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Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

Example:              1. My trusty Herschel backpack
                               2. Red TOMS shoes
                               3. My lucky pen
                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

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League of Legends at uni!
Hey guys!
I'm in grade 12, and I'm having a hard time making a decision on the uni I want to go to. I was wondering, which unis have a league of legends club/team/community? Dw, this is not my main uni decision making factor, just a small factor that will help me decide since I really enjoy playing league! BTW the unis I applied to were Waterloo, Laurier, York, & UTM, so sticking to these ones would help, but would love to hear about other unis as well! 
Thanks!
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Why Making Goals for the New Year Might be a Good Idea
Life gets hectic, especially for students. Sometimes it feels like we can get stuck in a hectic cycle of never-ending work, sleep, and classes. It’s important to establish a few goals to fully understand what you want to accomplish on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. The new year is right around the corner, so it’s about time to pull out that new calendar and mark a few things into your schedule. 

1. Daily Goals: Setting a goal for your daily life is a big undertaking. It takes determination and perseverance to stick to a daily goal. I would recommend that if you do make a daily goal for the new year, don’t make it too big. For example, maybe you want to start keeping a daily journal. Even just spending 10 minutes doing this each day is an accomplishment.

2. Weekly Goals: Dedicate a bit of time each week, whether it be on the weekend or mid-week, on relaxing or doing something you enjoy. Even if you’re stressed and have lots to do, your mental health is important! Block off a special hour or two every week to curl up with a book, take a nap, listen to music, or another relaxing activity. (I would recommend staying away from your phone and have more of an inward focus during this time.)

3. Monthly Goals: These goals can be a bit larger. What’s something you want to accomplish by the end of one month? Maybe you want to write a song. Maybe you want to complete a new piece of art. Maybe you want to learn origami, or write some letters for relatives or friends. It could be anything. You can work on your monthly goal whenever you have some spare time. 

4. A Goal For the Year: This could be a large-scale goal. It could even be related to your monthly goals. (For example, if you write a song every month, you could have an album by the end of the year.) Maybe your annual goal is to learn a new language. It could also be a more simple goal, like meeting 10 new people, or doing 10 random acts of kindness for strangers.

Personally, I’ve found that making goals and following through with them has been a very enriching experience, as it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and it gives your days more meaning. In fact, having things to work towards has pushed me to get my schoolwork done more efficiently too.

Let us know what goals you’re setting for the New Year in the comments below!


 -Rachel H, yconic student ambassador
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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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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Anybody enjoying those very fun yet extremely time consuming videogames?
Guess it is just me until University starts.
Shouts to the upcoming ((Destiny))
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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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Any ECs that are similar to DECA or Youth Parliament?
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)
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Which laptop
Hey guys i had a question on which laptop i should get. I was thinking of getting an ACER v15 nitro black edition because i know im also going to use it for gaming but a lot of people are telling me to get a mac. Do any of you guys know if macs are any good for gaming and just regular day to day use? oh and my budget is around $1200 CAD, thanks :D
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What is an easy course for Grade 10?
So I'm taking a summer school course for grade 10 for history (CHC2D1) and I'm planning to take 1 easy course in grade 10 to alleviate stress and to focus on my seven courses now that history is out of the way. Unfortunately, I can't take a spare.


 

Current Courses for grade 10:

English - ENG2D1

Math - MPM2D1

Science - SNC2D1

Civics and Careers - CIVCAR

French - FSF2D1

Business - BBI2O1 
Intro to Computer Studies - ICS2O1    


Courses that seems interesting:


 
Beginning Strings - AOS2O2
 
Beginning Keyboard - AMK2O2
 
Japanese Academic - LKJBD1
 
Individual and Small group Activities (Racquet Sports) - PAI2O1
 
Technological Design - TDJ2O1
 
Hospitality and Tourism - TFJ2O1
 
Communications Technology TGJ2O1


 

Let me know if there is any other courses you'd recommend!

Laptop Recommendation For Business
Hi, I'm going to Queens for Commerce next year, and I'm planning on buying a new laptop. My budget is $1000, and I need something with good battery life, mobility, and storage space. Having good graphics, sound and all the other fun stuff is also preferred. What laptop would you recommend buying? A lot of my friends are buying Macbooks, so what are your thoughts on those? Thanks.
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ryerson chemical engineering chance?
Hey guys I'm really worried whether or not I'll be accepted to ryerson Chem eng coop. My average is 82.8 (disappointed ik). but is that good enough. Thanks
So I want to major in Computer Science, especially in Canadian schools.
I've gathered tht Scarborough UofT CS has one of the better programs, together with Waterloo. Any other colleges I should go for? Thing is, I don't know how I should apply. Currently a permanent resident studying in the US, Junior year.
Cryptocurrencies
Anyone mine or trade?
I started Dogecoins last night, almost have 10 Doge-dollars.
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Take on Seneca's IFS and BSD program / YorkU's CS.
I've been accepted into Seneca's Software Development program but not the Informatics and Security and they have the same requirements. Can they only offer one acceptance at a time? 
Is residence at Seneca good?

http://www.senecacollege.ca/fulltime/BSD.html -  Software Development
http://www.senecacollege.ca/fulltime/IFS.html - Informatics and Security

Is York U's CS program any good not compared to the other programs other universities offer?

I've also been accepted into York U's CS program. Currently in last year of high school, I didn't feel like University was my thing so I leaned towards College however now that I have an offer I thought I should at least consider it. I took Calculus but I dropped it and theory wise I wasn't interested or motivated at all to do most of the math otherwise I would've applied to the better renowned CS programs at Waterloo or UofT. I've tried looking into the program however I couldn't find anything.
I strive to be part of the game developing industry and I've also been accepted into George Brown's game programming program however it only offers an advanced diploma in a 3-year program. Is this something I should consider going into in the future?

http://www.georgebrown.ca/T163-2014-2015/
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