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Is SHAD REALLY worth it?
SHAD applications are starting right now and I am not sure if it is worth it to apply. 

I know of many students from older grades that all say it is an amazing experience, there was never a negative review (it almost seems cult-like by the way the praise it). That is why I want to try it out since I want to go into the STEM subjects in university anyways. 

However, the thing is, this coming summer is right between my Grade 11 and 12 year and I am in IB. I had various plans for this summer such as writing my EE, summer school, and finding a job. 

So, my question is, is SHAD REALLY worth it. What do we benefit from it that is going to be useful for getting into a good university, or just life in general? Or on the other hand, why it is NOT worth it. Please be more specific than it is a great experience because that is all I have been hearing. Thanks guys!
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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).
Does Physiotherapy Require Med School.
I was wondering if you have to go to med school to become a physiotherapist. I would greatly appreciate if someone would be willing to share the educational path of becoming a physiotherapist after high school. Thanks!
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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.
IS this an average salary?
For my first summer job I'm being payed $2,000 with room and board included. Is this a good amount?
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UWO Econ + AEO/Ivey 2nd year internships??
I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to get an internship in finance after completing 2 years of an Econ (sosci) degree before Ivey HBA at UWO, or would I have to be in BMOS to get an internship? 
Also if there are any upper year students who could comment on their internship experience, how they got it etc.  
Thanks a lot in advance!!
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Help With Extracurriculars for University!

I know people say I shouldn't do extra-curricular just for university, (which I don't) but I wanted to ask what I should improve with my extracurricular. I'm trying to get into Waterloo Comp-Sci co-op and my avg is around 92% atm.

For extracurricular, I am currently involved in high level baseball, and a robotics team, and do some of my own programming projects with others too outside of school that I am interested in. I am also trying to rack up some more volunteer hours too, right now sitting at 79 hrs. I am also planning on starting a Blockchain/Cryptocurrency club at my school.

So I am interested in hearing about any recommendations and what I could do more/differently in-terms of extracurriculars as well as if I should quit the robotics team (not a lead or captain or anything really) and put more focus on my other programming projects & interests.


How I got interviews at Google, Facebook and Bridgewater
I put together a guide for people looking for internships or full time jobs on how I got interviews at Google, Facebook and Bridgewater etc. with average grades, non-target school and no relevant work experience.

 If you have any questions or comments on the guide, let me know would love to help in any way. 

Guide: https://atila.ca/blog/tomiwa/how-i-got-interviews-at-google-facebook-and-bridgewater
Slide deck: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UbtDvjFmu_tkwtcO8MnXJes6aJnfCh9eJ-uNTbwBaI0/edit?usp=sharing
How good is the Masters of Management Science program at UWaterloo?
I have been offered a place in the MMSc program at UW. Being an international student I want to know how is the job scenario in Canada after graduating from your masters studies.

I've read that Waterloo has co-ops opened for graduate students of Management Science as well. But I've also heard that they're really competitive to fetch. I'm looking towards a career in Business Intelligence/Analytics and I want to know if this course suits my career path that I want to set for myself.

If there is anyone currently pursuing this program or anyone who can help me with these questions of mine I would really appreciate it.

What kind of courses are offered in summerschool?
I had a bad gr 11 year which made me behind, I’m now in gr 13 and i only need one more credit in order to graduate and hopefully get accepted into university. The only summer school courses I see people talk about are english, math, physics etc. I’ve already done those in day school. 
My question is are there any other courses offered? I just need one credit 
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I'm a grade 10 currently and i'd love to do an internship or get a job related to computer engineering. If you know any places hiring or are willing to hire or give internships to grade 10s please tell me!! it doesn't have to be engineering related, that would just be preferable. I live in ontario btw.
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BBA vs BComm
What's the difference between Rotman and UTSC's BBA?
1. Is UTSC more applying? For ex, they have co-op in good financial institutions, big 4 and CRA. 
2. How good is Rotman's internships? It doesn't feel like UTSC or waterloo's co-op. It feels more like you aren't guaranteed at all, all depends on yourself while Co-op programs are more of a guarantee (not saying 100% tho). 
3. Both programs can help me advance to Masters of Accounting (I forgot the full name for the program but I intend to pursue Accounting as my career). So does it really make a difference to my employers since I'll still end up at rotman for my graduate studies? 
4. Is Rotman's program harder than UTSC's BBA? I've heard that U of T purposely lowers class average to weed students out. Does this happen in UTSC too? 
5. Which program is actually more realistic? It's not always about fame sometimes and I heard Rotman is pretty much all studying and UTSC's BBA gives me a sense that they are actually going to give me work experience. 

Overall, I know that Rotman has more opportunities since its in downtown toronto. But more opportunities = more competition. For me, it looks like UTSC is the better option but people are telling me that's not the case. So, i would like someone to explain all of these to me, thank you! 

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Oilpatch Summer Work
So I'm an Ontario student looking to make money in the summer so I can hopefully graduate with less debt. I heard that oil-patch work pays a lot, but I haven't been able to find any information on recruitment. Is there any information on how to apply?
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AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
Volunteering and Jobs
Does anyone know some good places to volunteer that would look good on a resume or applications, and are always looking for volunteers ? Also, how do you find a job if you have not worked before? Do employers still hire you ?
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Having a job while studying architecture???
I'm planning on studying architectural science at Ryerson next year, although I haven't yet heard back, and I am wondering if current students in the program or other arch programs have time to work. The program is a lot and I would be moving across the country to go there, so I'm trying to find as many ways to save and earn money while at school.

Also what is the best way to deal with student loans and debt??
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Living with parents...
Hey guys!

I'm writing an article on living with parents as a university student.

Whether you are 18 or 25, I'd love to get some insight from you AND your parents! Maybe you're only home for the summer or maybe you are living at home for your entire uni experience.

Comment down below their tips as well as your own!

Thanks again :)

Summer job and OSAP
Well i couldn't find this information anywhere, hence, decided to ask here. I have found a summer job that will directly deposit all of the earning into my bank account. The only issue I see is that my brother (who is in uni), alongside many people from reddit/other discussion sites said taking a summer job is counter productive as it decreases your grant from OSAP. Matter of fact, one persons grant went from 2500 to 150 even though they only earned 3000 in summer. I know none you guys as OSAP all-knowers, however, if you know any additional information regarding this topic, please share, as I would like to earn some extra money to help pay for uni.
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The key to summer jobs: How to ace the interview
1. Research the Company  
Your interviewer wants to know that you're interested in their company. That's why you should always browse the firm's website and know key facts. What is their vision and mission? What are their main products and services? Where do they operate?  

2. Arrive Early... But Not Too Early  
I always introduce myself to the receptionist exactly 10 minutes before my scheduled interview time. Anytime above 10 minutes is overkill and the receptionist may feel like s/he has to entertain you. Anytime below 10 minutes is cutting it too close. However, because of Murphy's Law, always aim to arrive 30 minutes prior to your timeslot and wait at a Tim's.  

3. Have Good Body Language  
Smile. Sit up straight. Show excitement (but don't overdo it).  

4. Know Your Resume Inside Out  
More often than not, I've had interviewers point to random things on my resume and say "Tell me more about this." In case this happens to you, make sure you are able to talk about every point on your resume.  

5. Be a S.T.A.R.  
That is, when someone asks you a situational question, make sure that you address the following: Situation, Task, Action, Result. For example, let's say I was asked about a time I went above and beyond the call of duty (fictional response): 
Situation: Last year, I worked part-time at Godiva as a Sales Associate. I had just finished a shift, and clocked out. A new Sales Associate was on the floor, and my manager was in the back counting inventory. 
Task: A angry customer approached my colleague as I was about to leave, and started yelling that a box of chocolates that he purchased that morning had a broken seal. 
 Action: I noticed that my colleague got really nervous and flustered. I came back to assist by asking the customer more about the situation. I apologized profusely, and stated I would bring this to my manager's attention so that we could come up with a plan to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. I quickly exchanged the product, and also gave him a free 50-gram chocolate bar, something that my manager told me was okay to do in similar circumstances. Result: We were able to turn the customer's experience from a bad one, to a good one. 
Result: My colleague and I saw him in the store many times after, and he was never upset. 

6. ALWAYS Ask Thoughtful 
Questions At The End This shows that you have interest in the role or company. My go-to question is "What is the biggest challenge that you foresee me facing if I were to be successful in getting this role? And do you have any advice for how I can face this challenge?"

Any other tips? Post below!

Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
I'm really confused on the enrollment process (through uozone) of a summer makeup course at uottawa. I haven't gone to the uni yet but i am next yr. For my program I need to biology as a prereque which i did not take in high school this yr. I have called the school multiple times and have been put on hold for over an hour!! Any help would be appreciated
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I've been working at kumon for almost 2 years. The work is really tedious data entry and mark work for 3 hours, not that many hours, minimum wage. So I previously didn't mind these cons because I was in high school so I just wanted a job that didn't take up too much of my time which kumon satisfied. BUT now I'm starting uni so I kinda want to have a job with more potential. Okay so I got a summer job at some day program thing for kids at a community centre. It's full-time, TEMPORARY summer job. The problem is I didn't tell kumon I was looking for a summer job cuz I didn't think I would get one. But now I did and I already told kumon im available during the summer. I cant keep both jobs cuz their hours conflict. I'm anxious because kumon always wants you to tell them of absenses and stuff well in advance. Like I think your suppose to tell them if your leaving for an  extended period of time, a month ahead. Which obviously I cant right now.

I kinda am leaning toward the day program job, because I feel it has way more potential and I'll be making more money. But I've been working for kumon for a long time  and there's that whole loyalty thing and I'll feel bad. Basically what should I do??? But if I choose the day program job I'll have to find a new part-time job when school starts, cuz kumon will not take me back
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summer school chemistry 11?
in grade 11 I plan to take physics, bio, chem grade 11 functions and grade 12 advanced functions to not die in grade 11 I wanted to take chem in summer school is that a good idea? will it be worth it? if not what course should I take? this is the ontario school system btw, thanks.