare. When I was looking through these forums doing research, everybody was whining about their 90+ averages, and I was like wtf? I am a decent student, but definitely not 90 average material. Sooo, I narrowed my school choices down to the ones I could actually get into. Right now, I have about an 85 average, which is what all the school accepted me with.
As for courses, I took:
Advanced Functions- 77 (I really struggled with this class, and if you're not so great at math I highly recommend getting a tutor)
English- 94 (took this in online summer school which was awesome. Super easy course, plus I got to take a spare in its place first semester!)
World Fashion- 92 (A mixed level course, and it was soooo easy!)
And this semester I have French (Currently sitting at an 84) and Calculus (Currently 87). I'm also doing co-op with a landscape architect, and learning a ton of AutoCad, which I'm hoping will help me out for next year!
To get into University, you need 6 U/M courses. For most B. Arch programs, you will need atleast ENG4U and advanced functions, and probably calculus and physics. If I were you I'd find the easiest possible mixed courses to make up your last two courses (like my world fashion), so that you can focus your time on the courses that actually matter for uni, like math.
And finally, the last step in the process. Acceptances for other programs start rolling out around Christmas time. As a B.Arch applicant, prepare to sit back and wait patiently while all of your friends get accepted to their programs, because arch acceptances don't start coming out until the spring. I got accepted to U of T and Laurentian at the end of March, and Carleton this past week on April 21st. Honestly, you'll have friends who have been accepted to university while you're still working on your portfolios! It sucks but its worth it in the end. Architecture is a competitive program, but the feeling of getting in at the end is amazing.
Carleton for example only accepts 90 kids out of 700 applicants (or so they say), but a lot of those applicants don't stand a chance due to really bad portfolios and grades below the minimum average, and a lot more of those applicants end up refusing their offer when they get accepted to another school. So don't get freaked out by the numbers like I did. You DO have a chance of getting in, you just have to give it your best effort!
Wow this was long. I am not saying I know everything, I just wanted to share what I have learned, because I sure wish there was something like this ^^ when I was applying! If anybody has anything to add, please feel free! Goodluck! :)
Hi guys! I am really interested to join more extracurricular activities to challenge myself, gain leadership skills, and possibly increase my chance to get into a good university. DECA and Youth Parliament caught my attention, is there any other similar ECs out there in Ontario? (I live in ottawa)
Help! I still don't know what program I should go for!
I am thinking of doing CS or actuarial science. I don't really have background in any of this but I enjoy mathematics and am doing pretty well in it right now.
If I choose CS, I will have to learn some basic programming before going off to university. Some of the uni website mentioned that it is okay for me not to have any knowledge in programming though.
Also, I heard that compared to actuarial science, it is easier to find job with a CS degree?
If I choose actuary, well, I don't think a lot of people study it before going to university, so I won't be left too far behind, everyone will have fair start. But then it is tough to find a job now. Moreover there are many exams to take?
I've always been a music lover since I was little and my dream is to pursue a career in music composition. I'm also pretty decent at math and the sciences, which is why my parents and my family relatives wanted me to go into engineering. I've had many debates with my parents and it didn't work out. I thought maybe I should just give up my dreams and obey my parents since they've worked so hard to raise me. They even immigrated to Canada to work on low wage jobs in order for me to have a healthy environment and less rigorous education (I came from China).
So I stayed away from playing music in the past 8 months and focused on my academics. I was a slacker from grade 9-11 and my marks were in the 60s and 70s, and even 50s. Because I care a lot about pride and prestige, I worked really hard this year and competed against the top students in each of my classes, and I got accepted into U of T Electrical Engineering.
Getting the marks needed for engineering admission at U of T was a really big stretch for me because of how bad my foundations and study habits were in the lower grades. I've pissed off a lot of my friends and teachers this year because of how academically focused and stubborn I became. Some of them are going to different universities this year and I really regret not spending enough time with them. I don't even know if I'm going to enjoy my life as an engineering student and engineer. I can't switch into music because my parents will be disappointed in me and I will feel bad.
Is it worth sacrificing the things you enjoy doing and live on pride and live for others?
Hi everyone I'm looking for some feedback on comparing concurrent education programs at these three universities. I'm in grade 12, in the Extended French program, and I want to be a high school French/Math teacher.
My question is how do these three schools stack up in terms of:
1. Cost (I can't commute to any of the three) and financial support
2. Reputation and level of education (Why does everyone seems to look down on Brock?)
3. Opportunities for placements and then jobs after graduation
4. Location and social scene - I'm not really a partier but I do like to go out and I want a place where there are events and places to go to
Another thing that is important to me is I really want to continue music (I play flute) after high school. I know Brock has a bunch of options for non-music majors, but I don't know about the what sort of options the other two have.
I also heard that concurrent programs are very competitive so I was wondering about what my chances of getting into a Con. Ed program at these schools. This year I'm taking Chemistry (U), Calculus(U), Philosophy(U), French(U), Music(M) and English(U). I also took Advanced Functions last year and finished with a 95% and I'm taking grade 12 Spanish in Saturday school (98% in 11 Spanish). My cumulative average for the past 3 years has been a 94% and my grade 11 average was about 93.5%. My extracurriculars include band (section leader), choir, karate (which I also teach), prefects, altar serving, leader of my school's Spanish club, peer tutoring and volunteering as a camp leader. I also participated in the Concours d'art Oratoire for the past two years (last year I made it to provincials) and plan on doing it again this year. I also work part-time at Swiss Chalet if that even matters lol
Hi I am currently a grade 11 student, I have some questions about university application.
Some background info:
I took advanced function(96%), calculus and vectors(currently 90%, hope to get a 95 in end of the semester) this year, taking English, Religion(catholic school mandatory), data management in day school and Mandarin(U level) in Chinese school next year.
Leader of math club
Leader of youth group in my church
Black belt in Taekwondo, won international level tournaments
Drummer in a band
Member of school environment club and student council
Planning to become the leader of school environment club next year.
Planning to work and get a lot more volunteer hours in the coming summer.
Planning to join badminton team and manage badminton club next year.
1. To apply Queen's commerce, do I have to take business courses in high school? I know that it says English + 5 U or mix course on the admission website, but I am not quiet sure. Should I take few business courses? I still have plenty of time to change my course for next year.
2.Do my grade 11 marks really matter? I spend all my life focusing on the two maths and English this year, which caused my other grade 11 marks not really convenient ( low 80s to high 80s). I do believe my grade 12 marks will be good tho. I am confident to get95+ in data management and Mandarin, 90+ in religion. English is my second language so that is a problem, but I'm planning to get tutor for my writing skills during summer(I currently have a 80% in grade 11 English)
3. If I do manage to complete my plans, what are the chance I will get accepted by Queen's commerce?
4. What extracurricular activities would increase my chance to get in Commerce?
I am looking into becoming a CA, and aiming at the Math/CA program at Waterloo. In grade 10 my marks were brilliantly high (mid 90's). Now in grade 11... my marks have fallen ALOT. to mid 70's (specifically in Functions).
I am thinking of taking Advanced Functions at the 'Beacon House Private School' This is because there is a better teacher to student ratio, and that the marking is done very fairly. The goal of going there is to bring my Advanced Functions mark to high 90's. That being said will this affect my chances of getting into university? and will this not give me enough background knowledge of the subject for first year university?
Hi, I'm a student in Grade 11 at the moment and I have plans to going into a profession in the Health Care industry and most likely Dentistry.
I was thinking that Dentistry would be suitable for me considering I like business and also have an interest for sciences as it's a field where you can keep learning and improving yourself.
My goal ten years from now is to open up multiple practices and become a successful Dentist / Entrepreneur.
Considering that Dental school is a must for myself to become a dentist, I was considering going to a school that will allow me to attain the highest GPA possible and these are usually the schools that are less prestigious but also offer a great education!
As of now I am a 85% student and i'll be working much harder next year to be on top of my game to get those 90%'s.
Program: Trent Biology - Specializing in Health Sciences
Admission requirements: Low 70's and normal prerequisites.
Trent offers full-scholarship for having a top 6 of 90%+ upon admissions and this scholarship continues if you can maintain an 80%+ throughout undergrad.
^Would that program cover the prerequisites for Dental & Medical schools?
Admission requirements: Low 70's and normal prerequisites.
I'd like to hear from people that are in undergrad or at TrentU at the moment, how difficult is Trent?
and how's the atmosphere?
What are some other schools that I can attend, that will make my chances at attending Dentistry/Medical School higher?
What year of my undergrad can i apply for Dental / Medical school?
I am a student in first year architecture at Ryerson and if you have any questions regarding what this university got to offer you're welcome to ask. I know its decision time and there must be confusion and debates happening as to which university to choose so I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions
I'm a grade 12 student who is enrolling into Waterloo Computer Science (non-coop) this upcoming September.
I have no prior programming experience and I'm wondering what language I should start off with to prepare myself for Computer Science. I'm thinking about starting off with C++ as I heard it was one of the more complexer languages and it will make it easier on me when we begin with a more basic language in CS.
If anyone is in CS at any school, I'd like to hear your insight on what you think I should do to prepare myself for this upcoming fall season. I also would like to know if it would be better to go in with where I'm at (which is 0%) or if I should try to gain some sort of experience in programming to help prepare myself better. I'm hesitant as I heard that if I am not properly taught, I may form "bad coding habits" which will eventually be harder to fix later on.
I'm really nervous and intimidated by everyone going in with a lot of programming experience and I kind of want to enter on the same level as everyone else.
I would appreciate any feedback so please help a brotha out!
also if anyone could give me some advice on what I could do over the summer to land an intership.... yeaa