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HELP!! Can I get into UBC sciences with these grades?? Grade 12 BC student here
Okay so here's the story. I did pretty good in grade 11. I got 96% in Chem 11, 99% in Psychology 11, 98% in Socials Honours 11, 94% in Spanish 11, 92% in English Honours 11,  92% in Physics 11, 91% in Pre-Cal 12, and 90% in AP Biology 12, 100% in Leadership

Now I'm in grade 12 and my school is a semestered school. For semester 1 term 1, my grades look like this; Calculus 12 90% , Chemistry 12 87% , AP Psychology 88%, and Leadership 96%. My grades went downhill and now I am worried about getting into UBC. I want to get into sciences and arts is my second choice (psychology). 

If I calculate my average right now for grade 12 (including leadership) it is 90.2. I heard the cutoff in the past was 92% and now I am worried about getting in. I am currently working hard to do better in term 2 so hopefully the final mark for those classes would be at much better. Do I have a chance to get in UBC? Does UBC look at semester 1 term 1 marks or the final semester 1 marks for early admission? 

(For those asking about my PP)
I am currently writing my PP, which consists of 4 years of volunteering in the school and community, work experience in healthcare, leadership (Vice President of a large volunteering club), 3 years of Tutoring/Mentoring classes in high school, 4 years of independent research/inquiry for english honours, 4 years of performing in events (piano, guitar, choir, dance etc). I am writing about what I've learned and how I grew over the years, (I'm stopping here because this is already getting too long)

Any help/advice is appreciated!!
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How do I get from a 90 average to a 95+ average?
Hi Yconic,

I'm in grade 11 right now at a non-semestered highschool. So basically, I've been trying relatively harder in grade 11 compared to grade 10 (I had an 85-ish average in grade 10) So right now I have a 91 average. Here are my courses:

11 Math : 96
11 Chem: 95
11 Bio: 92
11 Physics: 91
11 English: 87
11 Anthro: 89
12 Kinesiology: 87
11 Accounting: 95

 I want to know how i can my marks to a high 90-average. Like what should I be doing differently? Is it just more work? I'm not really sure. I can't imagine bridging the gap between a 90 and 95 average. 

Thanks.

btw i want to go into engineering or maybe health sciences. i think engineering science at uoft but thats probably really unrealistic for me.
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Bad Math High School Midterm Marks Advice
Hello people of yconic. So I’m a grade 12 student that wants to go into health biochem, at u of t. Currently, my math midterm marks are pretty bad, I have 77 in advanced functions, 85 in physics, 96 in biology and 91 in chemistry. My question to you guys is that if anyone has been in a similar situation with heavy math courses and passed the class with a 90 percent, or atleast a 88%, how did you do it? I’m concerned about my math and physics marks mostly.

Thank you for you time. 
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Can I take a Victory Lap if I took 33 credits in high school?
I'm considering doing a victory lap next year but I already took 33 credits. I'm still not sure what I want to do in my career choice and my mark in biology 12 is very low (about a 60). I was originally thinking about going into a medical field but not anymore... I think the additional year would benefit me greatly especially with my maturity. However, I heard that there's a 34 threshold. Does this mean I can't take more than one course in my victory lap? Any advice about victory lap would be appreciated.
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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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Grade 12 Data Management - PLEASE HELP ME, I am suffering.
“TAKE DATA MANAGEMENT, IT’LL BE EASY.”

What the hell is this? It’s only been a month into school and I’m already on the verge of failing data management because I don’t understand a THING. What I’ve been doing in class is completely brand new material to me, and we’ve finished the probability and permutations unit so far, but I have no idea what’s going on... I don’t know how to use the formulas because the questions are not straight forward algebra, they’re tricky word questions and I am absolute ass at word questions, and it seems like this course requires a lot of analyzation. Even the difference between an “and” or an “or” in the question can completely change the answer. I don’t think I’m bad at math per se, since I’m getting a 90 in advanced functions, but I can’t even do my data management homework without googling the solutions for every question because I just don’t know how to do them. No, my teacher is NOT helpful.

That’s why I’m turning to y’alls Yconic regulars because I know most of you are really smart. So my question for you guys is: How did you improve your data management mark if you started off very badly? How can I improve myself?

tl;dr - data management is hard, how can i improve on my own?

Please help me, it feels like I have a bulldozer up my asshole. Thank you for taking the time to read and perhaps answer.
AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
HELP! HELP! HELP!
Hi I am a grade 12 student who wishes to go to Queens University, Waterloo, Mac, UofT, Ottawa or Western. I was wondering what average do these universities require, do they require their pre-requistes average, total average of the entire high school year or just the average of your 6 highest courses. Any info is useful and don't judge me.
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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS IS DRAGGING ME DOWN
Out of the 3 courses I have this semester, advanced functions is by the far the worst. Even when I study, and makes notes I still do terrible. Mainly its that I always feel like I don't have enough time on tests, which makes me unable to finish questions. I really don't want to use this mark in my Top 6. On Uni websites I looked at, for life sciences, it usually says English, bio, chem, and calculus,  or sometimes (one of advanced functions and calculus) but not just advanced functions. So is there a chance they won't include this mark?
what I'm worried about is that midterms for second semester come out in like April, so I'm confused as to how they would calculate my top 6 before then.

Thanks!
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Business programs that might not need calc 12?
Hi I just started grade 12 in Bc and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.

I originally planned on taking calc 12 in school but I got stuck with a teacher notorious for failing his calc students. I know calc is really important for a large portion of schools in the East but with my GPA in mind, I've decided to drop it. I was wondering if I should try doing it online (I know it's a pretty intense course) or if I should just apply to a school that doesn't require calc 12 (If there are any besides UBC and McMaster, I haven't seen any others). ANY advice would be very calming for my stressed out brain rn.
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Grade 11, Need Advice and Tips
I just began grade 11 while I have a fast food job on the side where I only do 4 hr shifts 2 days a week usually Friday and Saturday. Anyway my courses this semester are: chemistry, English, physics, and world religions. They're all university courses. So basically even though school just started, I'm struggling with physics like everything is so confusing and I'm afraid i'm gonna fail the first unit test which is coming up soon. As for the other courses, they are not too difficult, its just the workload that's getting to me.I want good grades so i'm thinking of quitting my job, what do you think? Also, if u have any tips for any of the courses that i have, especially physics, or just advice for life or time management or anything in general please let me know. Thanks.
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Grade 9 year?
Hello everyone,
I am a student in the ninth grade and I was wondering how your grade 9 experiences were. It is almost a month that I have started high school and I'm wondering if its normal this stressed out about everything. I am incredibly scared and worried about my grades, especially in science because it's not exactly my strongest subject. I literally have nightmares that I will fail everything and not get into university. 

What I'm wondering is what should the range of my grade 9 marks be so it won't be a bother when I'm applying to university?

 Also, do you recommend that I take science in all four years of high school? Do you think that It is somehow better for university?

And my last question is do clubs and sports teams that you join in grade 9 go on your university application as well or no?
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Balancing a hard semester
Hi,
I am going into grade 11 and my second semester could possibly consist of English, French, Physics and Chemistry. If i cannot change this, I feel that I'd be completely overwhelmed and I'm in need of advice of how destress but not fall behind in my classes. 

Thanks!
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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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*Comparatively* (to Uoft and uw) easier cs program in Ontario?
I know I know no program is easy, (nor it should be), especially not a cs program. But some universities must be comparatively easier than others, lighter load, less stress inducing, anxiety inducing, than UofT or UW.   

I like programming and I have since I was 16 but I've always dealt with severe anxiety and ocd and thats why my parents don't want me to do a hard program but I told them I want to do it I just want to do it at a school that I know I won't get burnt out of and drop out.


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ENG4U online! Which novel?
Hey so I’m doing grade 12 English online and we have a list of books to choose from to do our final essay on. The options are:

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 
The Loved and the Lost - Morley Callaghan
Who Has Seen the Wind - W. O. Mitchell 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce 
The Stranger - Albert Camus 
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

I am not sure which one to choose. Out of all of them Brave New World was the one I thought sounded the most interesting. However, I don’t know if it is the best choice to write an essay on. Any recommendations?
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Dropping summer school course
I’m currently taking gr12 calculus in summer school and i’m barely passing, tomorrow is the final disclosure date so i’m wondering if i should drop the course? 

I already did this class in the second semester of the past school year but got like a 20% which is why i’m doing it again. I need this class so should i drop it so it won’t show up on my transcript and do it in night school in semester 1 of next school year? 

also if i drop it before final disclosure, will it show up on my transcript that i dropped it? or will it not show up at all? Because if it does show up i’m not sure i’m going to get in any unis because then it’ll be technically my 3rd attempt of doing the class. 
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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 11 course selection (HELP!)
I have changed my courses probably about 8 times since they were due at the beginning of second semester (exams just finished) 

I am having a lot of trouble picking what courses to take because I am equally interested in two different fields, Environmental Biology/Ecology and International Development. 

My grades so far in high school are 

Grade 9 
- Academic English (91%)
- Academic Math (95%)
- Academic Science (98%) 
- Academic Geography (95%) 
- Gym (87%)
- Academic French (90%)
- Computer Tech (96%)
- Hospitality (90%) 

Grade 10 
- Academic English (92%)
- Academic Math (97%)
- Academic Science (93%) 
- Academic History (97%) 
- Media Arts (92%)
- Grade 9/10 Business (98%)
- Computer Programming (100%)
- Spanish (96%) 

 I don't know how useful those will be in helping but i figured I might as well include them. 

Currently my Grade 11 courses are sitting as 

First Semester 
- Student Council Leadership (4U) 
- 3U Bio
- 3U Functions 
- 3U Chem 

Second Semester 
- 3U SAP 
- 3U English 
- 4U Law 
- 3U Spanish

Along with these courses I am also the Clubs Representative on Student Council, the Co-president of our ME to WE club, a LINK leader, Involved in Environmental Club and the GSA, a competitor with CyberTitans (computer competition), and I am helping with Brain Bee (neuroscience competition) but not competing as I went to nationals last year.  Also I work and volunteer. 

Basically everyone is warning me against burning out, but I don't see how I can make this easier, I love all of the clubs I am in and I need to keep my options open for sciences in case I end up going into Biology. 

If anyone has experience with these courses, or just juggling a lot of different things your advice would be very helpful. 
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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English grade 12 summer school and 2 credit co-op
Hi I’m currently a grade 11 student and I am planning on taking a 2 credit co op and grade 12 English in the same summer. I am not very strong in English and I heard summer school was easier. I just wanted to know if anyone has had a similar experience. I am fine with not having much free time over the summer but I don’t want to be piled with stress either. Any recommendations. I do have room for English in my time table but I want to get it over with.
Should I do extarcurriculars in grade 12???
Hey everyone,  

I just finished a year of heavy extracurriculars in grade 11 including being the president of both science and book club, as well as being a part of gaming club and secretary of the leadership club. They were fun and we got to accomplish cool things, but I don’t know if I should continue all of this in grade 12 because my marks in grade 11 are like in the 70-80 range. Both because of extracurriculars, and I kinda slacked ;; How important are extracurriculars when applying to uni and scholarships and stuff. I really want like a 90 average in grade 12, and I think that will be possible if I don’t have any extracurriculars. 

Also, since I did all of this stuff in grade 11, can I still apply for scholarships and stuff using only the grade 11 extracurriculars, and then not take any extracurriculars in grade 12?  

In the summer I’ll be doing co-op at a pharmacy and also volunteering into a hospital.  

Thanks everyone. btw, I’m planning to go to biochem, if that helps.
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AMA: UofT First Year Engineering Student (Track One). Ask about university, engineering, other subjects, admissions…whatever!
EDIT: Just to give another update, I'm half-way through 3rd year right now. Just went through the PEY process and wrapped that up, so if you have any questions on any of that, I'd be more than happy to share some firsthand experiences! 

I was also accepted to Waterloo, Ottawa, and Mac way back when, so you can ask q's about those as well.

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How to deal with a "long term" breakup?
I have no idea where to post this. But I feel like my girlfriend and I are long gone. It's an internet relationship too and before you criticize me yeah I know it was stupid but at the time I wasn't thinking and it was literally heaven when I met her. But now shes never online and I tell her why im not but she never does, she always says she has unexpected family vists so she doesnt have time to tell me, which i understand. But its been going on for 2 weeks. 

Im in Grade 12 and event though it's not official we just had a recent fight which now she went offline and im done. I just feel so depressed and it's not motivating me to study for exams as I keep thinking about her. We dated for a year.
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