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AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
life science residence at u of t. Urgent!
I want to study at university of Toronto St. George for life sciences. I wanted to know which residence is closer to the department of science and if it is good. Thank you. Which residence is more friendly.
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Backpacking on a Student Budget (Read: No Money)
Backpacking is something that is on the bucket list of most students. While you technically can’t do it with “no” money, it is possible to do on a student budget. Having backpacked to over 40 countries as a student, here are some of my tips for maximizing your travel dollar:

#1 – Student Discounts  
Make sure you pack an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) before departing. Depending on your university, it is either free or $20 – either way, you’re eligible for some unreal discounts at major attractions like the Colosseum, Acropolis, and Louvre.  

#2 – Intern Abroad
In second year, I worked at Henkel in Düsseldorf, Germany for 6 months. Every weekend, I was off to a new place. By booking my travel weeks/months ahead, I was able to take advantage of cheap bus/train/plane tickets for travel throughout Europe; I don't think I paid more than 45 Euros round-trip per weekend, and I went to places like France, Poland and Scandinavia. Interning abroad is a win-win because you require little savings to actually do it – your salary is your travel money.  

#3 – Volunteer At A Youth Hostel   
Since youth hostels are cheap, most require on volunteers/cheap labour to function. Many have volunteer programs where people can do different things (reception work, cleaning, bartending) in exchange for a bed (and sometimes meals). Each hostel has its own unique volunteer rules.  

I volunteered at a hostel in Tallinn, Estonia for 4 weeks. For 7-14 hours of reception work per week, I had a bed to sleep in every night. Apart from making lifelong friends, I also backpacked to Sweden, Lithuania and Russia. Also, living in picturesque Tallinn for a month was incredible (Google it).  

Have any budget travel tips? Would you do any of the above? Comment below!  

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

Example:              1. My trusty Herschel backpack
                               2. Red TOMS shoes
                               3. My lucky pen
                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
Why Making Goals for the New Year Might be a Good Idea
Life gets hectic, especially for students. Sometimes it feels like we can get stuck in a hectic cycle of never-ending work, sleep, and classes. It’s important to establish a few goals to fully understand what you want to accomplish on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. The new year is right around the corner, so it’s about time to pull out that new calendar and mark a few things into your schedule. 

1. Daily Goals: Setting a goal for your daily life is a big undertaking. It takes determination and perseverance to stick to a daily goal. I would recommend that if you do make a daily goal for the new year, don’t make it too big. For example, maybe you want to start keeping a daily journal. Even just spending 10 minutes doing this each day is an accomplishment.

2. Weekly Goals: Dedicate a bit of time each week, whether it be on the weekend or mid-week, on relaxing or doing something you enjoy. Even if you’re stressed and have lots to do, your mental health is important! Block off a special hour or two every week to curl up with a book, take a nap, listen to music, or another relaxing activity. (I would recommend staying away from your phone and have more of an inward focus during this time.)

3. Monthly Goals: These goals can be a bit larger. What’s something you want to accomplish by the end of one month? Maybe you want to write a song. Maybe you want to complete a new piece of art. Maybe you want to learn origami, or write some letters for relatives or friends. It could be anything. You can work on your monthly goal whenever you have some spare time. 

4. A Goal For the Year: This could be a large-scale goal. It could even be related to your monthly goals. (For example, if you write a song every month, you could have an album by the end of the year.) Maybe your annual goal is to learn a new language. It could also be a more simple goal, like meeting 10 new people, or doing 10 random acts of kindness for strangers.

Personally, I’ve found that making goals and following through with them has been a very enriching experience, as it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and it gives your days more meaning. In fact, having things to work towards has pushed me to get my schoolwork done more efficiently too.

Let us know what goals you’re setting for the New Year in the comments below!


 -Rachel H, yconic student ambassador
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE YCONIC?
yconic is currently seeking highly motivated, and outgoing individuals enrolled in post-secondary education to create content for our platform.  

This is a unique opportunity to use your blogging skills to help yconic. Build your resume and portfolio, while having a positive impact on the lives of Canadian youth.

Did we mention that you will also earn a  little spending money?  

ABOUT YOU 
You are self-motivated   
You are avid user of social media outlets, and you have exceptional writing, video, and photography skills
You want to work for an organization that values helping students  
You have completed at least one year of post-secondary education     

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES  
Create weekly original web content (blog posts, videos, photography) on a variety of topics that help your classmates
Provide feedback on the platform, our campaigns, social media presence and overall brand perception.     

BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM  
Build your resume and gain valuable career experience in digital marketing  
Interact and network with students and professionals from across Canada 
Build your portfolio! Be featured in our upcoming yconic student blog  

To apply, please fill out the following application: https://yconic.formstack.com/forms/digital_brand_ambassador including a cover letter and resume.  
 Deadline to apply: October 28, 2016
BE CREATIVE. BE YCONIC
yconic is currently seeking highly motivated individuals enrolled in post-secondary education to create content for our platform.  

This is a unique opportunity to use your blogging skills to help yconic build a more personal relationship with your classmates. Build your resume and portfolio, while having a positive impact on the lives of Canadian youth.  

Did we mention that you will also earn a little spending money?  

ABOUT YOU  
You are self-motivated  
You are avid user of social media outlets, and you have exceptional writing, video, and photography skills  
You want to work for an organization that values helping students  
You have completed at least one year of post-secondary education  

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES  
Create weekly original web content (blog posts, videos, photography) on a variety of topics that help your classmates  
Provide feedback on the platform, our campaigns, social media presence and overall brand perception.  

BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM  
Build your resume and gain valuable career experience in digital marketing Interact and network with students and professionals from across Canada  
Build your portfolio! Be featured in our upcoming yconic student blog  

To apply, please fill out the following application: https://yconic.formstack.com/forms/digital_brand_ambassador including a cover letter and resume.  

Deadline to apply: October 28, 2016
#YconicStories Instagram Contest - CONTEST CLOSED
Thanks for participating. The Contest is now CLOSED.

We have asked students across the GTA about their goals for the new school year, and now we want to hear from YOU!  

Tell us your story by posting a selfie on Instagram using #yconicStories;  you must  be a yconic member and be following and tagging @yconicstudent in your pic for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card c/o us ;) Every penny helps, #amirite?

Each Friday (starting September 16th) we will be selecting a winner. There will be three (3) Gift Card Prizes of $100 CAD each available to be won in the month of September. 

Click the following link for full Rules & Conditions: http://bit.ly/2ctLhsN. Contest closes September 30th.
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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Hospitality Management courses in Chicago
So many hotel schools claim to be the best - which is actually the top? And is this degree really esteemed worldwide? I heard about Les Roches International School (http://chicago.lesroches.edu/programs-admissions/academic-programs/bachelor-degree-in-hospitality-management). Can you advice me smth? I want to obtain hospitality degree in Chicago
A new laptop for university
Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

MUST HAVE:
1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
4. HDMI
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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Volunteering Experience at a Hospital
I am currently in my grade 12 year and i'm going to be applying for a volunteer position at my local hospital. If any of you guys have volunteered at a hospital before or are currently doing that now i'd love to know your experience with it! What department do you volunteer for? What was the interview process like? What are the routine things you do on a shift? Thanks :)
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CAN PHONES BE DAMAGED BY MAGNETIC STRIPS (i.e cards) ?
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!
Why did you pick the hospitality industry?
Ever you went to a restaurant or even Walmart  and needed help, but there was no one around to assist you? 
I have been in this predicament 8/10 times. I picked to be involved in a customer service industry because I feel that customers are the most important people beside your employees. Many times people leave in confusion because there isn't anyone around to clarify their concern.
I feel this is one of the biggest problems in the service industry, that can be solved easily.
My contribution to the hospitality field will evolve the way we treat our customers with simple old-fashion techniques. 
A simple intro as in : hi, welcome to ___________, anything I can assist you with?
can actually go a long way. We in the customer service industry need to get back to basic customer servicing.
I choose hospitality to simply help others and change the way we serve people now a days.
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MEDHOPEFULS--mega thread
1) What grade are you in currently (if in high school) or what school are you attending, what year, in what program (if in university)?
2) What was/is/you think will be your top 6 (or 4/5 if you're from a province other than Ontario--please state) in high school?
3) What was/is your top 3 school & program choices for undergraduate studies before pursuing medicine ('premed')? Why?
4) Many on here seem to believe that Mac's health sci is the best, then Western's med sci, and then students should just apply to a school where attaining a high GPA is easier. Do you agree?
Thank you so much for your input! Hopefully we'll get some meaningful discussions started! Good luck to all of you! :)
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Memorial University of Newfoundland
Hello! My name is Caroline and I am a current student at Memorial University. I'm posting here not to ask for help but to offer it. I understand that leaving high school is an exciting but uncertain time and Universities can be confusing.
I'm here to try to point you in the right direction. If you have questions so give me a shout at cag834@mun.ca or start the discussion on this post.

I am a canadian resident and I live on campus. If you live on campus in Paton College for 2015-2016 please give me a shout! I can try to hook you up with your new staff and executive so you can get to know everyone asap!
Academic clusters?
Does anyone have any experience living in an academic cluster? Is it worth it to apply for an academic cluster?
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Social environment of Universities
I know many think that social environment shouldn't play a role in which University you pick, but which one in your opinion would be the best in terms of balancing out academics?

I dunno I feel like the 'feel' of a school makes or breaks a person's experience. Just out of curiosity, whether or not you have experience, which university in Ontario is the friendly, welcoming, comfortable?
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res life
what is res life like?
what do i need to buy for my dorm?
how does the roommate process work?
anything i should know about the res life?
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McMaster Class of 2019
I think I'm going to McMaster and I'm just a little hesitant because its 8 hrs from home, and I have no idea what is there. I know the campus is nice, but what is the community like? nightlife? education? reputation? anything else?
Please help me if you can :)
Thanks <3

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Residence - Memorial University
Give me a shout if you have any questions about Memorial University residence or let me know what house you are in so I can try to hook you up with your new staff and executive! 2015-2016 will be legendary!