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Best windows laptop for college?
What is the best laptop for college? Quite frankly, I am not a huge gamer.
Computer Science (Info Tech) or a Grade 11 Course
I seriously need help peoples!! I can't decide whether or not I want to take Computer Science (I know it more by Info Tech, but whatev) next year, or if I should instead take a grade 11 course. Next year, I'll be going into grade 10, and in Info Tech grade 10, you learn Python (a programming language), which I am planning to learn by myself anyway, this summer (or will try to). I like Info Tech a lot, but I won't be going into the technology field after high school. I'm planning on going into the sciences.

In grade 10, I am taking Physics 11, but if I choose to not take Info Tech, then I was thinking of taking another Science course, most likely Chemistry 11 or Biology 11. I should probably also mention that I'll be applying for the IB Diploma Program for grade 11. I want my marks and courses to look impressive on my application. (The school that I will apply to for the IB Diploma, does not have the process where a Pre-IB student is able to go into IB. There, anyone can apply, and they do not have a Pre-IB Program.)

So, what should I do? Please help, because if I decide to change my course, then I have to talk to the counsellor a.s.a.p. I appreciate the help in advance!
I am trying to convince my parents to let me live on residence for University instead of commuting. I know the pro's that affect me but I want to be realistic and acknowledge the con's that my over protective parents will only see. Also knowing more pro's that I haven't acknowledged myself is good to add. Consider anything and everything that would be a pro or con for you personally because it just might resonate with me. Thanks in advance.
Scholarships available at UofT
Could someone please tell me all the first year admission scholarships for life sciences available at UofT based on academic success ONLY and for someone without financial need? Is the Dean's Scholarship of 2000 dollars for those with at least a 92% admission average the only scholarship I'm eligible for based on grades only and no financial need???
Do universities penalize online courses? Do you know anyone who has taken one?

Interested In:

Laurier BBA 
Waterloo AFM
The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

Royal Class/Elites/Master Race

-Investment Bankers, Consultant, Venture Capitalists, Politician

Noble Class

 - Doctors, Lawyer, Dentist, Pharmacists, Optometrists

Upper Class

-Chartered Accountants, Chartered Financial Analysts, Marketing Managers, Actuaries


Middle Class

-The rest

2nd Class citizens/Alien Race

-Engineers, Computer Scientist, Architects, Nurse

3rd Class citizens /Peasants

- Chemist, Biologist, Technician, Electrician, Plumber,


- Artist, Economists, Writers, Historian, Women’s Activist, Photographer and every other arts major who couldn’t get into law school

-Customer Service, Bank Teller, Bookkeeper, Cashier, and any other Labor job

Animal Kingdom/Pests

- The unemployed

High school and University majors choose your fate wisely!

I'm going into grade 12 and didn't do that well to my standards in Grade 11, I was wondering what all of you are doing in order to stay competitive for grade 12 math!
Grade 10 Electives, ECs, and Volunteer Hours
Hi! I've got lots of questions and by no means do you need to answer all of them!! Any would be extremely helpful. Thanks! :)

A little background info: 

I'm in Grade 10 right now.

My grade 9 marks were: (all academic)
English: 93% 
Religion:  96% 
Math: 97%
PE: 86%
Science: 91% 
Art: 86%
French: 89%
Geo: 98%

Overall Average - 92%.
My second semester average was 5% higher than my first semester, as I had settled into the new school and got into a routine, found a more efficient way of studying. 

ECs are:
Piano - I've completed my Grade 8 RCM piano (I got a 92 on the exam and 96 on the theory). I'm working towards my grade 9 RCM piano, and have completed the theory co-requisites (harmony and history). I teach my elderly neighbour the piano. I get 1st place at my local Kiwanis competitions and got a scholarship to attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp last summer (a fine arts camp in Western Michigan).  
I was a member of the Student Council at my school last year. I got on again this year and I think I will be able to get voted into a leadership position! I was really involved in it last year and the teachers like me. 
I volunteer at my local museum. 

My Grade 10 Courses are: (all academic)
Communications Tech

I'm also passionate about travelling, photography, current events, and reading novels! haha

I'm not sure what I want to do when I graduate university. People around my always push me to be a doctor or a lawyer. I like the idea of being a doctor but it's a ton of schooling and high stress with lots of hours. I'm really good at arguing so I think I'd be a good lawyer. I know for sure that I would not like to do anything to do with computer science or engineering. Also, I don't think I want to go into music as it seems like there isn't many well-paying jobs in that field.  I haven't narrowed down what I want to be yet but I do have some ideas: lawyer (maybe human rights or international?), journalism, or diplomat. 

Oh, and I'm a dual citizen (Canada/UK)

Sorry for the giant wall of text! Here are my questions:

1. How much do RCM exams help with getting into good universities? I'm not sure whether to stop at grade 10 piano and just keep it as a hobby from there on, or to try and at least start working on my ARCT before uni.

2. What are some good ECs that wouldn't take up a ton of my time? I feel like I have a lot on my plate already and I don't want to feel overwhelmed/let my grades suffer. I was thinking maybe getting involved with a school charity group like MeToWe? I'm not good at sports/athletics so that's pretty much out. 

3. Is it worth the effort to try and get more than the 40 minimum volunteer hours? I'm really enjoying volunteering at the museum so I'd like to continue doing lots of that. 

4. I'm not sure whether I should switch my communications course to something like spanish or business. I got a low-ish mark in art last year, and the marking of courses like communications and the arts are subjective. So, I think I maybe should switch it to a course that's marking is not subjective. Thoughts?

Thanks for all the help?

Thoughts on job prospects with International Relations/International Development majors?
I'm considering majoring in either IR or IDV - they both look really interesting to me. What are job prospects like with these? I'd be willing to double major in either IR or IDV and either a language or economics. My best subjects are math and geography at the moment. I enjoy learning languages too, so I think these would be a good fit. What kind of careers can you pursue with these majors?
Vic, Trin, or UC?
Which is the best college in terms of atmosphere, people, making friends, everyday life?
I enjoy being social the majority of the time, love meeting new people, love culture and literature (if that helps). I was thinking Vic, suggestions?
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

Can someone tell me what Mcgill thinks of private school done courses?

I am interested in Business - Desautels Faculty of management
Off-Campus Living?
Any tips for someone who will be living off campus their first year of university? Thanks in advance!
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.
Best Place to Purchase Textbooks?
Hey guys. I'm beginning to receive emails about textbooks and workbooks that I need for my courses. Seems like I already need 3 types for just one course -.- Stressssssss. 
Where can I find all the textbooks I need at the best price (I'm talking cheaper used TB unless there's no other way). I'm also more than willing buying them online.
Would renting be a good option too or nawh?
Lastly, how long does it usually take to deliver? I'm guessing I would need everything the Profs recommend by the first day of school ....?
Thanks in advance 
Do Professors care if you are late to class?
So i got my timetable for University today. I have classes back to back. Will I get into trouble for going to class late because my classes are not in the same building.
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.
Please stop with these inappropriate/unhelpful comments, thank you very much
I am (and I'm pretty sure a lot of other people are) seeing quite a few inappropriate or unhelpful comments. What I mean by that is things like "go sleep with your prof"  or "oh you're just butthurt because you got rejected"

If you are not going to provide any constructive answers to people's questions, don't bother replying. Simple as that. People (including me) have been complaining how the website is now horrible compared to the old SA forums, and honestly, if you really want it to improve, stop trolling and actually participate in helpful discussions and provide helpful advice/answers instead of telling OP to get in bed with their admissions officer. The forum is lacking quite a bit of helpful discussions due to people trolling around. 

This website is for people to ask questions & get advice about colleges,universities, education, careers, etc. Not for you to troll around. Remember that. People who post questions actually want a decent and helpful answer. 

In the wise words of Thumper from Bambi:
"If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all"

PS: Using the "Post Anonymously" link doesn't actually provide you with full anonymity. Mods still know who you are. Even though they are posted by "anonymous", they are linked to your account. 
University of Guelph's Reputation?
What kind of reputation does U of G have? Good? Bad? Just certain programs? etc. Any input  and personal experiences are welcome. Thanks in advance!
Do I Need a Laptop For University?
Does everyone have a laptop at university? Is there some courses that you NEED it for? Some you never use it for? Looking at the required course of my programs academic calendar I will be taking: Biology of Plants & Animals in Managed Ecosystems, Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology, Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Equine Management, Financial Accounting, Principles of Animal Care and Welfare, General Chemistry 1, Soil Science, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Management Accounting, Pasture Management, Statistics for Business Decisions. Anyone take some of these courses? If so did you need a laptop, and how did you find the courses in general?