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AMA: UofT First Year Engineering Student (Track One). Ask about university, engineering, other subjects, admissions…whatever!
EDIT: Just to give another update, I'm half-way through 3rd year right now. Just went through the PEY process and wrapped that up, so if you have any questions on any of that, I'd be more than happy to share some firsthand experiences! 

I was also accepted to Waterloo, Ottawa, and Mac way back when, so you can ask q's about those as well.

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Do unis care if you are failing a course not in top 6 BEFORE getting an offer?
Hey guys,

I go to a non-semestered school. If I am failing one course but it's not in the top 6 or a prerequisite, will unis like Schulich, Rotman, Ivy, etc.. care at all even though my average is like a 94% in top 6? This is before even getting an offer
2nd year UBC student! Ask me anything!
Contact: elizabethsflower@gmail.com 

In second year at UBC as a Health Science (FNH) student from LFS. 

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year, study tips, and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:

See you at UBC in September!
rotman commerce colleges?
I'm confused.
Even if I won't be living on residence I have to apply to one of the colleges but whats the purpose of it? what good does it do? what are the benefits? I heard that some are more prestige than others because of the curriculum or something.
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I was wondering if the life science programs at uft (st george and scarborough campus), york, ryerson, or the medical or health science at western, or life science at mcmaster will look at my overall average, or seperate marks (ie looking at what i got in chemistry, biology, etc)

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Obsessed with university?
I know this is really weird but I really want to vent my feelings.  I'm in grade 12 now and ever since grade 11, I've been researching programs, universities, campuses, reading forums, yconic threads, reddit threads, and watching uni advice videos.  Thinking about university stresses me out but I still continue to read it.  I read about acceptance averages as a way to procrastinate on doing my homework to actually reach those averages.  I don't know why I do this, I feel like it's an obsession.  Even my siblings question why I always read about it on my spare time.  Why am I acting this way? Is this normal for students?
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Student Success Skills (Part 1)
Staying Motivated to Do Well

Motivating yourself is a difficult thing. To some people, the process comes naturally: studying for five hours a day, being punctual, etc. However, many others find it difficult to bring themselves to study, complete their homework, or even attend class. If you are one of these people, then finding a way to motivate yourself is essential. 

1. Set time out to do things not related to school

This may sound counterproductive, but the key is being responsible for the amount of time you dedicate to going to the gym, hanging with friends or laying in bed watching netflix. The purpose of this break is to clear your mind. Low energy can suck the drive out of you, so use fun time sparingly to recharge yourself. When you return to your school work that you can keep pushing through it as you know you'll be rewarded with a break on the weekend. 

2. Surround yourself with motivated students

If you have friends who like reviewing class material and are aiming to excel, then the temptation to go out rather than study may decrease. If you have the same course, bounce ideas off each other and use each other to learn the information in a more fun way. 

3. Make a checklist

Honestly, checking something off my to-do list is extremely satisfying. Seeing what I have to do in writing helps me stay on task. Even simple tasks like putting away the dishes makes me feel like yes I can do this! This small action encourages me to do more until I finally have enough motivation to finish that 10-page essay that I've been putting off. After countless hours of working on it, let yourself feel proud for accomplishing that grueling task. 

4. Changes in Perspective

Things to think about:
Do you want to look back and regret things that you could have done differently?
The harder you work now the more you will benefit from it in the long run.
Dwell on your success, not your failures - use your mistakes to learn

Listening to inspirational videos or consulting an experienced professor or counselor can help keep challenges in perspective. 

VIdeos to try
Kid President: A Letter to the Future from Kid President; 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Soul Pancake: What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals?; The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude; Never Would I Ever …
Student Success Skills (Part 2)
Short-Term Goals

Thinking about the future can be a stressful thing, and as a result, it may be difficult to act towards the "bigger picture." So, by setting short-term goals accomplishing the larger goal becomes more attainable. These goals include things like: tests, homework or a good attendance. 

Try setting goals at least once every two weeks to meet that long-term goal.

My favorite part of goal setting is the reward. After achieving your goals, think about how you are going to reward yourself so you have an extra incentive to do work. 

Another tip is to write them down (goal description, achievement date, reward), so you can see what you've achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future. COntinually ask yourself, during this process, "Are these goals helping me perform better?" and "Will this short-term goal help me reach my long-term goal?"

Letting others know about your personal goals, and educating yourself about what other people are doing to do better can be beneficial. So, what are your short-term goals?  

AMA: McMaster Health Sciences, Level 1 Student
Title says all. I empathize heavily with the premature, second-week-of-Grade-12 anxiety about university admissions. Not to mention, I relied on these forums to ease whatever feelings I had last year, so it's only natural that I give back.

Seriously, AMA. (ex. What Grade 12 courses did I take? What are some tips for the supp-app? What is BHSc even like? Is it the right program for me and my learning style?) 

Even if I'm not  the best source of info regarding a topic, I'm surrounded by enough people everyday that someone's ought to have an answer for you.
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How to be motivated to study for school?
Right now I am in grade 12.
Sometimes I really don't feel like studying and try to put off any work I get.
My attitude is "ah f**k this, ill do it later" and "this is so boring, whats the point of even doing this"..
My study habits are extremely horrible.
4/5 days a week I wont do any schoolwork at all.
Then the day before the test I will stay up all night to study material for a test that I have first period the next morning.
I do not get any sleep at all on that day.
When I first started doing this, I used to get good marks.
However this is now starting to catch up to be.
There are days where I stay up all night and dont even get any studying done.
Right before first period, I decide "f**k this, im gonna skip and write the test tomorrow" and go to bed at like 8 in the morning.
How do I avoid these bad habits?
How do I get the motivation to study for school consistently?
Right now its just high school so I can get away with bad study habits and still pull off pretty good marks.
But when I go to university this will definitley not work, and I am scared of failing.
Please tell me what to do.
Idk if this is only for school, but in general I really dont feel like doing any work or doing anything productive.
I mostly waste time on the internet trying to text people and wait for their replies, watch random youtube videos, browse random online forums, etc.
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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).
Can I really raise my grades withing 2 months??
I unfortunately have really bad grades since the start of the semester but now I have gotten tutors, I didn't have a great base in math for the past 3 years so that is why it was a struggle. I'm in grade 12 and soon will be applying to university.  My adv functions mark is a 53 and my chem mark is a 73. Is it possible to raise them to at least a 90 within 2 months or by the end of the semester as a final mark?? If so, what do I have to do and what should i aim for on the exam?? Please please help :'(
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Have You Changed Majors? Is It Easy to Do?
I'm in high school right now and I'm thinking about going into the Sciences and Major in Biology. However, right now, I'm really interested in the topic. But, I am worried that in the future, what if it is not the right thing for me? I know that you can change majors in university. But is it a hard thing to do? Are there a lot of people that do it?
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How do you cope with stress?
All of us get stressed. As students, this is typically caused by assignments, tests, and deadlines.

That said, how do you cope with it? What do you do to lower your stress levels? 

It'd be nice to hear from you!

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How do you stay mentally healthy?
School is stressful and when one is unable to cope with its pressures it can lead to things like depression and anxiety. Add on more issues like conflicts with parents, friends, and SOs and it can get worse. 

So I want to know how do you keep the pressure off? What are some ways that your school addresses topics like mental health and create a safe space to talk about it? I've heard of some universities that offer three sessions of counseling a year or have a dog therapy session, for example. What helps you cope?
Advanced Functions at VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
Has anyone taken advanced functions at VHS, i current have a 45 and i want to take it at VHS and get somewhere around 90 as its the only that is bringing my average down
Is advanced functions hard on vhs
what is graduating average 
can i get a 90 if I'm getting 45 in day school 
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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
Do I Have to Send Transcripts??
Hey guys, 

I heard universities need you to send official and unofficial transcripts. I have never heard of this and how can I do this (I went to a day school, private school, and summer school)
Bad transition to uni, any advice? (pre-med)
Hi everyone!

So I'm currently in my first year of uni and I have taken 2 midterms so far. I'm not doing as well as I thought, considering my grades have dropped by at least 10%  (teachers are right when they say your average may drop by that much!). I averaged in the 90s as a high school student and now I'm in the low 80s. I am planning on changing my study habits, but I'm not sure on how to do so.

I'm wondering if there's anyone who had a successful first year in university, and would like to give tips and advice not just to me, but to others who are also poorly transitioning into post secondary. :)

Thank you in advance!

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Bad Grade 12 First Semester Marks?
So obviously I'm not gunning for early acceptance offers what with midterms marks coming up soon, but I just need some input since I haven't seen any posts similar to my situation.

I'm planning on going into some programs related to digital multimedia. The ones I'm trying for have basically no prereqs except for Grade 12 English along with admission averages around the low to mid 80s.  

Thing is: Bio and Chem have kicked my butt this semester and I went from high 80s in Grade 11 to the mid 60s in Grade 12. I absolutely know I need to raise these marks up for the finals but I'm posting this just in case. I have a spare right now so they make up 2/3 marks.

I've done a lot of reach ahead and already have 2 Grade 12 credits (English being one of them) so I'm projected to have 9 Grade 12 credits/marks for Universities to look at. My next semester is super easy and I can definitely get my marks up into at least the high 80s maybe even low 90s. 

So my questions are: do bad Grade 12 first semester final marks have any effect on the offers given based on second semester midterms? By that time I'll have 9 Grade 12 marks for universities to base their offers on so will Bio and Chem even affect my admissions?? Am I overreacting???
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i did something STUPID
guys so i made my ouac profile but after i made it i got an email from gradapps and i was like, wut, cuz i'm applying as undergrad. i didn't apply yet but i went through my history and it turned out i created an account through https://www.ouac.on.ca/apply/carletongrad/en_CA/user/login and now i'm having the worst panic attack!!!!!!!!!! i'm applying through 101 and i haven't applied yet but is this an issue? my friend's saying it isn't but i'm still freaking out. i
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Grade 12 Finals
Hey yconic,

I live in BC and my high school finals are typically at the end of January when the semester ends. The weeks go by fast and exam time will soon be right around the corner. Here is how I prepare for my exams:

1. Study over a long period of time

Since my exams are in January, I start preparing during Christmas break, 3-4 weeks in advance. I start with a little each day, organizing my notes and assessing what chapters are my strengths and weaknesses.

2. Prioritize Subjects

When I  start studying, I first narrow down the load. I would go crazy if I tried to study every line in the textbook, so I focus on the important topics by referring to the study guide or ask a classmate/teacher. After I've covered the major sections, then I fine tune with details. Also, it is important to identify which subjects I need more help on. Because I normally have more than one exam occurring, I see which subjects I'm struggling with and commit more time to it. For example, I know my lowest test mark was on trigonometry in math, but I did well on logs. I'd study trigonometry first and make sure I grasp what I did wrong and fix it. 

3. Identify your preferred study methods

There is no one way to study effectively. People understand concepts better using different methods. Even for various subjects I use different methods. For example, in biology which requires memorization, I use flashcards to quiz myself, color code my notes to focus on important terms and read it out loud to listen to my notes. However, in chemistry, I practice old tests and find ones online to get a grasp of the concepts. Other methods that you can try include: watching related youtube videos by vlogs like crash course and khan academy, make a mnemonic device, debate topics with a friend, write a song or funny story or create a visual web.

4. Relax

When its finally the night before the exam, I take down the intensity of studying and even take a break. It's difficult at first because instinct tells me to keep cramming but in the end, it stresses me out even more. So I review some notes, watch a related ted talk, or review my flashcards if I want some last minute practice. Still, my main focus is to give my brain a breather because I want it fresh for the exam. On that note, I try to get a good night's rest, even though I may be tempted to stay up and cram. Yet, to write an exam, we need the energy to focus and read questions thoroughly. On the day of the exam, I try to keep my mind focused on other topics and do some mild activity like going for a walk. When I get stressed, I remind myself that I've written exams before so I must trust myself and what I've studied, and breathe. All will be well.

Advice on long distance relationship in university!
Is it possible to keep up a relationship when you and your significant other go to different universities and will be hours apart?   My boyfriend and I are in grade 12 and have been together for a while in highschool, however, we want to go to completely different unis (5 Hours apart) Is the relationship worth keeping? Or should we just end it before uni to allow us to have that fresh new experience and meet new people? Anyone have any advice/experience with dating someone who ended up going to a different university? Share you stories! I'd love to hear them.
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