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ENG4U online! Which novel?
Hey so I’m doing grade 12 English online and we have a list of books to choose from to do our final essay on. The options are:

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 
The Loved and the Lost - Morley Callaghan
Who Has Seen the Wind - W. O. Mitchell 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce 
The Stranger - Albert Camus 
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

I am not sure which one to choose. Out of all of them Brave New World was the one I thought sounded the most interesting. However, I don’t know if it is the best choice to write an essay on. Any recommendations?
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Brock BBA co-op
Is brock bba coop a good program, i got accepted there and i was thinking of accepting my offer. Will it be easy to get jobs with this program in the future or no. I know it is bad compared to other programs but I just wanted to know how easy it will be to get a job with this degree in the future (assuming you have very good grades) on a scale of 1-10
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Main difference between grade 11 and 12 English
How do the expectations change, this is for the u course and if you could also leave your mark in grade 12 English in your reply as well that would be great
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Any idea where to get cheap books?
I am currently a first year student in Centennial College and I am going to be in my second semester in few day from now. I am wondering where I can buy cheap books since my osap money that will be left after paying the college fee is going to be around $200. I already know about facebook groups, but i'm concern that not all will have the same book im looking for. So does anyone know where I can find these material in cheap price?
Is it better to rent/ buy new or used textbooks?
I'm in high school and I hear that textbooks in university are expensive. Because of its price, would it be better to buy them used if available? Are there advantages to buying it new? While googling, I found options such as reading them online or renting them. Is it common to read them online? I've always liked having an actual book in front of me but is it easier to use an online version?
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Is skipping a year of uni english (high AP Final mark) worth it?
So I've heard that most universities will count a 4/5 on an AP exam as first-year credit, so I wouldn't have to take it. But is it worth it to still take that class? Is English class drastically different in university, especially in terms of marking, that I should still take first-year English?
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Ask Me ANything
Just a bit about me:

Hi! My name is Sarah Osifo and I live in Surrey British Columbia, however I was originally born in Warri Nigeria. I'm currently entering my First year of University at Simon Fraser University to study Health Sciences.. My passions include Film making, reading, and listening to music. I recently discovered I enjoy painting, and creative writing as well. I was an active member of my schools student council and girl’s leadership clubs. So if you have any questions on how to get involved in school, i have some great ideas :) This summer I worked as an intern at my church where I got to plan and lead kids’ day camps, work with the less fortunate at the Whalley strip, and use my creativity to improve the decor of our church. i'm really into Diy's so feel free to ask me about room or dorm decor for great prices! I'm also into hairstyling and I've been making my own hair since I was 14. My final year of high-school I was given the honour to be my schools valedictorian. It was a challenging task because I was involved in numerous programs at my school and was working hard to maintain my grade point average. i have some great tips on time management and how to combat stress during your final year!   Through that experience i learned the power of persistence and positivity. Because to really make an impact you must fully believe in what you are doing, and refuse to give up until you see results.

I will respond to questions as quickly as possible! and I'm a very open minded person so don"t be shy :)
(Request) Free PDF of Nelson Chemistry 12
Can someone provide a free PDF of Nelson Chemistry 12? I wasn't able to find the latest 2012 one. The cover looks like this http://www.nelson.com/onseniorscience/chemistry12u/about.html
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Hello everyone,

My name is Max. I have been living in the UK for five years. I tried to enter the University of Kent in England which I did. I relied on government financial help which I was entitled to but did not receive for some unknown reasons. They explained it that I did not have enough evidence for my address history in the UK. That was strange because I presented all the necessary proof of addresses. I don't know it might be Brexit and change in the regulations of Great Britain that became an obstacle for obtaining student finance. I am married and have two kids and it's very difficult for me to find money for education. My passion is languages, literature and history. I read a lot. The other day I was watching the opportunities of studies in the United States. Could someone help me, please? I really want to get a PhD. At the moment I hold a Master's degree in Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation. My search led me to this website. Could you, please, tell me how it works and whether it is possible to get any help?

Many thanks in advance

Will one need the textbooks they buy in one year for the next year. People go around selling all of their textbooks and even their notes. Will these not come in handy in reviewing previous content so that you can better understand the material from future classes?
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Schulich BBA Textbooks
I'm going into  Schulich BBA and looking to save some money on textbooks. Does anyone know where I can look? I'm open to buying used, soft cover, etc.
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Re-taking Advanced Functions in Online School
I completed 12 Advanced Functions last semester in day school and ended with a 70%. Even if I re-take and get an average mark like an 80%, my overall average goes up to 88%. It's my lowest course and brings down my average a ton. Which schools can you recommend to look at? Preferably ones that aren't too expensive - I looked at Virtual High School and their costs are $600. 

Also for those of you who've taken it/ have friends who've taken it, is it difficult to complete? Especially considering I have a full course load at the moment.

Most of the unis I applied to have stated that they'll either take the highest average of the two credits, or take an average of the two, which I'm okay with.
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Post-Secondary Students: Do you actually "read" during your reading week?
For most Ontario universities, reading week next week! Like many students, I personally believe we are long overdue for a nice little break. The purpose of the break is to give students the opportunity to relieve stress – the name is simply ironic. Here’s a few ideas of how you can spend your reading week:

You could try actually making a list of books and read them for pleasure. If you’re anything like me, it’s super difficult to pick up a book for pleasure during the school year! You have a whole week, try reading a book or two. I have a book on my book shelf I’ve been patiently waiting until I had time to read it. There’s no better time than the present!

You have a whole week to be stress-free. Sure you may have assignments, tests, and midterms left when you return to school, but for a whole week you’re not obligated to do anything. Try travelling during the downtime of reading week. When I say travel, I don’t necessarily mean venturing to the warm beaches of Mexico, it could be a simple day-trip somewhere local with some friends! I’m planning on going on a staycation to Niagara Falls this week for a small getaway.

Pick up an extra shift
Having a whole week off is a great opportunity to pick up some extra shifts at your part-time job (or in my case, my full-time job.) A little extra money for bills, and expenses is great, or you can save it for rainy day! 

 Do you actually read during your reading week? If not, how do you spend your week?
Ask Me Anything: 4th Year WLU/Conestoga College Collab in Journalism&PR
Hi Everyone! My name is Kat, and I am one of your Digital Brand Ambassadors here at yconic! 

I am a fourth year Journalism major specializing in Public Relations, minoring in History at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. I have a post-graduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from Conestoga College. I wanted to create this post as a space to answer as many questions as I possibly can that you may have! 

 Who is Kat: 
 - I am a fourth year Journalism major, specializing in Public Relations with a minor in History. I have a post-graduate certificate from Conestoga College in Integrating Marketing Communications (By April, I will have finished 5 years worth of school in 4.) 
- Photography Editor for the university’s school paper, The Sputnik, and Editor-in-Chief of the university’s yearbook, The Carnegie 
- I’ve been a part of many organizations at Laurier: O-Week Icebreaker, Foot Patrol volunteer, The Carnegie (yearbook) volunteer, The Sputnik (newspaper) volunteer 
- I’ve completed work placements in Marketing Communications 

 What Kind of Things Can I Answer for You: 
- Campus Life at the Laurier Brantford 
- Time management!! (I work full-time and study full-time, so I’ve gotten really good at this!) 
- Anything about J-School - I will do my absolute best to give you the best answers I can! 
- Organizations and clubs you can get involved in on campus 
- The transition between high school, the workforce and post secondary education 
- Gap years (I took two!) 
 - How to get involved in your on and off campus communities 
 - Course selection – after four years of course selection, I have it down to an art! 
- What it’s like to live off campus during your post-secondary education (and not with your parents) 
- The difference between college and university from the perspective of someone who has done both 
- OSAP - Literally ANYTHING about OSAP 
- Summer jobs - I've worked in some weird atmospheres like cleaning toilets for a summer, and some interesting and physically demanding atmospheres like in a Toyota Motor Manufacturing Weld Shop 

Of course these are just a few things I can help you with! If you have any questions that are not listed above, please ask anyway! I’ll do my absolute best to help you out! 

 The comments on this forum are open for your questions below! 
10 Books To Read, As Told By A Journalism Major
Whether you’re looking for something to relax with, or are making “reading more” a new year’s resolution, there are always perks to reading. I love that you can delve into another world and live the lives of hundreds of new people just by turning some pages. With help from various sources, and my personal experiences, I’ve compiled a list of must-read books. This list is in no particular order because all of the books were too good to try to scale in numerical order!

1. Adulting: How to become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
This book is exactly what it sounds like – a how-to guide on how to be, and function like an adult. Have you ever had to call your mom from college, because you didn’t know how to make real food, let alone Kraft-Dinner? Because I’ve done that before. Have you ever taken a photo of the washing machine in your building and texted it to your mom because she did your laundry until you moved out when you were 18? My older sister did as soon as she left for college. I know this book sounds absolutely absurd, and like it couldn’t be useful at all, but it surprisingly is! Based on Kelly William Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the “real worl” approachable, and manageable. Some things you’ll find in the book is: • What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. • The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. • Tackling your bills and your debt

2. Taking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), Lauren Graham
A New York Times bestseller, Talking as Fast as I can, is a must read! If you’re a Gilmore Girl fan, there is no doubt that you were probably anxiously awaiting the revival to come to Netflix on November 25th. Now, you can read a collection of personal essays by Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore!) where she reveals stories about life, love and working as a women in Hollywood – and who doesn’t want a little behind-the-scenes look into what it was like filming the Gilmore Girls revival?

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay, J.K Rowling
Growing up, I was addicted to Harry Potter. I’ve noticed that right now we’re in that strange no man’s land of people old enough to remember the first release of the Philosopher’s Stone (guilty.) and those who were far too young to be involved in the craze – but thankfully, J.K Rowling has opened the world of magic to us unworthy muggles again! I may be a bit biased, and super nerding out, but I highly recommened Fantastic Beasts. It was such an easy read, and was filled with quick wit and plenty pages of great humour (if you like sarcasm like myself, you’ll definitely be a fan of Jacob!) For those of you who were Harry Potter fans – the whole concept of Albus’ deceased sister makes so much more sense now! You have to read it!

4. The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
With the recent release of this movie in theatres, this 2015 bestseller resurfaces as a must-read. An Excerpt from Chapters Indigo reads “Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this #1 New York Times bestselling psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.”

5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a foster child who lives in Germany at the beginning of World War II. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. The Book Thief is an absolutely heartbreaking read (but an amazing one) that reminds us of the importance of books, and how they have the ability to feed our souls.

6. The Girl Who Came Home, Hazel Gaynor
This is another read if you like a historical aspect in your book, like me! It is a bit older of a book, but equally as good! The book flips between seventeen year old, Maggie Murphy in 1912 Ireland, and Grace Butler, her great-granddaughter, in 1982. The book blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic’s impact and the aftermath on the survivors and their descendants. I read this book in less than three days, I was so captivated with it. 

 7. 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher 
 “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.” – This book is perfect for those who like the mystery aspect, but I found this book to be super powerful. Thirteen Reasons Why changed me. It made me step back from my life and realize that every action I take affects someone else, whether it be good or bad. (This is something I was already aware of, but this book definitely but it into a bigger perspective.) 

 8. Harry Potter and The Cursed ChildJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Sorry not sorry for another book by or related to J.K Rowling - I couldn't resist. Although this one screams "fan fiction" and feels like you're reading something completely absurd if you're a diehard J.K fan, it is surprisingly a fantastic read! 

 9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
This one some of you may have already read to prepare for the release of the movie this year, but just in case you haven't, i'm here to plant the bug in your head. You should read it! Even though I feel books will always trump the movie, this one was practically a tie. If for some reason you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend reading the book. It's impeccable. 

 10. Humans Of New York: Stories, Brandon Stanton
Looking for some inspiration? Try reading Humans of New York: Stories. It's a bit more of a light read for those with heavy course loads, and minimal time to delve into a large novel. It's the perfect combination of photographs and stories. Like an adult picture book!

No matter whether you utilize this list or not, I hope that 2017 will suck you into different realms, and stories through the books of the past, present and tomorrow. Read on, bookies! 

yconic Brand Ambassador  
Have you ever regretted purchasing university textbooks?
After a final exam in my first year of university, I picked up the “required” textbook for the class and thought to myself, “Did I ever even use this textbook?” 

This question seemed to repeat itself throughout the year. I had a hard time thinking about how much money I was spending on textbooks that I was hardly using. When it comes to buying textbooks instead of rushing into buying textbooks the first day of class, I see what my options are. First, I wait a few weeks before buying my textbooks. If I am constantly wishing I had the book, I look for the cheapest option available. I always buy used textbooks because the price of the new copy is outrageous. My go-to resources for finding used textbooks are Kijiji and used textbook Facebook groups. Another option I have used in the past is buying the online version which is cheaper than the paper copy. If I don’t think I will use the textbook very often, I won’t purchase my own copy. Instead, if I really need the textbook, I will borrow it from the school’s library. 

Did you ever buy a textbook that you didn’t need? How do you buy your textbooks?

Michelle, yconic student ambassador
Why Making Goals for the New Year Might be a Good Idea
Life gets hectic, especially for students. Sometimes it feels like we can get stuck in a hectic cycle of never-ending work, sleep, and classes. It’s important to establish a few goals to fully understand what you want to accomplish on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. The new year is right around the corner, so it’s about time to pull out that new calendar and mark a few things into your schedule. 

1. Daily Goals: Setting a goal for your daily life is a big undertaking. It takes determination and perseverance to stick to a daily goal. I would recommend that if you do make a daily goal for the new year, don’t make it too big. For example, maybe you want to start keeping a daily journal. Even just spending 10 minutes doing this each day is an accomplishment.

2. Weekly Goals: Dedicate a bit of time each week, whether it be on the weekend or mid-week, on relaxing or doing something you enjoy. Even if you’re stressed and have lots to do, your mental health is important! Block off a special hour or two every week to curl up with a book, take a nap, listen to music, or another relaxing activity. (I would recommend staying away from your phone and have more of an inward focus during this time.)

3. Monthly Goals: These goals can be a bit larger. What’s something you want to accomplish by the end of one month? Maybe you want to write a song. Maybe you want to complete a new piece of art. Maybe you want to learn origami, or write some letters for relatives or friends. It could be anything. You can work on your monthly goal whenever you have some spare time. 

4. A Goal For the Year: This could be a large-scale goal. It could even be related to your monthly goals. (For example, if you write a song every month, you could have an album by the end of the year.) Maybe your annual goal is to learn a new language. It could also be a more simple goal, like meeting 10 new people, or doing 10 random acts of kindness for strangers.

Personally, I’ve found that making goals and following through with them has been a very enriching experience, as it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and it gives your days more meaning. In fact, having things to work towards has pushed me to get my schoolwork done more efficiently too.

Let us know what goals you’re setting for the New Year in the comments below!

 -Rachel H, yconic student ambassador
i want to go to law school but i don't know what to do for my undergrad
i already know that i want to be lawyer as my full time job after university and want to go to law school once i graduate from university but i don't know what program to choose for my undergrad. i'm in gr 12 so its pretty late to be deciding what to do university now but i have no idea what to choose. in gr 11 i took chemistry, physics, biology, function, french, english, communications tech, gym and law. So far the courses I've been given for gr 12 are biology, advanced functions, calculus, recreation and fitness leadership, french and english, i was also given 2 spares but am planning to either take chemistry or communications tech as my 7th course. if you have any ideas of what programs i could do at a canadian university with these courses please tell me!
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7 Tips for Better Time Management and Study Habits During Final Exams
Final exams are arguably the most stressful time of the year. Balancing a full class load can be a challenge when you have multiple exams to prepare for while keeping up with other life commitments. Here are some tips to maximize your studying and help manage your time for your upcoming exams!

  1. Don’t procrastinate: All through high school and my first year of university, I would start studying for an exam the night before and cramming the hours leading up to the exam. As my classes began to get harder, I realized that I put way too much stress on my body with this bad habit. This past year I started studying for exams up to two weeks ahead of time. Studying a little bit every other day helps be better retain the information and minimizes the stress and anxiety I feel as the exam approaches.

2. Create a schedule: Creating a plan helps with procrastination. If you plan study time into your busy schedule, it will help you manage your time by freeing up time that you might otherwise put to other use.

3. Minimize the distractions: Learn what environment best works for you without getting distracted. If you study at home and get distracted by your roommates or refrigerator, try going to the library. If the library is too quiet for you and you get lost in your mind, trying studying with a friend to help keep you on task.

4. Take breaks: If you find yourself reading a paragraph over and over again without remembering what you just read, try taking a break. Your brain can only be productive for so long before it needs to rest. Going for a walk, eating a healthy snack, or just relaxing will let your brain relax and be must more productive when you start back up.

5. Find a study buddy: Discussing a topic from class with a classmate or explaining what you’re learning to a friend or family remember helps with learning the material. I have found that putting the information in my own words or associating the material with something I am already familiar with will help me remember it better. 

 6. Change it up: Try studying for multiple exams in one study session. When I switch up the content, it helps me be more engaged than reading the same power point over and over again. 

 7. Quiz yourself: testing your knowledge is the best way to see if you are prepared for an exam. It is easy to read over your notes again and again but how do you know if you have retained the information? Quizzing yourself helps you determine what information you know and what information you need to invest more time. 

 When looking through these tips, it is important to remember that everyone learns differently and has different lifestyles. If you are a first year or are still trying to figure out this whole studying thing out give some of these suggestions a try and see what works best for you. Creating your routine will help you better manage your time and help get that A+ on your next exam!