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applying for university
Im in grade twelve. I take my pre calculus and chemistry online (i attend a local school on the linear system for the rest of my courses). I Finished pre calc 11 and chem 11 at the end of November. I have started both chem 12 and pre calc 12 and am about half way done both. Since Pre calculus 11 and Chemistry 11 aren't on my term one, but will be on term two am i able to apply for universities?
is Software Engineering for me?
How is it that people know what they want to do? I'm interested in software engineering but I am not exactly sure if it's is a good fit for me. What would be a good criteria? I enjoy and am good at my computer science and math classes. Would that mean software engineering is a good fit?
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What are you doing during the winter break?
Hey yconic, 

What are you planning on doing for the winter break? For some of us in university, we don't really have readings/exams to study for but it would be a great time to apply for scholarships  or apply for summer jobs/internships/co-ops 

For all of you in high school, have you considered started applying for scholarships yet? Even though the major third party ones (Loran, TD) are over, there are a lot of other smaller scholarships you should look into. 

Tell me what your doing during the break below ;)
Undergrad Decision Making
So I'm looking to hopefully go into medicine in the future and I'm having some trouble deciding on an undergrad. I'm interested in the sciences (more bio and chem than physics). 
So far, i really enjoy these:

Western- Med Sci
McMaster-  Med Sci (I don't know if this exists, the process is really confusing to me on the website) 
Guelph- Bio-Med 
Uni of Ottawa- Biomed science (LAST RESORT)

Anyone give me some insight on some of these programs, or recommend me other similar ones for the same uni or different unis (preferably in Ontario) 
rotman commerce colleges?
I'm confused.
Even if I won't be living on residence I have to apply to one of the colleges but whats the purpose of it? what good does it do? what are the benefits? I heard that some are more prestige than others because of the curriculum or something.
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KhanAcademy Videos on Different Careers
Just bumped into this and thought I would share, because I would have loved to have this when I was in high school.

Khan Academy has started a YouTube series interviewing lots of people in diverse jobs on what they do, how much they make, and how they got the job:

Hope you guys will find this as interesting as I do :)
New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a new Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- basically any other questions you might have!

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

Worried about science grade 10
Hi all, so recently Ive not done great in science and Im wondering if it will really affect me next year - right now my marks are:
Math - 99
English - 97
Tech - 91
Science - 85
Will this hurt me next year when Im taking Bio and Chem (two subjects that I did bad on)? I know grade 10 marks don't matter but its been bothering me, thanks!
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I'm Worried Please Help...
Recently I have been stressing out over school and whether or not I will get into a university. I had the following marks in the 10th grade.
Math - 84
Science - 88
English - 96
Business - 91

My 11th year grades currently
Math - 78 - 84
Physics - 87
Bio - 82
French - 86
Extra Curricular - On varsity soccer and basketball team as a starter
(keep in mind I am still in my first semester for Grade 11)

I want to do something business related in my near future and am hoping to get into a good university. 

First of all, I am wondering if I am applying for a course like Business studies would my grades for math and bio count/will they count my grade 11 marks at all?

Also if anyone is in uni at the moment which is ranked at least above top 40, what grades did you need to get in?

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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Student Success Skills (Part 2)
Short-Term Goals

Thinking about the future can be a stressful thing, and as a result, it may be difficult to act towards the "bigger picture." So, by setting short-term goals accomplishing the larger goal becomes more attainable. These goals include things like: tests, homework or a good attendance. 

Try setting goals at least once every two weeks to meet that long-term goal.

My favorite part of goal setting is the reward. After achieving your goals, think about how you are going to reward yourself so you have an extra incentive to do work. 

Another tip is to write them down (goal description, achievement date, reward), so you can see what you've achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future. COntinually ask yourself, during this process, "Are these goals helping me perform better?" and "Will this short-term goal help me reach my long-term goal?"

Letting others know about your personal goals, and educating yourself about what other people are doing to do better can be beneficial. So, what are your short-term goals?  

Anyone in Ryerson's RTA or Journalism program?
For anyone who is in Ryerson's RTA or Journalism program!

A) How are you liking it?
B) Was it hard to get in (What was your average and how long did it take?)
C) How is the workload like assignments and projects?
D) What is your game plan afterwards?

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Hard Semester
I got thrown into a hard semester (Advanced Functions, Chemistry, Physics, English) and am doing decently (high 80 average at the moment). I was wondering if universities know and acknowledge this in some way when giving acceptances.
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SHAD 2018
I am currently a grade 10 student in BC, Canada.
I'm applying for SHAD this year and the deadline is Nov. 20, so I'm trying to get some last minute advice on my application, especially the essay portion. Is there anybody that has some advice in applying for SHAD???
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Upcoming grade 12s, what program are you applying to?
What are you guys trying to get into (could write top 3 university and program) and what are you aiming for career wise? Any reason why? Would love to hear!
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What are some scholarships for Canadian students?
Post-secondary education can get really expensive. Even though you may have decided getting a bank loan or applying to OSAP is the way to go when it comes to funding your education, scholarships could still help lessen or even cover all of your tuition and expenses. Here are four scholarships for Canadian students:

1. Loran Award (Deadline: October 25)

The Loran Scholars Foundation's Loran Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Canada. According to their website, they "offer four-year undergraduate awards valued at $100 000 to young Canadians on the basis of character, service and the promise of leadership." The deadline is on Wednesday, so get your applications in ASAP.

More info: http://www.loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar

2. Scotiabank National Scholarship (Deadline: November 2)

Brought to you by yconic and Scotiabank, the Scotiabank National Scholarship is back! There are $80 000 in awards available for yconic members. All you have to do is answer this scholarship question in 150 words or less: What word, quote, or phrase best represents your life as a student and why?

More info: https://yconic.com/program/scotiabank-national-scholarship/?utm_source=website_yconic&utm_medium=text_link_award_details&utm_campaign=sbnknationalscholarship

3. TD Scholarships for Community Leadership (Deadline: November 17)

The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership is open to Canadian students in their final year of high school or CEGEP. Students who are making a positive change in their communities could get a scholarship valued up to $70 000. 

More info: https://www.tdcanadatrust.com/products-services/banking/student-life/scholarship-for-community-leadership/index.jsp?cid=DFA:20256589:2951408:204277200:92459812

4. RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship (Applications will open in November)

The RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship is open to graduating high school, CEGEP, and post-secondary students. There are $150 000 in scholarships available for "Canadian students showing a passion to lead and inspire positive change in their community."

Applications are not open yet, but you can find more info about it here: https://scholarships.rbc.com/StudentsLeadingChange.aspx

Best of luck in your applications! 

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AMA: Student Council, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes 
- Attended Private school and Catholic school 
- Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
How do you write a personal profile/personal statement?
For some post-secondary programs, admissions might ask applicants to complete a personal profile or a personal statement. It’s likely that what you’re applying for is VERY competitive. Completing a personal profile or a personal statement is beneficial, as it allows admissions to learn more about you instead of just solely basing their decisions on your academic record. 

So… What exactly is a personal profile or a personal statement? 

Essentially, it’s a short essay about YOU. Specifically, this is where you get the chance to explain why you’ve decided to apply to their program, talk about your future goals, and relate how your extra-curricular involvement has shaped you, your goals, and aspirations.

How do you write one that stands out? 

When you’re completing your personal profile or personal statement, remember that it has to be personal. Don’t just write what you think admissions would want to read. Be passionate about it. Instead of just listing all of your achievements, talk about the impact you’ve made in those activities and its impact on you. 

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself when writing: 

- What made me decide to apply to this program? How does this relate to my future career goal?
- What inspired me to pursue my future career goal? 
- What makes me, my life or my experiences different from everyone else?
- In what ways did my extra-curricular activities or community involvement shape my goals and aspirations? How did they shape me into who I am now? 

Best of luck! :)

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How do university exams differ from high school?
Since it's prime midterms season in university, I'm wondering as a high school student, what are the biggest differences between taking an exam in high school versus in university, in your experience. Every professor will have a different way of administering tests, of course, but what can one expect? Is there much difference between the two?
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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey

Biofuel and GMO program/career??
what kind of program should I go into if I am interested in biofuels and genetically modified organisms? Is this something in Life Science? Are these under what a biotechnologist would work with or something under biomedical sciences or...do I have the wrong idea?
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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
What Made You Pick Your University?
I'm in grade 12 right now and looking at different universities. I've got local choices and 1-2 out of the province that I think would be a good fit for me. So I'm wondering what made you guys pick the university you're attending? Did you study at a school close to home or did you make a big move? Why that specific university?