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Dating: Long Distance
PLEASE READ! Long distance relationships are not what they are portrayed to be. They are not as hard, emotionally draining, or as impossible as people assume. Right now, I am living 3 hours away from my boyfriend (who plays a varsity sport). We see each other once or twice a month. We are both happy, both with room to live our own lives but always being able to catch up at the end of the night. We still love each other, nobody has been unfaithful, and it is relatively easy. The time we spend together is always quality time, and I do not regret staying with him.If you love someone and think you they could be the person for you, go for it. The worst that could happen is that it doesn't work out and you part ways. It is entirely possible, do not give up just because of what you THINK might happen.

Pros of a long distance relationship...
1. The time you spend together is really exciting and precious
2. You have the freedom to be yourself and make friends on your own terms
3. You always have lots to talk about with your S/O because you're apart during the day
4. It tests whether the relationship is really worth it
5. Meeting their new friends means more friends for you!
6. Sex/physical intimacy is so much better when you've been waiting for it
7. It will show you how much your partner really values you
8. You don't need to pick between your friends and partner during the week
9. It helps keep you focused

I hope that this helped anyone that needed to hear it.
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CCIA Scholarship
Hey everyone, I won this scholarship way back when, so I thought I'd pass the info on! They currently have < 5 applications!

"CCIA is offering a scholarship for incoming first-year students that are Canadian citizens who have at least one Chinese parent or grandparent. There are 5 $500 scholarships and applicants will be selected based on good academics and extracurricular involvement. Financial need will also be considered. The application period is now OPEN! (the deadline is September 2nd, 2018). More info can be found here: https://ccia.netlify.com/scholarship If you have any questions after going through the documents please comment below. Good luck!"

Here is the FB post:
https://www.facebook.com/CCIAToronto/posts/1825935044163585
OSAP Question :/ ?
My parents make about $25,000 and I recently applied for OSAP. After applying the estimate was I keep $6700(grant) and pay back $4500(loan), total $11,200. I thought I would be eligible for free tuition but according to the website I have loans. The other calculator said its free because income is less than $50,000. 
I'm super confused, how will I know if my tuition is free? am I going to get an email or message in September?
I don't mind if I am paying back, I just need to know how much I should make and find a job because I don't want to stress my parents out, they're already in financial trouble and do so much for me. If I'm paying back I need to change my schedule so I work more days and pay my fees by myself. Or is tuition not fully free and you pay loans no matter what? I really dont know how osap works..: please lmk if you know anything :)
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what res should I live in
so I got into Ivey aeo today and bmos, but I was thinking id try to switch undergrad programs bc bmos is generic for Ivey kids and I wanna explore my interests (without killing my average of course) I was also wondering whats the best res to be in and what style, like single dorm double dorm or suite, I wanna meet as many people as possible but also hit the books and make a close group or close friends and have fun/party . anyone who has insight pls comment below! thanks
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Dalhousie Scholarship 2018
For those who have applied to the Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship  and recieved one, when did you apply, when did you learn that you recieved a scholarship, how much was it worth, and what province are you from. 

If you feel comfortable posting your average, please post that as well.

This form works great:
 
Date Applied:
Quality and Quantity (Renewable Scholarship or One off): 
Recieval Date:
Province Originating From:
UPDATE* Faculty: 
*Academic Average:

Thanks so much and congratulations to those who have recieved one!
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I Spent All My OSAP Money...Irresponsibly
Hi guys,

I spent all my OSAP money ($2000 in grant, and about half of the loan) on player packs for FIFA 18. My best pull was a 99 overall Ronaldo. So it was worth it! But now I'm in a sticky situation. What do I do? My average in 1st year gender studies is 99. Does that help? 
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Debt
I am currently in the RN program. I have a 90%, in my second year. I haven't received any bursaries or scholarships from my school. I am having an extremely hard time paying for expenses (rent, food, previous degree debt), books, tuition. I am just wondering if anyone has some tips on where I could go to get extra help. Unfortunately I already have a previous science degree, so I can't get any more help from the bank. I do work once a week, but unfortunately it is not even close to being enough.
OSAP Application Question
Hey, so I was just wondering if anybody else applied to OSAP with more than one application for the same university (two different programs)? I applied and it only let me submit one program's application, so I don't have an OSAP application for my other program at the same university. Just wondering if this is normal. Thanks :)
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How I earned $15,000 for school before my first year
Hey guys I made a post with some tips I thought would be helpful for those of you interested in applying for scholarships. Good luck y'all and I hope you find this helpful!

The Link:  https://beautifollyme.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/how-i-made-my-millions
is it worth the extra money?
I am going to pay for university on my own with little to no help from my parents, which means a lot of loans. Is it worth taking out huge loans to attend Queens Commerce or Ivey where the tuition is nearly as much as tuition + living expenses at Laurier, McMaster and other second tier schools? is it worth having to spend most of my early adulthood paying off huge amounts of debt?
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Anyone in Ryerson's RTA or Journalism program?
For anyone who is in Ryerson's RTA or Journalism program!

A) How are you liking it?
B) Was it hard to get in (What was your average and how long did it take?)
C) How is the workload like assignments and projects?
D) What is your game plan afterwards?

Thanks!
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Are you planning financially for post-secondary?
For current high school students, what are YOU doing right now to plan financially for university? 

-Are you relying on parents to pay for everything?
-Financial aid (OSAP, bank loans)?
-Scholarships?
-Part-time jobs?

Share your thoughts below! 
#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.
Helpful University Majors?
Hey, I'm in Grade 12 and well it's time to start applying for universities and think about what degree I should get. So, I'm wondering what courses are you taking and for what job? I know personal interest is definitely a factor, but I also want to take something useful. So, for example, I have aspirations of becoming a doctor, but if I unable to get to that level I don't want to be stuck with a degree that I cannot use anywhere else. Any advice?
uni applications
references for top business schools such as Ivey queens Laurier bba and ryerson. when they ask for references does it have to all be teachers or can they be like your supervisors from your part time jobs and stuff?
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Financial Aid: How are you paying for school?
Hey everyone! I am one of your yconic Student Ambassadors for this school year. Today I will be discussing financial aid and sharing my thoughts on how you can pay for school.

Before you even apply to university, you have to pay fees to get your applications processed. In some cases, you might even have to pay more to complete supplementary applications (Check out my post last week about university applications: http://bit.ly/2jKJt6m). Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. 

I am currently in my third week of university and have spent A LOT of money. Textbooks alone can cost you hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to finance your education. 


1. OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) 

OSAP is a financial aid program set up by the government to assist families and students to fund their education. You get grants and loans from OSAP and the amount depends on your family's income. That said, you might qualify for FREE tuition. 

When you're applying for OSAP, hand in your required documents ASAP to ensure that your OSAP money comes on time to pay your tuition and buy your course materials. 

Check out this page to get more information and to calculate roughly how much you can get from OSAP: https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program 

2. RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) 

An RESP is like a savings account for your parents to contribute to for your post-secondary education. In addition to the amount your parents contribute, the government adds to it as well. 

3. Bank Loan 

Getting a bank loan is another option to help you pay for school, especially if you'll be studying as an international student abroad. It is important to note that the interest rate might be higher than OSAP and varies from bank to bank. 

4. Part-Time/Summer Job 

Working part-time or having a summer job is a great way to save and pay for school. It definitely helps reduce the amount you have to borrow to pay your tuition fees and course materials. An added bonus is that instead of asking your family for money, you have your own to spend for textbooks and of course, food! 

5. Scholarships and Bursaries 

Free money is awesome! Bursaries are offered to students who demonstrate financial need. Just like OSAP, it takes your family income into consideration. A lot of post-secondary institutions have a financial aid section on their websites, which gives students information on how to apply for them. 

In addition, you can get an entrance scholarship, which is based on your Top 6 for Grade 12. They might range from $500 to $4000 though it depends on the post-secondary institution. This is one of the reasons why it is important to maintain your grades after getting accepted into your program of interest. 

There are many scholarships available here on yconic, so if you're reading this, I would highly recommend that you start applying to them. Last year, one thing that I found surprising was the fact that many scholarships go unclaimed due to people not applying for them. Writing essays might seem unappealing and a lot of work now, but your future self will be thanking you later for doing so. 


Let me know in the comments how you plan to or are currently paying for school. If you have any questions, please check out my AMA as well: http://bit.ly/2fknIsA 

Hope to hear from you soon! 

Alyssa Vidal 
yconic Student Ambassador
Interested in applying to an Ivy League School?
It's that time of year again. Grade 12 is in full swing and students across Canada are planning to apply to their school of choice. For many, their goal is to study in Canada but for others, they have their sights set on an Ivy League School. But what does it take to make it to one? How early should you be preparing? What are some possible considerations that I should look into before investing time and money into applying? 

I talked to some of my friends who actually applied to some and here are their answers to some common questions. 

1. How early should students be prepared if they are considering Ivy League schools? 

The majority of Ivy League schools take the entirety of your high school experience into account when they make admissions decisions. This means that, beyond keeping your grades up, it is important to be involved in activities that you are passionate about from the very beginning of high school. For many of my friends who applied, they were actively involved in DECA, debate and varsity sports. So if you are considering going down this path, starting as early as grade 9 is crucial. 

2. What are the steps to applying? 

First, you need to take either the SAT or the ACT, depending on which you feel more comfortable writing. There are differences between the tests that can be found in detail online. Some students do poorly on the SAT but score extremely well on the ACT, and vice versa; this just means that it's important to find your niche and go from there. During the application process, you will need to write essays based on questions or prompts and I would advise you to get your teachers/guidance counselors to check it over for you before you submit it. In addition, you should also have contacted some references that are willing to write a letter of recommendation. When I applied, I had a variety or references ranging from teachers to coaches to church pastors. 

3. Realistically, what are some other considerations students should consider before applying to Ivy League schools (e.g. finances, etc)?

It's important to consider where you want your life to go before you apply to Ivy League schools. There are great programs at home in Canada and abroad that can offer realistic career success and satisfaction in the future without the associated financial costs of attending an Ivy school. For many Canadians, we need to pay international tuition and live in a potentially expensive city. However, there are scholarships for international students but the amount and quota differ from school to school. Weigh the costs and benefits before applying; there's no point in putting yourself through the American application process if your goals can be achieved in a less expensive, more local way. 

Are you considering applying to an Ivy League School or have any more questions? Comment below and I'll relay them to my friends who have been through the process! 

Benson Law 
-yconic Student Ambassador
Voluntary Donation Fee
Are there any negative ramifications in opting out of a voluntary donation fee to my faculty? I am trying to keep my costs down, and the extra money could be used to buy textbooks and other school materials that are necessary to my success in school. I would pay the fee if I had the money, but I am not in that position. So, I was wondering if opting out of this fee would mean I can't join clubs, or participate in other activities at the school (even though it is voluntary)?
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Having a job while studying architecture???
I'm planning on studying architectural science at Ryerson next year, although I haven't yet heard back, and I am wondering if current students in the program or other arch programs have time to work. The program is a lot and I would be moving across the country to go there, so I'm trying to find as many ways to save and earn money while at school.

Also what is the best way to deal with student loans and debt??
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Scholarships on Yconic
Hey, so I just have a few questions regarding scholarships on here. This may seem dumb, but is this legit? How will money be sent to me? I just want some inside scoop on what's going on here thanks!
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AMA: Kinesiology Student, Researcher & UofC Medicine Scholar
Hey Everyone! My name is Mathieu and I am one of yconic's Student Ambassadors! I am currently a first-year Kinesiology student (majoring in Biomechanics) at the University of Calgary and would love to answer any questions you have regarding Universities in Western Canada. 

Who Am I:  
-First-Year UCalgary Kinesiology Undergraduate Student majoring in Biomechanics
-University of British Columbia Major Entrance Scholar 2016
-Thrive Volunteer, Right to Play VP Finance, KSS VP Public Relations
-UCalgary's Cumming School of Medicine Pathways to Medicine Scholar 2016
-SIPRC Researcher (Markin USRP Scholar): "Evaluating the effect of body checking policy on physical contacts in youth ice hockey players using video analysis."
-Acceptance into the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine MD Program in 2020 (P2M Scholar).

Please feel free to throw your questions below and I will be sure to answer them to the best of my ability and as quickly as possible!

Should I go to Trent or Carleton?
I want to live in Ottawa, but it would cost more because its too far to live with my parents. I chose  to apply Carleton mostly because of the environment. I fell I would be happy in Ottawa despite the anxiety of living independently. It's for undergrad psychology. Neither schools are known for their psychology programs, but apparently it doesn't matter much where you get your undergrad. Trent is ranked the number one undergrad though. I'm tied between being stuck in Durham with my parents, who I argue with constantly, or living on my own and having more debt and lack of preparation for independent living. If money wasn't a factor, I would have accepted Carleton already. I'm planning on having no roommates, nothing too expensive either.
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A tuition-free Ontario: Would it be good or bad?
Tuition is super pricy (obviously!) Could you imagine a tuition free Ontario? There are definitely some pros and cons to it - would quality of education, and the reputation of schools deplete if there were no tuition? What do you think?

Recently OSAP (the Ontario Student Assistance Program) revamped themselves that will allow low- to middle-income students to attend school for free by providing them with grants to cover their tuition.

I am sure that you have heard the “free tuition” announcement circulating somewhere.This is the major change to the old OSAP form. 

Here is how the free tuition will work: 

Some students who are part of a low- to middle- income family can be eligible for free tuition if: 

The student's parents make $50,000 collectively or less per year 

The student will be attending school full-time The student is attending a public post-secondary institution 

The student meets the eligibility requirements for the OSAP program 

Now this is not anything like Newfoundland's elimination of student loans—Ontario is still handing out loans to students, however, some students will luck out with grants only if their parents are in the right pay brackets.

 Back in August of 2015, Newfoundland announced that they were eliminating student loans, and replacing them with non-repayable grants. Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to completely eliminate its student loan system.

How do you feel about the New OSAP. Is it evolving the education system in Canada for the good or bad? 

Personally, I can see the benefits. I'm from a middle income family, and would have loved the help without the debt attached, however, I also see the negative of people squandering away government money for a chance to "try' post-secondary school, while those who may be very serious about taking courses but are just over the cut-off are struggling to stay in school.

What do you think?