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WESTERN SCIENCE
I am applying to western med sci, health sci and science and I was just wondering what the difference was between the three?

Can they lead me to med or dental?

How competitive are each of them?
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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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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.
CAREER FOCUSED SCHOOLS
I was wondering what are some universities that are more career focused. What I mean by this is schools that are interested in helping you find a good job and they don't just focus on you having a good undergraduate experience. Some of the schools I am looking at are:
- University of Western
- University of Ottawa
- University of Guelph 
- York University 
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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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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
Ivy League with bad grade 9 and 10 marks?
Okay I know I probably won't end up getting into one of the prestigious Ivy's. But I'd like to see where I stand as I am slightly confused. 
I'm a Canadian student who is more into the liberal arts and I go to a somewhat small public school in downtown Toronto. My grade 9 and 10 marks were pretty horrible (like just below 3 unweighted GPA and probably sub 80% average). 
I'm in the AP program offered at my school and am taking 3 AP's and 2 Enriched courses. (All I was able to take since my school is small I can't take more AP's).
The cause of such poor grades was from a lack of hard work and because I spent a lot of time playing video games as I travel around north america to compete in various tournaments. 
I plan to actually put effort into good grades and extra curriculars in order to somehow stand out to the admissions committee.
My question comes in here -- If I were to completely flip and get my act together for grade 11 & 12, would I still be an automatic no because of my somewhat low overall GPA? (I did the calculations I'd have around 3.5-3.8 as long as it's weighted and I get more than 80% in my classes which tbh is easy asf)
The chances anyway are super slim, but as long as I know it isn't a 0%, I kinda want to take the chance to go to my dream school anyways. 
Thank you so much! 



 
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TOP 6 Early Admissions Calculation
If Calculus is a prerequisite for the programs I am applying to and I don't have it until 2nd semester, what will universities use as a stand in when calculating my top 6 since there isn't a grade 11 equivalent?
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Do universities look at grade 11 grades
I had a really rough year in grade 11. At the beggining of the school year my family decided to move to a new provinces and I ended up starting the year a month late. On top of that I got a medical related issue which caused me to miss around another 10-15 days in semester one. That issue caused me to miss 5 weeks together in semester 2 and my grades are looking horrible this year. Average is probably going to look around 70%. Is this going to effect my chances of getting into a good univirsity even if I'm able to get 85-90%average next year? I was planning on going to ubc or university of toronto.
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Grades are there (I think) but I'm still worried
Hello,
I am a student from a little town in British Columbia and I am currently in grade 11. 
My grades:
Sem 1:
French 11: 96%
Physics 11: 96%
Coding: 100%
Chemisty: 96%

Sem 2 (current semseter):
English: 95%
Biology: 98%
Math: 95%
Social Studies: 98%

I wish to go into a Biomedical Program or Health Science as I would like to go into the field of medicine. Maybe a school such as McMasters, UBC, UVic, or UoT. But I am worried as I don't really have many EC's. I live in a very small town and there aren't many clubs. I tried starting a debate club but it didn't really work out and I am not a very "sporty" person...
I am part of, and leader of, the tech club at my school and that's about it. Is there anything else that  I should be doing so I have better chance at getting into one of my preferred schools for premed and am I doing well enough to have a chance? I am just a little worried that I am lacking and wont have a good chance at being accepted. 
Thanks!
MASc in Engineering after a B.Sc.?
Does anyone know of anyone whose gone on to do a masters degree in engineering after doing a bachelor of science in undergrad? I've noticed that at a few universities this is possible.
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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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Western Med Sci vs General Sci vs Kinesiology
I'm very confused about the differences between these two programs. My knowledge to this point is that both programs take the exact same courses first and second year, and in third year is where it changes. This is where I'm confused. What are the differences in the programs in third and fourth year? Which program is easier to get a good GPA in? Which program is considered harder? Better? Thank you!
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Should I accept a scholarship offer from UBC or UVic? I need your opinions!
Hey everybody,  

Based on my situation, I would really appreciate your opinions about which offer I should accept: a $26,000 entrance scholarship from UVic, or a $20,000 Centennial Scholars Entrance Award from UBC.  

I am going into a bachelor of science, and my long-term goal is to enter medical school leading to credentials as a physician. UBC might give me an edge due to its reputation, but I may be better off financially if I accept the $26,000 offer from UVic because $6000 is a significant amount of money. I come from deep financial need, and that is why I need to consider these things very seriously.  

Here are the facts:  

Pros for UBC:  
The Centennial award will appear on my UBC transcript after graduation (which would look very good to prospective medical schools). 
If I receive external scholarships that cover my first-year tuition, any unused money from the annual allotment of Centennial Scholarship funds ($5,000) could be deposited to my bank account (so I could use it in the future or for living expenses).  
UBC has the Science One program, which I have been interested in for some time now.

Cons of UBC:  
Offers less money than UVic Is not compatible with the UBC Student Housing Assistance Grant.  

Pros of UVic:  
Offers more money than UBC.
I am eligible to receive more entrance scholarships from UVic that can be combined with my current UVic offer.  

Cons of UVic:  
I am not certain, but I've heard that UVic does not give remaining entrance scholarship funds directly to students to use for living expenses or for subsequent years if their tuition is covered by other scholarships. (Does anyone know if this is true?)  

Some other questions I have:  

For UVic and/or UBC, if I receive more external scholarships than I need to use for tuition in first-year, can the financial aid office deposit the money into my bank, or save them for me in second-year? I'm asking because I know that a lot of scholarships cannot be deferred, but I don’t want to lose any scholarship funds; what would my options be?  

Does anyone know if the UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award is compatible with other UBC Major Entrance Scholarships?  

Does anyone know if UVic transcripts show that the student received an entrance award?  
 
Anyhow, those are the things I need to think about. Thank you for your feedback!
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Graduate School Admissions
Does anyone know if it is easier to accepted to graduate school at the same school you did your undergrad at or does it not matter?
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Improving Grades (Gr. 10)
Hi everyone, 

Grade 10 student here

Currently I'm dissatisfied with my current grades and would like to seek some help on improving them and really pushing myself past the "90" mark which is so difficult for me to achieve since I intend to go into Life/Health Sciences for post secondary. All feedback is welcome but make sure it is constructive. Also do not ask why I have so many arts/electives that aren't more challenging since it is because I did take French originally but the teacher who took over the entire ACL at my school for French was a horrible person and gave me lots of anxiety whenever I was around her.

P.S. -- I have been doing all my homework and trying to put 100% into all of my subjects, especially math but it seems to be not enough. I am trying. I have heard that other students who do not complete homework in math are able to pull off these grades, so I am looking for what to do to really get my grade up there.

Math - 87%
English - 90% (subject to change due to poor performance on recent assignments)
History - 88%
Science - 86%
Band - 95% 
Art - 77%
Civics/Careers - 94% (civics), haven't started careers
Tech - 85%
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How does McGill determine acceptance for early admission? Do they use at grade 11 marks? I go to a linear school btw
Do they use at grade 11 marks? I go to a linear school btw, I didn't do amazing in grade 11 - 86% english, 84% pre calculus, %55 social studies, 91% chemistry. But i have a 96% average this year. Will i get rejected for early admissions? Could my bad grade 11's get me rejected from being admitted at all?
Getting a 3.7+ GPA for any and all computer science undergrads?
Just like how the title suggests, I'm wondering if there's anyone on this forum that managed a 3.7+ GPA for all 4 years of their comp sci undergrad. I'm not sure about numbers, but if there's anyone who was previously in the program or is currently in one, how realistic is this goal? If you don't mind sharing, what was/is your GPA? What school would you recommend for comp sci? Also probably going to get laughed at for this, but do you think medical schools will consider me if I do proceed with an undergrad in comp sci WITHOUT research? I understand you can be in any undergrad program for most med schools in Canada at least, but I'm wondering if that medical experience could pull me down. Anyone else think this whole thing is risky? I've done a little googling here and there and found myself that people have done it but that it's much more difficult than going into a science program.
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Advice on long distance relationship in university!
Is it possible to keep up a relationship when you and your significant other go to different universities and will be hours apart?   My boyfriend and I are in grade 12 and have been together for a while in highschool, however, we want to go to completely different unis (5 Hours apart) Is the relationship worth keeping? Or should we just end it before uni to allow us to have that fresh new experience and meet new people? Anyone have any advice/experience with dating someone who ended up going to a different university? Share you stories! I'd love to hear them.
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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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