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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?
What do you think is the best pre-med program in Ontario. Rank your top 3 and explain why. In terms of how difficult it is to get a good GPA, med-school acceptance, workload, time for a social life/extracurricular activities.
Study Abroad?
Anyone do this for a semester or year or know anyone who has? Just wondering what the experience was like and if you would recommend doing it? I'm especially interested in Queen's 1st year BISC program.
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Academic Experience
I know that employers don't care for the most part what school you get your degree from. I am wondering though if there is a difference in the experience you will have at the most selective schools (i.e those with high over all entrance averages like Waterloo, Queens, Western) and the least selective schools (e.g. Trent, Carleton, UOIT). Does the entry average of the undergraduate body have any impact on the type of experience you have both in and out of class? What about the overall graduation rate? Do you think these factors are important when choosing a school?
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Obsessed with university?
I know this is really weird but I really want to vent my feelings.  I'm in grade 12 now and ever since grade 11, I've been researching programs, universities, campuses, reading forums, yconic threads, reddit threads, and watching uni advice videos.  Thinking about university stresses me out but I still continue to read it.  I read about acceptance averages as a way to procrastinate on doing my homework to actually reach those averages.  I don't know why I do this, I feel like it's an obsession.  Even my siblings question why I always read about it on my spare time.  Why am I acting this way? Is this normal for students?
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Have you ever been on academic probation?
The transition from high school to university is not particularly easy for many students. Recently, I attended an event where I got the chance to hear several industry professionals' success stories. A couple of them talked about being on academic probation and what they did to turn it all around. I thought their stories were inspiring.

If you're a post-secondary student or have graduated, it'd be nice to hear from you.

Have you ever been on academic probation? If so, how did you get back on track?

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What are your programs of interest's admissions requirements?
When you apply to some programs in university, they might ask you to write a supplementary application or conduct a video interview in addition to you having to meet their admissions average requirements.

What are the admissions requirements you have to complete for your programs of interest?

Let me know in the comments below.

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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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When do you start studying for final exams?
Final exams are worth A LOT. In one of my courses, our final exam is worth 60%. Depending on what you're taking, your final might be cumulative. This means that you'll have to study EVERYTHING you've learned in the course from the very beginning.

That said, when do you start studying for final exams? Have you already started? Or do you just wait and kick it into high gear the night before?

Hope to hear from you soon!

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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

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?

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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
Advice on long distance relationship in university!
Is it possible to keep up a relationship when you and your significant other go to different universities and will be hours apart?   My boyfriend and I are in grade 12 and have been together for a while in highschool, however, we want to go to completely different unis (5 Hours apart) Is the relationship worth keeping? Or should we just end it before uni to allow us to have that fresh new experience and meet new people? Anyone have any advice/experience with dating someone who ended up going to a different university? Share you stories! I'd love to hear them.
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What is your go-to restaurant?
Hi everyone! I'm Alyssa, one of your yconic Student Ambassadors. 

As a university student in the heart of downtown Toronto, I am surrounded by SO MANY restaurants that offer a wide-variety of food options and different cuisines. Though I bring lunches (It's a great way to save money aha!), I would eat out once in a while.

And so...

When you eat out during your lunches or breaks, where do you go? 
Is there a specific place that students from your school go to? 
If you could recommend one item from the menu to someone going to your favourite restaurant for the first time, what would it be?

Maybe through this discussion, we can all visit a new restaurant and try something new. My fellow foodies, I look forward to hearing from you! :)
What Schools for Chemistry?
Other than the obvious big universities like U of T, McGill, and UBC, what schools would you consider to have strong chemistry departments? By that I mean: 

up to date labs & facilities 
receive a fair amount of research funding
have cutting edge labs and equipment
have professors who are doing research in a wide variety areas
have a decent sized department and offer a good selection of major electives
provide good chances of being able to get admitted to master's programs

Any recommendations? 
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Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
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Do you think co-op or going on an international exchange is beneficial?
Practical and experiential learning is very important to me as a student. 

Despite being a first-year, I started looking into co-op and international exchange opportunities.

If you're a post-secondary student or have graduated, I'd like to hear what you think.

Have you done co-op or gone on an international exchange? If so, what was it like? Was it beneficial?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
Question regarding earning a degree after graduating from college.

I recently graduated and received my advanced diploma as a robotics technician (Mech.Eng Technician) program, early on in my first year I remember my program coordinator mentioning something about receiving my degree but by completing tests/exams and not having to attend a university, he did mention that it is a rather long process and a lot of work is involved but I am not sure what he meant and I can't find any information related to this online, I was wondering if anyone here had any knowledge of this and what the requirements for such a thing are.

University Applications: Things to Keep in Mind
Hello! My name is Alyssa and I am one of your 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors. 

Applying to university can be really exciting yet stressful. This is the time when you actually have to figure out what you want to do or at least have a very good idea of it. That said, here are 5 things I think you should consider when applying to university:

1. Program

Start looking for programs you might be interested in pursuing. Figure out if the program has co-op or internship opportunities, as well as how long it would take to complete the program. Attend university fairs and check out websites like eINFO (http://www.electronicinfo.ca) to learn more about them.

2. Program Prerequisites

Before you apply, make sure you are taking or have planned to take all of the courses needed for you to get admitted into your programs of interest. This is very important! Your Top 6 is determined based on your course prerequisites followed by your highest 4U or M courses.

3. Location

Do you plan on commuting to school or moving away and staying in residence? It's good to start thinking about this now to figure out the potential expenses and lifestyle changes you might incur in the future.

4. Fees

If you are planning to apply to Ontario universities, you will have to pay $50 to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre or OUAC for each program.

Last year, the minimum number of programs we had to apply for was 3. However, many of us ended up applying to 4-5 programs. I narrowed down my decision of which programs to apply to by asking myself questions like "Do I see myself being a student in this program/school?" It really helped me put things into perspective.

5. Supplementary Applications

Some university programs might ask you to submit a supplementary application, which you might have to pay another fee for. There may be an essay-writing and/or video interview component. I would advise you to get right on this ASAP and submit it way ahead of time.

If you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitate to ask me in the comments down below or my AMA post (https://yconic.com/discussion/ama-first-year-business-management-student-creator-shsm-graduate/9j95en1NmNturEivGihLRdkzaDOCovgN).

I look forward to hearing from you! 
Do grade 11 marks really matter?
When applying to universities with grade 12 requirements, do grade 11 marks really matter to them? I've heard some conflicting opinions so I'm curious.
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Financial Aid: How are you paying for school?
Hey everyone! I am one of your yconic Student Ambassadors for this school year. Today I will be discussing financial aid and sharing my thoughts on how you can pay for school.

Before you even apply to university, you have to pay fees to get your applications processed. In some cases, you might even have to pay more to complete supplementary applications (Check out my post last week about university applications: http://bit.ly/2jKJt6m). Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. 

I am currently in my third week of university and have spent A LOT of money. Textbooks alone can cost you hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to finance your education. 

1. OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) 

OSAP is a financial aid program set up by the government to assist families and students to fund their education. You get grants and loans from OSAP and the amount depends on your family's income. That said, you might qualify for FREE tuition. 

When you're applying for OSAP, hand in your required documents ASAP to ensure that your OSAP money comes on time to pay your tuition and buy your course materials. 

Check out this page to get more information and to calculate roughly how much you can get from OSAP: https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program 

2. RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) 

An RESP is like a savings account for your parents to contribute to for your post-secondary education. In addition to the amount your parents contribute, the government adds to it as well. 

3. Bank Loan 

Getting a bank loan is another option to help you pay for school, especially if you'll be studying as an international student abroad. It is important to note that the interest rate might be higher than OSAP and varies from bank to bank. 

4. Part-Time/Summer Job 

Working part-time or having a summer job is a great way to save and pay for school. It definitely helps reduce the amount you have to borrow to pay your tuition fees and course materials. An added bonus is that instead of asking your family for money, you have your own to spend for textbooks and of course, food! 

5. Scholarships and Bursaries 

Free money is awesome! Bursaries are offered to students who demonstrate financial need. Just like OSAP, it takes your family income into consideration. A lot of post-secondary institutions have a financial aid section on their websites, which gives students information on how to apply for them. 

In addition, you can get an entrance scholarship, which is based on your Top 6 for Grade 12. They might range from $500 to $4000 though it depends on the post-secondary institution. This is one of the reasons why it is important to maintain your grades after getting accepted into your program of interest. 

There are many scholarships available here on yconic, so if you're reading this, I would highly recommend that you start applying to them. Last year, one thing that I found surprising was the fact that many scholarships go unclaimed due to people not applying for them. Writing essays might seem unappealing and a lot of work now, but your future self will be thanking you later for doing so. 

Let me know in the comments how you plan to or are currently paying for school. If you have any questions, please check out my AMA as well: http://bit.ly/2fknIsA 

Hope to hear from you soon! 

Alyssa Vidal 
yconic Student Ambassador