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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
#Askyconic - What to Expect from University or College
Should you live at home or rez? Is attending Frosh worth it? Is it hard to make friends in uni? When am I expected to pay for tuition? how do manage my loan?

First year is a challenge, but you are up to the task! With a little help from our student hosts...

Follow us and join us on Facebook LIVE for a very special edition of #Askyconic on Wednesday August 2nd at 6 pm EST. as our student hosts answer all your questions about starting post-sec.

No question is too hard or stupid. Leave 'em all in the comments below! Don't forget to come back to this thread after the show, as we will be posting the resources we shared. 

PS. Be nice! Inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
Bad transition to uni, any advice? (pre-med)
Hi everyone!

So I'm currently in my first year of uni and I have taken 2 midterms so far. I'm not doing as well as I thought, considering my grades have dropped by at least 10%  (teachers are right when they say your average may drop by that much!). I averaged in the 90s as a high school student and now I'm in the low 80s. I am planning on changing my study habits, but I'm not sure on how to do so.

I'm wondering if there's anyone who had a successful first year in university, and would like to give tips and advice not just to me, but to others who are also poorly transitioning into post secondary. :)

Thank you in advance!

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New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a fresh Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

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 + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- 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

never done homework, paid attention in class or studied in my life, now its biting me in the ass and i dont know what to do
All my life ive been pretty successful in terms of school and grades. I didnt really need to put any effort or try in school because it was easy through grades 1-10. The plan is to go down the science route but the foundation isnt there as a result of never doing anything in school. In grade 11, i did nothing and my marks suffered although i ended with a 75% average. Now in grade 12 i feel as though my level of knowledge is still in grade 10. I just dont know what to do.. im now close to 2 months into grade 12 and i havent done anyrhing about it yet cos theres so much to know and learn for the 3 sciences and maths i dont know how to catch up. The textbooks are confusing and paying attention in class is useless to me at this point because as i said, the foundation isnt there. For example, how am i supposed to understand projectile motion and watever if my knowledge on grade 11 kinematics isnt there. Its easy to say go to teachers for help and use online resources but the problem is i dont know where to start. you can even tell that my writing skills are very poor and its the result of never reading books or doing anything in english classes.
  Despite all this im going to shoot high and try for one of the better programs such as mac life sci or integrated sci. I just need to know What i can do to catch up right now and learn everything i missed out on all my life.  
Thanks in advance
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First year GPA

So I'm a first year science student here at UBC and my grades aren't looking too pretty. I'm not failing anything as of right now but how will my first year grades affect me. I'm trying hard but at times its hard to keep up. Please let me know how badly this will affect my university future. 
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Approach to schoolwork in high school vs university
So this topic I think is pretty relevant to many people on yconic. For many of you in high school, you always hear that university is this massive jump from high school because there is a ton of work and it's easy to fall behind. It been almost two months of university for me now and I notice that I've changed A LOT in terms of how I approached schoolwork. So I wanna share some reflections I have of my work ethic now (in first year) vs my work ethic back in high school. 

-Work in university in much faster than in high school. Most of your work is done outside of lecture so doing readings prior to class is super important. Unlike in high school, consistency is key. If you are consistent in keeping up to speed with readings, you will have an easier time understand what is being discussed in class. 

-Making notes is key. In high school, I never made a single page of notes. I would just binge the chapters in the textbook that were being tested on the night before the test. However, in university, I find that there is so much being tested on at once that reading the textbook the night before is just ineffective. Rather, making precise and accurate notes is more effective as a test preparation strategy than binge reading. 

-Coming to class is less important. In high school, class was from 8-4 every day and it was hard to legitimately explain why you missed a class. However, in university, no one cares if you show up. I've skipped class to finish work in other classes. Not only that, you spend on average 4-5hrs a week on a class so skipping one class isn't a big deal. In university, you find that even if you skip a lecture, you can easily catch up by reviewing the lecture slides/presentation posted in class and reading the textbook. 

If you're in high school, do you often hear that university is a big jump? Have you developed a good work ethic already or are you still kind of slacking? If you're in university, have you had the same experience as me? Do you agree/disagree with me?
Low math marks in grade 12
I have a really stressful problem. I would say I am fairly good at math. In the past years I always maintain between 75-86% on my tests. However, since grade 12 has started, I'm doing miserably!!! I'm taking Advanced Functions and even though the textbook questions relatively easy, the tests aren't. Or I should say, the tests my teacher gives requires a lot of thinking and to be honest, my thinking skills are lacking so much. I keep getting 50-60% and midterms are released November 15th and it's honestly making me so stressed because I know I can do it but I'm not able to think as I am required to. There was an instance where once I finished writing the test, I knew the answers to the questions but I hadn't known the solution method while writing the test.

What can I do to improve my marks? Once again, I'm not lazy, I'm very concerned about my marks so I always am organized and consistent with my work. I'm just unsure how to acquire better thinking skills.

When I think about my relatives and my friends, I actually feel stupid. They always get high 90's and I usually do too in business or social science. I've always had an interest in math so what are ways to study effectively
Also, I'm not just moping around. 
Smartness level has gone down?
Hey, guys. So I just finished grade 11 and super pumped for grade 12. But report cards came out and it was the worst report card I have ever gotten in my life! I feel like my intelligence level has gone down. For instance, I had chem 20. I studied so, so hard for that final. When I did the final it was soo easy and I felt like I did really well. Turns out I did not and it brought my final mark down by 6 percent I was just wondering why, after all of the hard studying I did, my mark didn't reflect it. Now it has got me worried. Like if I am not doing well in my 20 classes, how the hell will I get a 90% average in the courses I am applying with. It has also gotten me stressed about uni too. Like, will I even get in and how will I cope for 4 years and the next two because I want to do my masters. So if you guys have nay tips to study better or anything that will help in my later years, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
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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!
Schulich BBA Competition
So a York U representative came to my school last week and said that the cutoff for Schulich's BBA program was a 93 last year. I wanted to clarify or confirm this with anyone who may have information about this. In previous years, the cutoff was 91-92 so is it still possible to get in with those marks this year? Thanks
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Should I join DECA if I am in Grade 12, or is it too late?
I'm going to Grade 12. I never joined DECA because my parents didn't want me to ?? don't ask. But anyway is it too late or should i just spend $40 and join it for a year?
Preparation for UKCAT
Hi there,

I am in Grade 11, IB Curriculum in Ontario and wish to pursue Medicine in UK.
Can anyone suggest how I can go about preparing for the UKCAT ?
Are there any books or guides for the same and is there a set syllabus?
Grade 12 Tips
Hey guys! I'm going to Grade 12 this fall. Throw in your tips and tricks on not only surviving but acing Grade 12. Here's some that I learned and found:

- Choose courses carefully. Don't overload your semesters with extra courses that you don't need.

- Go over the stuff you studied in class. Just read it over at least once when you go home.

- Stay organized: keep your binder organized throughout the year, keep a Weekly Planner, never underestimate deadlines.

- Take initiative: answer questions in class, ask questions, begin discussions.

- Don't skip class, because it is the stupidest thing you could do.

- Screw fake friends: you don't need and you certainly don't want the friends that distract you from achieving your goals.

- Don't get distracted. Take breaks but remind yourself your purpose for the year. Breaks during study are supposed to be about 10 - 20 minutes in length, not 30 - 120 minutes.

- Volunteer, of course.

- Join clubs, duh.

- Remember that teachers are there to help you.

- Sleep at night, not in class.

- No procrastinating, for real. You get homework, you go home, and you do it. [The teacher is going to mark your essay (or whatever) according to the effort put into it. If the teacher assigned you two weeks to complete your essay, the teacher expects an outcome that looks like 2 weeks of effort, not last night's scribble.]

Anymore tips, please?
Admission for Western Uni for Engineering 2017?
What average would I need of my grade 12 marks for me to get accepted into Western? Also any tips for the sciences, physics and chem, as well as for the maths, adv functions and calc & vectors?
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dropping english 12 summer school good idea?
hello, i am thinking of dropping my English 12 summer school. I am getting like 65% now which is why I wanna drop. I achieved an 88% for English 11 so I think this summer school teacher is kinda strict. Summer school has been 10 days. if I drop it now, will the university see that I dropped the course on the transcript? or will my transcript show that I failed or incompleted the course or something? please let me know your thoughts. btw I am in British Columbia so there is still a provincial English 12 exam towards the end of the course to write which will probably make my mark (65%) even lower. 

thanks for answering 
First Year Engineering Advice

I will officially be starting first year engineering @ ryerson university. Apparently high school --> university transition is pretty huge and hectic. Therefore, I am seeking some advice on how to survive the workload, get good grades, some productive habits and how to enhance them for university and some good resources for engineering students if they exist?  
All responses are appreciated :) 

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Bad Marks In Advanced Functions, What To Do?
So, the title is pretty much a TL;DR but to elaborate, I'm getting a 56 (probably slightly lower now) in the class. Yes, I do my homework, in fact I prioritize it over my other subjects and I do go for help as well. But every time I do a test, I blank out. I'm not sure why this happens but I'm capable of completing the questions since I'm able to do it for homework. 

This is besides the point though. Many of my choices for university require advanced functions however....well...yeah my grade is horrible. What should I do? I thought of dropping this course and maybe taking it for summer school (I heard this wasn't a good idea though) but I was initially planning on taking grade 12 English during this time, private schooling it, or taking it for grade 12 (I'm in grade 11 currently). 

I'm panicking because of this, please help. I'd like to know some of your opinions and suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to read :) 

EDIT: Just wanted to give more background. This also occurred in Functions where I actually initially got a 43-46? But I boosted it by 20 percent and ended with a 66 at the end. I'm normally a high 80s person in subjects that have little intense math such as biology or English etc. So I am capable, however I don't know if i want to take that risk again.

UPDATE: My midterm marks were updated today and now I have a 67, the deadline to drop is April 27th, I'm still not too sure.
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Switching Programs in Uni
Say one got accepted into agricultural and environmental sciences at a specific university (McGill); could you switch to life sciences after the first year? In addition, can you transfer to a different program/university after the first year? What marks would be taken into consideration? Thank you for your time
so i'm planning to take ENG4U in summer school. I'm currently enrolled in english at a high school like two minutes from my house but the problem is that I already know everyone there, it's not a lit school, and I really want to meet new people or go somewhere where I don't know anybody, and just start fresh, and have a fun summer with new people (bc i tend to make friends easily). So i have two other options, it's to enroll with another school board, two locations, one is like 12 mins drive from my house but again I do know some people there (but it's probably not as fun idk) or to go to a school TWENTY minutes drive away where I don't know anybody, everything's kinda different and i feel like i'd have a fun time meeting all these people from a different city. Am I being too whiny, would the commute just not be worth it and hinder my learning experience, or should I just take a chance and do it? im really not wanting to go to the high school near me! thanks to anyone that could give me advice
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Ive been a (pro)crastinator. it wasn't affecting me too much until this year which i am in grade 11 and 1st semester my grades were very low (60-80)  but in semester 2 I'm trying to stop procrastinate and my grades are so far not too shabby, (90-94) But i know I'm in trouble for grade 12. I can't stop procrastinating. I study for some tests, the morning of. I can't seem to focus in class. I haven't done homework in over a year. Ive tried making to do lists and a bunch of lists but they never ever worked. I tried to go to the library to force myself to study. I turned my phone off and all electronics. People told me to study days ahead, tried it and later didn't work. I tried waking up early in the morning to study to distract anything but no energy and i kept hearing buzzing sounds and that irritated me. I think maybe i work better in the night since theres nothing outside, people/friends are sleeping, i feel more energized, and its quietBut nothing works, i need help...heheh please any tips, advices, anything. 

ASK ME ANYTHING - Finished First Year - U of Manitoba, BBA, Actuarial Mathematics Major
I just finished my first year. I am studying business at the University of Manitoba, but I also was accepted to McGill(science and business) but due to my actuarial major, I turned down McGill for what I believed to be a more structured major(McGill seemed to have poor resources and few actuarial classes). McGill is recognized on the SOA(society of actuaries) but not on the CIA (Canadian Institute of Actuaries, http://www.cia-ica.ca/about-us/actuaries/careers/universities). Essentially my choice to the U of M was entirely up to me. 

I've already taken 12 courses (two classes ahead), and I have a 3.83 GPA. As well, I have taken month classes, and have an idea how university runs. 
I also went to an immersion high school and switched to full english university. 

I think that I might have some informational insight about choosing the university programs, as well as BBA/BComm help/knowledge. I can also try and help other math or business majors(or classes), or speak about the actuary plan. 

Thanks and good luck to everyone on their studies!!!

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