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MAC LIFE SCI
I am currently in grade 12 and I predict my average (including pre-reqs) will be 90%. I have a few questions regarding life sciences at McMaster. 

Do you think I will get in? 
How hard is it to maintain a good gpa for med, dental, pharm?
How many people from life sci get into med, dental, pharm?
What are jobs I can get with just the degree from this program (if I don't do post grad)? 
What is meant by level I and level II? Do I apply for level II after first year?
Do people generally like it? Is it an extremely competitive environment? 

Thank You
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Post-Secondary Student Life- First Year
Hi, I'm in  grade 12 and I'm very scared of going into post-secondary.How hard is the transition from high school to post secondary actually is?  Some of my teacher said that some people actually fail some of their courses, is it true? 
Have you ever had time to hang out with friends and go to some other places than places near the school? Also, how much studying did you have to do to have good marks?
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Yconic Sold to Data Gathering Company
So I noticed Yconic has been getting worse and worse over the past couple months. Links literally don’t work, all the info seems out of data and loads of other problems so I decided to do some Googling and may have found the answer.

https://twitter.com/JeanMarcLeger1/status/1004793869370785792  

It turns out Yconic sold to Canada largest company for polling and market research. I always wondered how much Yconic was selling my data, well now I don’t since it is owned by a company whose only job it seems is to get information from people and sell it to other companies.
Is SHAD worth it?
Hi all,
 
So SHAD application is rolling around and I was wondering if it is worth it. Like do Universites actually like this or is it fun at least? Also, do you have to live on campus for SHAD or can you commute there? 

Basically, can anyone tell me is SHAD worth it? That is my main question.
First Year Western Med Sci and Scholar’s Elective Student: AMA :)
I’m a first year Western Med Sci student in scholars electives too, ask me anything and I will try to answer! 

I used this site like crazy last year, time to give back :)

Programs accepted to:
- Western Med Sci + SE
- Mac Life Sci
- University of Toronto Life Sci + Trinity College
- Queens Science

Rejected from:
- Mac Health Sci
- QuARMS

ECs: 
- Research 
- Exec positions for a few clubs 

Scholarships:
- UofT: C. David Naylor University Scholarship ($20,000) --> I didn't accept it sadly :(
- All entrance scholarships based on average (no apps necessary)
- Rejected from: Loran
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Truth about University
I am currently in my first year of engineering at Ryerson University. So far a month at university I thought it would be great for me to leave some comments about the reality of studying in an university. These are in fact, based from SOLELY WHAT I EXPERIENCED AND MANY OF MY FRIENDS IN THEIR FIRST YEAR. If there are disagreements feel free to discuss them. 

1) Expect your grade to drastically drop, a lot, in university
2) High school simply does not prepare you well for the transition to university
3) workload depends on what program you are in, but 100% sure your workload will be extremely heavy, A LOT MORE WORK than high school, but totally managable
4) If you cant manage your work load in high school, you will most likely to suffer in university, but depends on what program you are in

Well. Cant list all what I experienced because there are so many of them. If you guys are also in your first year, or upper years feel free to put down what you experienced  so we can give a head-up to highschoolers what they should expect. 
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How much will IB really affect my entire life?
So I went to a school in grade 9 and changed schools in grade 10 because the new school has the IB program. I'm considering going back to the first school because it's filled with people I grew up with since kindergarden and I feel more at home there. I kind of feel like a stranger at the new school and it's just really not enjoyable.

 And I know once we all leave for Uni I won't see my friends then, but I feel like I'm missing out on the high school experience with my best friends, and I usually just feel down when I'm at the new school.

I'm just wondering if I should push forward with the IB program or go to a school where I feel happy and like myself? 

Like is it worth going through two more years in a school I don't like just for IB?
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Planning Gr.12 schedule
I'm a grade 11 student in BC and I'm trying to plan what subjects I'm going to be taking next year when I'm in gr 12.

Right now I have:
Semester 1: Law 12, psychology 11, socials 11, pre-cal honours 11
Semester 2: English 11, french 11, photography 11, physics 11


Next year in Gr 12 I'm planning to take:
Eng 12, Precal 12, Chem 12, Bio 12, AP Calc, plus 1-2 other easy courses and spares

Do you think my gr 12 year is going to be hard if I take all of these courses? Because I'm wondering if I would have enough time for university application stuff I have too much workload in gr.12 year. Is it better to take some of those in Gr.11 year so I have more room and flexibility in Gr 12 year? If so, I can take french online and take one other Gr. 12 course next semester in gr.11. I'm thinking of taking pre-cal 12 or bio 12.

Please recommend the best option for me!!


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Pre-cal 12 vs biology 12 - help!!
I'm a grade 11 student in BC and I have some questions about what Gr.12 courses are the easiest to take in Gr.11. I already took chem 11 in gr.10 first semester (had 92%) so I have some extra room to take a grade 12 course.  
I'm thinking of studying biochemistry/biology/or chemistry in university.  

The current schedule I have right now are:  
1 semester - Socials 11, Law 12, Pre-cal 11, psychology 11.  
2 semester - Physics 11, English 11, French 11, Photography 11  

I want to take french online and take either precal 12 or biology 12 instead in the second semester. This way I only need to take Chem 12, eng 12, AP cal plus precal 12 or biology 12 in grade 12, depending on what I take in Gr.11.
I want to know how hard and time consuming the courses are because I'm pretty busy with extracurricular activities.  

So my questions are
: 1. Do you recommend taking precal 12 or bio 12 in grade 11? Or is it better to take it in Gr.12?  
2. Which subject is harder (in terms of understanding the material)? Precal 12 or Bio 12?  
3. Which subject is more time consuming?  
4. Do you recommend taking bio 11 prior to taking bio 12? (it isn't required in BC)  
5. Is pre cal 12 harder than pre cal 12?  

Please share your opinions!!
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Taking AP helps with Uni application??
I'm a grade 11 student in BC and I'm thinking about taking some AP courses in Gr.12.
My school's offering 3 AP courses - AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus. I'm planning to take AP Calc but I'm wondering if I should also take other APs. I want to know how rigorous the AP courses are and how much time is needed to prep for the AP exam.

From my friends and other students, I've heard that taking AP courses help with the university application. But I'm wondering if that's true. Does it really help if you take many APs?
I also want to know what happens if you take the AP course but not take the exam. Do you not get recognized as much as a student who took the exam?

Please share your opinions!!

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Take Data or Calc?
So last year i got a 74 in calculus. I have an 88 in advanced functions and 90 in business. 

I want to know if i should take calculus and vectors again and improve my mark or take data, because a lot of people say it's one of the easier maths.

I was doing really good with the calculus part, but when vectors came, I completely flopped.

Also i have searched the uni's i want to get into and they give you the option to take data or calc.

Now my goal is to achieve a high 80 or low 90s for my second math, whether it be calc or data.
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Girls
Is it easy getting girls in university, cause the girls in my high school are 2 cocky, so r they easy to get in uni?
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How do you repair an iPod Touch that underwent water damage
Hello there, I know this discussion is not related to anything about school or scholarships, but I really need some advice on how to fix an iPod that has water damage. 

The iPod is still fully functional, except that the water evaporated behind the backlit screen and I believe some LED lights burned out. Should I continue charging the iPod on a daily basis or would that be dangerous (considering short circuits and stuff alike)?

Also, does soaking the iPod in uncooked white rice overnight help?
Grade 11 Schedule
What would be a good balanced schedule with these grade 11 university courses?
Chemistry 
Math 
Physics
World Religions
English
French
Biology
Art 
Also, do you have any tips, tricks, or advice for grade 11? Whatever it may be, it would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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UNI ADMISSIONS
Do u think I have a chance of getting accepted into McGill, U of T or UBC for sciences with grades of 89 in bio 11, 83 in chem 11, 77 in eng 11, 90 in band, 88 in precalc11, 92 in socials 11, 94 in photography (all final)? Overall average is 88%. 

I understand that 12th grade is important but I heard and read in the university websites that they look at a couple grade 11 marks as well. 
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Courses
I was wondering about universities and how their system works, like for high school, for example, we just go there from 9-4, as its set, but how does the system work in university
UWO first year bird courses
Hi, so i need to pick two more credits that are electives and I really just want courses that are essentially easy to help me adjust to university from high school by not having a huge course load. 
Any ideas of easy first year courses?
Thanks:)
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Best time to take uni classes
Hey so with course selection coming up I just wanted to know when are the best days/times to take classes. I know the general idea is to avoid 8ams and classes on Mondays and Fridays but I was wondering if there were any other times. LIke would 4 pm class on a Friday be a bad idea? etc..
Thanks!
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Explore Program AMA!
Hey everyone! I was lucky enough to receive a bursary to participate in the Explore program this past spring. I spent 5 weeks in Chicoutimi studying French and I had the most amazing time,  despite the fact that I didn't know anyone else going and I also didn't really know what to expect before I left! 

So if anyone is interested/wants to participate in the program but have questions about it, feel free to ask me here and I'd be happy to answer what I can!
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Grade 12
Any advice, lessons, tips, or anything that would be useful to help me next year? 

my current average in grade 11 is 93% (I was aiming for higher :( ) I'm very stressed about next year because I am taking all the tough courses. My schedule for next year is; 

 -Semester 1: Bio, chem, advanced functions, English 
 -Semester 2: physics, calculus, business, and social justice. 

 On top of that, I will also be a part of student council as I will be a grade 12 rep. I am also a school senate and a prefect (which is another school leadership/representative thing).

I need some tips and advice on how to maintain a high average and being able to succeed as I am aiming to become a dentist in the future!

(you might've seen this on another thread, but people seemed to turn it into a "you can't read" and "go do some research" thread instead of giving some real advice.. so here I am trying again! I rlly need some good tips.
Grade 12 Preparation
So I'm going to be in grade 12 for the year of 2018-2019. 

Any advice, lessons, tips, or anything that would be useful to help me next year? (I'm horrified)

I am a hard working student, my current average in grade 11 is 93% (I was aiming for higher :( ) I'm very stressed about next year because I am taking all the tough courses. My schedule for next year is;  

   -Semester 1: Bio, chem, advanced functions, English 
   -Semester 2: physics, calculus, business, and social justice.  

On top of that, I will also be a part of student council as I will be a grade 12 rep. I am also a school senate and a perfect (which is another school leadership/representative thing). 

I got all my volunteer hours so thank god I don't have to worry about that. 

As for universities and careers, my goal is to be a dentist, for my bachelor's degree I really want to get into the health sciences program at Mcmaster. My other options include any bio, chem, or medical programs in western, McMaster, or U of T.  

So as you can tell I lowkey am a very ambitious person, I am aiming for mid to high 90s next year although I lowkey know it might be impossible due to the heavy workload and stress.

I would really appreciate some good tips from past experiences and maybe advice from people who got into these programs :)


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