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On this forum, it's obvious that the main majority here are high-achieving students. You hear the phrases "IB", "AP", or "95+" thrown around like crazy. But here is what I am wondering, what happens to the not-so-high achievers?
I go to a normal Ontario curriculum high school and thus that means even in Academic you have the best of the best and the mediocre to mid-tier students. For example, one of my friends gets around a low to mid 70 average and he says he wants to go to university. Other than Trent, Algoma, or Lakehead where could he go? Would a degree even be useful from there?
He's definitely not an applied or college level kid but I don't think that he and other mediocre students know how competitive the university admissions landscape is nowadays. Oh, and you can't say he has mediocre grades because he has amazing ECs. All he does and others I have seen are play Fortnite or maybe play in some house league hockey/soccer/basketball team.
So what is the general outcome for mid to low 70s students, with extremely minimal ECs but with a desire to go to university?
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).
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.
Hi everyone, I am a first year AFM student at Waterloo and last year I was in your position. I was trying to figure out which university programs to apply to and I heavily relied on this website to make my final decisions from first years in the respected programs. If any prospective students in high school are looking to pursue the AFM program at Waterloo I would love to answer any questions, and talk about my experiences so far! I was admitted with a 91% average with excellent EC's.
Okay so i've been doing really shitty this semester so far except for Calculus.
Rn in bio i have a mid 60. And it's really bad. Im planning to study really hard during the break, and we have a test and a project after the break and im planning on acing them. Also the marks so far were 3 quizzes and some labs.
Going to UofT was my dream. Rotman Commerce was too much to ask for, considering I only moved here a year ago & couldn’t get those grades in that one (and a half) year. But I did get into social science economics and I was almost definitely going there, but now everyone on here’s Like it isn’t a good degree & whatnot and i’m So confused and upset. Like, what’s wrong with a BA in econ? Isn’t that, like, what banks look for?
So recently, Ive been having dreams on going to Harvard. I think Harvard is a very cool school because its filled with great minded people. I also heard there are some chicks there too. So I was wondering if I can get into Harvard with my 62 average. Advanced Functions - 56% English - 55% Food and Nutrition - 150% Calculus - 20% Biology - 39% Chemistry - 54% I know I'm not the greatest mind, but Steve Jobs went to Harvard and dropped out to make Facebook. Look at him now. He's a billionaire. He wasn't the most brilliant minded but he still went to Harvard but dropped out to make Facebook. So guys, do think I can make it to Harvard with my Grade 12 marks? I feel like I can because Steve Jobs did it. Please don't post mean comments because it will hurt me and make me cry.
Im struggling with what I have this semester and im really scared i wont get accepted yo OttawaU Biomedical Science.
I know this semester started but im off to a bad start.
Calculus (i have a 87 right now)
Backflash: My calculus teacher gives all the homework that is from the textbook. His quizzes are worth the same as tests and there are so many questions from the textbook, so I do 20 questions and they take me 2-3 hours to finish. Plus im a slow learner so that adds too. Although I am doing good in that class. Biology/English is stressful because of Calc and i barely have time to study which is why i got a 1+ and a 2 on the quizzes.
How do i ensure the fact that i get a 80+ for all courses?
Current grades: 85 chem, 84 law, 70 advanced functions (ik so bad)
Hi yconic, so I am a grade 11 student and I have an 86 avg. after first sem. I am very interested in physics and chemistry and I also like accounting and finances. My problem is that my first choice for a job would be in the chem and physics area but It seems like everyone says that there will be no jobs when I leave school and I would be wasting time. Another thing I stress about is the fact that people here on yconic are saying that low 80s are bad. I try hard but I don’t know if I am smart enough to get the low 90s and mid 90s that people say you need. My first choice as a job was to be an astronomer but I don’t want to be a professor. I then switched to chemical or aerospace engineering but I’m afraid that mid and low 80s aren’t good enough. People also say that jobs in chemical and aerospace engineering are slim. I do really like business and accounting but i just don’t think it’s my first choice. But people constantly say it will be the easiest way to get a job.
I have no idea whether I should go with my favourite subjects and take the chance of not finding a job or just go for accounting to be safe.
The stress is killing me, if you have any suggestions at jobs I should look at (I am interested in physics and chem) or if you have an opinion on my grades, the availability of the jobs I mentioned or even just how to calm down I would greatly appreciate it.
so, i'm in grade 11 right now and we have to pick our classes for next year this week. I'm really hoping to be able to get into uoft cs but i struggled a bit this year with a couple classes. These are my grades for the grade 11 classes i took:
Chemistry : 88
The courses i'm going to take are
So, I'm wondering if i should take a spare with my last slot as i am taking MDM4UA this semester. Also, if you have any tips for studying and getting higher marks next year that would be greatly appreciated.
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.
I go to a Catholic school so religion is mandatory but I don't have space for it in my schedule next year. Can anyone who has done the course at either VHS or ILC tell me about their experience and how easy it was?
Hi everyone, I'm in Grade 11 right now and we are doing course selections. Currently, I have three grade 12 courses in grade 11, 1 U course, 2 M courses. I was wondering if I should take one or two spares next year, because I'll be taking English, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Advanced Functions, and Calculus and vectors. I'll also be doing co-op in the summer. If I take two spares, then I'll only have three courses per semester, but I'm having serious doubts because I don't know if I should take a soft U course just in case, so who better to ask than the people of the internet? Just because I feel like universities will prefer if I put all U courses instead of including M's. I want to apply to a health science program for university, so thoughts? Opinions?
So I am in Ontario curriculum and my 2nd semester is starting in a couple days. My schedule is\ math, physics, bio and a business course. Are those first 3 courses going to be absolutely brutal or do you think I will be ok? I’m good with math and memory but I’m really stressed out about the workload? I would really appreciate any advice.
As you have read the title I have a bad bio mark of 65 percent in grade 11. I am wondering if i should retake biology so i can get an 80/90 percent. Do grade 11 marks matter? Should I retake grade 11 biology? Ty
I am currently a grade 11 student in Ontario and I am getting marks usually in the 82-88 range except for my weak course which is English where I sometimes only pull off a high 70 mark. A lot of people in this forum say they have low 90 and mid 90 averages but still aren’t certain they will get into university. Which makes me feel like I have no chance. Do you think that it is really hard to get into programs now with only mid or low 80s marks
I have been doing poorly in my first semester in Grade 11. The main thing that brought me done was math which I couldve failed if I didnt pass my exam for it. Ive been streesing out over how bad I've done in the course and that "Grade 11 marks is important for universities". Now the semesters done and I dont know what to do. I know I can do better next semeseter and in Grade 12 it was just that I had a heavy semester.
My questions to you guys is would retaking Functions during summer school be worth it in getting a better chance at going to my university of choice ( computer science as my study) as well as how bad will this affect me?
I’ve been working in the back of my parents’ office and wanted to put them down for the Schulich reference but I’m worried that it will reduce my chances severely of getting in or even getting in at all for putting them. I can’t find anyone else to put down since I’ve been working in the back and don’t really talk to anyone. Any advice?
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.