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grade 11 course selection
I'm in grade 10 and I will be picking  courses soon for next year. I'm planning on pursuing science (not sure what specifically). So far, I have decided on:

ENG3U- English  
FSF3U- French
MHF4U- Adv. Functions  
SPH3U- Physics  
SCH3U- Chemistry  
SBI3U- Biology  
HSP3U- Anthro, Psych

Should I take a spare for the last one or maybe something that won't be too much work like art or tech design?
pls help!!
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I am currently in grade 11, and I always have wanted to become a doctor. But recently I don't think that's a possibility, I have an 85 in Biology, and I've been told that mark is not up to University standard, It was my midterm but everyone around me is getting 90s, and they get pretty upset about it. I've been told three times that I am not smart enough to get into any University or to become a doctor. Is it true that an 85 is too low? I am willing to work harder, and I want to become a doctor, but should I give up? Should I even bother applying to UofT or UW? I am so nervous and confused
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Mac Health Sci Application
Hey guys, so I'm done the first 2 questions of the sup app. and I'm having a little difficulty answering the third. Are we writing about possible factors that inspired the physicians to further investigate the condition? Or are we stating our own conclusions as to why we think the migrants may have developed it? 

This can also be an advice/question thread for any of the questions/process of writing the application!!!
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University of Waterloo: Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) 2018/2019
Hey everyone! 
Application time is quickly approaching as we near the end of the year. This thread is for anyone applying or planning  to apply to the University of Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy program in 2019. Feel free to ask any questions- about student life, academics, the application process, AIF, the interview, or anything in between! 

Hopefully this can help you! 
-a CAP student
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What are the chances of 105D getting accepted into an engineering/nursing program
Finished highschool but stuff happened in life and that consequently affected my grades- wasn't able to graduate with good grades(60-70s).
Am now doing ILC to make up for that and am redoing my courses. (Currently getting 90s)
What are the chances of me getting into mac/guelph/ryerson for engineering.
Is there a certain date i have to have everything (transcripts) in by that give me a better chance. I know mac does not like more than 2 reapeated courses (i repeated all of my courses ex. bio/chem/physics) but do I still have a chance? What about guelph and rye? What are some ecperiences of 105D students. Does being a 105D applicant reduce your chances?
iBioMed @McMaster University
Currently enrolled in Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences at McMaster. 
If you have questions about it or about eng1, campus life or scholarships, ask me and i'll be more than happy to help. 
ryerson biomed a hard program?
Hi, I am planning on going to university next year with hopes to get into medical school 4 years later. I want to get into a program which is relatively easy so I can have a high GPA, yet also prepare me for the MCAT and medical school. I was looking into ryersons biomedical program but I was wondering if it would be hard to achieve a high GPA.

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Hello I was wondering when more scholarships will be available. When is the prime time scholarship application availability for September 2019 undergrad students?

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Biomed: I got an Offer of Admission... already...
Hi, I got a conditional offer of admission to Ryerson's biomedical program. I received it morning of Dec 1... is this correct? myRyerson and my communications tabs say I have received and offer and i also get played a congratulatory video. its so early?????? i also applied to ryerson 2 days ago????? is this a glitch? 
My top 6 avg in gr12 is an 88.6% 
Total avg in gr 11 is 85.7%
Queen's Health Science now On-Campus?
Hi! This year Queen's has made their Health Science program an on-campus degree. I am interested in Health Sciences, and Queen's seems like a good fit for me, but I'm not sure about the credibility of the program just because this is their first year of the on-campus degree. (Theoretically assuming I get in,) Should I apply? (My concerns are about the professors actually being good, the program teaching me what I want effectively..etc.) Is anyone else thinking of applying to the Queen's Health Science program?
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Potential Educational Opportunity Service - Gauging Interest
Hey everyone,

Just looking to gauge interest in a prospective service. I'm thinking of starting a service that provides a report to prospective students, that outlines for them all the potential educational opportunities available to them, based on their interests and desired career paths. So as an example, one might state that they're interested in machine learning and AI, but don't know where to begin. I'd build out a report that talks about what schools are at the forefront in these areas, what specific research topics are being carried out by which school, what online resources are available, etc. I'm a recent graduate of a 4 year undergrad program, and changed degree paths a few times during these 4 years. A service like this would've been very beneficial to me when I was applying to schools, and I was curious if this would be the case for other people out there. Please let me know your thoughts! Cheers.
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What's the influence for the property of Phe-Ala Decarboxylase?
Hi all! I am currently engaged in a project about the study for the property of Phe-Ala Decarboxylase with Creative Enzymes. Can anyone tell me more about influences of it? Will be very appreciated for your help!
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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Victory Lap?
So this is my final year of high school and I have taken the following: ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U, SBI4U, SES4U, PSK4U, TPJ4M. I have been looking at some university programs and they require MHF4U, ENG4U, SCH4U, SBI4U, SPH4U, MCV4U. I don't have calculus selected and I did not take 11 physics. Should I stay behind a year and get 11 and 12 physics and calculus under my belt before making a decision on what I want to do? Or should I just choose something that doesn't require physics and calculus and move on?
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Science and French
I would like to major in a science degree such as Biophysics, Biology, Physics, or Chemistry.  Is it possible for me to either minor in French or take a double major? I am a french immersion student and would like to keep up my french. Some schools that I'm looking at are UBC, McGill, Queen's, and McMaster, but please reply with information from any school.
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Conflicted grade 12 student... Employable career paths in Canada?
(First yconic post here, please don't be too harsh on me here)

Hey everyone,

I am currently a grade 12 student who is interested in pursuing a career in the health/life science field. I am leaning towards this area, as I have strong interests in subjects like human health, kinesiology, biology, and chemistry.

However, my main concern is whether or not going into a health/life science program in university will be worth it? I am worried because I have heard a lot about health science/life science undergrads being useless, although I am planning on attending graduate school afterward.

I'm mostly interested in becoming a physical therapist, or possibly a pharmacist. However, I am scared about whether or not these will be employable fields in Canada in the next 5-10 years? I'm also interested in possibly becoming a medical lab technician, or teacher, as I've heard there is currently a greater demand for teachers.

For background info, I'm currently taking Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Semestered Math (Advanced Functions and Calculus), Kinesiology, and Music (average booster course). I'm typically a low-mid 90 average student (finished with an approx 92-93 average in grade 11).

I am open to hearing any other employable career paths that would be possible for me, based on the courses that I currently am taking.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated right now, as I'm quite stressed about what I should pursue in post-secondary and in the future.
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Why use liposome kits?
Can liposome kits be used in the field of biotechnology? What convenience does it offer?
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Why use liposomes in drug delivery?
Hi, I'm wondering why liposomes are used in drug delivery?  who can tell me detailed information? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Help, summer courses and University Applications
Hey guys, 
So i'm currently in grade 11 and taking the IB diploma programme. I'm not sure what pathway I want to pursue and since I can't take all three sciences in Ib, I picked the life-sciences pathway (Chem and Bio). So I took normal (not Ib) gr.11 physics over summer and got a pretty high mark (91%) considering it was my first ever physics course (I found the course to be fairly simple as the majority of it was math). For pre-ib at my school, I fast tracked math and my gr.11 pre-ib math mark was a 95%. 

Since I'm taking physics gr.12 this following summer, I'm wondering that if I choose to go into engineering, will the more prestigious universities care that I took physics over the summer? I've heard several opinions on this already, some saying that Universities look down on it and some saying they won't care because I'm doing really well in math and the rest of my course marks that I'm applying with are all iB. Also, will it affect my chances of getting accepted? I'm in a lot of extracurricular such as Secretary Deputy of Model UN, Executive in Emerging Leaders, been with the Link crew for 2 years already, in the IB students association of Ontario, on the Athletic Council and crap ton of Sports Teams.

Btw, if I choose to go into engineering and not the medical field I will be applying for U of T, Waterloo, and a few American Schools.

Any replies are appreciated
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Which four different levels of structure do proteins have?
The term structure when used in relation to proteins, takes on a much more complex meaning than it does for small molecules. Proteins are macromolecules and have four different levels of structure. Do you know which four are there?
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Grade 12
I am about to enter grade 12, this is what my course load is signed up to be:

Families in Canada


If I'm not the strongest at chem or math, should I maybe take only one spare, and replace the other with an easy M level course? Or would it be better to have the time on a spare to study for these courses? 
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McMaster vs Western vs Queen’s vs UofG
So I’m currently in Grade 12 and will be applying for universities soon. My goal is to get an undergrad science degree and apply to med school afterwards. The two universities I’ve originally planned to apply to were Western (Med Sci) and McMaster (Health Sci) as I’ve heard these are good programs for those looking to go to med school. I’ve also planned to apply to UofG (Biomed Sci) as a backfall in case I don’t get accepted to McMaster or Western. Recently, I found out about Queen’s’ Biomed Computing program and it seems really interesting. I’ve always liked learning about computers and technology (and biology) and it seems like something that would be very practical to learn for the future. However, I have little to no experience with programming/coding and I’m unsure if my lack of experience will be a significant burden for this program. I’m curious to hear your opinion towards each of these programs or how they would affect my chances of getting into med school/finding success in the future.
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