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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.
Will i get accepted to University with bad grade 11 marks?

I am currently in grade 12 and i have applied to 3 Universities

1) Carleton University

2) University of Toronto - Mississauga

3) Brock University

I am so scared that I might not get accepted because my grade 11 marks were extremely bad. I had my own personal issues that prevented me from not doing so well(not an excuse) and I'm afraid it might have a really big impact on whether or not I get http://accepted.My grade 11 marks were

1) Chemistry 39 %

2) English 41%

then did summer school to upgrade it 72%

4) Law 50%

5) Religion 58%

6) Math 58%

7) Biology 50%

Yea... its reallyyyyy bad. But my current year i have actually been doing well and I'm hoping to get an average between 85-90 and I'm applying for POLITICAL SCIENCE, so is there any chance i will get accepted????

Please help.. getting accepted would mean the world to me.
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How to get better at writing essays
Okay this question might seen really cheesy but how do I get better at writing essays.  I feel as if I keep getting level 3's on essay and I'm tired of that.
Graduating high school with no friends?
Man, I feel hella sad
I moved to a new school in a good area in Grade 10, tried to make friends
And its grade 12, I'm graduating with no squad I actively chill with

I have a lot of people that talk to me at school, say hi to in the halls, want to work with me when it comes down to school stuff

But no squad to call my own. No friends that invite me out.

All of the people at my school have their groups made since grade 9, and even before since middle school. It's so hard to find a place where I just fit in man

I tried getting to be friends with one group of people, but despite all my friendliness and my efforts showing that I see them as friends outside of school, they ignore me and don't see me in the same way

I try to invite them out places, but they never come through. And when it comes down to their stuff (movies, birthdays etc) they don't invite me out

And now I'm graduating Grade 12, no real friends that I chill with outside of school
I'm not an awkward person, I play basketball casually, but idk man

I'm normally a guy not fazed by sh*t like this, but when I saw my friend posting pics of his birthday party on his snapchat story, I got kinda sad :/

What should I do :/
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SCH4U (Grade 12 Chemistry) Discussions
This is a thread for the discussion about grade 11/12 chemistry. General discussions about the course, specific questions, studying guides, strategies etc can all be posted here.

Here is the Ontario Curriculum for Grade 12:
1. Organic Chemistry(now a HUGE unit since hydrocarbon unit is no longer in the grade 11 curriculum)
2. Structures and Properties in the Quantum level
3. Energy and rate of reaction
4. Chemical systems and equilibrium
5. Electrochemistry

For those who finished this course, which unit do you think is the easiest? hardest? general comments? How does grade 11 compare to grade 12?
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If Canadian Business schools = USA Business Schools

If Canadian Business schools = USA Business Schools, then the rankings would be:

1. Ivey = Stanford

2. Queen’s = Upenn (Wharton)

3. McGill = Harvard

4. Sauder = MIT (Sloan)

5. Schulich =Chicago(Booth)

6. Rotman = Berkley (Haas)

7. Laurier = NWU (Kellog)

8. Degroote = Columbia

9. Ryerson = NYU (Stern)

10. Algoma = Yale

Note: Not trying to offend anyone, this is for fun, and I didn’t include the animal kingdom schools

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What university has the best girls?
What university has the best girls?
Rating can be dependant on hotness, attitude and how wild the girls are at each university. 
P.S. Please don't post any feminist crap on this thread. 

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Retaking Advanced Functions online
I took advanced functions online with ILC. To be honest, doing courses online can both be really easy or really hard depending on the type of person that you are. I work really fast and I grasps concepts really easily so I was fine working alone. But if you're not very good with mathematics in general you will find it to be a bit difficult. The good thing about your situation is that you are currently enrolled in normal high school while taking your online course so if you should ever have any problems you could simply walk up to one of your math teachers in school and ask for help. They love it when students ask for help! ahah at least my old teachers did. Good luck to you and I hope you do well!
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repeated courses and university of Waterloo
hi i am thinking about repeating advanced function in night school next year, i am currently a grade 11 student do advanced functions, what effect will this have on my chances of getting in. i am repeating the course because i am not getting as well of a grade that i would like to get. i want to apply to the life sciences in Waterloo.

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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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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!
If I go for the SHSM program, will I be able to take Biology + Chemistry?
I hear you only have a choice to pick one and I can't pick one, since I need Chemistry for my Career. Please help me. Thanks in advance!
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Becoming a part-time student in high school
I'm in Grade 12 in Ontario and I already have five U/M credits because I took a math course over the summer and had a full load of four courses in Semester 1. In Semester 2, I have two U/M courses but couldn't get another U/M elective of my choice because everything is wait-listed, so I accepted an open course as a placeholder, thinking I'd get into one of the U/M courses when someone dropped out. That's not happening, and the open course is useless, so I want to just stick with the other two. Maybe I'll pick up a part-time job or take a course through a private on-line high school. My problem is that the Guidance department is telling me I can't drop the useless open course because it would make me a part-time student and the principal isn't approving anyone becoming a part-time student until April! Can they do that? I don't want to have to waste my time in this stupid course until April when I could be doing something more productive with my life.
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Ryerson university, Creative Industries
hey, So i'm in grade 12 and i am probably gonna have around an 80 average when applying to university. I was wondering if anyone knew how competitive the Creative Industries program is at Ryerson?

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Blyth academy and e-courses
Is blyth academy online any good, for thise who have used it. Can you (from personal experience) recommend any other good online summer schools in ontario for gr 11 functions. I dont want a half ass course that doesnt cover everything i need to know. Thanks.
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Business Schools
Hi, I want to pursue a career in business, but I don't know which school to go to. I've heard great things about Laurier's  BBA program, plus if you get into their co-op it gives you an extra edge because of work experience. But what about other programs, like Schulich at York, Ivey at Western, Degroote, or Brock? What sets those programs apart, because I've heard now that a BBA is now very general, and employers look for experience, which Laurier offers, but none of these do. 
Can I please have an unbiased opinion, not which school is best based on where you go, also can you state your experience?
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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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How to get a 90's average? Tips & tricks? Business Schools
Im currently a grade 11 student and I'd like to know how all of you pull of 90+ averages in grade 12, I've tried really hard and all I can get myself is into the 85-88% range which is not good enough for b-schools (Ivey,Schulich,Queens)

However my EC's are solid!

Going into grade 12 in sep, any help on how to achieve this? study habits etc.?
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I'm really depressed right now. Don't know what to do. HELP :( :( :(
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? 
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ilc course HSC4MA
Hi everyone, so I'm taking my first online course with the ilc and I just have a few questions. Every activity in the units requires me to answer small questions about articles and lectures but when answering you can show the suggested answer then update yours. Which just seems kind of pointless, could I not just show the answer every time and then write something similar? Also at the end of the unit you have your assignment which is marked, so I'm guessing all the other small questions aren't marked. Since I have already done a year and a half in college, these end unit assignments are easy for me and I don't need to do many of the activities. So would I be allowed to just do the end assignments or do they look at and mark everything???

Thanks so much any advice on this would be great!
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