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OUAC/ Dropped Course
So I finally got my OUAC Access Code Information. I went online and made my account, I saw that it says that I am currently enrolled in a class I dropped out of like last week. What should I do?
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Can multiple people from the same school get accepted?
What are the chances for two people in the same school to get into the same program? I’m talking about programs like AFM in Waterloo and Accounting in Brock? 

My friend and I want to go to the same program so we are planning to work together to get, however I would like to know the chances of both of us getting in..
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Grade 12 Essay Writing Contest - Credit Education Week
Hey guys, 

I was wondering if anyone applied for the grade 12 essay contest with credit education week. The topic this year was "what is the dumbest thing you have done with your money and what did you learn from it?"
I am curious to know if anyone knew when they would be announcing the winner and will they call or email?

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#Askyconic - What to Expect from University or College
Should you live at home or rez? Is attending Frosh worth it? Is it hard to make friends in uni? When am I expected to pay for tuition? how do manage my loan?

First year is a challenge, but you are up to the task! With a little help from our student hosts...

Follow us and join us on Facebook LIVE for a very special edition of #Askyconic on Wednesday August 2nd at 6 pm EST. as our student hosts answer all your questions about starting post-sec.

No question is too hard or stupid. Leave 'em all in the comments below! Don't forget to come back to this thread after the show, as we will be posting the resources we shared. 

PS. Be nice! Inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
Bad transition to uni, any advice? (pre-med)
Hi everyone!

So I'm currently in my first year of uni and I have taken 2 midterms so far. I'm not doing as well as I thought, considering my grades have dropped by at least 10%  (teachers are right when they say your average may drop by that much!). I averaged in the 90s as a high school student and now I'm in the low 80s. I am planning on changing my study habits, but I'm not sure on how to do so.

I'm wondering if there's anyone who had a successful first year in university, and would like to give tips and advice not just to me, but to others who are also poorly transitioning into post secondary. :)

Thank you in advance!

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First Year Ryerson Student AMA
Hey guys! So I am a first year student at Ryerson studying BTM and I wanted to make this post to help students who are planning to attend Ryerson next year. I was in grade 12 too, so I know how stressful it can be. I will me more than happy to answer any questions you have about the Business program at Ryerson or just questions in general
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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 Was Your Biggest Worry Going Into University?
Hey Everyone! 

I am curious about what your biggest worry was going into university, or if your are still in high school, what is your biggest worry about the transition? 

For me, it was definitely managing my time. I am very active in sports as well as leadership activities. Time management was something that I struggled with with studying in my first year, but keeping track of everything in my agenda and creating priority chats was super helpful! 

Looking forward to hearing your responses :) 

yconic Student Ambassador 
McMaster Health Science FIRST YEAR (AMA)!!! Premed, applying, scholarships...
I'm a first year in BHSc at McMaster. Yconic was my life last year in grade 12 and I found all the forums really helpful so I thought I'd make my own. Feel free to ask me anything about the application process, what the program is actually like, or my extracurriculars and stuff. If you're feeling super stressed about anything and need to vent...I get it. I was in your shoes. 

I applied also to:
Western Med Sci
Queen's Science and QUARMS
UBC Science
McGill Science

My average was 98%
Easy Uni for Comp Science
What are universities that are easy to get accepted into Comp Science? If you know some Uni can you please list their average of acceptance and their last year cut off for a for sure acceptance? 

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AMA: McMaster Health Sciences, Level 1 Student
Title says all. I empathize heavily with the premature, second-week-of-Grade-12 anxiety about university admissions. Not to mention, I relied on these forums to ease whatever feelings I had last year, so it's only natural that I give back.

Seriously, AMA. (ex. What Grade 12 courses did I take? What are some tips for the supp-app? What is BHSc even like? Is it the right program for me and my learning style?) 

Even if I'm not  the best source of info regarding a topic, I'm surrounded by enough people everyday that someone's ought to have an answer for you.
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Which extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
Whether you may be in high school or university, there are many clubs, sports, and student groups that you can participate in. Being involved helps you gain leadership skills, network, and build your resume.

Which extra-curricular activities are/were you involved in?
Has your involvement impacted and helped you decide on a career path in some way?

yconic Student Ambassador
St. Michael's College School vs Upper Canada College
Anybody have any experiences with these two schools? Which is better?
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Extra Semester/Year?
I am currently in Grade 12. I think I am doing fine in my courses but honestly, I have no clue what program or what I want to do as a career. It's as if a huge weight has been placed on my shoulders and won't be gone until I choose. I was extremely confused during Ontario University Fair, as I did not have a clue what to ask or talk about. All I really know is that I want to be able to help people. I thought I would be fit as a doctor, but then I am not the best at memorization or application in regards to bio. Plus, I don't enjoy it as much as I enjoy chemistry and physics. I think I only enjoy human anatomy. But apparently grade 12 chemistry is a whole different story and physics gets more complicated in university, though this is not necessarily true for everyone. Should I take an extra semester or year, to explore other courses like computer technology, business (I have never taken a business course in my life) or physics? Would universities in Canada and outside Canada (US and UK) be less inclined to accept me into their programs?
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Fast Tracking courses?

I am currently a grade 11 student attending an average high school in Ontario. I have a high 90s average and I'm currently considering going to the Ivy Leagues for unversityi. However, I have noticed that quite a lot of my friends have "fast tracked' their courses, meaning that they have taken grade 12 courses in grade 11 and so forth. I suppose this would allow students to take more courses and have spares in grade 12. Since my school does not offer AP or any other challenging courses, this would be considered the most rigorous program at my school.

However, I have only taken university level grade 11 courses this year and I am slightly concerned that my courses aren't rigorous enough to be considered for Ivy Leagues, despite my high average.  Any advice would be appreciated. :)

Ps. I am also trying to boost my ECs but I currently don't have any national awards or anything. I play a sport and an instrument which I am both fairly good at and I also recently started a research program at a local university.

I have still yet to take my SATs

Thanks in advance!
Should I retake Advanced Functions?
I took Adv. Functions in summer school and I got a 90. My parents want me to retake it in the regular school year so I can get a high 90 in the course to maximize my top 6 average. I'm gonna be applying to McMaster Health Science, Western Medical Science. What do you guys think?
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First Year McMaster Life Science: AMA
yconic really helped me last year but unfortunately there weren't many people that were in this program on yconic. I can try to answer any questions related to McMaster, my program, what I applied to, residence, etc.. 

Applied to: 
McMaster Life Science and Health Science 
Western Medical Science 
Queen's Science 
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Course Balance
Hey, so far this semester I have the most critical subjects that are necessary for the university I'm planning to go to (applying to UofT, Waterloo, Carleton, and uOttawa) as I'm a grade 12 student currently. I just need a few tips for the current year I'm in as my target for the marks I want is 95% + in each course, as well as, I'm looking forward to increasing my extracurricular involvement around the school/community and get a part-time job.

The courses I have this semester are: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (taking a spare too)

Next semester are: Biology, Calculus and Vectors, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science

Any tips or thoughts?

never done homework, paid attention in class or studied in my life, now its biting me in the ass and i dont know what to do
All my life ive been pretty successful in terms of school and grades. I didnt really need to put any effort or try in school because it was easy through grades 1-10. The plan is to go down the science route but the foundation isnt there as a result of never doing anything in school. In grade 11, i did nothing and my marks suffered although i ended with a 75% average. Now in grade 12 i feel as though my level of knowledge is still in grade 10. I just dont know what to do.. im now close to 2 months into grade 12 and i havent done anyrhing about it yet cos theres so much to know and learn for the 3 sciences and maths i dont know how to catch up. The textbooks are confusing and paying attention in class is useless to me at this point because as i said, the foundation isnt there. For example, how am i supposed to understand projectile motion and watever if my knowledge on grade 11 kinematics isnt there. Its easy to say go to teachers for help and use online resources but the problem is i dont know where to start. you can even tell that my writing skills are very poor and its the result of never reading books or doing anything in english classes.
  Despite all this im going to shoot high and try for one of the better programs such as mac life sci or integrated sci. I just need to know What i can do to catch up right now and learn everything i missed out on all my life.  
Thanks in advance
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Approach to schoolwork in high school vs university
So this topic I think is pretty relevant to many people on yconic. For many of you in high school, you always hear that university is this massive jump from high school because there is a ton of work and it's easy to fall behind. It been almost two months of university for me now and I notice that I've changed A LOT in terms of how I approached schoolwork. So I wanna share some reflections I have of my work ethic now (in first year) vs my work ethic back in high school. 

-Work in university in much faster than in high school. Most of your work is done outside of lecture so doing readings prior to class is super important. Unlike in high school, consistency is key. If you are consistent in keeping up to speed with readings, you will have an easier time understand what is being discussed in class. 

-Making notes is key. In high school, I never made a single page of notes. I would just binge the chapters in the textbook that were being tested on the night before the test. However, in university, I find that there is so much being tested on at once that reading the textbook the night before is just ineffective. Rather, making precise and accurate notes is more effective as a test preparation strategy than binge reading. 

-Coming to class is less important. In high school, class was from 8-4 every day and it was hard to legitimately explain why you missed a class. However, in university, no one cares if you show up. I've skipped class to finish work in other classes. Not only that, you spend on average 4-5hrs a week on a class so skipping one class isn't a big deal. In university, you find that even if you skip a lecture, you can easily catch up by reviewing the lecture slides/presentation posted in class and reading the textbook. 

If you're in high school, do you often hear that university is a big jump? Have you developed a good work ethic already or are you still kind of slacking? If you're in university, have you had the same experience as me? Do you agree/disagree with me?
Should I drop functions in school and take a private school course?
I've had 2 tests so far in advanced functions so far and I've bombed both, one 80%, the other 40%(lol). I want to go far Mac health sci, life sci and integrated sci. I was wondering if I should stay and work my butt off or dip and go for private school for the mark. Also do the mac programs i mentioned care whether the course is taken through private school or not?

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Low math marks in grade 12
I have a really stressful problem. I would say I am fairly good at math. In the past years I always maintain between 75-86% on my tests. However, since grade 12 has started, I'm doing miserably!!! I'm taking Advanced Functions and even though the textbook questions relatively easy, the tests aren't. Or I should say, the tests my teacher gives requires a lot of thinking and to be honest, my thinking skills are lacking so much. I keep getting 50-60% and midterms are released November 15th and it's honestly making me so stressed because I know I can do it but I'm not able to think as I am required to. There was an instance where once I finished writing the test, I knew the answers to the questions but I hadn't known the solution method while writing the test.

What can I do to improve my marks? Once again, I'm not lazy, I'm very concerned about my marks so I always am organized and consistent with my work. I'm just unsure how to acquire better thinking skills.

When I think about my relatives and my friends, I actually feel stupid. They always get high 90's and I usually do too in business or social science. I've always had an interest in math so what are ways to study effectively
Also, I'm not just moping around. 
Highest Paying Trade?
What are the highest paying trade in the industry? How much do Mechanic makes?

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Any advice / tip for making university applications more appealing?
Hi guys, what are some suggestions you have for a grade 12 student to make their application more appealing to universities other than academic grades? I want to go into business - management or human resources. I am kind of worried because I haven't taken any AP classes, and im not in any programs like PEP. I don't do any sports or fine arts except for going to the gym. I am looking into and signing up for volunteer work but I'm not sure where. Or if you have any other tips/advice in generall please comment below!! 
Also, my grades from grade 9 - 10 are mostly in the 60s and 70s (I did not take school seriously lol), even though my average now is 85-90% ish, would universities care about those grades in freshman and sophomore year? 

Thank you :)
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