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So how do you guys study for adv fund, biology, religion, calcu, chemistry, and English exams ? How long do you guys study for? When did you start studying? What resources did you use? Has anyone got perfect on their exam? These are all grade 12 courses and with first semester finals being important as fuck.. just wondering how much more I can do. Good luck on exams guys, hope you do as well as you want. Hopefully first year students can share their lucky tips. :D
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What extracurricular activities would you recommend?
 I have very little extracurricular activities.....
My EC Activities include: 
Science Club
Physics Club
Peer Tutoring
Varsity Soccer team player
Play soccer in a mix-aged soccer group every Friday and Sunday for 2 hours
Only a combined of 40+ community hours
High school co-op? (Not sure if this counts)

And the rest of my time are spent on playing video games, do housework (chore), and practice soccer freestyle. I can see my passion lies on Sciences, and sports

What kind of extracurricular activities would you recommend if I am to apply uoft engineering / waterloo engineering? 
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Just Finished My First Year in Western MedSci - AMA!!
I just finished first year in Western MedSci and I'm going into my second year in the fall. I'm also a 2016 Western National Scholarship recipient (the President's Entrance), so if you have any questions about the program, admissions, or scholarships, let me know!

I can also give some advice on first-year courses if need be - even though I didn't get the most perfect GPA haha (3.8). Also, I can give some insight into a few clubs and the variety/nature of student life!!
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applying for university
Im in grade twelve. I take my pre calculus and chemistry online (i attend a local school on the linear system for the rest of my courses). I Finished pre calc 11 and chem 11 at the end of November. I have started both chem 12 and pre calc 12 and am about half way done both. Since Pre calculus 11 and Chemistry 11 aren't on my term one, but will be on term two am i able to apply for universities?
York global health / ryerson public health
Im thinking of applying to the following programs. I just want to know if anyone is in these programs or knows anything and if you think they are any good:
-Ryerson public and occupational health- to be a public health inspector or epidimeologist with a masters
-York global health- epidemiologist with masters
-carleton- bioinformatics
And possibly physician assistant school or med school after? (Clearly i have no idea what i want)
Any advice would be helpful

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"Productive" extracurricular activities?
I play video games almost 3-4 hours a day and I am a senior. I believe it is time to put down video games as I have been recently realized that playing video games is a complete waste of time. What do you guys, especially to those with 90s average, do in you have spare times?
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painfull stress
hi guys I just wanted to ask your opinion if I fail advanced functions but do good in another math will I get into Ryerson....I try really hard and practice but tests are so hard and i have a panic attack and blankout..its not fair I study so hard for math but not anywhere..when i do homework questions I get them right but I don't know what happens on tests..i feel so worthless and ashamed like it's not a hard course but im failing Ryerson wants only math but will failing one credit allow me admission there :( I want to do B.comm
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"Silly Questions"?
Here is a thread to ask any questions you may have about uni, high school, scholarships, etc. without worrying how they will be perceived. No negativity or judgment allowed here! We're all doing the best we can.
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brock's BBA or Ryerson Bcomm or York's Commerce
hi, im currently a grade 12 student getting mid 80's and 90's so far except for math which is below 50 :(. I know there are better business schools and programs then these but im not ready to go to a business school that is hard and where i will be emotionally drained and stressed out. I want go to a business school where i can manage my grades. I am going through enough stress in grade 12 already and i dont want to go through it again. I know ryerson has no co-op but what about york's commerce ..does it have it if your not going to schullich  and how is brock. I am just confused about if i should i go to a university that has no co-op or not
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Is McMaster Boring?
How is the social life at McMaster. I'm not asking about the education and courses just strictly asking about the social scene. From what i've heard about McMaster is that it can get pretty dull quickly. Could you tell me about the social scene of McMaster in comparison to UWO, Laurier and Guelph. Thank you.
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should i drop out of university?
my current gpa is 9/12 or a B+. i never liked school but i was always good at it so people always pushed me into academic related things. i want to go into fashion or acting or just general management of some kind. i would even be happy working minimum wage and sharing an apartment with a couple of friends. im currently in a business program. i dont want to work for the "big 4" or any of these big industrial companies. i just find it boring. i need to be creative. i would appreciate serious advice please. 

i do come from a privileged background so i dont understand what's so bad about making just enough money to live off of. i believe i would have more freedom instead of being bound by grades and studying. I dont even want what's after university. i dont want a job where i have to compete and work overtime. that is not success to me. i just want to be happy. i just want to do what makes me happy in life. i dont want to live in misery anymore. 

to university grads: why did you persevere through university? did you think the same things i did in first year? what made you change your mind? 

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Reality of Lawyers
Hello Everyone!

I was just wondering what type of job aspects I am really looking at with becoming a lawyer. I have a few questions (some of which will be very ignorant --> disclaimer), but I would profusely thank you for your honest responses.

1) I was interested in taking up law as a graduate degree (after an engineering degree in software engineering or computer science. Do you really think it is worth it that with an engineering background, I spend a few more years studying for law rather than focusing my attention towards attaining a secure job?

2) I have read that most lawyers, when they start out, need to go through several years of paperwork filing, etc before actually becoming prosecutors/lawyers, etc. How many years are we talking about pre-lawyer. 

3) I want to focus on either Family Law/ Criminal Law. Okay, ignorance full speed ahead:
----> Which type of a law practice is easier to pursue.
----> Which practice pays the best (not only limited to these two).
----> While doing criminal law, is the safety of prosecutors/lawyers guaranteed? Sorry I watch too many crime shows and see lots of lawyers getting into trouble : /
----> Do you have to be absolutely confident with your oral abilities? I mean I do get a little flustered at times (I'm improving significantly however), but I am somewhat confident about my writing abilities. 

4) How many years before actually becoming a prosecutor? I am looking to becoming a prosecutor, which is better prosecutor/lawyer?

5) If you are a lawyer/prosecutor, etc. Do you get to investigate the scenes of crime or are you just in charge of the necessary paperwork.

6) How hard are the bar exams? What are the probabilities of passing/failing? I have searched some practice tests online and although I am just in high school (gr12), I don't find some questions to be so challenging (not all are easy of course). I may be on the wrong site or something but I just want to get an accurate feel of what its like to have a profession in law.

 Honestly, I don't know if it will be worthwhile that after I get an engineering degree, I start adding a huge loan and get my master's degree under law. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!







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Pre-Med
What do you think is the best pre-med program in Ontario. Rank your top 3 and explain why. In terms of how difficult it is to get a good GPA, med-school acceptance, workload, time for a social life/extracurricular activities.
University that is far?
Hey, to all grade 12s applying, or ones who already did, are you guys limiting your programs and uni due to distance? There are a few programs I want to get into, but I keep thinking 'it's too far' and am only applying to the 3 in toronto.. should I still apply to further ones? 

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Does McGill care about grade 11 marks?
I'm an Ontario student who applied to McGill Arts in mid October. I noticed on Minerva that my status says that they won't receive my grades from OUAC until March. As well, the website says admission decisions start in February for out of province students. I didn't have a very good year in Grade 11, some of my courses dragging my average down by a lot. Overall, it was an 82.5%. I know that the average for McGill Arts is a 86.5%. However, my grades this year have improved by a large margin, and I think I can keep it up for the rest of the year. Currently, after midterms, my average is 92.5%. My question is, since McGill doesn't see grades until after first semester of Grade 12, does that mean they won't take into consideration my Grade 11 marks? Or at least take less consideration into them? 

For reference, here are my grades from last year and this year. 

Grade 11 (Final marks): 

Physics (3U): 57% 
Functions (3U): 78%
French as first language (3U): 92% 
Philosophy (4U): 83% 
English as first language (3U): 91% 
Psychology (3U): 91% 
Leadership (4M): 83% 
Writers' Craft (4U): 83% 
Religion (3M): 85% 

Grade 12 (First semester midterm marks): 

English as first language (4U): 88% 
French Literature (4U): 97% 
Human Development (4M): 92% 

For English, the class has been really tough (my class average is 75%, when normally the average is in the 80s for my grade), but I'm confident I can increase my mark by a few percentages before the end of the semester. Next semester, I have Law, Political Science, and French as a first language. I would love to hear what you guys think. Thank you! 


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I HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING LIFE SCIENCE PROGRAMS
Hi,

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)

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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Rude comments
I don't understand why on this website, when people are actually seeking for solid advice or inquisitive about certain programs they wish to pursue and mention their averages, they are insulted and put down. I've seen on a bunch of posts lately how obnoxiously rude people have been and there's an uprise of trolls too? There are schools who recommended this website to get input from university students about campus life or academics and also find out about other students in the same boat, so I am irritated by how much of a joke this website has become. People can't genuinely post something without a bunch of commentors leaving insensitive comments behind, like if someone wishes to go into a program and does not have the marks for it, why not offer them advice on how to do better in the timeframe that they have? Instead of degrading them like the privilege of staying anonymous is being abused because people who aren't trolling might actually rely on this website.
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Academic Experience
I know that employers don't care for the most part what school you get your degree from. I am wondering though if there is a difference in the experience you will have at the most selective schools (i.e those with high over all entrance averages like Waterloo, Queens, Western) and the least selective schools (e.g. Trent, Carleton, UOIT). Does the entry average of the undergraduate body have any impact on the type of experience you have both in and out of class? What about the overall graduation rate? Do you think these factors are important when choosing a school?
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New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a new Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- OSAP
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- 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

how high is the competition of ryerson's business Please helppp!!!!!
i am bit concerned about getting in because my math is like in the 40's but everything else is like in 90's . Although a lot of people are saying ryerson is not get hard to get into...im worried because most business programs are competitive...if i manage to get like a 65 as my final math mark will i get in still?
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York Acceptances 2018
So I created this account for people who got accepted to York.
If you got accepted tell us which program(s) you got accepted in and your averages in grade 11 and 12. 

FYI, I applied to three programs at York and waiting for their decision.
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Which school is going to give me the best university experience?
I applied to Mcmaster, Western, Queens, Laurier, Uoft and ryerson and im going to be living on res 1st year. My question is which school am i going to get the most out of from a social perspective and quality of education. I know that commuter schools are horrible for it and that UofT will give me hell . Right now, I am leaning towards either Western or McMaster but out of the 6 schools can you tell me briefly tell me what to expect and kindly rank each school. Thank you!!
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