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Back to school thread!
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year. Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!

Answer the following:
- What do you want to improve with yourself and how will you do it?
- Past average? Average you're aiming for? How will that be accomplished?
- What is one thing that motivates you to 'keep going'?

With me,
- I know I need to start focusing more on studying for the fact that I constantly get distracted by pointless things. I will make sure I study in a calm place from now on, avoiding all distractions. 

- I had a 90% average, but I'm aiming for 93% or higher. I need to pay more attention in class lectures and study more effectively.

- One thing that keeps me going is sports in general. If I find myself too stressed with school work, I tend to play sports like basketball and volleyball, or simply go for a walk. Also, I plan on moving away for uni (maybe McMaster, Western, or UofT), so I know I'll need high marks!


If you ever feel discouraged, look back at this thread to remind yourself what needs to be done :)


First Year Nursing Student: ASK ME
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!
How much sleep do you get during regular school days?
On your regular school days in high school (Grade 11/ Grade 12) how much sleep do you get? What time do you wake up at and what time do you sleep at? does sleeping less by maximizing more time for studying worth it and is it useful? Are you able to concentrate at school the next day? What is your average?

Thank you 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*
Sauder 2016/ 2017 transfer thread
Hi Guys!!

I want to transfer to UBC sauder from sfu arts and would really like some helpful tips!!! This thread is also for other people wanting to transfer. I'm want to get in for second year!! Thanks in advance! 
Courses taken first semester (grade 12)
Hey guys!

I will be staring grade 12 soon, and I'm not quite sure what's right to do with my schedule. My first semester will consist of functions, a spare, bio and a bird course (like challenge and change or gym). I know, that's too easy!

I know the univeristies I'll be applying for will look over my first semester average.If I'm going into the sciences, is taking just bio and functions good for one semester? Should I add another science like chemistry (instead of gym)? I also know that if I do get accepted into a program, there's a specific average I need to keep up with. So what do you think?

Any advice will he helpful! Thanks. 
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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!
2nd year UBC student! Ask me anything!
Contact: elizabethsflower@gmail.com 

In second year at UBC as a Health Science (FNH) student from LFS. 

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year, study tips, and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:

See you at UBC in September!
3rd year Canadian medical student happy to answer questions!
UPDATE July 11, 2012:

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:

http://forums.studentawards.com/yaf_postst13046_Ask-me-anything-about-applying-and-getting-into-Medical-School.aspx

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Hey everyone,

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)
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Current University of Guelph Biomedical Science 2nd Year student: Ask Me Anything!
Hi, I'm in my second year of the biomedical science major at UofG! If anyone has any questions about the program or the campus in general, ask away!
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Excelllent work ethics and effective study strategies!
We are moving into our new school year 2016-2017 so....Feel free to post your best work ethics and study strategies that helped you out and ensured that you did well on your tests and assignments!
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Back to School Thread: Ultimate Goals
Let's be honest, we are all dreading the thought of school at the moment! I am starting this thread to make you guys reflect on your goals for the next school year.List your ultimate goal/target average for the following school year. Please feel free to ask for advice on how to achieve your ultimate goal!
Encourage others, gain some confidence and stay focused!
Grade 11 Average to Grade 12
In grade 11 my average of all my courses (8 classes) got me an 87. I need a low to mid 90s average for grade 12 and I was wondering if in your experience you think it will be possible for me. I can use all the study tips you got and even if you guys can post your daily routines during the school year it would help a lot. Thanksss
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Sports in university?
Hey guys,

I will be starting my senior year soon, and I'm wondering if playing a sport (basketball) in university would be worth it. Is it difficult to balance the work ethic and practices/games? What do you think about uni sports in general?

I am planning to go to  UofT, McMaster, Western, or the uni in my city. I'm into the sciences so I already know it's going to be extremely time consuming. 

However, I do hear ECs are extremely worth it!

Tell me what you guys think, thanks in advance. 
Is Grade 12 Physics much harder than Grade 11 Physics?
I am going into Grade 12 and I'm planning to do Engineering at Waterloo. Therefore, physics is one of my prerequisite courses. In Grade 11 physics I really slacked off and never got my homework done and ended with an 80% (I know it's really bad). For Grade 12, I really want to make sure that I get at least a 93% or more, is it possible for me to do so if I put in a lot of effort? Also, do you have any good tips on how I can study and prepare for those Physics tests and ace that class?

Thank you in advance!
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Android apps for studying
I got my new Samsung phone and I am going into Grade 12 this year, I was wondering if any of you knew any good apps that will help me with studying and getting good marks in Grade 12.

The subjects that I am taking for Grade 12: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, and Drama
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Sciences vs Engineering
I am going into my senior year and I am confused about whether I should go into the science field or engineering. My favourite subjects are math and biology. 

Which one has a better job prospect?
Which one is easier?
Which one requires a higher average?

Thank you in advance!
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How to do well on Application and Critical thinking on tests?
On tests, I tend to understand the material and do really well on the knowledge questions but the Application and Critical thinking questions always mess me up and I'm never ready for it, which is why I tend to do really bad on those questions. Anyone know how I could possibly prepare myself in order to do better in these sections of the test?

Subjects that I'm referring to: Physics, biology, and chemistry
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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 
- OSAP
- 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

A new laptop for university
Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

MUST HAVE:
1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
4. HDMI
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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Waterloo Engineering Admission 2016
Hello fellow prospective Waterloo students!

My name is Bo and I'm a second-year Software Engineering student and Engineering Ambassador at the University of Waterloo. I know many of you are keen to study at Waterloo. I hope this thread will be very useful for you guys. I also started my blog: https://bopeng.io to write about my first year experience. I'll also be writing about the University admission process, and specifically for Engineering programs!

List any questions below! I will try my best to respond to your questions daily.

Admissions 2015: How it's going to work by Prof Bill Anderson

Useful Links:
Professor Bill Anderson's Blog on Waterloo Engineering Admissions
Waterloo Engineering Shadow Program
OUAC Important Dates
Which Engineering Program is right for you? Quiz
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Waterloo Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) - 2016 Discussion Thread
HEY GUYS 

If you have any questions on the University of Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) program this year and are interested in applying, dont hesitate to ask them here! I'll try to answer them as best as I can! 

For those of you who dont know what CAP is, it's basically a program designed for students who wish to pursue a field in pharmacy in the future. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE: https://uwaterloo.ca/pharmacy/future-students/conditional-admission-pharmacy-cap ALSO be sure to check out the FAQ section too because they usually cover a lot of your questions there. 

NOTE: Applications will be available starting October 9, 2015
Carleton, McMaster, or uOttawa?
Which school(s) have "party" reputations? 
Which one(s) have the best residence? 
Which one(s) gives first year students a higher chance of getting a single room? 
Which one(s) have good co-op programs?

And anything else you think I should know

Thanks in advance!
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