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Should i go into university residence? Is it worth the investment?
For that "true" college experience, i;m wondering if it's worth spending an extra 8k or more on university residence.
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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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Summer programs
I know school has barely started and I'm already wondering what to do this summer. Besides shad and explore what other summer programs are offered to Canadian students?
Queens admission tips
I am hoping to get into queens for engineering, but would like some advice on anything that would help me during the application process. I had a 93 average in grade 11 and a reasonable list of ECs. Is it more based on grades or the PSE? Any suggestions on how to make my application stand out?
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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

Victory lap or settle for college?
Not going to sugarcoat:

I suck at math. I've done the homework, gotten a tutor, done multiple previous year tests, but my actual test results have been less than awful. It's like the lessons and the homework are never relevant when it comes to the test problems. So here I am wanting to pursue Comsci. I know you need a good foundation of math, and that's something I don't have. My parents want me to go to uni, but I know I won't have a chance with this math grade. Should I do a victory lap and apply again next year for a uni, or should I just settle for college? I could also do private school and get that 90 in math, but that's not going to do anything for me when it comes to surviving uni...  I don't know anymore, I'm so frustrated with myself.

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So First Year wasn't so Hot...
TL;DR is bolded, because I write A LOT.

I'm in need of advice since I can't find a thread that pertains to my exact situation -- I mean clearly, because not everyone is in the same boat as me. 

I'll start from the beginning: I applied to U of T for Life Science and a few other universities in November of 2015, and accepted my offer March of 2016.  I was very excited, though I didn't know what the transition from high school to university would be like.  I knew I couldn't afford to live on res (I lived over 50km away at the time), so I decided that it would be a wise financial decision to move in with my partner at the time.  By late August, our relationship was a very unstable and I decided to find an apartment that was the cheapest I could get due to financial circumstances and time constraints.  In the later months, beginning of first year, I had come to realize that the apartment was just awful and the living conditions did not condone to healthy living or studying habits.  So, first week of first semester I had ended a long term relationship, moved into a gross apartment, attempted to live on my own for the first time without financial support from my parent, and transition to university.  Throughout the coming months (around November, I believe) I ended up in the hospital for suicidal thoughts and tendencies -- of which I had struggled with in the past, and received medical care for.  Come December I had to deal with my mother getting in a car crash and my sisters husband relapsing and figuring out how to help take care of her sons.  A relapse happened again in May where I had to take two weeks off from school to go look after them.  

Despite my best efforts, my academic career was hindered -- luckily not to the point of academic probation, but my GPA still isn't great by any standards (somewhere in the ball park of 2.0).  It luckily went up from first semester to second semester, because I tried to block out all of the stuff I was dealing with; that wasn't conducive to my mental health. 

Going forward, I've taken the year off to figure out where I want to go for university the second time around.  I loved my program, I just didn't love the atmosphere at U of T or the way the program was designed. I was in Life Science hoping to do a double major in Molecular Biology and Immunology.  I did some research and have decided to apply to Western for Medical Science (ideally in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology), because it's a little more geared towards the aspects that I enjoyed in Life Science -- I personally think the courses are geared more towards what I'd like to do in the future. 

I want to be able to prove to the admissions council that I had extenuating circumstances that led to the poor results in my first year and that I'm passionate about this area of study. My ending average in high school was 88, so I don't foresee that being an issue, I'm just worried that my post-secondary transcript will hinder my ability to even make a case for myself.  

So, do I not submit my post-secondary transcript and hope for the best, or do I submit it and hope that they will contact me about extenuating circumstances? I don't want to not submit it, because that would be an academic offence which could lead to expulsion, and I also would like to pursue a graduate degree.  

Thanks in advance! 

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Queens student life
Im very interested in going to Queens for engineering (if I get in: low to mid 90s average, average ECs) next year. My only concern is that it is a party school and I fear the peer pressure to drink and party, which i have come to dislike greatly. If anyone can shed some light on this that would be greatly appreciated (I.e. Are there party in the dorms on week nights? Will people judge/outcast me? Is everyone a partier? How much does it live up to the stereotype? Is there like a drinking party during frosh week?)

I know I have other options but i do love the campus/city, program, what I've heard about the support for students and how welcoming it is. 
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3 Ways to Write Fewer Scholarship Essays
Applying for scholarships can be frustrating and time-consuming, and may not seem worth it if you don’t see any results. It’s true that many scholarships require quite a bit of effort, but you may reap great rewards if you have the time and energy to apply.

Luckily, if you're pressed for time, yconic.com can also help you find many alternatives to essay-based scholarships.  

1. Contests, Surveys and Draws There are tons of opportunities for students to win money for school through contests and draws. These are easy to apply for, and don’t usually have strict eligibility criteria. The only downside is that, because they require a minimal amount of effort for a big reward, lots of people enter to win. But keep in mind that there's always a winner, and it could be you. yconic.com enters students into draws for registering with the site, for filling out surveys, and for participating in different contests throughout the year. You can also find other yconic contests by visiting your personalized list of awards.  

2. Membership Awards Another alternative is to look for any awards that you might be eligible for simply by belonging to a certain group. You may have a part-time job with a company that offers scholarships for employees, or you may be eligible for an award through your parents’ jobs. There may be awards for members of your church, your community group, your bank, or a club to which you or your parents belong. There’s usually a lot less competition for these awards, because they have quite narrow eligibility criteria.  

3. Essay-based Scholarships Be Selective. Essay-based scholarships are still a good option, but you should only apply for an award if you actually have an interest in the subject matter. Your passion or disinterest will be reflected in your writing. All too often students think that they’ll have a chance of winning simply by writing a few sentences without really answering the question. Your odds of winning will be much better if you do your best to answer one scholarship’s questions well instead of applying for ten scholarships without making an effort. yconic matches students to scholarships and cash prizes. 

In grade 12 Is it better to have an easy 1st semester or easy 2nd semester for admission?
I'm not intentionally wanting to get into uni for early acceptance based on my grade 11 marks, I want it to be based on my grade 12 marks. People have told me that it's better to have my 1st semester easier, is this true? or is it better to have my second semester easier? I want to go into either engineering at Waterloo or life science at McMaster. I normally do really well in math and bio because those two are my faviroute.
My grade 12 courses are arranged like this:
First Semester:
Advanced functions

Second Semester:
Calculus and Vectors

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8 Sure-fire Tips for Scholarship Success
One thing I hear often is, "But Nikki, I apply to scholarships and never get any!" Have you checked your SAS (Scholarship Application Strategy)? Following this list to ensure you have crossed your t's and will increase your chances of qualifying for much needed scholarships.

1.Research. Now!   
There’s no time like the present. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin – only to find that you’ve missed half the deadlines! Scholarships aren’t just for Grade 12s. There are plenty of scholarships available for students of any age from Kindergarten to even after you’ve enrolled in university. Look on bulletin boards, meet with guidance counselors, your financial aid office, etc .
2. Use Technology Look everywhere! Register on sites like yconic.com,  and let the technology do the work for you. As new scholarships become available, you will be matched to money you are eligible for. Update your matching profile as life changes happen.

3. Do all you can. Put in the effort. What does the scholarship look for? Cater your application to the requirements. Apply to every scholarship you are eligible for, even if they have small rewards. The scholarship game is very much a numbers game – the more you apply, the more chances you have to receive the scholarship. Every little bit counts to relieve the stress of paying for school.  

4. Passion points When writing your application, write about something you genuinely care about. If you are writing about something that doesn’t matter to you, it will read that way. Being true to yourself, showing interest and passion will make your application stand out in the crowd.  

5. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Review your application for any spelling or grammatical errors. The irony of “attention to detail” is something that a reviewer will not miss.  

6. Check yourself out. How do you look online? If someone searches your name, what would they find? Is it reflective of how you want to appear when being considered for scholarships? First impressions matter, so be smart. Use a professional email, and remove any inappropriate or immature material from your social media accounts.  

7. Don’t be late. This one is self-explanatory – be organized, and get your applications in on time. You can’t receive a scholarship if your application never makes it to the reviewer.  

8. Be Cautious. As part of your research, make sure you are sharing your information with a credible organization, and be wise. Do not share personal information about your finances or Social Insurance Number. If it is asked of you, be sure you know why it is necessary.
Will i be judged for starting uni at 23?
I'm a little embarrassed about starting uni late. I was attending college before i transferred over. For those of you are already attending uni, are there others like me or will i be an outcast?
Socially isolated
It all started since I was born. Throughout the course of my life, I have never had a single friend, not even an acquaintance. I was(and still am) completely isolated from everyone, but that is because everyone isolated(and still isolates) me. A life of severe isolation from such a tender age would have made any normal person go mad. Sadly, I am not normal. Somehow, I managed to live my life, while being completely oblivious to my environment. I turned 17 last month (I got absolutely no birthday wishes again for the 17th time, even family forgot. This is how lonely I feel, just so you know) . I have found many ways to cope with my loneliness. Some of these coping methods include reading and studying. Reading and studying gives me a purpose. Recently, my counsellor recommended that I join theatre camp for the first two weeks of August. Apparently, She is the only person who is somewhat interested in helping me find a friend or atleast an acquaintance. The camp was a horrible experience. The camp had 19 people and nobody showed interest in me. Everyone else seemed to show interest in each other and were able to converse with each other. I was completely isolated and didn't belong. In fact, I don't seem to belong anywhere as that seems to be the most consistent pattern in my life. I am going to college in one year. I hope to study neuroscience. But, the only thing I am concerned about is my lack of contacts and my inability to attract friends or even be likeable. Having read my story this far, what should I do to maximize my chances of being able to find good friends, especially in university? I am going into my final year of high school and I sincerely doubt anything is going to change in HS. I don't understand where I am going wrong. I am clean. I don't talk much anymore(except to myself). If someone asks for help, I try to be polite and help them(doesn't mean he/she is my friend or even my acquaintance, they barely talk to me). How can a person who has been completely isolated for the majority of his life, find hope in the near future? I felt the need to share specific experiences(such as the theatre camp) in order to illustrate the severity of my problems. If this post is way too long and hard to read, I am sorry. I haven't had it easy like the other people from my school( when I say I have not had it easy like other people from my school, I mean to say that my problems are more severe) Also, please don't tell me I need psychiatric help. I have been to counselling and therapy. None of them helped and I am not willing to go into details as to why. I have had my own share of bad experiences, so I try stay away from them as much as possible. By the way, sorry for errors, I wrote this in a hurry.
Night school experience ? Data management ?
I have recently signed up to take data management during night school (only because of timetable complications) however, I have been getting mixed feedback about night school itself.  Some people say it's horrible and some people say it's easy. It guess it would have to depend on the course itself but can someone tell me about their experience in night school? (In any couese) or data management if you have taken it? Just so I can have a clearer picture of what to expect. 

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.

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Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
Hi guys, I've been thinking for this in a long time now since I want to go into computer engineering such as software development and such but the thing is I do not like to be sitting in a desk where I have to code something for a straight 8 hours of work everyday or whatever. I am a imaginative and creative guy but I just do not know which one to choose from since I don't want to go into the field without liking it. I want something that is entertaining, joyful and less stressing job. AND MAKE GOOD MONEYYYY I mean PIXAR AND DISNEY DAMNN
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
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#YconicStories Instagram Contest
We have asked students across the GTA about their goals for the new school year, and now we want to hear from YOU!  

Tell us your story by posting a selfie on Instagram using #yconicStories;  you must  be a yconic member and be following and tagging @yconicstudent in your pic for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card c/o us ;) Every penny helps, #amirite?

Each Friday (starting September 16th) we will be selecting a winner. There will be three (3) Gift Card Prizes of $100 CAD each available to be won in the month of September. 

Click the following link for full Rules & Conditions: http://bit.ly/2ctLhsN. Contest closes September 30th.
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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Do universities care if I take summer school?
So I tried changing my courses around. My options are to take either English 12 in school, or Bio 12. My school has very full classes, so there is no other option for me in school. I have decided to take Bio 12 online. Either that or night school. Will universities hold this against me? I was signed up for these courses when we were asked to choose classes for the next school year, but the computer didn't do it accordingly. My counsellor has said one must be done outside my school. 
*I need both these courses. English is mandatory to graduate, I need Bio to apply to my Bachelor of Science programs*
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Should I take Grade 12 Biology?
I am planning to go into Engineering at Waterloo so I took all the prerequisites (advanced functions, calculus, physics, chemistry and english) with this I also took Biology and Drama. I took drama because I know I can score high in it so I can use it as my top 6 marks. Whereas, for biology I took it because in case if I don't get into Engineering then I can apply for life science instead. The issue is that I heard that Grade 12 Biology is really hard therefore, I don't want to waste my time taking Biology if it's really hard and then end up with a bad mark and not have time to study my other subjects. My grade 11 biology mark was pretty bad: 81%. What is your advice, should I take Grade 12 Biology or not?
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Course change help!! Please reply quick.
I got my Grade 12 schedule and the guidance counsellor's at my school are really strict when it comes to changing courses. My Grade 12 schedule is this:

1st Semester:
Spare, Advanced functions, Drama and Biology

2nd Semester:
Spare, Physics, Calculus and Vectors, and Chemistry

I really want Physics to be first semester because I am going into Engineering at Waterloo and i only need to give in my top 6 marks. I already took Grade 12 English in summer school. Biology is not one of the prerequisites thus, I want bio to be in second semester that way I can decide based on my Drama mark about whether I want to drop out Bio or not.

 Do you think it is best for me to switch Biology to second semester and Physics to first semester? and what is a good reason that i can give to the councellor's in order for them to let me change this.

Thank you in advance
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University of waterloo
I plan on trying to best to get into university of waterloo however could I get any tips? I plan on working hard on all my my classes, however do they look at extra curriculars as well? Anything would be helpful. I wish to get into honors art for psychology if that's helpful
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IDC4UM Grade 12 marketing experience ?
I just randomly got put into marketing this semester and I have no idea what to expect. Can anyone tell me about their experience in this course?
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Experience- grade 12 Kinesiology
I'm thinking about taking this course in second semester however I haven't heard much about it can someone tell me their experience who has taken it before?
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