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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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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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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).
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 do YOU handle midterm stress and motivate yourself?
Most of us (first years) are full swing into midterm season now. The stress of cramming, pulling all-nighters and reviewing is really taking a toll (myself included). Even after resting during reading week, I still feel tired and I know that it's only going to get worse because I have more midterms this coming week. Thankfully, I had some time to catch up with friends, family, and my mentors. Meeting up with them possibly the only thing that is still keeping me motivated. 

I want to know how everyone is doing. Are you more/less/as stressed as me? Have are you staying motivated during midterms?

yconic student ambassador 
Loran Scholarship Advice
Hey, has anyone here applied for the Loran Scholarship before? I'm in Grade 12 this year, and I am applying for it, but I wanted to know some more about it. What was the process was like for you? Did you get an interview? Any helpful tips for the application form? Were you able to get an interview? 

Low math marks in grade 12
I have a really stressful problem. I would say I am fairly good at math. In the past years I always maintain between 75-86% on my tests. However, since grade 12 has started, I'm doing miserably!!! I'm taking Advanced Functions and even though the textbook questions relatively easy, the tests aren't. Or I should say, the tests my teacher gives requires a lot of thinking and to be honest, my thinking skills are lacking so much. I keep getting 50-60% and midterms are released November 15th and it's honestly making me so stressed because I know I can do it but I'm not able to think as I am required to. There was an instance where once I finished writing the test, I knew the answers to the questions but I hadn't known the solution method while writing the test.

What can I do to improve my marks? Once again, I'm not lazy, I'm very concerned about my marks so I always am organized and consistent with my work. I'm just unsure how to acquire better thinking skills.

When I think about my relatives and my friends, I actually feel stupid. They always get high 90's and I usually do too in business or social science. I've always had an interest in math so what are ways to study effectively
Also, I'm not just moping around. 
Scholarship Aid
I'm in grade 12 right now and it's prime scholarship season. So I'm wondering if you have any tips for writing a scholarship resume? And what kinds of scholarship did you apply for? There are so many scholarships out there for nearly every type of person, whether they are artists or athletes or something completely different. How do I know a scholarship is right for me and pick something that I'd have more of a chance in getting?
Which ECs Will Increase My Chances of Winning Scholarships?
Extra-curricular activities and wondering which are the best to take in terms of university applications and winning scholarships have always been in the back of my mind. For years now I've been in a wide range of activities including music, athletics, drama, volunteering, environmental and community outreach club and art. Extra-curriculars are always good to have on scholarship applications, but the ones you pick and specialize in can impact it.  

So how do you make ECs worth it?  And which ones are most beneficial?

Impressive Extracurriculars
Activities cultivate a wide range of talents and strong character traits. Of course, like all things in life, the key thing is balance. Know your capabilities and aim to reach beyond that point, choosing activities from different categories. If you are unsure about an activity, take a trial course or ask to join for a day to get a feel for it. Try and see if you like it. Whats the harm? Listed below are several extracurriculars, including important traits athat are learned by joining. 

Leadership Skills
- Student Government (participation in school matters; responsible; role model)
- Athletics (physical endurance; teamwork; commitment)

Critical Thinking
- Academic teams (competitive, passionate about learning & challenges)
- Debate (thoughtful; educated in modern affairs; rational & analytic mindset)

- Arts (outside of the box thinking)
- Drama (expressive; personable; commitment to a group)

Community Involvement/ Life Experience
- Volunteer work/Community service (A must have!)
- Part-time jobs (work experience & real-world experience)
- Internships (dedicated; mature; capable of handling heavy courses)

Making ECs Pay Off

1. Follow your passions
Just because there aren't scholarships handed out in your field of interest, for example, paintball. Just because you won't get money from playing paintball doesn't mean you should stop it. If you are the lead guitarist for a classic rock band playing from your garage, miles away from getting a scholarship out of it, you can still use it to your advantage. Committees still look at you as a person, wondering what interests you and makes you unique. Knowing that you have the drive to follow your passions is a valuable asset. Colleges are aware that individuals turn it up a notch in terms of extracurriculars during senior year. So, it's better to choose what you love and benefit from the experience as a person not just for extra lines on your applications. 

2.  Focus your skills
In your activity, find a way to make yourself stand out from the rest. If you're not the fastest on your team, the strongest or the fittest, become the most educated person about the activity. Focus on something unique that you do really well. Make sure your coaches, instructors, teachers see your improvement. 

If you end up at york univeristy..does it really mean you have no future?
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AMA: UofT First Year Engineering Student (Track One). Ask about university, engineering, other subjects, admissions…whatever!
EDIT: The title is now outdated, lol. I'm heading into 3rd year in September and am currently on an engineering internship :) 

 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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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!
Transferring to ubc...
I'm studying in an university in Hong Kong (Engineering, year 1) currently and planning to transfer to UBC kinesiology next year. (p.s. I'm Canadian)

I would like to get some help from you guys...

1. Does transferring to UBC kinesiology requires high GPA (i.e. around 3.6)?
2. Kinesiology VS Engineering?
3. Any other requirements for applying UBC?
4. Any tips?


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Ask Me ANything
Just a bit about me:

Hi! My name is Sarah Osifo and I live in Surrey British Columbia, however I was originally born in Warri Nigeria. I'm currently entering my First year of University at Simon Fraser University to study Health Sciences.. My passions include Film making, reading, and listening to music. I recently discovered I enjoy painting, and creative writing as well. I was an active member of my schools student council and girl’s leadership clubs. So if you have any questions on how to get involved in school, i have some great ideas :) This summer I worked as an intern at my church where I got to plan and lead kids’ day camps, work with the less fortunate at the Whalley strip, and use my creativity to improve the decor of our church. i'm really into Diy's so feel free to ask me about room or dorm decor for great prices! I'm also into hairstyling and I've been making my own hair since I was 14. My final year of high-school I was given the honour to be my schools valedictorian. It was a challenging task because I was involved in numerous programs at my school and was working hard to maintain my grade point average. i have some great tips on time management and how to combat stress during your final year!   Through that experience i learned the power of persistence and positivity. Because to really make an impact you must fully believe in what you are doing, and refuse to give up until you see results.

I will respond to questions as quickly as possible! and I'm a very open minded person so don"t be shy :)
okay, so, this is going to be lengthy - and super specific. i'm just super confused, and new, and weirded out by this whole situation. 

i moved to canada in april 2016 from south asia, and was in one classroom for two months working on 2 grade 10 courses. it's, like, this program my school has for recent immigrants to catch up on courses if they come in super late during the semester. 

my point is, i didn't know anything outside those 4 walls, and so my actual school year didn't start until the next semester. i absolutely couldn't manage EC's right after i moved, because my mental health (naturally) deteriorated drastically. in my first full year, i had a grade 11 semester, and then my very first grade 12 semester. i did fine, i guess. but i do lack in EC's in canada. that's my only problem. and of course, my grades aren't crazy great, but i'm in my second (and last, thank god) semester of high school right now, and i'm planning to make up for it. 

my grades for my first grade 12 semester: 
philosophy - 90 
international business - 88 
advanced functions - 75 

and the grade 11 semester i had before that one: 
physics - 80 
functions - 79 
english - 87 

i mean, i wanna make it clear that i really wasn't trying last year. like, at all. i've only been here for 1.6 years. i don't have a strong enough application. what do i do? (i realise this is awfully long and super specific, but my situation is super specific and i don't know what to do. i really want to get into uoft or queen's commerce - i realise i'm not even close to smart enough for either, but a girl can dream) 

any advice/thoughts?

(i posted this late last night & didn’t get enough replies since everyone was probably asleep, but my stress level is evidently high since i’m posting it again!!)
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Grade 12 and stressed about choosing a program?
I would like to know if there's others here in the same position as I am, or somewhat similar.  In a little over a month, applications for universities start and I'm still confused on choosing a program.  I'm a girl in grade 12 and ever since elementary school, I've wanted to be an engineer.  I've always been interested in math, art, and science.  I've always wanted to create, invent, and design new things.  I have been set on engineering ever since.  However, I went to the OUF this weekend with my sister and she compared me to the other grade 12 students there who were also interested in engineering.  The other students were mostly boys and I'm kind of a "girly girl."  My sister pointed out that I wouldn't enjoy the program because I "don't fit in" and I would just be depressed.  She said that I should open up my options and maybe look toward media/communications because it looks more fun and I suit it better.  I know that I shouldn't take other people's thoughts sway my decision for my life, but it's hard not to consider the fact that maybe she's right.  I just don't want to choose engineering and end up hating it and wish I was in a "more fun" program.  I don't really know where I'm going with this but I feel like I'm running out of time and I'm still stuck on what I want to choose and what I'm meant to choose.  Anyone else in my position? Any advice from upper years?
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Schulich BBA Competition
So a York U representative came to my school last week and said that the cutoff for Schulich's BBA program was a 93 last year. I wanted to clarify or confirm this with anyone who may have information about this. In previous years, the cutoff was 91-92 so is it still possible to get in with those marks this year? 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 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
Study break: vent thread
bored lol

Let's use this thread to vent about high school and uni drama. Uni and graduation got me stresseddddd
University Applications: Things to Keep in Mind
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of your yconic student ambassadors for 2017-2018. 

University applications appear as a hefty pressure, but it's a gateway to the excitement of post-secondary. Here are four tips to help make this responsibility more manageable. 

1. Picking a school - create a list

Picking a university takes time and planning. Take some time and assess who you are as a person and think of your strengths. Also, consider your learning strategies (smaller classes, lecture styles, etc.) to identify how different colleges will be the proper fit to cultivate your strengths. However, ensure that you are being realistic about your choices and discuss options with your guidance counselor while reading the school's requirements. A tip is that you should be able to come up easily with five reasons why that university is the right fit for you.

2. Put some personality in it 

Don't be afraid to stand out a little. It's easy to write a 500-word essay on "Why is this University Made for You?," but filling them with keywords taken directly from the school's site becomes monotonous for the university. They already know if they have small class sizes or a beautiful campus, but they don't know why YOU specifically want to be a part of their school. 

3. Show Sincere Interest

It's easy to just fill out forms, but aimlessly applying sounds robotic. To be taken seriously, you've got to show some interest. Visit the university, go on tours and meet with admissions officers and ask questions. If you can't visit in person, take advantage of college fairs and the internet for modes of contact. Staying in touch helps you stand out. 

4. Take the Lead

Throughout the process of applying, remember that it is your future and it is both a responsibility and redeeming. Take charge of making a to-do list, arranging visits and interviews and reaching out to admissions offices yourself. 
Future High School Graduates of 2018
To all those who will be graduating in 2018, you may be nervous about keeping up your grades, anxious about choosing a university or post-secondary institution, or even excited about getting out of high school. Well, as for me, I am all of the above. My goal this year is to try not to stress too much to the point where I get headaches or not to leave things to the last minute. One of the things that I am trying not to leave to the last minute or stress about is choosing a university. I have done some research and visited a few universities, but I am having trouble figuring out which ones would be best for me (top 3 or so). I feel like this is a big decision and I want to make the right one. Any ideas, tips, or comments?
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Grade 12 English Retake?
I took grade 12 English during second semester of grade 11 and ended up with a 77%. Should I retake it or keep it where it is?

So far the courses I have completed for grade 12 are:

ENG4U - 77
MDM4UE - 86
CLN4UE - 90

Do you think universities will look down on my English mark even if I apply to programs unrelated to English? 
public speaking
hey guys! I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who does not like participating in class. I'm a bit worried because for some classes, I know there will be class discussion and it gets me really nervous speaking in front of people. Any tips?
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Physics from High School Level to University Level
So this is the year I start applying to post-secondary schools. Like many others like me, I have a vague idea of what I want to do. The majority of my options are either business related (marketing, international, or management) and science (Chemistry, bio-chemistry, or biology) with some other interesting courses scattered around. 

After doing some more in-depth research into what the schedules are like for the science programs, I saw that some had physics as a part of their schedules. I'm not the best at physics unfortunately and I didn't do amazingly well in grade 11 physics so I decided to opt out of taking it for grade 12. 

My question is, if I were to apply and get accepted into these science programs with physics involved, will I survive? I mean, it does say physics as a recommended course so they might reteach the basics of physic right? Or am I going to have to do a complete overhaul and learn physics all over again during the summer?

TL;DR Some uni courses have physics in their schedules, I didn't take any physics besides GR11. Will I survive?

Specific programs I'm talking about: Ryerson- Biology (Honors) and Chemistry (Honors) and Biomed (Honors), UofT- Life Sci
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I am a senior in high school having a big dilemma about university or college
So i am a senior in high school right now and i go to a non semester school. So here are my grade 12 courses as of now. 

Grade 12 University English (ENG4U)- I already took this course this past summer for online summer school. Passed it but with a 50 on the dot, so i'm upgrading my mark in day school

Grade 12 Foundations of college mathematics (MAP4C) - I took grade 11 functions and i failed it in day school last year and had to go to summer school and got a mark of 69%. I was always a student that struggled in math i really did not like it. And i originally was in MDM4U and i found it really intimidating after the first week so i changed to MAP4C. Like i honestly do not want to see myself fail a math course again this year. 

Grade 12 University World Issues (CGW4U)- After the first week i found this course quite interesting 

Grade 12 Mixed Computer Engineering (TEJ4M) - I was originally wanted to go into a college program that involves computers so i took this course (the concluding paragraph will explain more about this choice)

Grade 12 University Families Studies ( HHS4U) - Alright so this course after 1 week looks pretty interesting at well i'm not gonna lie. I also wonder what uni/college programs revolve around this course

Grade 12  University Kinesiology (PSK4U) - By the looks of it this is one of the sciences i find appealing 

Grade 12 University Law ( CLN4U) - I took Law in grade 11 and did average ( Mid 60's ) So i figured why not take it again this year.

Grade 12 College Raising Healthy Children (HPD4C) - I needed a fairly easy course to straighten out my senior year and not make it too hard so i figured this course would be good.

Alright so with these courses i know i should be good to apply for college (and i was highly considering this to). But my mom also wants me to apply to at least 1 university just because she wants me to try to get into a university without giving up and if all goes bad then she will be fine if i get accepted to a college. Can someone fill me in on some info to explain what's the real difference between college and university ( Is college necessarily worse then university). Lastly after some researching i understand that ENG4U is a must to apply for any university but are there such programs that would take MAP4C, Like when the time comes can i technically still apply for a university or will i get blocked somehow. Like i can't stress how much i struggle with math in grade 9 and 10 i took academic level for both years and i finished with mid 60's , and i wanted to continue that path onto grade 11 math but ended up failing during day school and had to upgrade credit in summer school, Having that experience with math in grade 11 i wanted to apply to an easy U level math course for grade 12 which i decided with MDM4U but i just can't continue with that either , and i know for sure advance functions and calculus will make me struggle a ton as well. So when it comes to applying for a university if i'm missing a U level math course is there no other way around it to get accepted. I don't even know what's considered an easy University program to apply to or even college. So my biggest concern is if i can still send an application to a university with a C level math course. Aghhhh i'm stressing so much right now. It would be really great if i can get insight on this whole topic from your past experience thank you very much.