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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?

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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
Extra-Curriculars for Business Programs
Hi everyone, 
I am currently in the beginning of my first semester of grade 11, so naturally I am starting to consider my university options and the whole application process. Specifically, what I am concerned about are the extracurriculars, as they seem to be quite competitive these days. So far, I am involved in my schools Hockey team, Rugby 15s,  Rugby Sevens, Rep sports outside of school (Hockey and Soccer), as well as having a part time job in grocery. I intend to apply to top business programs such as Ivey, Laurier, and Schulich, and I am just wondering if my ECs are competitive enough to apply to these programs. If not, please feel free to give some suggestions as to what ECs I should look into doing throughout grade 11/12, Thanks!
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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 many 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. 
Attended Private school and Catholic school 
Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science 

Best Business School
Queens, Western, Rotman, Shulich, Waterloo AFM.
Which ones the best in terms of employment after graduation, reputation, campus life/social life, co-op/internships? And what about salary wise after graduation with the employment? 
What are the odds of landing a six figure job after graduating from one of these schools and is an MBA worth it? 
Also I have another non-academic question:
If someone were to get an athletic scholarship to a university, does that mean they can go to any program as long as they meet the grade requirements? How does all that work? Or is it simply applying like the rest of them? Just curious haha.
Thanks, really focused on trying to get into s top tier business program.

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Ok so I read somewhere that the ideal body type for a female is AVG 6 ft... is this standard adhered to strictly at Western? Do you think a modestly strong 5'3 -5'5 person could join the team??
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Varsity sports as a freshman
Hey all,

School's just around the corner and I'm trying to decide if I should join a varsity team at UWaterloo. It's my freshman year as an engineer, so I'm not sure what to expect, or if i'll even be able to handle it. All the practices are in the morning before classes, so basically 5/6 AM every day :/

It's something I really want to do, but at the same time I don't want to end up having 5 hours of sleep a night....

Any advice? You don't have to be from UWaterloo...I just need some help because I really don't know what to do

Thanks :)
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Wrestlers Going To Carleton University Year One 2017-2018!!!
Hello everyone, I am a graduating high school student planning on attending Carleton University for Architecture. But one concern is the fact that they do not have a Freestyle Wrestling Team and Club. Therefore I am planning on creating a Wrestling Club for the 2017-18 season; a club requires at least 10 members and two leaders. Please comment below if you are attending Carleton and wants to wrestle at a level like CIS.
i want to get into sports in uni
so i didn't really do any sports in high school (i did try one or two but quit after 1 season because i didn't enjoy it) since my school isn't into sports unless it was basketball/volleyball - we are more of an academic school
i was wondering if its still possible to get into intramurals in university on a rec level? are there many beginners who try out sports in university? 
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How Sports Can Lead to Better Academic Performance
Lots of people drop out of sports and don’t participate in physical activity because of the extra time commitment. Who wants to spend time sweating when you have multiple exams to study for? However, there are multiple benefits to juggling the two disciplines, including:

  1. Time Management: I remember once in high school I had to skip track practice because I had a major assignment due the next day in one of my classes. The next day at practice, my coach told me that doing homework was not an acceptable excuse to skip practice and to get better time management skills. As my coach can be kind of scary, never again did I skip practice for school, and my marks didn’t suffer the consequence either. I have become better organized, self-disciplined, and more time efficient from balancing my sport and school workload.

2. Focus: Mental training is a huge component of any sport. You have to be able to block out any distractions keeping you from performing at your best. This can be really handy when you need to buckle down on an assignment or stay focused during an exam. 

3. Decrease Stress: It is well known that physical activity is positively associated with reducing stress levels. Exercise is a huge benefit to reducing the stress associated with being a student. 

4. Communication: You need to be able to communicate effectively with your coach and teammates in order to achieve success. Communication is a crucial skill to have when you have a group project or need to network. 

5. Confidence: Sport is a great way to build your self-esteem and confidence levels. Having a good self-image will benefit you in all aspects of life, including the classroom.

6. Scholarships: Sports look great when applying for scholarships. The more scholarship money you receive, the less you will have to work to pay for school. The less you work, the more time you will have to work on your grades. 

 If sports aren’t your thing, staying physically active is also great for academic success and health! 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
Football walk-on?
hey there, okay I really wanna know if Laurier or Western university has walk-on opportunities for football? or tryouts before season? i've got offer to both school but really wanna know if there walk-on.  i've played football growing up on and off but I wanna get back this time and play uni ball which has been a goal of mine since i was little. Really hope anyone can help me out, thanks!
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Brock Sport Management or Waterloo Recreation and Sport Business?
I have been accepted to both programs, and was hoping to get some more insight into which program is better? I hope to work in the field of business, preferably in the sports sector for a professional team in North America.
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Does Wilfrid Laurier university have Football tryouts?
wondering if anyone know if Laurier university has tryouts for their football team prior to the season. I just got an offer for kin program but also hoping if i do go laurier that i could get back to playing football.
Is it hard to make friends in University? (+ tips)
Hey guys, so I know that going to university is a big step in our lives and I thought that many people including myself would benefit from some tips on being social and making good friends in uni. Also, some experiences would be cool to hear! It sounds like a difficult thing to do because you're starting fresh, but is it really??
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Should I stay in IB?
I'm currently in grade 10 Pre-IB and I also do high level swimming (9 practices a week) on top of that. It's beginning to become a struggle to do homework every night and stay awake during school, but I feel like I can get higher grades in the regular program at my school (I'm at mid 80's in everything). I'm currently nearing the end of my first semester and I want to finish this year in 10 Pre-IB and just do the regular program in grades 11 and 12. This way, I can have more choices with the courses I take, have less homework every night, and still be able to come to all my swim practices without missing them just to study and catch up on homework. Anyone in the International Baccalaureate Programme have any advice? Is it worth it in university?
Grade 12 course selection sheet
Hey, im currently in grade 11 and am in the submission process for my gr 12 courses next yr. im interested in going into business specifically accounting or finance in uni at either rotman uoft scarborough, schulich or ryerson. the courses i plan on taking next yr are,
Eng, Functions Calculus physics chemistry accounting french. but im stuck on economics. i feel that by takin french and earning the certificate it can help me when finding a job by placing it on my resume so i dont know if i should just not take economics. is economics first year hard?? will i be able to manage since i take it this yr in gr 11? any advice is appreciated
Grade 9/10 Math Marks are Poor, how can I improve for Grade 11?
Hey everyone, i'm currently nearing the end of 1st semester grade 10, and once again, I am disappointed with my math marks. I'm currently sitting at a 75 in math, but I know I can do much better, as I have done little to no homework for it. 

I have had to balance my studies, playing on the school hockey team and AAA hockey, as well as the schools rugby team. Obviously, these extra curriculars take up most of my school nights, but I find that even when I do have free time to study, I tend to procrastinate and then not do it. I plan to take grade 10 math again next semester with science, in hopes of improving my work habits and getting in the habit of doing homework every night. 

My goal is achieve in the 90s in grade 11 and 12, as I want to keep my doors open to whatever path I choose later. What tips do you have on improving my math mark to get in the 90s range, and if you used to be in a similar situation as me, what did you do to ensure success in grade 11 or 12? 
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This was my biggest lesson this last semester...
The biggest thing I learned this past semester is that it is sometimes ok to say no. At the beginning of every semester, I get ambitious and feel like I can take on the world. I say yes to anything and everything that comes across my path. At first, it’s great, but once mid-terms come around everything begins to pile up and become overwhelming. Maybe taking classes, being a full-time competitive athlete, volunteering, working, studying, and starting an art project is too much to handle at one time. When you take on too many things at one time, your performance is compromised. Instead of excelling at one or two things, you are putting in a mediocre effort at 4-5 things. I have learned it is best to prioritize what is most important in your life and concentrate on your number one or two goals. 

Is there anything that you wish you had done differently this past semester? Or throughout your years of school?
Three Pillars to University Success
Whether you are in your first year of university studies, just about to graduate, or about to start off this new chapter in the upcoming fall, we often get so focused on one aspect of out lives that we neglect or forget about the importance of having a well-rounded lifestyle. Here are my Three Pillars to University Success that will allow us to stay healthy and be the academic student that we strive to be!

Academic Success
Let’s face it. We go to school to learn and while we are at it, we might as well do out best and work hard to achieve the highest grades that we can! Success in this pillar, however, does not necessarily mean striving to get a 4.0 GPA or 100% in all our finals. Instead, we should allow ourselves to set reasonable goals that allow us to grow and be satisfied. By having these goals in place, we are not only giving ourselves to tools to measure our success but a milestone in which will push us one step closer to reaching out dreams!

Physical Well-Being
More often than not, we get so caught up with out studies that we begin to sacrifice our time delegated to different aspects of out life (I know this was definitely me during this past finals week) and this usually means cutting out the time we have doing physical activity. While it is not obvious, physical activity is not only important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle but can indirectly allow us to improve ourselves academically. By taking the break to get away from the books and to go outside to play a sport with a friend, we will be refocused on our studies, which will make us more efficient, and will allow the blood to circulate to our minds, giving us the necessary boost for pulling those long study sessions.

Mental Well-Being
No matter how academically gifted we are, we will all experience a bad test where we will be disappointed with the results. It is often these times that we begin to doubt ourselves and lose our confidence to doing what we desire. From my own personal experience at the University of Calgary, there are lots of resources around campus that allow us to find someone to talk to and to be there during these rough times. To also maintain one’s mental health, it is important to also remain socially active with you friends (and no, I am not talking about social media). Delegate a night a week to hangout with your friends, to go watch a movie, or to just go out for dinner with your family. This little change in your lifestyle can go a long way not only for yourself but those around you as well.

Did you find this post helpful? Comment your thoughts and questions below and feel free to share your own experiences with the yconic community! 

Mathieu Chin
yconic Student Ambassador
Enjoying the Holidays as a Student in Calgary
When people think of the Canadian prairie winters, we imagine a bone-chilling blizzard, being locked inside of our homes, and maybe (if you are luck), see a Polar Bear cross our window. To an extent, this is our reality, but if you happen to be living in Calgary, this does not have to be how you spend your holiday break! Check out my favourite activities to do this holiday season and feel free to share some of your own! 

You know that it is the holiday season when Zoolights have arrived! Come on down to the Calgary Zoo this December and you will be amazed by the wondrous light show that is put onto display! If you are looking for a cool date location, an adventurous night with some friends, or just an amazing bonding experience with your family, you do not want to miss out on this! There are over 1.5 million lights, 200 displays, crackling fire pits, and fun-filled activity zones for everyone to enjoy! 

Skating at Olympic Plaza
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to come down to the downtown core of Calgary and enjoy a night skating with your friends and family at the Olympic Plaza! Whether you are new to skating or what to brush off the dust from your old skates, you cannot go wrong doing this! 

Shopping Malls (TD, Chinook, & Southcenter)
Whether you are doing some last minute shopping for your loved ones or just looking for a place to hang-out, drop by to a shopping mall! I don’t know what it is but whenever I walk into a mall during the holidays, it immediately gets me into the holiday spirit!

Outdoor Rinks
My all-time favourite activity since I was a child; Ice Hockey! Living in Canada, it really is true. We breathe, sleep, and live this sport and how could we not… There is one around practically every corner (Just kidding… but including the ones in our backyards, it sure seems like it)! 

Lions Festival of Lights
Although there is an admissions cost to Zoolights, you can still enjoy some pretty amazing Holiday lights just down the road at Confederation Park! Whether you are driving by (Pretty much me every day to UofC) or just in the local area, you will definitely not miss the giant snowman waving to you and the 150,000 lights! It is a Calgary Tradition you want to be a part of (Besides, it’s a great location to get some beautiful Instagram Pictures).

Did you find this post helpful? Comment your thoughts and questions below and feel free to share your own holiday activities with the yconic community!

Mathieu Chin
Yconic Student Ambassador
Managing Your Time for Finals as a Kinesiology Student
Yes, it is that time of year (and no, I am not talking about the holiday season). Finals are just around the corner and everywhere you look, students are trying to cram in information into their minds. Are you prepared for the big days ahead?  

While many of you may believe that the only thing that we Kinesiology students do is lift weights (which we do), play sports (we do that too), and drink protein drinks (absolutely!), we too have to write these brain-draining exams. If you are a Kinesiology student who has lost track of time because you were in the gym so much this semester, you have come to the right place. Here are some tips on how to manage your time as a Kinesiology student for the Finals!

Lock Yourself Out of Your Phone & Social Media
The other team is not the enemy, that phone of yours with all those flashing notifications are! Taken together with the urge to check out the latest news on social media and POW! You’re entire weekend of studying is down the drain. Get focused and be more efficient with your time by getting phone applications and Google Chrome extensions that not only block these distractions when you study but also allows intervals for breaks. My personal favourite App is “OFFTIME”, which allows you to customize the settings to your desired needs.

Physical Activity is Your Pal
From a scientific perspective, physical activity not only improves your mood and reduces stress, but it also allows us to increase our memory and to be more focused with our work. Yes, investing an hour of your day can be difficult, especially when it is the day right before your exam, but it really does pay off at the end! Think of it as an investment. Would you rather go to the gym for an hour and be on task for the rest of the day, or would you rather zone in an out between “studying” and procrastinating over cute dog videos on your Facebook newsfeed? 

Never Be the “Comeback” Kid
Let’s face it. We all put stuff off until the last minute but this could not be truer if you have anatomy labs! Whether you are memorizing the 306 bones in your body or identifying the different parts of an intestine, you always want to be on top of things! If you are attending a university were you are fortunate enough to have cadavers, take advantage of those hours in the lab! The night before your laboratory times, always ensure that you already know the terminology for what you are looking at instead of learning it during the lab. Not only does it make you more efficient when it comes to the hands on learning, but it allows you to focus your attention on the positioning and identification. As well, if you are offered “Open Lab” times for extra studying, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM EARLY! If you ar someone like me that put it off to the last minute, you will be in a line with 150 of your Kinesiology classmates… literally. 

Did you find this post helpful? Comment your thoughts and questions below and feel free to share your own personal experiences with the yconic community!

Mathieu Chin
yconic Digital Brand Ambassador