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Should I be taking grade 12 chemistry?
I didn't do too well in grade 11 chem, got a 73. I want to get into a computer science program, and a lot of them don't require chemistry. Regardless, would it still be worth it to take it? I'm currently taking:

ENG4U(took it in the summer already)
Computer Science
Business management

I'm being told to drop fitness or business and take chemistry, but I feel like it might drag me down. I'm just scared, and need advice.
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Graduating high school with no friends?
Man, I feel hella sad
I moved to a new school in a good area in Grade 10, tried to make friends
And its grade 12, I'm graduating with no squad I actively chill with

I have a lot of people that talk to me at school, say hi to in the halls, want to work with me when it comes down to school stuff

But no squad to call my own. No friends that invite me out.

All of the people at my school have their groups made since grade 9, and even before since middle school. It's so hard to find a place where I just fit in man

I tried getting to be friends with one group of people, but despite all my friendliness and my efforts showing that I see them as friends outside of school, they ignore me and don't see me in the same way

I try to invite them out places, but they never come through. And when it comes down to their stuff (movies, birthdays etc) they don't invite me out

And now I'm graduating Grade 12, no real friends that I chill with outside of school
I'm not an awkward person, I play basketball casually, but idk man

I'm normally a guy not fazed by sh*t like this, but when I saw my friend posting pics of his birthday party on his snapchat story, I got kinda sad :/

What should I do :/
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Courses taken first semester (grade 12)
Hey guys!

I will be staring grade 12 soon, and I'm not quite sure what's right to do with my schedule. My first semester will consist of functions, a spare, bio and a bird course (like challenge and change or gym). I know, that's too easy!

I know the univeristies I'll be applying for will look over my first semester average.If I'm going into the sciences, is taking just bio and functions good for one semester? Should I add another science like chemistry (instead of gym)? I also know that if I do get accepted into a program, there's a specific average I need to keep up with. So what do you think?

Any advice will he helpful! Thanks. 
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Uni Admissions
 I have a huge problem that still needs to be solved but feel that with the help of members of yconic, it can be solved with beneficial advice. I have a year and a half till I apply to uni and am kind of stressed that I won't get in (especially since I know people who attend ivey league schools). Now, I do obtain good averages but when I look at more successful students around me, I feel that I need to do so much better! Do yo think that with continuing maintaining a high avg,  already being an exec of 2 clubs and potentially getting a part time job will gain the admission officers interest?  I currently am looking at Western, Carleton or UFT! 
All advice is appreciated!

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Current University of Guelph Biomedical Science 2nd Year student: Ask Me Anything!
Hi, I'm in my second year of the biomedical science major at UofG! If anyone has any questions about the program or the campus in general, ask away!
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Back to school thread!
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year. Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!

Answer the following:
- What do you want to improve with yourself and how will you do it?
- Past average? Average you're aiming for? How will that be accomplished?
- What is one thing that motivates you to 'keep going'?

With me,
- I know I need to start focusing more on studying for the fact that I constantly get distracted by pointless things. I will make sure I study in a calm place from now on, avoiding all distractions. 

- I had a 90% average, but I'm aiming for 93% or higher. I need to pay more attention in class lectures and study more effectively.

- One thing that keeps me going is sports in general. If I find myself too stressed with school work, I tend to play sports like basketball and volleyball, or simply go for a walk. Also, I plan on moving away for uni (maybe McMaster, Western, or UofT), so I know I'll need high marks!

If you ever feel discouraged, look back at this thread to remind yourself what needs to be done :)

Back to School Thread: Ultimate Goals
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year.List your ultimate goal/target average for the following school year. Please feel free to ask for advice on how to achieve your ultimate goal!
Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!
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Sports in university?
Hey guys,

I will be starting my senior year soon, and I'm wondering if playing a sport (basketball) in university would be worth it. Is it difficult to balance the work ethic and practices/games? What do you think about uni sports in general?

I am planning to go to  UofT, McMaster, Western, or the uni in my city. I'm into the sciences so I already know it's going to be extremely time consuming. 

However, I do hear ECs are extremely worth it!

Tell me what you guys think, thanks in advance. 
Boost my average?
I will be going into grade 12 in September, and I'm wondering if you guys find it possible to go from a 92% average in grade 11, to a 95%+ average in grade 12. I honestly think I am capable of boosting my grades if I begin focusing more on myself, but let me know what you guys think!

What would you recommend I start doing? I am planning to attend Western, McGill, UofT or McMaster. I understand my average really needs to stick out for uni apps.

Thanks in advance!
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Did NOT meet Queen's University condition. Will my offer be revoked?
Hey guys, 

I didn't meet my condition for my Queen's offer for the BA program I accepted (Econ major). I did my A Levels and got my results today and ended up getting 1 B, 1 C and 1 D grade. The offer Queen's gave me said I should have no grade less than C in any three subjects. 

I wanted to know how strict Queen's University is with the conditions they give and do they actually revoke offers. Any help would be appreciated, even if you don't have A Levels and have any experience with something like this.

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Is Grade 12 Physics much harder than Grade 11 Physics?
I am going into Grade 12 and I'm planning to do Engineering at Waterloo. Therefore, physics is one of my prerequisite courses. In Grade 11 physics I really slacked off and never got my homework done and ended with an 80% (I know it's really bad). For Grade 12, I really want to make sure that I get at least a 93% or more, is it possible for me to do so if I put in a lot of effort? Also, do you have any good tips on how I can study and prepare for those Physics tests and ace that class?

Thank you in advance!
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Android apps for studying
I got my new Samsung phone and I am going into Grade 12 this year, I was wondering if any of you knew any good apps that will help me with studying and getting good marks in Grade 12.

The subjects that I am taking for Grade 12: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, and Drama
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Sciences vs Engineering
I am going into my senior year and I am confused about whether I should go into the science field or engineering. My favourite subjects are math and biology. 

Which one has a better job prospect?
Which one is easier?
Which one requires a higher average?

Thank you in advance!
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How to do well on Application and Critical thinking on tests?
On tests, I tend to understand the material and do really well on the knowledge questions but the Application and Critical thinking questions always mess me up and I'm never ready for it, which is why I tend to do really bad on those questions. Anyone know how I could possibly prepare myself in order to do better in these sections of the test?

Subjects that I'm referring to: Physics, biology, and chemistry
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3rd year Ryerson student: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a current student at Ryerson entering my 4th year in September, majoring in Professional Communication. I'm currently studying for the LSAT and hoping to go to law school after my undergrad. Aside from holding 2 internships over the last 3 years, I work as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. I've also recently been hired as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government 
- basically any other questions you might have 

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

A new laptop for university
Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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Spare in senior year?
Hey guys! 

I will be starting my senior year soon. Should I take a spare, or is it better to rather take an elective course? (like gym/fitness, leadership...) I understand a spare can be useful for hard semesters, but taking it won't get me used to the workload in uni.

I'm not sure what universities (such as Western, McMaster, UofT...) think of spares, so any help would be great! :)

(Btw, I am planning to pursue a career in the med field)

Thanks in advance.
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where do i find scholar ships? I need the money for school as i am living on my own and trying to do this on my own. I have a learning Disability and struggle  with other health problems. Anything helps. I am open to anything.
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Co op program questions
Hello! I'm a student in Ontario about to start grade 12 this fall. I'm considering studying some sort of engineering at university. I'd just like to know a bit more about co op programs. First off, what are they exactly? Do you recommend taking them? Does it affect application to university? And which universities have better engineering co op programs?
Thanks :)
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Western vs. Queens
I'm just wondering if anyone could help me out. I'm currently debating between Western social science and Queens arts. As of right now, I think I would like to study psych but I'm going in with an open mind. I live in Kitchener Waterloo and so Western is much closer than queens but either way I'm staying in residence. I've been to both schools multiple times and I genuinely love them both. I know I will be happy with either school. As of now I'm definetly planning on pursuing further school after my undergrad, weather that be law school or something else, and so I know it doesn't matter that much where I go for my undergrad but it's  just that I still have to make a decision and I just want to make sure I make the best one! 

What I have so far: 

-guaranteed res 
-ranked high in Canada for social science 
-fun/party atmosphere 
-nice campus 
-London is a nice city 
-good distance from home 
-very familiar (both parents went to western, I know lots of people going, and people there)  

-large somewhat spread out campus
-large student body 

-guaranteed res 
-Great reputation overall 
-beautiful campus 
-Kingston is a nice city 
-campus is a little more compact 
-smaller student body 

-far from home 
-West campus 15 minutes from main campus
-unsure of reputation for social science 
-possibly less courses in social science? (not sure if it's true or not) 

Any help would be awesome :) 
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Q/A Pharmacy
I am a third year student at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. I was awarded a Bachelor's degree (Hons. BSc) in Biochemistry with a specialization of Pathology of Human Diseases at the University of Western Ontario. My GPA was 3.91 when I applied for pharmacy school.
Please ask me anything in terms of pharmacy and/or pharmacy school.

EDIT: I am now a recently graduated pharmacist. I am now working for St. Joseph's Hospital. 
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Carleton, McMaster, or uOttawa?
Which school(s) have "party" reputations? 
Which one(s) have the best residence? 
Which one(s) gives first year students a higher chance of getting a single room? 
Which one(s) have good co-op programs?

And anything else you think I should know

Thanks in advance!
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Earth Acenscion & Awakening From the Matrix
Essentially we here on earth are sentient beings, with animal bodies, with a consciousness implemented within our brains. We are essentially known as roboids, which is the soul fully integrated within this homo-Saipan avatar. 

In order to achieve inner fulfilment we must connect and tune into this higher self by listening to the frequencies of the thoughts within our brain that we reflect upon. By trying to hone this capability of hearing the incoming transmissions being perceived by us and In turn training our ability to send transmissions back to that which is beyond us, truly achieves the purpose that this experimental earth was created for. 

We are here as a learning experience on the constant quest for more knowledge, as all the universes are infinite and this never ends. We are simply here for the time being. 

We need to start to look to that which is beyond us, to our higher selves, to the many dimensions that exist beyond our own, to our creator, to heaven.  

Essentially we are everyday starting to become more and more aware of these facts that we've been blinded from for so long, and at this point in time it is essentially a transition period 

What will occur is a catastrophic event that will cause devastation to all earthbound life, however, in turn of this event and all of us dying In this vivid simulation at the same time, there will be an Earth Ascension allowing for all of us within this prison of our minds known as the matrix, to be awoken.