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Why is nursing so competitive nowadays?
When my mom went through to become an RN (1989) , she only had to do 3 years at a college, and was granted acceptance to all of the schools she applied to even after failing math and nearly failing chem lol. Today, it seems as though you have to have the smarts that would have been needed only from a medical student back then! What has caused for such a discrepancy!?
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School with Health Issues
I'll be entering grade 12 next year, striving to get into a biomed undergrad program after that. At the end of grade 9, I was diagnosed with some severe, chronic health issues that will be a large part of my life for at least another year. It has caused me to miss a lot of school (1/3 of my classes in grade 10), withdraw from almost all of my extra curriculars, and have my grades suffer. This is partly due to the medication I'm on (causes drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, etc.) and partly because I spend a large amount of the time at the hospital where I'm unable to study. 

Are there any ways for universities to acknowledge why my marks may be slightly lower and why I lack extra curriculars? Maybe through a supplementary application? Or am I completely screwed?

(FYI, I am pulling off mid-high 80s with all these health issues, but I know I could be doing considerably better without them)
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Kinesiology or Philosophy?
I'm selecting my courses for grade 12. I know that I'm going to take English, biology, chemistry, data management, and families in Canada. All of these are pretty heavy subjects besides families. I believe I'm going to take 2 spares to help lighten my course-load and allow me more time to focus on these subjects. However, I can't decide if I want to take kinesiology or philosophy as my final class. I've heard that kin can be a lot of work and memorization for a class that isn't even a prereq for any uni programs. I think I'd be better at philosophy, but I plan on going into health sciences in uni. So, I don't know if I should take kin because maybe it could prepare me better for uni. Any insight please?
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Fitness in Uni
Hey so I'm just wondering what opportunities there are for generally average people to exercise in University? I got really sick a while back and had to skip all the gym classes and couldnt exercise, and i ended up going from average to incredibly unfit, so yeah after that gym was incredibly hard to deal with.
 Im kinda self conscious about exercising around others but i wanna start up again. Will there be opportunities to maybe do some classes to learn some new fun ways to exercise that are ok for people who are below average in terms of fitness levels? Like I know a lot of programs and stuff advertise being good for any levels, but are they really? If anybody could maybe name their university and what their experiences are it would be really helpful. 
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Courses and Programs for Next Year
I’m in grade 11 right now trying to compile a list of what programs I hope to apply for next year. I want to eventually become a Naturopathic Doctor, so I need to done a undergrad that includes biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, & psychology. I plan on taking chemistry, biology, data management, English, two spares, and then two out of these four classes: kinesiology, philosophy, families in Canada, and Medical Technology. This is roughly my list of programs I hope to apply to next year (in order)  

Western Health Science  
Brescia Health Science  
Western Food & Nutrition  
Brescia Food & Nutrition  
Brock Medical Sciences  
Trent Biology (health sciences specialization)
Guelph Applied Human Nutrition  
UOIT Health Science  

So, I suppose I have two questions. Are the courses I plan on taking next year okay? I know that they meet all of the prerequisites required for these programs, but like are the other courses I’m considering taking (besides the prerequisites) going to make it fairly easy to get a good average. And, what general info/opinion do you have on these programs? Thanks.
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High School Gym
I am worried about gym. I am not fit (barely can do a push up) and second semester is starting in which I have gym. Plus, my friends told me that my gym teacher is very strict and mean. Also, most people at my school are very fit. I wanted to ask if you think that someone can fail gym due to them being unfit? Please respond.
Dropping Science in Grade 12
So Im in a dilemma, Im thinking of dropping science in grade 12. 
Honestly I don't really enjoy it and out of all 3 my favourite is Chemistry mostly for the labs. We have to choose our courses for next year and i am nervous as my only options would be College or Humanities at University. (I don't want to go into Business lol)

Wonderful intellectuals of Yconic please tell me if i am screwing myself over...thank you.

Oh here are the courses Ive chosen so far so tell me swell if you have taken any of them!

Eng 12 (U)- fast track Grade 11
Law 12 (U)
Girls Fitness 12 (O)
Recreational Leadership 12 (M)
Yearbook 12- (M)
French 12- (U)
Advanced Functions 12- (U)
World Issues 12- (U)

Other options:

Leadership Course- IDC4U1
Health Science- heard its easy 
Last Resort: Bio and Chem 
Varsity Swimming
I am currently a grade 12 student and I have been doing competitive swimming on my local team for the past 7 years. I am not the fastest on my team, my times are around regional standard level, and I am contemplating if I should try out for varsity swimming next year. I love swimming but my only concerns are that practices will take up too much of my time and my marks will suffer. Right now I practice about 15 hours/week and school is easy to keep up with, my grades are easily in the high 90's. I am prepared for my average to drop next year, but my goal is to get into medicine or pharmacy post grad so I know I can't let my marks drop too much. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with varsity swimming at either McMaster or Queen's, what is the practice load like, how difficult is it to make the team, when should I reach out to the coach if I do decide I want to swim, and just any other comments or experiences with either of these teams would be super helpful! Thanks :)
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How do you cope with stress?
All of us get stressed. As students, this is typically caused by assignments, tests, and deadlines.

That said, how do you cope with it? What do you do to lower your stress levels? 

It'd be nice to hear from you!

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University Varsity Sports - Pros and Cons
Hi, I'm considering playing a varsity sport in university and was wondering if anyone could list some pros and cons? I'm worried that it might be too much in my freshman year with the jump from high school, workload wise. I'd like to have a bit of a social life as well.

For context, the sport is field hockey and I'm hoping to get into a nursing program at Queen's, Western, McMaster, U of A, McGill or Calgary (still have to narrow down).

If anyone has any comments or advice, I would be super grateful!

Thank you!
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YorkU Health Studies
Can anyone tell me anything about the program? Do you know anyone in the program?  What is the cut off? What are the courses like...etc....
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Dealing with School, Friends, Extra-Cirricular, and Stress
I'm a high school female student that is very engaged with my school.  I'm on multiple sports teams (Rugby, etc), I'm in a couple clubs (Student Council, etc), and I'm an 90% average student.  I have my own group of friends as well, plus a boyfriend.  It seems perfect right?  Well I am always very anxious and stressed at school and outside of school for the most part.  I use to push it off, but it's getting to the point where I don't enjoy school as much and I'm not spending tons of times with friends.  I haven't been doing as well in my schoolwork and I just don't have the motivation I use to have.  If anyone has recommendations, ideas, or any help, it would be much appreciated!  Thank you!
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New Grad Nurse Blogger
Hey guys, 

I use to answer lots of questions about nursing here on yconic, but I don't go on enough to respond right away. So if you are interested in nursing or are in nursing and want to connect email me at wheresthecharge@gmail.com

Otherwise, you can follow me on my blog which is still a work in progress (I know, I know, don't laugh)

Take care everyone and happy nursing! 
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A good undergrad degree no one talks about
I haven't seen anyone, maybe 1 or 2 people talk about occupational health and safety or public health and safety from Ryerson. I currently know 2 people that graduated with an occ and public health degree and their salaries Are already 84'000-145'000 (the higher one being occ), plus the person with 84k graduated less then 2 years ago. It gets higher after that, plus there are so many jobs for people with this degree.. I didn't really realize until after I reasearched about it. Plus its quite rewarding I heard cause you get to travel around to places and don't just sit in one place everyday. Does anyone have more info, or know people who graduated from said degrees? (I know these two are very different from eachother, but it still falls under the branch of health and safety). Thanks!
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Is kinesology a Useless degree????
I keep hearing that a bachelors in kine. is a useless degree.... someone plz explain to me why its so useless also..... if it is useless then what other options do i have if I'm interested in my sciences and physical health...FYI i intend to go to university...thanks
Is anyone a current/past health sci undergrad who could explain exactly what health sci is all about and their personal experience in the program?
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  Hello there!

I have currently been accepted to general sci and health sci at western, and I am having a very tough time choosing the right program. Although, I am not completely sure what I exactly want to pursue in the future, med school is an option and interesting to me. If you are a current western student, please help me decide! I have seen and heard really awesome  and horrible things about both programs so now I am very confused.


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McMaster Health Science 2nd Year Transfer

I got rejected at the level I application and am heading off to Western this coming academic year. I am planning on writing the supp app for level II transfer although I don't have much hope about it. Just wondering if anyone knows the approximate number of applicants each year for the level II transfer? Also, I need some advice on whether it is a good idea to go all the way from london to hamilton for it... 
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Can this one song really reduce your stress and anxiety by 65%?
Let me be honest here. University is difficult and the course load comes with its fair share of stress. As stress and depression levels continue to increase, it goes without question that mental health is becoming a larger and larger issue amongst post secondary institutes across the nation.

But what if there was a song that could reduce your stress just by listening to it?

Well you could be in luck! Check out this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=55&v=UfcAVejslrU 
The creators of the song worked alongside sound therapists in order to create a harmony that would decrease cortisol levels, slow down one’s heart rate, and reduce one’s blood pressure. Studies have shown that is had been able to effectively reduce the stress of individuals by up to 65%! 

Did listening to the song help you or is this just a gimmick of an idea? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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Are fitness classes at Carleton free for Carleton students?
From my understanding, gym access is free for students currently attending Carleton, but what about the classes?
I'm talking about stuff like yoga, zumba, and pilates. Don't comment if you're going to be rude and useless. <3
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How Sports Can Lead to Better Academic Performance
Lots of people drop out of sports and don’t participate in physical activity because of the extra time commitment. Who wants to spend time sweating when you have multiple exams to study for? However, there are multiple benefits to juggling the two disciplines, including:

  1. Time Management: I remember once in high school I had to skip track practice because I had a major assignment due the next day in one of my classes. The next day at practice, my coach told me that doing homework was not an acceptable excuse to skip practice and to get better time management skills. As my coach can be kind of scary, never again did I skip practice for school, and my marks didn’t suffer the consequence either. I have become better organized, self-disciplined, and more time efficient from balancing my sport and school workload.

2. Focus: Mental training is a huge component of any sport. You have to be able to block out any distractions keeping you from performing at your best. This can be really handy when you need to buckle down on an assignment or stay focused during an exam. 

3. Decrease Stress: It is well known that physical activity is positively associated with reducing stress levels. Exercise is a huge benefit to reducing the stress associated with being a student. 

4. Communication: You need to be able to communicate effectively with your coach and teammates in order to achieve success. Communication is a crucial skill to have when you have a group project or need to network. 

5. Confidence: Sport is a great way to build your self-esteem and confidence levels. Having a good self-image will benefit you in all aspects of life, including the classroom.

6. Scholarships: Sports look great when applying for scholarships. The more scholarship money you receive, the less you will have to work to pay for school. The less you work, the more time you will have to work on your grades. 

 If sports aren’t your thing, staying physically active is also great for academic success and health! 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
National Nutrition Month for a Busy Student
Did you know that March is national nutrition month? Dieticians Canada has started a campaign dedicated to supporting Canadians “take the fight out of food.” Here are some helpful tips to help take the fight out of food this March break and stay healthy for the rest of the school year:

1. Download an app to help you out: Dieticians Canada recommends Cookspiration which contains over 300 healthy recipes that are easy to make! If you live off ramen noodles, I recommend downloading the Rockin Ramen app which has a number of recipes that sneak in some nutritious ingredients. Carrot is another app I would recommend which finds easy recipes to make with ingredients you already have in your fridge!

  2. Pack a healthy lunch: Packing your own lunch is the best way to control what goes in your body and is also a great way to save money!

3. Carry snacks with you: As a busy student, it is convenient to grab a bag of chips from a vending machine for a mid-afternoon snack. However, vending machines and school cafeterias don’t always offer the healthiest of options. Instead, try planning ahead and pack some healthy snacks such as an apple or protein bar to give you some extra energy on the go. 

4. Cook once, eat multiple times: Most students don’t have the time to prep before every meal. Instead, make a big batch of your favorite meal and divide it up into multiple Tupperware containers. Now you have healthy meals for the next couple of days! Dividing up your meal into servings is also a good way to prevent yourself from overeating.

  5. Choose foods that you like: Healthy eating doesn’t have to be something you dread. Try making meals with foods you like instead of forcing yourself to eat kale just because it is a healthy choice.

  -Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
ryerson: Nutrition (BASc)
Hey guys, can you guys tell me more about ryerson's nutrition program? any labs? other than dietician, career options? any info u have will do :)
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March Break for the Non-Traveler
March break is known for people flying off to exotic destinations in hope of escaping the cold and/or stresses of life back home. However, travel is not for everyone. If you are a non-traveler here are some tips on what to do this March break:

1. Catch up on school work: If you are behind on your school work or would like to boost your average in hopes of getting into post-secondary school, dedicate some time this break towards bettering your study habits! Reviewing, organizing and making study notes will better prepare you for the last few months of school and towards acing those final exams.

2. Job shadowing: If you have connections in the area you are interested in studying, I would suggest spending a few days in the life of a professional. Real-life experience is the best way to find out if you will enjoy a particular career. There is nothing worse than getting half way through your practicum at the end of your degree to find out your dream job isn’t what you expected. 

3. Be Active: There are a whole bunch of ways to have fun while staying active instead of counting down the minutes you spend on a treadmill. I recommend trying something new to keep a variety in your workout routine to prevent boredom. If weather permits try skating, skiing/ snowboarding, horseshoeing, rock climbing, or go dancing. There are tons of ways to stay active if you don’t like the traditional gym setting.

4. Explore your own city: You don’t have to travel somewhere new to sightsee and have fun exploring. Chances are there are a bunch of fun things to do in your hometown or city. I would recommend visiting a new museum (or one you haven’t visited since childhood), trying a new restaurant, or hitting up some live entertainment. The possibilities are endless!

5. Catch up with friends and family: Sometimes when you get caught up with your school work and extracurricular activities/ jobs you don’t have the time to spend quality time with your loved ones. March break is an excellent time to do something fun or catch up with someone you haven’t seen or talked to in a while.

How do you plan on spending your March break?

  -Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador