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$500 "To My Past Self" Community Contest
Hindsight is everything, right? 

With Happy Student New Year quickly approaching, we want to know what one piece of advice you would have given yourself 12 months ago to better get you through your last academic year.  

We’re looking for some inspirational advice that will help other students have an amazing 2015/16 Student New Year. Whether it’s “No matter how comfy your bed is, go to class” or “life’s short, eat the cake” we want to hear from you.  

To enter, simply comment below using your real name with “To My Past Self:” followed by the piece of advice you think would have helped you one year ago. 

Encourage your friends to vote your comment as helpful. The comment with the most helpful votes at the end of the contest period will be awarded the $500 prize.* 

Only friends that have an active yconic profile will be able to vote. So connect and make new friends in the yconic Community or invite your friends to join http://yconic.com for FREE today.

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM EDT.  

*See full rules and regulations. Please note: Anonymous or inappropriate posts will not be tolerated nor entered into this contest.  

What advice will you find most helpful? Help us identify the best advice by giving your favourite comments a ‘Help Vote’!

* https://support.yconic.com/hc/en-us/articles/205369054--To-My-Past-Self-Community-Contest-Rules
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!
Chance getting into Queens commerce?
Advanced functions: 100%
Calculus and Vectors: 92%
Data Management: 100% 
(took all 3 maths in gr11)
This semester I'm taking 3 bird courses: Mentorship, Mandarin, and Religion. 
expecting to get 90+ in mentorship and religion, 95+ in Mandarin.
Taking English next semester, expecting an 85%

Church youth leader 4 years
Eco-school team 2 years ( prob going to be captain this year) 
Black belt in Taekwondo ( Won international tornament once in grade 10) 6 years
Member of student council (started this year)
Member of charity club (started this year)
Drummer in a band outside of school for 2 years 
Peer pal (started this year) 
Summer internship at taikang life insurance company last year in china 
only 55 hours of volunteering

one of my biggest concern is the quality of my extracurricular activities, I spent most of my time on maths last year so I really dont have that many long-term ecs. 
Any suggestions on how can I increase the chance of getting into Queen's commerce? 
The importance of extracurriculars
I have a 95 average, but I don't have many extracurriculars. I'm applying to universities this year. I'm thinking about applying to Waterloo, McMaster and UOIT for engineering. How much will not having many extracurriculars hurt my chances of getting accepted? I am a regular volunteer at a retirement home, and i am participating in the mcmaster engineering olympics. Do these count as extracurriculars?
Will I be suitable for Ophthalmology?
I'm in grade 11 and going into grade 12, as of now my marks have not been the best and I'm going to be starting to work efficiently and more productively. I've had bad study habits and have been procrastinating on work throughout grades 9-11 and thats reflected in my marks. 

My grade 11 marks:
were bad....

So clearly my marks aren't good and I know that i've been screwing up somewhere and i've realized that it's within my study habits. I just waste time browsing or watching videos that I start my work late and hence don't do well and don't get enough sleep. In the end im left without energy since i'm sleep deprived and can't adhere to the class lessons and knowledge being taught by my teachers. I think the studying environment maybe bad for me since i'm at home and surrounded by family, i think it would be better if I spent my time outside at say the Library working and studying to understand what I'm learning. 

I know that i'm a determined student, if I put my heart to it and considering the Grade 12 is the year that counts and is most important in my case - I will be working and giving my 100% at all times. 

I know that becoming an Ophthalmologist is not something that happens fast and takes time so I'm willing to dedicate myself to it now since i haven't dedicated myself to anything yet. I know that in the end it'll pay off and I'll be able to look back and see what I've achieved and come past. 

As a person, i'm very caring and like to work with people and learn more about them and try to help everyone that I can. I've always been like that and I think becoming some sort of Physician would be one of the best choice for me.

So yeah i'm just putting this question out there, do you think I can pull this off or would i be better off going into the Finance industry?
Anybody here watch DOSEofFOUSEY for motivation or to disconnect from the real world? We can have a interesting discussion if anyone's interested...
Favourite YouTube Celebrity
Who is your favourite YouTube Celebrity?

I like Peter Chao, that guy is hilarious! I also enjoy watching Ray William Johnson, luanlegacy and College Humor.‏
Movie suggestions?
So I'm pretty much a movie noob... Can anyone suggest some good movies to watch? Anything from the classics to new stuff will work :) I like any genre besides horror 
2015 Federal Election: Issues for Youth
Hey guys, I am a political nutt and large youth advocate in Ontario.

To that, with major political news coverage and the potential for major change to sweep the nation, I was just wondering have your issues been covered in this election? What are those issues? and what would you liked to be addressed by our major parties?

Should I take grade 12 physics if I want to  go into the medical field? 
Some of the program's I'm applying to "recommend it" but I don't know...physics isn't my strong subject 
University Application Process
Hey everyone,

Could someone provide a sort of timeline to the application process for university? At our school we had a presentation saying that the whole process would start in October. And... It's October 1st tomorrow.

Just generally, what are the important times throughout the school year? And important things to know? 

I know deadlines for most applications are in January... but do you start the process on your own at home or at the guidance office? I'm always scared I'll miss something and not know about it.

Which marks exactly do Ontario universities "see"?
Everyone says "they only consider top 6 Grade 12" but does that mean the other marks not included in top 6 are not on the transcript or can they still be viewed? Also, do they have access to all marks since grade 9, or just grade 12 or just grade 11 and 12? IM SO CONFUSED
I am trying to convince my parents to let me live on residence for University instead of commuting. I know the pro's that affect me but I want to be realistic and acknowledge the con's that my over protective parents will only see. Also knowing more pro's that I haven't acknowledged myself is good to add. Consider anything and everything that would be a pro or con for you personally because it just might resonate with me. Thanks in advance.
Queen's Commerce student. Bored, AMA
Yeah, bored as hell tonight. Ask me anything within reason. Will withhold information for privacy reasons as well.
Student Life at Western or Wilfred Laurier?
Just wondering if the student life is better at Western University or Wilfred Laurier and if I should pick a program depending on the student life.
What is your thinking about vintage wedding dress ?
Hi, next Monday is my sister wedding. And she is very curious about this matter. After all it is a matter of life. So she want a cool wedding dress. I feel this will be the best idea rather than any other shop vintage designer wedding dresses will be best for her. Because they are so nice and also very fashionable. I want your opinion guys that is why I'm asking. I'll be glad if you share some ideas. Because a friend in need is a friend in deed.
Prom time!
Prom is coming up (soonish)! Ladies, I'm sure you're all looking forward to it and dreaming about that special day. So if you've got a ridiculous prom story (or a super sweet one)- be that the way you were asked/the way you asked, or your date's embarassing dance moves, or anything else prom related - post them all here!
Should summer vacation be longer or shorter?
I love a good vacation from the difficulties of education. 
In fact, I had a great time at an over-night camp I visited. 
Soon after camp (about 2 weeks), I found summer to be very dull and "lacking in activity". 

Does anyone think summer vacation is too long or maybe I didn't use my time well and summer vacation should be even longer?

Every opinion counts. :D
Innis College Life Sci Admission Average, Food, Scholarships!
I am wondering what the minimum grades would be for life science applicants to get a residence offer at Innis College? I know it is relatively high for engineering students but what is the case for a lifesci student. The program I want to major in is human biology if that makes any difference. 

ALSO how does the food situation work at innis as there is no mandatory meal plan. Is there a grocery store close by? Do students buy partial meal plans in conjunction with making their own food? Do students buy full meal plans anyways or is that not an option? Does everyone just grocery shop at one close by store?

And lastly, does Innis have any admission scholarships going into first year for academic excellence or is the presidents scholarship of 2000 dollars the only scholarship available?
Can we just get serious...
OK so im not gonna hate on people here, but that's up to y'all to decided after I'm done. 

So here I go.....why can't we give proper responses to people who just need answers. I know people have posted things like this before, but I never felt so angry before to actually have to post this myself. I get he whole "freedom of speech thing" but to insult another person is NOT the right of any body. And ya the occasional funny comment gives me a laugh too, but it doesn't need to be stupid to be funny. You dont know how someone will react to your comments so think twice before doing so. Remember you do not know any of these people online, so some respect would be greatly appreciated!!  Either answer the question, help someone, put out ur opinion...or DONT COMMENT if u have nothing better to say but "thats dumb" "ur an bleep" etc. etc. etc. etc.....

I know I'm gonna get much hate after this...but that's just ...ironic i guess.  
Any Student Who are also full time mom out-there??
It's really hard to find on google, any mom who share her experience on being a college student and full or part time student... If you have some tips. specially when the kid is sick how you manage? last year I spend like 4 days without sleeping and I went to class anyways. It's really hard something but you feel you are doing it for your little one.! also those moms who are in their last year I would like then to share their story. I just need to know I'm not the only one out there! Thank you and love you all for sharing!
York university business administration for accounting or ryerson's accounting and finance?
Which is better a place to go in terms of atmosphere and marking(which is more fair). I heard ryerson's accounting and finance has a high dropout rate at 40% or more. So in terms of dropouts,is it all also high for york accounting or is it low.
How did you decide what program you are doing in university
Heyy people, I am a going-to-gr12 public hs kid wondering what to do in life.

A brief info about myslf:
1. Live in GTA
2. Like interior designs, fascinated by tech, love to eat, outgoing, enjoy flying and driving
3. my favourite YouTube video is "A Day Made of Glass"
4. i studied because of others, not for myself (aka I got good grades but I didnt enjoy them)
5. my ultimate goal is to retire asap (at 45) [I know it may not be feasible, but still...)

Here's my gr11 grades
English 83
Functions 99
Accounting  94
Marketing  96
Chemistry 86
Physics 82
Biology 90
Broadcasting 87

And my only grade 12 grade is physics (completed in summer school) - 94

As above, how did you decide what you are going to do in the future??? Like how do you figure out what you want??
I like interior designs, tech, food, sports, but the thing is - i can't see myself in the future
I dont know what to do? Despite trying to get good grades and apply every single university in ontario....
I really need some advice. Please give me some advice :) :) :)

Thank you very much