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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
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
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
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! :)
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

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
Should I stay Home or Live on Res?
So Im from Scarborough and will be attending York University this fall. I consider myself as an outgoing person and fun to be with and I will be commuting from home in about 1 hour and 20 mins. Do you think I should commute or live on res?
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Good Health-related programs and what universities offer them?
There's so many, but which one's are good for someone interested in biology and chemistry? If you have experience with one mind telling me how it's like?
Thanks in advance!
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Best schools for Computer Science in my specific case?
I'm an international student (currently in U.S.) and I can only transfer next semester (Spring 2018, January). So unfortunately, McGill, UBC, U of T are out of the picture even if I have a good enough GPA as they only accept Fall transfers.
I would like to major in CS but would also like to have access to good social science/humanities classes and profs. 
I'm considering SFU, York and Concordia. Easy access to a major metropolitan area is a huge plus, but I'd give it up for a really good school. 
What are other schools I should consider? 
Thank you! 

(program uottawa engineering)
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What are some fun and light electives for first year?
I'm looking for an elective that is interesting but does not have a heavy workload. I don't want it to be too difficult to the point where it will have an impact on my engineering related courses. This is for UBC
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On Academic Probation, does it have any effect if i change from university to college?
So after few month in University, i decided to take a year off school for many personal reasons and change to college after, so i didnt bother to go to school and started working rest of the year to pay off my tuition. Yea so im on Academic Probation after the end of first university school year. Will AP have any impact on my future college application or studies or OSAP?
I checked on ontariocolleges,ca, i can just use my highschool marks to apply, and i had decent average during highschhol(88)
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Confused about Bursary!!
Hey Guys! I just receive a $14K bursary from University of Guelph! I will get 5000 in my first year and 3000 for the remaining years. will this go directly to my tuition fees or will it go directly on my bank account as my personal money?
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do u think I can still cancel my enrolment at York? I already have my timetable and I paid the 300$ registration fee and submitted all my osap apps. I suddenly changed my mind when I got the offer from guelph last May 20, since York gave an offer first i got too excited now I'm having regrets and want to go to guelph so bad. what to do? ??
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We want to hear from YOU! #Askyconic
Hey yconic!

We are having our first ever #Askyconic Facebook live show on May 24th at 6 PM EST. Tune in as our hosts, Aaron (yconic super intern) and Benson (Student Ambassador), chat and answer your questions about student life.

Do you have questions for our show? Ask them in the comments below.
Also, come back after the show because we will be posting all the links and resources we referenced during our show. 

See you then!

PS. Be nice! Inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
Will I get accepted??
Hi everyone!
I'm currently a grade 11 student looking to apply to UBC, McGill, UT, and maybe Oxbridge depending on how much I can boost my marks. Currently, marks are as follows:
Chem 11: 92%
Chem 12: 80%
Pre-Calc 12h: 70%
Biology: 88%
Physics 11/12: 80%
Spanish 11: 100%

I'm planning on retaking math during summer school for a better mark and I'm also taking the SAT for chem, bio, and math later this year.  I haven't taken English yet but usually I get around the 90% range. What are my chances of getting accepted to these schools? Is there anything I can do to improve my mark?? Thanks!
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Opinion on which school?
So I'm going to be majoring in psych this fall and midterm marks just got sent so I'm starting to get my acceptances. However, the 2 universities that I can't decide between on is waterloo (already accepted) and Guelph-Humber (no offer yet) 

 I know my undergrad doesn't really matter since I'm going to graduate school but in waterloo, my program is honors art+business+ coop so I'll still end up having some sort of business background in the end. it's very intriguing since no other university offers a program like that and it might come in handy. I kind of see the business aspect as some sort of safety net if the worst case scenario happens and I won't be able to find a job/don't get accepted to grad school. But then again I also heard their coop is really hectic and that some people drop out of that program because they find the business part to difficult or just don't like it.

 Guelph-Humber offers smaller class sizes and amazing opportunities. Its also closer to me and i really like the environment + i'll also be getting a redeemable scholarship.small class sizes will help me get to know my professors and I can get references. Experience will also be given as well. I feel like this will be the best path that will lead me to grad school

What do you think ? 
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Getting Accepted into UK Schools
Originally in my grade 10 year I was planning to apply to universities in the UK for biomedical science, Oxbridge in particular since my average wasn't so bad (94-96 ish). However, I joined an advanced math/science program for grade 11 and my marks have just tanked. I'm currently sitting at around 70-80% for chem 12, physics 12, and pre calc 12. Bio 12 is at 86%. Next year I'm going to be taking university-level chemistry, as well as ap calculus ab and ap physics. In summer school I'm retaking pre calc 12 in hopes of a better mark. Lastly, I'm going to take the SAT for bio, chem, and math later in the year to help boost my application, but what is the likelihood I would get accepted? Is there anything else I can do to help my application? Any words of advice?
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