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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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First Year McMaster Life Science: AMA
yconic really helped me last year but unfortunately there weren't many people that were in this program on yconic. I can try to answer any questions related to McMaster, my program, what I applied to, residence, etc.. 

Applied to: 
McMaster Life Science and Health Science 
Western Medical Science 
Queen's Science 
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Bad senior year grades + dealing with mental illnesses
I'm a grade 12 student and I'm not doing so good for two of my most important courses for this semester - academic biology and academic chemistry. I currently have a 56 in bio and a 64 in chemistry, and my marks dropped this much due to a harsh unit test and assignment. It's the second month of school, and I'm already close to giving up on working as hard as I did in the beginning of this semester, and univeristy application submissions + midterm report cards are right around the corner. I'm one of those students that invest most of their day for studying, and try to do everything to the best of my ability.  I've been dealing with depression and anxiety issues for a few years now, which I feel like is taking a poll on how I'm currently feeling now about my future, and at this point I feel like I'm going to get rejected or end up passing these courses with a low mark (and what I need is at least a 90 :/) If someone can advise me on what next steps I can take in encouraging myself/get my grades up in time for early application submission I would greatly appreciate it. 
Thank you very much
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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).
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
McMaster Health Science FIRST YEAR (AMA)!!! Premed, applying, scholarships...
I'm a first year in BHSc at McMaster. Yconic was my life last year in grade 12 and I found all the forums really helpful so I thought I'd make my own. Feel free to ask me anything about the application process, what the program is actually like, or my extracurriculars and stuff. If you're feeling super stressed about anything and need to vent...I get it. I was in your shoes. 

I applied also to:
Western Med Sci
Queen's Science and QUARMS
UBC Science
McGill Science

My average was 98%
How big is the learning curve for IB students?
The beginning of my first year in IB has been pretty rough so far (I mean I've gotten a 57% and a 66% on some of my assignments), considering I ended grade 10 with a 91 average. All the teachers have been mentioning the 'learning curve' and I was just wondering if your marks were this bad and increased dramatically, or I'm just not cut out for the IB?
New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a fresh Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- basically any other questions you might have!

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

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! :)
How is your grade 12 physics class?
I'm in grade 12 and have this teacher for physics.  He was my teacher last year for grade 11 physics.  Last year, more than half our class dropped out and the average of the remaining students at the end of the semester was 68%.  This year, it's only been the first month of school and 15 people dropped out of our grade 12 physics class.  We had our first test and the class average was below 50%.  Is this normal?  Is our teacher unnecessarily difficult or is this typical for a physics class?  I go to a public catholic school in southern Ontario around the GTA if that makes any difference.  Share your physics class stories! I'd love to hear
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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.

Do I have A Good Chance at Getting Accepted?
Do you think I would be able to get accepted at Ryerson's Creative Industries program with a 90 average? My grades for grade 11 were:
MCR3UE (Functions) - 82%  
HRF3O1 (Religion) - 92%
BBB4M1 (International Business) - 93%  
AVI3M1 (Visual Arts) - 96%  
BAF3M1 (Accounting) - 86%
NBE3UE (English) - 93%  
TGJ3M1 (Comm Tech) - 90%

I'm just worried since I heard that it's competitive, I'm planning on applying ASAP. 
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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! 
Minimum Average for Med Sci/Health Sci Program
I'm in grade 11 right now. Ended with a 89.5% average last year and looking to go into either med sci or health sci. Wondering what the cut off average is or if I even have a chance
Computer Science Averages
I am currently in gr. 12 and would like to know the average I would need to get into the following universities for computer science:
- uWaterloo 
- UofT St. George
- UofT Mississauga  
- Uof T Scarborough
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Are AP/Honours courses worth it?
I am taking the following AP/Honours courses for grade 12:
 - AP Calculus AB
 - Honours Precalculus
 - AP Computer Science A

I am interested in applying to Waterloo and UofT computer science, which require high averages. AP courses will for sure lower my averages. Do universities weigh AP and honours marks, or should I just switch to regular?

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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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Taking a Grade 11 course in Grade 12
I'm in a bit of a dilemma, here. I was going to take these 6 courses for Grade 12: 
-Advanced Functions
This summer I kinda went through a whole existential crisis and now am considering computer science as an additional major that I could apply to, and have bought Java books and completing online MIT course ware stuff. I want to switch Philosophy to Comp Sci - the problem is, I wasn't able to do Comp Sci 11 in Grade 11. So: 

1. Will universities look at the grade 11 courses (ICS3U, hopefully) that you do in Grade 12? Or will they only look at any 4U/M level courses?
2. Is it possible to skip over ICS3U and go straight to ICS4U (Grade 12 Comp Sci), despite ICS3U being a prereq?
3. If you answered yes to Q#1, do I have to take ICS4U for university, or just stick to ICS3U? 
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Is biology important for pursuing engineering or physics?
Currently in gr 12, and thinking on pursuing a maths, physics or engineering major. 

In gr 11, I took bio but overall didnt like the course and only found the genetics unit to be interesting. I keep thinking whether or not I should keep gr 12 bio in 2nd semester or take another course in the same time period instead as, it's not a requirement in a lot of the programs I've researched.

Would like to hear some opinions/experiences.
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