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Queen's Engineering 2021
Have any Canadians gotten into Queen's Engineering? If you did, what province are you from and what was your average.
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Why You Probably Won’t Apply for Scholarships

You probably looked at the scholarship application criteria and thought you didn’t stand a chance. You probably didn’t realize that the applicant pools for scholarships are actually dwindling and that some scholarships even go unclaimed. And you probably thought that all of those extracurricular activities and volunteering initiatives you've been apart of weren't that impressive.

You probably forgot that universities have streamlined and simplified scholarship application methods. Brock University has a system called OneApp where with just one application (clever name, huh?), you are automatically considered for every single Brock-administered scholarship and bursary. Well, you weren’t the only one who forgot. All your friends probably forgot too. And probably their friends. Which probably makes it a cakewalk for the select few who note the application due date on their calendars.

You’re probably also hesitant to ask someone to write that dreaded mandatory reference letter. You probably think that because of that one time you were 30 minutes late for a shift, your boss is going to give you a terrible reference (even though you’ve been a star employee otherwise). And you probably think that when you reach out to a Professor or Teaching Assistant, they’re going to laugh in your face. I wonder how they made it to graduate school – they probably had the same apprehensions, right?

You probably think you’re going to be a burden to your referee. You probably didn’t think you could reduce this burden by offering to send them a copy of your resume, a list of your personal accomplishments and a draft letter in bullet-point form.

You should probably check out the scholarship section of yconic and start applying.

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

Western Uni Residence (HELP ME CHOOSE)
Med-Syed, Delaware, Ontario Hall, or Perth?

I'm having difficulties ranking my residences for my Western's first year. Help me out guys :D

"Me" breakdown: 
- BMOS program (closer to BMOS-related buildings would be nice)
- Need a lot of quiet time to study
- Need food
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Who's been accepted to Western so far?
I've heard that Western is slow on sending out acceptances right now and they are accepting a bit later, just wondering who's been accepted and if anyone knows when Western usually starts accepting!
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4th year Ryerson student: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a current student at Ryerson in my 4th year, majoring in Professional Communication. I'm currently studying for the LSAT and plan to write in Summer 2017. 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. This past summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. 

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

Ryerson RTA Media Production
Hello, I'm applying for Ryerson's Media Prod program and I was wondering if anyone else is and if anybody is already in the program and willing to answer a few questions? 

Thank you & have a great day!


Do I have a chance of getting in with my 77.5% average? Need advice badly!
Hey! I go to a non-semestered school and our first set of marks were just sent to the universities and these are my grades:  
Adv. Functions: 80  
Biology: 80  
English: 77  
Calculus: 88  
Chemistry: 70  
Religion: 71  
Physics: 70
My average right now is a 76% and my top 6 add up to a 77.5% average. I'm just wondering if I still have a chance of getting into university with this average, and if I can still improve it to a more competitive average by the next report card. The programs I applied to are UOIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ryerson Undeclared Science, Brock Computer Science, and York Engineering. I'm really scared that I won't get in and I need advice badly. Do I have a chance of getting in? Thanks!
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What should you eat before exams?
Did you know, what you eat before an exam can impact how well you will do on the exam? Here are my top nutrition tips to help you ace your next exam:

1. Do not skip breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and your brain needs energy to reach its full potential. If you are nervous and have a hard time eating before an exam, try sipping on a smoothie.

2. Eat a balanced meal: Try eating a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Grabbing a muffin for breakfast will leave you hungry in no time as you need protein and healthy fats to sustain your hunger. Healthy fats are also great for brain health! I recommend having a couple of eggs with a side of fruit and whole grain toast! 

3. Eat foods that benefit brain health: Healthy fats and fruits and veggies are known to boost memory and focus! Have a sweet tooth? Dark chocolate is a healthy brain food as it is full of antioxidants.

4. Don’t Eat foods, that don’t sit well with your stomach: If you have a history of foods that upset your stomach, avoid them the day of your exam to prevent having to run to the bathroom mid-exam. 

5. Stay away from processed and sugary foods: Besides being bad for your health, sugar is actually known to impair your memory and learning skills. Beware of that double-double you order from Tim’s if you like getting that last minute caffeine fix to keep you awake after a long night of studying.

  6. Pack a snack: If you find yourself focusing on your growling stomach instead of your exam, a small snack may come in handy as fast fuel to get you through your exam. Just remember to pack something that won’t be distracting to other. Crunchy carrots may not be the best option. Instead, try packing a banana or a granola bar.

7. Stay hydrated: Water is essential for your whole body to function properly so sip up! I hope this helps as you eat your way to your next A on your exam! 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
Re-taking Advanced Functions in Online School
I completed 12 Advanced Functions last semester in day school and ended with a 70%. Even if I re-take and get an average mark like an 80%, my overall average goes up to 88%. It's my lowest course and brings down my average a ton. Which schools can you recommend to look at? Preferably ones that aren't too expensive - I looked at Virtual High School and their costs are $600. 

Also for those of you who've taken it/ have friends who've taken it, is it difficult to complete? Especially considering I have a full course load at the moment.

Most of the unis I applied to have stated that they'll either take the highest average of the two credits, or take an average of the two, which I'm okay with.
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Is it hard to make friends in University? (+ tips)
Hey guys, so I know that going to university is a big step in our lives and I thought that many people including myself would benefit from some tips on being social and making good friends in uni. Also, some experiences would be cool to hear! It sounds like a difficult thing to do because you're starting fresh, but is it really??
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Ask Me Anything: UCalgary Kinesiology Student & Academic Scholar (UBC and UCalgary)
Hey Everyone! My name is Mathieu and I am one of the Student Ambassadors here at yconic! I am currently a first-year Kinesiology student (majoring in Biomechanics) at the University of Calgary and would love to dedicate this thread to answering any questions that you may have!  

Who Am I:  
-First-Year UCalgary Kinesiology Undergraduate Student majoring in Biomechanics
-Recipient of $100,000 in Scholarships coming out of high school (includes a Major Entrance Scholarship at the University of British Columbia and a Pathways to Medicine Scholarship at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine)
-First Year Council Kinesiology Representative, Executive for Right to Play and Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Volunteer at the Thrive Center.
-Currently conducting research on the effects of physical contact on youth ice hockey players in Canada with the Sports Injury Prevention Research Center
-Admission into the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine’s MD Program (through the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship)  

What Can I Help You With:  
-Campus Life at the University of Calgary
-The Transition from High School to University; First-Year perspective and tips for studying
-Tips on scholarship applications (UBC Major Entrance Scholarships, UCalgary Pathways to Medicine Scholarships, and much more!)
-Getting involved with extra-curriculars and time-management
-Medical School Admissions
-Any other burning questions that you may have!!!  

Please feel free to comment your questions below and I will be sure to answer them to the best of my ability and as quickly as possible! I am here to help you and if I can put a smile on your face, you have put a smile on my face!

Also, please feel free to subscribe to me and follow my weekly blog posts!  

Grade 12 English in Summer school?
Hey there,
I was wondering if doing Grade 12 English is worth doing in Summer school? I know a couple of friends who are older and they say that the work load is really stressful if you have English during the Semester!

Thanks in advance! :)
Waterloo AFM chances??
My top 6 average is gonna be 90.5-91. My final in advanced functions is 85 and I think my AIF and AFMAA were pretty average. What do you guys think my chances of getting accepted are? Thanks in advance!!
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Is it bad to take a night class in grade 12?
I want to know, does it look bad in univeristy, (especially if I'm taking  pre-med courses)? 

What are your thoughts on taking a science class, like chemistry? I can't take it during school for a few reasons. Thanks in advance!
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Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

Example:              1. My trusty Herschel backpack
                               2. Red TOMS shoes
                               3. My lucky pen
                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
Biomed eng at guelph
What is the cutoff for this program? And what would a competitive mark be to get in? Thanks
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Want to own your own business? Want free start up funds?
Unknown to most people, the government of Ontario has been trying to actively support young entrepreneurs to start their own business by providing mentorship and start-up funds through the 'summer company program'. 


This summer company program is open to students in both high school and university aged students (15-29) interested in seriously starting their own business. Those interested will first need to pitch their business to representatives of the ministry of economic development through a two-step process. 

1. Submit a business plan to the ministry
2. Interview with ministry representatives 

The deadline for the 2017 summer company program will be May 6th 2017 
Successfully admitted participants will not only be offered $3000, but also given mentorship from industry professionals.

I joined the program over 2 years ago when I pitched my contracting company and was successfully admitted into the program. With the guidance of mentors provided to me, I was able to make thousands of dollars in a few months in addition to the $3000 grant given by the government. 

Ideas that have been successfully pitched to the program include:
-Contracting companies 
-App developing companies
-Reselling companies
-Quality Health Care/ Lifestyle  products

Being an entrepreneur means that not only do you work for yourself, but you also set your own work hours and determine the direction of your company. 

Interested? Have any questions or comments? Feel free to comment below!

Benson Law
-Yconic Student Ambassador

Queen's Eng vs uOttawa Eng?
I was accepted to uOttawa for mechanical engineering + coop, and have applied to Queen's engineering (but haven't heard anything yet). I was wondering if anyone here is currently in engineering at either of these schools and could help me out with some questions haha. 

If I do get accepted to Queen's, I'm not sure which university I would choose. The biggest difference between them I feel is the coop (uOttawa has a coop option built into the program whereas Queen's has an option internship program between 3rd and 4th year). I have visited both schools and can see myself attending either one. I am wondering how much of an advantage coop would be? Like, would the placements give you real experience or would they all be desk jobs and such lol? 

After university I want to pursue something astronomy related. Which school would have more opportunities related to that field? Thanks
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Post-Secondary Students: Do you actually "read" during your reading week?
For most Ontario universities, reading week next week! Like many students, I personally believe we are long overdue for a nice little break. The purpose of the break is to give students the opportunity to relieve stress – the name is simply ironic. Here’s a few ideas of how you can spend your reading week:

You could try actually making a list of books and read them for pleasure. If you’re anything like me, it’s super difficult to pick up a book for pleasure during the school year! You have a whole week, try reading a book or two. I have a book on my book shelf I’ve been patiently waiting until I had time to read it. There’s no better time than the present!

You have a whole week to be stress-free. Sure you may have assignments, tests, and midterms left when you return to school, but for a whole week you’re not obligated to do anything. Try travelling during the downtime of reading week. When I say travel, I don’t necessarily mean venturing to the warm beaches of Mexico, it could be a simple day-trip somewhere local with some friends! I’m planning on going on a staycation to Niagara Falls this week for a small getaway.

Pick up an extra shift
Having a whole week off is a great opportunity to pick up some extra shifts at your part-time job (or in my case, my full-time job.) A little extra money for bills, and expenses is great, or you can save it for rainy day! 

 Do you actually read during your reading week? If not, how do you spend your week?
Hidden Library Services Rundown for Incoming University Students

University libraries are more than study spaces – they can provide helpful services as well! If you’re starting university in the near future, here are some library services that can help you out:

#1 - Laptop Rentals

BSOD on your laptop? While you’re working on getting that sorted out, you can borrow laptops from your university library. At the Brock library, laptop rentals are available on a 4-hour basis. And if you rent within 4 hours of closing, you can keep the laptop overnight.

#2 - Exam Reserves

Your university library may have a section on its website which will link you to electronic copies of previous midterm and final exams (that professors have authorized to be made public). Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca and click on "Looking for Exams?"

#3 - Short-Term Textbook Loans

Sometimes, professors will put copies of your course textbook on reserve at the library. You can rent them out on a short-term basis (anywhere from 1 to 4 hours). This saves you from having to buy textbooks. Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca

#4 - Inter-Library Loans

Working on a research paper, and don’t have proper books at your university’s library? Or do you need a textbook for a class and is it not available for short-term loan? Most universities participate in Canada are part of the inter-library loan (ILL) program. This means you can borrow books from other universities across the country, all for free. Ask your librarian for how to register.

(Note: These are services that I’ve encountered based as a student at Brock University. Library services will vary by institution.)

Are there any other helpful library services that I’ve missed? Comment below!

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

where should i go ?
hey guys! i was just hoping for another opinion on what school i should go to next year. I've applied for u of c bachelor of health science, u of t life science,  dal medical science, mcmaster health science (who knows if i'll get in here but whatever) and mcmaster life science. just wanted some opinions on the pros and cons of different programs!!
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