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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
Master Programs from Nursing
I'm currently looking into a lot of health care careers, and many of them interest me. However, I know taking nursing is considered the smartest route, since it opens doors for master programs, gives you possible research experience (depending on the school) and it is quite easy to get a job with just the bachelor.
However, if i do decide to go into something else after i finish, what options do i have (other than med school) and what do I need to do to get into them?
For example, if i decided to o a Masters in Speech Pathology, would i be ale to do that with a bachelors of nursing?
How good is the Masters of Management Science program at UWaterloo?
I have been offered a place in the MMSc program at UW. Being an international student I want to know how is the job scenario in Canada after graduating from your masters studies.

I've read that Waterloo has co-ops opened for graduate students of Management Science as well. But I've also heard that they're really competitive to fetch. I'm looking towards a career in Business Intelligence/Analytics and I want to know if this course suits my career path that I want to set for myself.

If there is anyone currently pursuing this program or anyone who can help me with these questions of mine I would really appreciate it.

Good school or high GPA?
Hi, I want to study physics (I know, hard to get a job). and ideal i would like to go down the academia thing and maybe one day be a prof or a researcher. What would be a better school UofT or Trent? Basically a hard school vs an easy school. I know UofT will have more research opportunity but its also a way harder school, so ill have a lower GPA. Where else with Trent i wont have as many research opportunity, but ill have a higher GPA. Im just lost and don't know what to think, any help is appreciated. Thank you in advanced
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Hi, I am interested in both law and life sciences. Overall, I would like to get into a Medical school with an undergrad BA degree (from criminology, or political science). To do so, would I have to take science electives, which specific electives are they? I am trying to get into UTSC, Mac, Western, or York. If there is anything else you think I should know, feel free to comment any suggestions!
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How could I make a six-figure out of uni? (More explained below)
Anyways, I've already come to terms that I'll practically get acceptances into any university in Ontario....

Let's just say that I'm the most driven and passionate man in the world about making money in the field of BUSINESS!  I'm assuming that I need to go to a top-tier university in Canada but I'm naive and I really don't know much about the Canadian job-market...

5 years post-graduating how can I make an AMAZING salary and set myself up to be in at least the 5% of income-earners in Canada? (5% is a conservative number... I'm aiming to be in the top 1% but anything past 3% is just luck...) 
Trying to Apply Without Success of Reaching Applications
Hello, I am trying to apply for a couple of scholarships and I keep being asked to login once I click 'learn more.' I put in the valid email and password and have checked  a few times with the same result; Invalid Credentials. I have even changed my password and the scholarships I am applying for are listed in my matches. I need a bit of help if someone has any to offer..

Guelph MA Management Vs Wilfrid Laurier MSc Management
I have a Bachelors and MBA-both from outside Canada. The grades, scores dont exactly correspond with the Canadian system. My career plan is to do PhD and get into research/teaching 

Was thinking of applying to a short duration Masters program to adapt to Canadian system (Scores, Reference) and then perhaps target PhD at a top institution. (With my current credentials, pretty sure i will get overlooked at top places) 

The 4 semester MA in Management at Guelph, and the 1 year MSc at Wilfrid Laurier's Lazaridis School of Management are the two best options-since i will be at Waterloo area. The programs are also fairly affordable, relevant to my interests, and short. 

But which program here is the better one? Better in terms of 

1) Reputation of University 
2) Universitys Strength In the Management Discipline 
3) Credibility To Gain Acceptance At  A More Reknowned University for further education. 
4) Strength/reputation of degree for job market 
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Master of Engineering
Hi Guys. Recently I got accepted at Western university for M.Eng in Civil Engineering specialized Structural Engineering. I am an international student, thinking to continue to pursue my career there. Is this a good decision do you think? Or maybe I should apply for another uni?
Thank you guys so much
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Getting into Bioengineering or Biochemical Engineering with a BSc.
What BSc. degrees can qualify one for a Masters in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering? 

Some ideas I'm wondering about: 

Major Biochemistry + Minor in Physics, Math or Comp Sci
Major Physiology and Physics
Major Pharmacology/Biomedical Toxicology + Minor in Physics, Math or Comp Sci
Major Biology and Mathematics
Major Biochem or Pharmacology or Physiology + Minor in Biotechnology

Also, how feasible is it to transfer into a bio, biomedical or biochemical engineering program in 2nd year of undergrad?

I was accepted to Biochemistry or Pharmacology at U of T, McGill and UBC, but would be happy to transfer elsewhere if I had the option of doing an undergrad in one of the engineering fields above. (I am not able to go straight into engineering due to lack of physics credits).

For reference, I am an IB student with 7s in Bio, Chem and English HL so I'd get credit for those first year courses, leaving more time to catch up on physics. 
Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
Hi! Need help over here. I am graduated from Indonesia in subject of Civil Engineering. Right now considering to take master of Engineering also in Civil Engineering in specialization of Structural Engineering. Any recommendation which one is the good one? I am also considering the chance of working in Canada after finishing my Master degree. Right now considering Dal, UOttawa, or UWO. Any thoughts? Thank you!
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University of Ottawa - MASc Civ Eng Fall 17
Hi folks. Has anyone got any news from uOttawa regarding offer of admission? I applied in the end of Jan and only about 2-3 weeks ago my status on uZone changed to "under evaluation". Thanks
Advice on UOIT
Okay help me out ...
I applied to forensic psychology at Wilfrid Laurier (Brantford) and UOIT.

I have heard some negative things about UOIT, so it obviously was not my first choice but my family really wants me to go there because it's closer and blah blah. My first choice was Laurier but after visiting the campus, I don't think I would feel comfortable there because I'm literally moving from the city to a tiny town.

Also besides those two schools I got accepted to UofT, York, and Ryerson.
I got an average of 85 and UOITs cut off for forensic psych last year was 70..
(I'm also planning on doing my masters)

So What should I do? 
Can you tell me any useful info about UOIT?
Is it actually as bad as people claim it to be? 
What could I expect by going there?
Would I get job opportunities at UOIT?
Would I feel somewhat comfortable or will there be a culture shock (I'm a South Asian girl from Toronto)?
Is the forensic psychology program good (or better) at UOIT (than Laurier)?

I need all the help I can get!!

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Kinesiology Degrees
So I have applied to multiple universities for either Human Kinetics or Kinesiology programs, but some have been for Bachelor of Kinesiology while others have been for a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. 

As I am picking which school I will go to and for what program, I am wondering what the difference in degrees would be, or if there is a difference at all?
Grades vs. EC's
Time management is everything, and with only 24 hours in a day, the way we budget out time for the activities that we do can be important in the road ahead. One of the largest problems lies with the investment of time in our academic studies vs. in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering and clubs. What should you prioritize? Check out my thoughts below:  

Graduating from the Majority of Undergraduate Programs: Often, high school students go into university with the tunnel vision to stay 100% focused on one’s GPA. This is definitely important, but there are many opportunities on campus that will also be of benefit to you moving forward that could set you apart from your peers. 
Advantage: EC’s  

Engineering and Business Co-op Programs: Co-op’s however, are a totally different ball-park, especially if you are in Engineering and Business. EC’s typically only act as tie-breakers with your GPA being the one’s that get you the positions.  
Advantage: Grades  

Winning Scholarships and Awards: There are a lot of scholarships available for both students that are academically inclined or strongly involved with the community. However, as the majority of the major awards and scholarships involve EC activities… 
Advantage: EC’s  

Applying to Graduate Programs (Masters and PhD): When applying to graduate programs, you are practically back to square one as if you are applying from undergrad where grades are heavily looked at. However, do caution that EC’s do have an impact on admission to these programs, especially research if you are going into that particular program.
Advantage: Grades  

Medical School:This one is a difficult one, as many medical school’s tend to have their weighting at 50/50. At the end of the day, however, the Interview is the difference maker as it is typically worth 50% of the overall application, and having EC’s will help you in that stage as well. This puts the weighting of Grades to be about 25% of one’s overall score.  
Advantage: EC’s  

There you have it! My analysis on different areas where Grades and EC’s are commonly questioned and valued. What are your thoughts? Comment below!  

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Biomed Engineering at Uoft
Is Biomedical Engineering at UofT available only as a Mater's degree or undergrad.??
I applied to UofT engineering but am sure didnt view biomed engineering as one of the options. So just to clarify, how is biomed structured at UofT?
Also, how competitive is it to get in UofT biomed engineering for your master's?
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How do you pay for your post-grad degree?

People continue on to graduate studies for several reasons:

-They want to get into research;

-It’s necessary for their job; or

-They haven’t secured a full-time job after undergrad and they’re banking on making connections in grad school.

But, how do you finance such an expensive undertaking?

My most recommended advice is to become a Teaching Assistant (or a Lecturer, if possible). Thanks to the university unions, they pay is fantastic. It’s also convenient since your work is on-campus.

Furthermore, check with your graduate department to see if there are any program-specific awards, grants, or teaching opportunities. You never know what you could dig up!

If you’re in a thesis-oriented program, check out programs like 3 Minute Thesis (http://cags.ca/3mt.php#.WIjU203fOTM) – where you present your research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience. Apart from honing your communication skills, there are cash prizes.

Also, if you’re in Ontario, there are programs like the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program (https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR013089.html).

Of course, check out the scholarship section of Yconic for award offerings!

As a Master of Accounting student, my two main sources of funding are my savings and OSAP. I take solace in knowing that my firm will reimburse me for most of my tuition. So, check with your employer to see if they have tuition reimbursement programs.

Grad students: how are you funding your degree? Everyone else: if you are thinking about graduate studies, do you have an action plan for financing?

CPA PEP vs. the MAcc: Why I Chose the MAcc

With the recent merging of the CAs, CMAs, and CGAs, the new unified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation was formed. Becoming a CPA requires you to do certain coursework and examinations. After you meet your prerequisite education requirements (i.e. your undergraduate university coursework – check CPA’s website for specific information on this), you can choose two different paths:

(a) CPA Professional Education Program (PEP); or

(b) University degree/diploma.

The CPA PEP is a post-graduate program run by CPA Canada which requires you to do: (a) 2 core modules, (b) 2 of 4 elective modules in Performance Management, Taxation, Assurance or Finance, and (c) 2 capstone modules. After this, you are eligible to write the CFE.

Pursuing a post-graduate degree or diploma at a university is another option. For a list of all possible options, check out the download here: https://www.cpacanada.ca/en/become-a-cpa/pathways-to-becoming-a-cpa/cpa-pep-admission-undergraduate-degree-holders/cpa-accredited-programs-at-psis

As can be seen in the download, some university graduate programs (including all of the Master of Accounting programs listed) will get you exemption from the CPA PEP core modules, elective modules and capstone modules. With other university graduate programs, you must complete some coursework through the PEP.

Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to pursue my Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. Here are my main reasons for choosing this pathway:

#1: It's Logistically Simpler

Being a MAcc student now, I can say that I am very grateful for this. Specifically, as a MAcc student:

-I do not have to juggle work and school at the same time. Being on an internship now, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is crack open an accounting textbook and study.

-I did not have to do a CPA Canada transcript assessment. My friends who have had to do it say it can take quite a while for the transcript assessments to be processed.

-It’s a personalized experience. If I do face any issues, I can talk to my professors or the Sprott MAcc Administrator rather than having to connect with CPA Canada.

-No multiple choice (in the Sprott MAcc). The Sprott MAcc is case-based, meaning all of our assessments are case analyses. This mimics the CPA's Common Final Exam (CFE), which is also case-based. However, if you pursue the CPA PEP, the Core Module examinations have significant amounts of multiple choice questions.

#2: Extending My University Experience

I really enjoyed the period of time that I was an undergraduate student, and I saw the MAcc as an opportunity to extend my “student experience”. Apart from being in lectures with friends and learning from professors on an actual university campus, I get to be involved with student clubs once again.

#3: Post-Designation Opportunities

This was my main reason for applying to the Sprott MAcc. Having been a Tutorial Leader for 3 years within Brock University’s Department of Economics, I know that I love teaching. It’s something that I do want to pursue on a part-time basis after I establish myself as a CPA. To be an Accounting Lecturer at most universities, you need your CPA and a graduate degree (MAcc, MBA, MSc, etc.) in order to be a competitive candidate.

Furthermore, having interned in Germany in the past, I know that working in Europe is something that I hope to do again down the road. In countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, top employers tend to give preference to people with graduate degrees. Therefore, pursuing my MAcc will likely provide me with a few more career opportunities at home and abroad.

*Note: Pursuing your CPA is an intricate process, and you should check with your university’s CPA Board of Ambassador representatives or CPA Canada staff to ensure you are following the correct certification steps. 

**Small program plug: The deadline to apply to Sprott’s full-time MAcc (May 2017 entry) for domestic students is January 15, 2017.

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

How did you decide what program you are doing in university
Heyy people, I am a going-to-gr12 public hs kid wondering what to do in life.

A brief info about myslf:
1. Live in GTA
2. Like interior designs, fascinated by tech, love to eat, outgoing, enjoy flying and driving
3. my favourite YouTube video is "A Day Made of Glass"
4. i studied because of others, not for myself (aka I got good grades but I didnt enjoy them)
5. my ultimate goal is to retire asap (at 45) [I know it may not be feasible, but still...)

Here's my gr11 grades
English 83
Functions 99
Accounting  94
Marketing  96
Chemistry 86
Physics 82
Biology 90
Broadcasting 87

And my only grade 12 grade is physics (completed in summer school) - 94

As above, how did you decide what you are going to do in the future??? Like how do you figure out what you want??
I like interior designs, tech, food, sports, but the thing is - i can't see myself in the future
I dont know what to do? Despite trying to get good grades and apply every single university in ontario....
I really need some advice. Please give me some advice :) :) :)

Thank you very much
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Psychology program?
Hi there, i'll be going to grade 12 soon and i'm still deciding what program to go into in university. I'm thinking about taking psychology (maybe) 

Has anyone taken it and can tell me their experience? (At any university is fine, just want to hear your feedback)

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Accepted and Enrolled at a UK university in Belgium - May withdraw (2016-2017)
I am currently enrolled in the University of Kent: Brussels for my masters. My biggest concern is the funding because the tuition must be paid in 16,900 euros. When I contacted loans, I asked for an appeal and a different person informed me that I was at my maximum limit because I will be studying for more than 52 weeks. They’re policy goes under their ministry that any individual who is studying abroad cannot neither receive any additional funds nor request any more fees given. I asked if they provided any scholarships, grants and bursaries offered in Ontario, they didn’t know any information they offered me to apply student line of credit but I don’t have a consignor, a friend or a relative that would offer me any more loans. My parents cannot afford to pay the tuition. As you can see, I’m in a really stressful situation. I’m not sure what I am supposed to do, even if I head to the school just provide only$10,920. I won’t be financial adjusted on rent, utilities and other school supplies and this will be really humiliating. If there any scholarships, grants or bursaries available I`ll keep my eyes open however, I would be so grateful if there any would inform me. Thank you.
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