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McMaster Field Hockey?
Does McMaster have a varsity field hockey team? I couldn't find anything about since 2015, so I'm assuming it was discontinued, but if anyone could confirm that would be great!

Thanks!
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Varsity Swimming
I am currently a grade 12 student and I have been doing competitive swimming on my local team for the past 7 years. I am not the fastest on my team, my times are around regional standard level, and I am contemplating if I should try out for varsity swimming next year. I love swimming but my only concerns are that practices will take up too much of my time and my marks will suffer. Right now I practice about 15 hours/week and school is easy to keep up with, my grades are easily in the high 90's. I am prepared for my average to drop next year, but my goal is to get into medicine or pharmacy post grad so I know I can't let my marks drop too much. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with varsity swimming at either McMaster or Queen's, what is the practice load like, how difficult is it to make the team, when should I reach out to the coach if I do decide I want to swim, and just any other comments or experiences with either of these teams would be super helpful! Thanks :)
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I have a question
What do I take in grade 11? I have a course selection soon and I am really stressed out about this. 
These are Grade 9 and Grade 10 Courses so far: 
Grade 9:                                Grade 10:
                                               - English, Math, Science, Civics and Careers, Business, Gym, Art, 
                                                History, 
- English
- Math
- Science
- Geography
- Business
- Art
- Gym
- French  

So, what do I need to take in Grade 11? And Im also planning to take 6 courses in Grade 12 which would allow me to have 2 spares thourghout the whole year. So please can you guys help? 
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AMA: Student Council, 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
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?

Alyssa
yconic Student Ambassador
University Varsity Sports - Pros and Cons
Hi, I'm considering playing a varsity sport in university and was wondering if anyone could list some pros and cons? I'm worried that it might be too much in my freshman year with the jump from high school, workload wise. I'd like to have a bit of a social life as well.

For context, the sport is field hockey and I'm hoping to get into a nursing program at Queen's, Western, McMaster, U of A, McGill or Calgary (still have to narrow down).

If anyone has any comments or advice, I would be super grateful!

Thank you!
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Do I have a shot at UofT Kin???
I have my heart set on UofT Kinesiology however the admission average is mid-high 80s. UofT requires bio, english & adv functions. I'm guessing my marks will be: 
1. English: 91(Summer School)
 2. Biology: 86 
3. Advanced Functions: 86 
4. Religion: 95
5. Phys Ed Leadership: 94
6. Drama Productions: 96
 So my average will be around 91%. I've also done a lot of volunteering with over 300 hours, I've been a part of multiple school teams and clubs and I have a part time job. What are my chances at getting into UofT Kin? 
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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WESTERN ROWING ??
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? 
thanks!
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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