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Grade 12 Physics Resources
Hey guys! 

I am in Grade 12 physics right now and was wondering if anyone had any websites/books that they use which help them study and get practice tests (other than the obvious khan and https://www.physicsclassroom.com/). 


If you had tips and tricks that you wanted to post on here about how you study or any comprehension tricks that would probably help everyone!


Thanks :)
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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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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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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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Health Science/ Life Science Hopefuls
Those of you going into grade 12 this September and want to go into life/health sciences,  which universities are you going to apply to and why? what's your career goal? 
I'd love to hear your responses!


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will there be teaching jobs in the future for Canada?
Hey, will there be an increase in job openings for  high school or middle school teachers in Canada, in the future?
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5th Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (IB and Big 4 Co-op)


I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.

Background:
- First 2 years spent as BBA Co-op student, secured first coop term through BBA
- Transferred into BAcc Co-op after 2 years
- Currently DONE school

You kinda get the best of both worlds since I have been in all (both) the programs offered at the Goodman School of Business!

And since I know these are gonna be popular Qs:

WHEN SEARCHING FOR 1ST CO-OP:
- Avg (both major and overall) ~80%
- ECs: Leadership position in a club, some entrepreneurial stuff, sports stuff
- Work XP: General accounting internship at no-name organization doing very basic stuff, manual labour

INTERVIEWS:
Since attending Brock, I have received interview requests from:

Company / Quantity / (Co-op vs summer intern, Location) 

RBC x 3 (Various positions, co-op x2 and summer intern x1, Toronto)
Big 4 Audit x3 (1x Co-op and 1x Summer intern, Toronto...1 x Co-op in Calgary)
Big 4 Summer Leadership Conferences x2 (Toronto)
CPP Investment Board x2 (Summer Analyst, Toronto)
Scotiabank (Co-op, Toronto)
Grant Thornton Audit (Co-op, Toronto)
Canadian Tire (Co-op, GTA)
Ontario Securities Commission (CPA position, summer intern, Toronto)
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (Co-op, GTA)
TeamBuy .ca (Summer intern, Toronto)
Imperial Oil (Co-op, Calgary)
Suncor (Co-op, Calgary)
Regional CPA firm (Co-op, Hamilton area)
Small CPA firm (Co-op, Niagara region)
Publicly traded minerals company (Co-op, Toronto)
OMERS Pension Fund (Co-op, Toronto)
Big 5 Canadian Bank Capital Markets x2 (Co-op, Toronto)
Husky Energy (Summer intern, Calgary)
Accenture Consulting (Full time, Toronto)
McKinsey Consulting (Full time, Eastern Europe)

AT TIME OF APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY (September 2012 Entry):
- Rejected from BAcc Co-op
- Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6

WHEN LANDING BIG 4 AUDIT CO-OP:
- Joined B4 Audit in January 2016
- Done 8 months of co-op, not at an accounting firm
- Major average ~85, overall ~80+
- ECs, unchanged from when applying to first co-op
- Completed a couple certificates in excel

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET INTO B4 BUT DIDN'T/WON'T FOR THEIR FIRST COOP:
- Get public accounting experience somewhere else. This is basically a must. I believe I was the only upper year hired from my school into B4 this past term without prior public experience. It's something I noticed during recruiting
- If you have the above, grades matter a bit less. Yes you still want to do as best as you can, but a high 70 is OK enough if you have prior XP. An 80+ is still ideal though
- Be prepared to explain why you left your previous employer (and don't speak poorly about them)

That's basically it. So feel free to ask me anything and I'll try to answer your Qs as best as I can!

*Even if nobody has posted in this topic for a while, feel free to do so, chances are I'm still lurking on here


Brock BBA (co-op) vs Bacc (non co-op)
Hello everyone, 

I am an international student, and I applied to Brock's Bacc (co-op) only to realise that for some strange reasons, they don't allow international students for accounting co-op program. Saying that, I am left with two possible options:

Bacc non co-op
BBA co-op with majors in accounting

I know my goal is to pursue CPA but I also realise that co-op is very important. So how should I go about it? I think Brock is most famous for their Bacc program but in BBA, I'll get co-op. Please help me out as I can't think of what should I do!
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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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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high paying jobs in business
I had been looking at vet schools and medical early in grade 11, then when i got a fat L on my report card i realized maybe thats not the best approach. what kind of uni or college programs in business lead to a high paying job
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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Carleton PAPM vs UOttawa Polisci
For students considering/have applied to either of the two programs & for those in either program - hows the experience in both? Which is better?

I'm trying to decide between the two programs - 
Carleton offers a specialized program with specialized opportunities and a chance to build a network with a smaller student community going into the same field as you.

UOttawa offers French Immersion along with their program which is a huge advantage if you're going into politics. I believe it's your basic PoliSci program, nothing specialized but what really gives it that extra edge is to add in french immersion and co-op.

If you're debating between the two, feel free to leave a comment below w/ your thoughts!
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Unrealistic expectations with regards to FUTURE INCOME on this forum
You need to make $80,000 a year to be in the top 10% of Canadians. Cutoff for top 5% is $102,800, and cutoff for top 1% is $191,100. 

Yet, I've been reading posts on Yconic with primarily high schoolers thinking that they're all going to be six figure income earners, and this notion that student debt and job prospects don't matter. I don't get it. Is it really an ideal position to put yourself in that much debt, only to come out of school to make 30-60k? I'm curious to know the rationale behind many students' mentalities on this forum.

For context, I'm someone who just completed a specialized professional degree program and am entering the job market. Talk of salary expectations came up at my school, because some people don't have jobs yet and most people are in over six figure debt. So, I remembered this forum that I used to frequent often and currently my younger siblings frequent. Feel free to share with me your thoughts. Also, I have friends working in almost every sector so if anyone is curious about current salary ranges within that field, I'd be happy to share (though, I have a feeling that it won't be welcomed). 
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Kinesiology or Business? Career Path
Hey! 

I've applied for both Business Management @ Ryerson & Kinesiology @ York, but I am a bit nervous about what to pick. I really love learning about physical health & anatomy, I also enjoy working out but the thing is I'm not quite sure about the career paths for kinesiology as it's quite a new degree. With business, I think I'll have a greater chance of receiving a career, but I am not as interested as I am with kine.

Straight to the point, what are some career paths I could take while pursuing a kinesiology degree? Do you know anyone who took kine and has a career? do you recommend this degree?

All help is appreciated :)
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Career Path
I have no idea what I want to study. I do, however, know what I don't want to study. I'm not very good at math or science, enough that I don't want to further study those subjects after high school. I'm naturally gifted in language, specifically English as it is my first, and I've always been interested in History, as well as Civics. Any suggestions?
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Choosing My Career Path
I don't know what I want to study. Maybe sciences? Which one? Should I study engineering? What about business? Yada yada yada..... So many questions....

I want to find programs I would want to study so that I can set a goal for my grades and start looking for most suitable Universities.

Problem is, I don't know where to start... I tried listing my interests/passions, looked up some careers, etc. How do people manage to find their field of interest? Thanks.
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Political Science Students: what's your experience like?
Just really wanted some insight into the actual polisci experience as a prospective polisci student. It would be awesome if you guys could answer the following questions based on your experience within your program & anything else you'd like to add/wish you'd known before entering the program.

1. Institute of Study & year
2. Was co-op available? Where have your placements been? What has your experience been like at those placements and how have you been able to grow networking wise from those placements?
3. Other networking opportunities available at your school of study + unique experiences that have been made available to you through your program of study/institution of study (guest speakers, courses abroad, conferences, bilingual program etc.)
4. How have you enhanced your degree (clubs, volunteering etc.) and how has it helped you build skills & experience in the field?
5. Best & worst parts about the program in your opinion 
6. Ways the program has challenged you (critical thinking, essays, assignments etc.)
7. Advice for prospective students 
8. Hardships in the program/institution (profs, courses, lack of student support, financing experience/studies etc.)

Thanks guys! All the best to you 
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Insight into Neuroscience at university
The neuroscience program is something I began considering during my gr.12 bio course while learning about the brain. Understanding how the brain works and affects our everyday behaviours, as well as abnormal behaviours, is something that really fascinates me. However, because this is a relatively new interest of mine, I haven't really had the time to look deeply into what the program would be like in university. 

If you're in university, studying neuroscience, I was wondering if you might be able to tell me what the program is like? What have been your favourite aspects of the program? What kinds of courses do you take? What has been the most challenging part of the program for you? What got you interested in neuroscience/what inspired you to enrol in the program?


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is Software Engineering for me?
How is it that people know what they want to do? I'm interested in software engineering but I am not exactly sure if it's is a good fit for me. What would be a good criteria? I enjoy and am good at my computer science and math classes. Would that mean software engineering is a good fit?
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Mechatronics
Some say Mechatronics is great because you learn about mainly both electrical and mechanical so it provides flexibility and the best of both worlds. 

Others say that it's a terrible choice because it's specialized immediately and that an employer rather hire someone who knows more about one specific area. 

Which of these are more true? 
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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey


Which extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
Whether you may be in high school or university, there are many clubs, sports, and student groups that you can participate in. Being involved helps you gain leadership skills, network, and build your resume.

Which extra-curricular activities are/were you involved in?
Has your involvement impacted and helped you decide on a career path in some way?

Alyssa
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