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WESTERN HEALTH SCIENCE
My average (including the pre-reqs) will be 90% do you think I will get into Western health science? 
I am hoping to get into med or dental however I understand it is very hard to do this so I was wondering what are some options I have as backups with a science degree? 
Also if there is anyone who is currently in health science at Western what do you think about it?
How hard is it to get a good gpa for postgraduate schools?
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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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Canadian Student applying to US for Undergrad
Currently, I am in sophomore year in high school in hopes of attending a post-secondary institution in the US. However, with the social and political environment in the US, I am questioning my decision on whether I should prepare for the US or not. I intend to major in Business/Economics and have a variety of extracurriculars I am involved in (that I actually enjoy)  Don't get me wrong, I will still aim for Canadian universities (Western, Queen's, UofT etc.), but the US seems like a more suitable opportunity for my personal goals of studying abroad. 

I understand US universities look at grades from 9-12, but I wouldn't say they were exceptional (average is in the high 80s-low 90s from grade 9 to now). At the same time, financial aid would be necessary for me to pay tuition. 

Some schools I'm interested in: Wharton (UPenn), Cornell, Columbia, Yale-NUS (Singapore), USC, UC Berkeley 

Is it worth going to the US in your opinion along with spending time doing standardized tests like SAT/ACT and self-studying AP courses? For my junior year, I don't plan on taking any "laboratory sciences" they recommend on Ivy Leagues and top universities. Should I just take one in case?  

If there's anyone that is attending college in the US or know anybody studying abroad, feel free to comment on this post! I would like to hear advice and personal experiences of the decision-making process and the difference of low-acceptance rate university. Thank you!




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Computer Science Advice
I had an 81 average right now and when the marks were inputted to the universities during the second semester. I applied to UOIT cs,  average last year was 75 and I got rejected. Rejected from Ryerson cs, Guelph cs, and finally york cs, they gave me an alternate offer, Digital Media from the Lassonde of Engineering sector. The deadline to accept it June 7th, so i need some advice quickly.  The reason why mark is so low is that when i took advanced functions during the 1st semester i had an awful teacher, she taught math on a powerpoint with an already done solution and lessons She never touched a whiteboard or blackboard,. So i retook it because i had a 62... I retook it this semester and have a 93, and that's not because its a repeat but because of this horrible teacher. One day in this new teacher's class and she has more written on the whiteboard than the whole course from the old teacher. Retaking the course caused me to lose an opportunity to choose a bird course and potentially get a high 80 or low 90, like i am right now in International business, 93. The same atrocious teacher has taught the computer science courses in 11 and 12. I was really interested in CS in 11 even after the horrible teaching, but now I'm in 12 and i have a 75...

I need advice whether to accept the offer and hopefully switch to CS second year or take another semester or year. York is the closest university to me, only a 20 minute commute. The strike also worries me. 

Also im not sure whether or not to continue to do cs because of my experience, do the profs at uni actually teach properly?
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UWO Econ + AEO/Ivey 2nd year internships??
I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to get an internship in finance after completing 2 years of an Econ (sosci) degree before Ivey HBA at UWO, or would I have to be in BMOS to get an internship? 
Also if there are any upper year students who could comment on their internship experience, how they got it etc.  
Thanks a lot in advance!!
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I'm having trouble choosing a college pathway
I am facing a bit of a dilemma for choosing a post secondary option I wanted to become a doctor but I don’t like biology or science I wanted to become a Engineer but I don’t like math I wanted to become a computer programmer but I don’t like programming I wanted tojoin the trades but I don’t like getting my hands dirty I’m basically out of ideas for what to go to college for and I’ve tried everything!!!! Anyone have any ideas of how I can make a lot of money after graduation without having to do any of the hard math or science courses or physical labour Any suggestions would be appreciated becuase I don't want to work for minimum wage the rest of my life ad demand a high paying salary
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How good is the Masters of Management Science program at UWaterloo?
Hello!
I have been offered a place in the MMSc program at UW. Being an international student I want to know how is the job scenario in Canada after graduating from your masters studies.

I've read that Waterloo has co-ops opened for graduate students of Management Science as well. But I've also heard that they're really competitive to fetch. I'm looking towards a career in Business Intelligence/Analytics and I want to know if this course suits my career path that I want to set for myself.

If there is anyone currently pursuing this program or anyone who can help me with these questions of mine I would really appreciate it.

Thanks.
Co-Op/Internship Programs (not Engineering/Comp-Sci/Business)
Outside of engineering, comp-sci, and business programs (which are the easiest to recruit for), does anyone have any feedback on the quality of the co-op or internship programs at various universities? How would you rate the quality of the prep courses, the career support, the quality of the placements/employers and your results going through the process? How much did you end up making and how much did your university charge for the program? Did you feel like the placement you got actually gave you valuable skills and experience that will help you land a job post graduation? Would you say that overall the school runs a strong well-supported and effective program?
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St. FX Reputation?
Helloooo

Wondering what the general rep of St.FX is? Obviously its the top party school but I'm talking more for employment and such. How highly regarded is a degree from there? Thank ya
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Top 10 Most Valuable Degrees in Canada
According to RBC

https://discover.rbcroyalbank.com/top-ten-most-valuable-degrees-in-canada


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Science/ Related Undergrad Decision Making
Hey guys, I'm a grade 11 student, still trying to decide on an undergrad. Science is the goal as it is something I enjoy doing, and I believe it will prepare me somewhat for the MCAT and med school; as the overall goal is medical school. I want something that offers a pretty good amount of electives, and is not so constricted as well as a program in which I can easily achieve a 3.8 or higher GPA. I preform decently well, and have good study and work habits.
Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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For ALL Business Students... Don't Be Discouraged!
Hello everybody! 

This post is directed mainly for those kids who won't get into Ivey, QC, Schulich, etc. This website is really great for answers and support, but the people who don't get 90's often get rained on by other users, which sucks and can really hurt their confidence. But for those students, I have good news...  

I was speaking with a Financial Advisor today who is very successful and works in downtown Ottawa under a major bank (for privacy reasons I wont specify which one). I asked them point blank: does the school that you attend make a difference when looking for a job?  

Their answer was simple. No. They said that when they see a university degree with the required certifications for the position, they weigh a degree from Carleton the same as one from Queen's. And for those looking at Laurier worried about getting co-op or not, they also said that co-op looks good, but isn't a dealbreaker either because internship positions are ALWAYS available for those who want them bad enough. It does add to your resume which is always helpful, and it never hurts to get your foot in the door... 

Now, maybe this is just one employer's opinion. But as so many people say: your school won't make or break your career.  

Another "famous" quote from Mr. Wonderful himself - Kevin O'Leary - is as follows (from his book Cold Hard Truth): "Though I like to say an MBA beside your name, I'll hire a moneymaker over a scholar any day". While O'Leary is far from the golden boy of businessmen, it's another perspective from a successful employer.

To summarize: At the end of the day, schools with the top reputations may indeed open up some doors for you, and if their program is known to be a great for your area of choice (Brock Accounting, etc), absolutely consider going there. But, attend the school where you will learn the material the best depending on how YOU learn.  

*Disclaimer: I agree that the highly regarded programs are fantastic, and those who attend those schools should be very proud of getting into them and learning from them! If they're what you're looking for, awesome for you! Just here to prove that employers hire who you are, not your degree.*
Should I re-apply if I want a CO-OP? (Computer Science)
Got accepted into uOttawa for a Computer Science Major on the 7th  with a conditional offer but no CO-OP. I applied with an 89% and afaik we only require above 80 to get accepted into CO-OP. Today I received acceptance into Carleton with CO-OP but I'm still really dissapointed about no CO-OP in uOttawa. As it stands now my only two options are to email the uOttawa admission services (which the uOttawa tour guide recommended), or to re-apply on OUAC with CO-OP selected.

 The other unfortunate part of the story is that my friend with an 87% average got accepted into CO-OP today (the 2nd round of acceptances I'm assuming).
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KhanAcademy Videos on Different Careers
Just bumped into this and thought I would share, because I would have loved to have this when I was in high school.

Khan Academy has started a YouTube series interviewing lots of people in diverse jobs on what they do, how much they make, and how they got the job:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOiYCGQWffmosWFxwAm7ABw

Hope you guys will find this as interesting as I do :)
Oilpatch Summer Work
So I'm an Ontario student looking to make money in the summer so I can hopefully graduate with less debt. I heard that oil-patch work pays a lot, but I haven't been able to find any information on recruitment. Is there any information on how to apply?
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Best path to go down if I want to become a CFA?
I am interested in finance and economics. However, BComm. doesn't really appeal to me as much as BSc. (U of T offers BSc in Financial Economics, seems interesting). What would be best? Commerce? Science? What do employers (Banks, investment + fund companies) like more? Thanks!
Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
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Highest Paying Trade?
What are the highest paying trade in the industry? How much do Mechanic makes?

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Which ECs Will Increase My Chances of Winning Scholarships?
Extra-curricular activities and wondering which are the best to take in terms of university applications and winning scholarships have always been in the back of my mind. For years now I've been in a wide range of activities including music, athletics, drama, volunteering, environmental and community outreach club and art. Extra-curriculars are always good to have on scholarship applications, but the ones you pick and specialize in can impact it.  

So how do you make ECs worth it?  And which ones are most beneficial?

Impressive Extracurriculars
Activities cultivate a wide range of talents and strong character traits. Of course, like all things in life, the key thing is balance. Know your capabilities and aim to reach beyond that point, choosing activities from different categories. If you are unsure about an activity, take a trial course or ask to join for a day to get a feel for it. Try and see if you like it. Whats the harm? Listed below are several extracurriculars, including important traits athat are learned by joining. 

Leadership Skills
- Student Government (participation in school matters; responsible; role model)
- Athletics (physical endurance; teamwork; commitment)

Critical Thinking
- Academic teams (competitive, passionate about learning & challenges)
- Debate (thoughtful; educated in modern affairs; rational & analytic mindset)

Creativity
- Arts (outside of the box thinking)
- Drama (expressive; personable; commitment to a group)

Community Involvement/ Life Experience
- Volunteer work/Community service (A must have!)
- Part-time jobs (work experience & real-world experience)
- Internships (dedicated; mature; capable of handling heavy courses)

Making ECs Pay Off

1. Follow your passions
Just because there aren't scholarships handed out in your field of interest, for example, paintball. Just because you won't get money from playing paintball doesn't mean you should stop it. If you are the lead guitarist for a classic rock band playing from your garage, miles away from getting a scholarship out of it, you can still use it to your advantage. Committees still look at you as a person, wondering what interests you and makes you unique. Knowing that you have the drive to follow your passions is a valuable asset. Colleges are aware that individuals turn it up a notch in terms of extracurriculars during senior year. So, it's better to choose what you love and benefit from the experience as a person not just for extra lines on your applications. 

2.  Focus your skills
In your activity, find a way to make yourself stand out from the rest. If you're not the fastest on your team, the strongest or the fittest, become the most educated person about the activity. Focus on something unique that you do really well. Make sure your coaches, instructors, teachers see your improvement. 




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?
AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
Ontario Teacher Accessibility
Do Ontario teachers have access to check other student transcripts? By other students I mean if the student is in another school district, can a teacher from another district search them up and get all their past grades?
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