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I'm going to the Ontario University Fair tomorrow. I'm in grade 12 and I want to go into either Engineering or Sciences and the universities that I plan to go to are: Waterloo, Macmaster, UofT or Western. Any good questions I can ask them?
Hi, I'm a highschool student from Alberta, and have questions concerning which universities I can make within Canada with my grades and which programs I qualify for. I play competitive soccer outside of school and volunteer. If that matters. Thanks for your response.
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
- 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 email@example.com
I am an interventional cardiologist that works in a hospital in the province of Ontario. I am doing this Q & A in which you can ask me questions that are relevant to medical school and medicine. I am doing this as a favour for my son who is in his last year of high school.
Characteristics of myself:
- I attended medical school at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
- For my undergraduate program, I completed an honours degree (Hons. BSc) in biochemistry at McMaster University.
- I did my interventional cardiology fellowship through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Please be respectful when asking or answering any of the posts.
Note: I apologize in advance for answering late as my schedule is mostly filled with work and spending time with my family.
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 name is Josh, some of you might know me as the guy who started MedHopeful. For those of you who don't know me, I am currently a 3rd year Medical Student at UofT and I have run a blog called MedHopeful for almost 4 years now which provides stories and advice relating to undergrad, scholarships and medical school.
I originally wanted to remain anonymous in this thread because I was working on a few new projects (like a new group blog I had started) with some medical school classmates who wanted to remain anonymous. However, after long discussions and thinking, I decided to go back to primarily posting on MedHopeful. I also figured that I was OK not being anonymous (my friends still want to be, which is fine and I understand why).
In any case, I am happy to answer any questions, and for those of you who didn't know, I started a similar thread like this last year on the old Student Awards forums, which you might also find useful:
I am a 3rd year medical student at a Canadian medical school. My first 2 years were spent mostly in the classroom learning anatomy, physiology, disease, treatments, etc.
I started 3rd year in September 2011, and since then, I have been in "clerkship" - which means I have been working and learning full time in the hospital - seeing real patients everyday, and learning to diagnose/treat their illnesses. I have to say, it's very different from what I imagined. No matter how much you try to learn what it's like to practice medicine (e.g. shadowing), you really don't know what it's like until you do it.
I found these forums very helpful while studying in undergrad and applying to medical school. I'd like to give back by answering questions about medical school if anyone has any.
I'll try to be as honest as possible. I just won't be revealing any personal details as I'd prefer to remain anonymous.
Ask away! :)
P.S. I now blog everyday about med school life, getting in to med school, undergrad tips, etc. (see signature)
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.
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.
A small number of high school students from Canada goes abroad every year to medical school in the UK around 80 or so each year. Around 300 (mostly people who have finished undergrad) go to Ireland each year. Many of them want to return to Canada, go to the US or stay in the UK. Depending on your route, you might want to know more about the difficulties you might face including residency, completing, studying in a different country.
I've done a lot of research into residencies, the difficulties an IMG will face etc etc. So if you have questions, PM me or post on this topic.
Edit: I no longer am a medical student in the UK. I did finish three years in the UK but am now attending medical school in Canada. I am still available for advice regarding the UK however.
Hi, guys my name is Raphael and I am currently in grade 11. I was wondering if you guys can give me tips for having a successful year. I still haven't passed the OSSLT yet because I failed it last year :(... Now this is my final chance to do it in October (Early Opportunity). I have eliminated some friends from last year because some of them were dragging me down and saying things such as, "Dude you will never get this..." "You will suffer from this... and that". I was wondering what I should do to make a change and successfully pass the OSSLT and have good grades. I hope you guys would give me some advice and tips. Thank You :)
Hi! I am currently finishing up my first year as a nursing student (in the middle of exams haha, just a few more to go). I am part of the Ryerson-Centennial-George Brown collaborative program and I attend the Centennial site, so you can definitely ask me about that.
A post like this helped me before I entered, so I wanted to do the same. If you have any questions about first year in terms of courses, what to expect, school life, the campus, clinical, specific study tips etc. then I'll answer as best as I can!
I'm trying to transfer to UBC Sauder from SFU Beedie. I would like to discuss about it, and any tips for our applications.
I've got 3.418 core GPA, 3.060 CGPA, and several leadership & team-working volunteers and work experiences. I want to get in second year. Since the online application is available now, are there any tips or points that I need to appeal in my personal profile?
I think i do need to cover up my core gpa through PP cuz' its kinda below the average.
Hi I am a grade 12 student and im planning to go to university to either western queens, or mcmaster because i have heard the waterloo and university of toronto is way to difficult. I am planning to go into engineering. My grade 11 marks were a bit low i had a 86 in math 83 in physics and 80 in chemistry.... But this yer im planning on getting those marks really high and i know i can do it... i put in minimal effort in grade 11 and still ended up in the 80s... in grade 12 im planning to get above 90 in math and get my sciences to high 80s or even get into the 90s.... i just wanted to know what marks did you guys get into these universities with. Also I wanted to know which is one is the better option out of queens, western, and mcmaster for engineering.... also i heard that engineering students dont get any free time to play sports or go out and party, is that true?
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I have taken both Grade 11 ones last semester, getting 97 and 87 respectively. Which should I take first? Which class would build up on Grade 11 more and thus would be better taken this semester so I don't forget so much of it?
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*
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?
Hi guys, so I still remember all the anxiety on this site back when I was in grade 11/12, scouring through every post and trying to grapple as much information possible about university. Well I am just about to head back into my second year at University of Toronto Rotman Commerce program and would be more than happy to answer ANY questions you have about UofT/Rotman.
Let me just say somethings, there are MANY misunderstandings about programs out here and don't let the advice of other high school kids be the decision factor for your 2013/2014 year. Let students who have GONE through the system once aid you to make a good choice.
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:
Spare, Advanced functions, Drama and Biology
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.
I'm starting grade 11 this fall and i was wondering if there are tips anyone could give me. In the long run i'm hoping to get into U of T, Mcmaster or Mcgill for health science programs. Last year my grades slipped because i was distracted but this year i'm fully prepared to focus so I can pick up the slack. Is there anything I could start doing or preparing so my uni applications look great or anything to help me deal with the new work load??? i would so appreciate it.