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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
Where should I go to school for business?
Hey there, 

I'm currently very conflicted at the moment about my university choices. At the moment my two best offers are Co-op Management at UTSC or Business at SFU Beedie. I aspire to work in the entertainment industry (Warner Bros., Disney, Netflix, etc.), and am not too sure which school is better suited for me.

UTSC

Pros
- UofT Prestige (17th in the world)
- Allegedly Good Co-op
- 45mins to Downtown Toronto
- Other campuses in Downtown Toronto and Mississauga
- Entertainment is very big in Toronto

Cons
- Social life is very weak (commuter school)
- Residence is lame
- Have to live at home :(  
- Expensive (approx $60,000 tuition and co-op fees for 4 years)
- No International Business option (separate, more competitive program)
- Alleged bell curve
- Allegedly not very diverse

Simon Fraser/Beedie

Pros
- Joint Major between Business & Communications (can opt for BA or BBA at the end)
- Allegedly Good Co-op
- Live on Residence (approx $10,000/year)
- Very far from home (5hr flight) :)
- Has International Business option, among others
- Not too expensive (approx. $24,000 for tuition and co-op fees for 4 years)
- 45 mins to downtown Vancouver
- Other campuses in Surrey and Downtown Vancouver
- New experience/adventure/chapter on other side of the country

Cons
- Social life is weak (allegedly not as bad as UTSC), commuter school
- Not very prestigious (245th in the world)
- Vancouver isn't as diverse as Toronto
- Entertainment is big, but not as big as Toronto
- Alleged bell curve

 I know jobs in this industry are pretty lucrative, but any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Random question!
Looking for a good website to stream movies for free. Any recommendations?
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The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
who else thinks this song is awesome? i'm so addicted 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7MFYoylVs
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10 Books To Read, As Told By A Journalism Major
Whether you’re looking for something to relax with, or are making “reading more” a new year’s resolution, there are always perks to reading. I love that you can delve into another world and live the lives of hundreds of new people just by turning some pages. With help from various sources, and my personal experiences, I’ve compiled a list of must-read books. This list is in no particular order because all of the books were too good to try to scale in numerical order!

1. Adulting: How to become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
This book is exactly what it sounds like – a how-to guide on how to be, and function like an adult. Have you ever had to call your mom from college, because you didn’t know how to make real food, let alone Kraft-Dinner? Because I’ve done that before. Have you ever taken a photo of the washing machine in your building and texted it to your mom because she did your laundry until you moved out when you were 18? My older sister did as soon as she left for college. I know this book sounds absolutely absurd, and like it couldn’t be useful at all, but it surprisingly is! Based on Kelly William Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the “real worl” approachable, and manageable. Some things you’ll find in the book is: • What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. • The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. • Tackling your bills and your debt

2. Taking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), Lauren Graham
A New York Times bestseller, Talking as Fast as I can, is a must read! If you’re a Gilmore Girl fan, there is no doubt that you were probably anxiously awaiting the revival to come to Netflix on November 25th. Now, you can read a collection of personal essays by Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore!) where she reveals stories about life, love and working as a women in Hollywood – and who doesn’t want a little behind-the-scenes look into what it was like filming the Gilmore Girls revival?

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay, J.K Rowling
Growing up, I was addicted to Harry Potter. I’ve noticed that right now we’re in that strange no man’s land of people old enough to remember the first release of the Philosopher’s Stone (guilty.) and those who were far too young to be involved in the craze – but thankfully, J.K Rowling has opened the world of magic to us unworthy muggles again! I may be a bit biased, and super nerding out, but I highly recommened Fantastic Beasts. It was such an easy read, and was filled with quick wit and plenty pages of great humour (if you like sarcasm like myself, you’ll definitely be a fan of Jacob!) For those of you who were Harry Potter fans – the whole concept of Albus’ deceased sister makes so much more sense now! You have to read it!

4. The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
With the recent release of this movie in theatres, this 2015 bestseller resurfaces as a must-read. An Excerpt from Chapters Indigo reads “Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this #1 New York Times bestselling psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.”

5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a foster child who lives in Germany at the beginning of World War II. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. The Book Thief is an absolutely heartbreaking read (but an amazing one) that reminds us of the importance of books, and how they have the ability to feed our souls.

6. The Girl Who Came Home, Hazel Gaynor
This is another read if you like a historical aspect in your book, like me! It is a bit older of a book, but equally as good! The book flips between seventeen year old, Maggie Murphy in 1912 Ireland, and Grace Butler, her great-granddaughter, in 1982. The book blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic’s impact and the aftermath on the survivors and their descendants. I read this book in less than three days, I was so captivated with it. 

 7. 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher 
 “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.” – This book is perfect for those who like the mystery aspect, but I found this book to be super powerful. Thirteen Reasons Why changed me. It made me step back from my life and realize that every action I take affects someone else, whether it be good or bad. (This is something I was already aware of, but this book definitely but it into a bigger perspective.) 

 8. Harry Potter and The Cursed ChildJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Sorry not sorry for another book by or related to J.K Rowling - I couldn't resist. Although this one screams "fan fiction" and feels like you're reading something completely absurd if you're a diehard J.K fan, it is surprisingly a fantastic read! 

 9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
This one some of you may have already read to prepare for the release of the movie this year, but just in case you haven't, i'm here to plant the bug in your head. You should read it! Even though I feel books will always trump the movie, this one was practically a tie. If for some reason you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend reading the book. It's impeccable. 

 10. Humans Of New York: Stories, Brandon Stanton
Looking for some inspiration? Try reading Humans of New York: Stories. It's a bit more of a light read for those with heavy course loads, and minimal time to delve into a large novel. It's the perfect combination of photographs and stories. Like an adult picture book!

No matter whether you utilize this list or not, I hope that 2017 will suck you into different realms, and stories through the books of the past, present and tomorrow. Read on, bookies! 

Kathleen 
yconic Brand Ambassador  
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
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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5 Ways to De-Stress During Exams as a Music Student
Exam season is rolling around again, and for music students that means juries, playing tests, listening quizzes, and written exams. With so much to prepare, study, and memorize, things can really pile up, causing this time of year to be very stressful at times. Here are a few tips on how to feel prepared and ready for exam season: 

 1. Set aside time each day to prepare for your different tests. If you split studying up into manageable sections each day, you will feel less stressed and more prepared than you would if you crammed the night before. Even just spending 10 minutes throughout the day practicing through one of your performance pieces or reviewing key terms can make all the difference. 

 2. Try to break these study periods up into different sections between what is difficult for you and what is easier. For example, you can spend time memorizing dates for history and then take a break to practice a performance piece, then practice theory and take a break to listen to music to prepare for your listening quiz. You can also study with friends in a place where you won’t be distracted. Studying with friends is a good way to make sure you haven’t missed any information or to get multiple opinions. 

 3. Don’t be afraid to take breaks. Sometimes a good break is needed, however feeling guilty about taking a break can lead to a decrease in motivation and an increase in anxiety. Stressing about taking a break from studying isn’t the point of taking a break. Go easy on yourself, do something relaxing and enjoyable that will give your mind a break. Just make sure you set a time to get back to practicing or studying.

 4. Don’t over-study or over-prepare the night before your test. Don't exhaust your brain before an important performance or a test! The night before an important exam is a time to relax and get a good night’s sleep. Set a time to stop preparing for the night, like 5:00pm. Eat a good supper, do something to relax, and make sure you get to sleep at a good time. The next morning, make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and don’t have too much sugar or caffeine. Arrive early for your exam and if you need to warm up before a playing test or jury, give yourself ample time to do so. 

 5. Don’t get discouraged. It might be hard for you to approach studying with a positive attitude, but studying can be fun! Set small goals and reward yourself for reaching them. (For example, memorize a complete series of flashcards before getting tea and some cookies. )Celebrate small successes.   

I hope this helps! Approach your juries and exams with confidence!
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
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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Concerts
This isn't a factor in my decision of schools lol but I'm just curious if there's any cool concerts at Carleton? At Mac I've heard they brought in the Chainsmokers to perform and stuff like that, what names have they had at Carleton? Thx :)
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Planning to take HD channel package
I am using the internet services of Acanac Inc. Toronto( http://www.acanac.com ). I am planning to get their channel package also. How about taking HD TV channel package. What is the approximate cost of it. Somebody knows about it please share the details.
Taeyeon fans?? iBBA/MIB
Any kpop fans specifically Taeyeon fans who are going to schulich or UTSC next year?? I see some of you lurking on this site haha so if you are a Taeyeon Stan add me on kakao talk: crownedqueen
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Music Production Bursaries/Grants
Hey everyone!! Is there anyone else out here trying to find Bursaries/Grants for anything Music Production or Artist Management based?! I'm having a very tough time finding anything and I'm getting frustrated!
Metalworks Institute
If you're thinking about going to this school. it is definitely worth it. I'm in PSA, Profesional sound audio. i learn all about live entertainment as well as in the studio. i also learn promotion and business. you learn how to handle the music industry plus the teachers there often hire students after they've graduated.
KPOP and ANIME
Just wondering if there's any kpop or anime fans out there..or people who just wanna go to Korea and Japan one day in life.
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Queens Commerce - What are my chances?
Hey everyone,

Currently I am a college student with a 3.79 cumulative GPA (was 3.97 last semester) and I am hoping to improve that in my graduating semester to 3.9 GPA. On the Queen's website it states that a minimum competitive average is 3.9 for all College and Technical School graduates. It is 3.7 for high school students.

I need to go to school next year at an Adult High School to earn my Calculus and Vectors and English 4U etc. credits since I didn't do that well in high school my first time around. I also need to work to make the financial aspect feasible for something as pricey and prestigious as Commerce.

My questions are firstly, will they look more at my college marks and cumulative GPA or will they look at my top 6 from the Adult High School as basis for admission?

Also, is my application going to be competitive with the grades mentioned above from college or high marks in the High School courses combined with the following EC's and experience:

- Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition participant in 2015
- Class Representative for 3 semesters and counting
-  Participant in 10 week entrepreneurial training program last summer
- Student Leader Volunteer at the Students Association in my college for a total of over 50+ hours and counting
- Dean's Honors List recipient in both semesters first year and most likely my graduating semester
- Currently employed by a local Ottawa company as a Marketing Intern developing a marketing plan and conducting research
- Experience with moderating focus groups
- Management experience in a retail and restaurant setting
- 10+ years of work experience in general
- Captain of several sports teams

Those are the only ones I can think of at the moment. 

Any feedback is appreciated and I'm sorry if this was confusing or long winded.

Cheers :)
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!