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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).
Extra Curriculars
Hi everyone, I'm a grade 11 student planning on going into comp sci. I have a few questions about ECs :-) (doesn't have to be related to comp sci)
-What are some extra curriculars that universities like SFU and UBC like? Should they be related to your field? 
 -What are some extra curriculars you have done? 
 -I'm not that good at sports but I like badminton and am on the team, should I try to find something else that I might be better at? 
-Is it better to have tons of different volunteering opportunities or find one organization and stick with it? 
-I like to try out new things so I bounce from different ECs and volunteering opportunities. If I pick one/a few at the beginning of the year next year and stick with it should I be okay (is it too late)? Or do universities prefer you do ECs for a long time? 
Thank you!
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Help With Extracurriculars for University!
Hi!

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.

Thanks!

Extra Cirrculars
Hi, right now I feel like I do not have enough extra circulars. are there any suggestions to extra circulars that sound good on university applications? Is there any way to become an executive outside of school clubs?
Dalhousie Scholarship 2018
For those who have applied to the Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship  and recieved one, when did you apply, when did you learn that you recieved a scholarship, how much was it worth, and what province are you from. 

If you feel comfortable posting your average, please post that as well.

This form works great:
 
Date Applied:
Quality and Quantity (Renewable Scholarship or One off): 
Recieval Date:
Province Originating From:
UPDATE* Faculty: 
*Academic Average:

Thanks so much and congratulations to those who have recieved one!
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Has anyone volunteered at SickKids?
Hi everyone,

I have an interview for a child life volunteer position for the SickKids summer volunteer program. Has anyone interviewed for this position before? What questions did they ask? What was your role like? Any tips? 

Thanks in advance!
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can volunteer hours help your chances of getting into uni or getting scholarships?
i currently have more than 300 hours 
i have volunteered at fundraisers, school events, and hospitals.

so im wondering if university's look at that, and is there a scholarship i can get for it?
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Volunteering opportunities
As a grade 10 student interested in going into the computer engineering or the software engineering field, are there are volunteer opportunities related to that? If not, what volunteer opportunities would you recommend that would be beneficial no matter what career path?
I'm just trying to do things that will make my resume look good because I don't have much ECs.
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How are these EC's for Business School
I am looking to apply to Schulich, Ivey, Queens, Rotman mainly...
1. ) Project Manager at Volunteer MBC
2.) President and Founder of School Investment Club
3.) Heart and Stroke Volunteer
4.) Library Program Assistant
5.) Project Manager at Youth Leadership Development Program (Volunteer MBC)

How are these EC's?
What are some scholarships for Canadian students?
Post-secondary education can get really expensive. Even though you may have decided getting a bank loan or applying to OSAP is the way to go when it comes to funding your education, scholarships could still help lessen or even cover all of your tuition and expenses. Here are four scholarships for Canadian students:

1. Loran Award (Deadline: October 25)

The Loran Scholars Foundation's Loran Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Canada. According to their website, they "offer four-year undergraduate awards valued at $100 000 to young Canadians on the basis of character, service and the promise of leadership." The deadline is on Wednesday, so get your applications in ASAP.

More info: http://www.loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar

2. Scotiabank National Scholarship (Deadline: November 2)

Brought to you by yconic and Scotiabank, the Scotiabank National Scholarship is back! There are $80 000 in awards available for yconic members. All you have to do is answer this scholarship question in 150 words or less: What word, quote, or phrase best represents your life as a student and why?

More info: https://yconic.com/program/scotiabank-national-scholarship/?utm_source=website_yconic&utm_medium=text_link_award_details&utm_campaign=sbnknationalscholarship

3. TD Scholarships for Community Leadership (Deadline: November 17)

The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership is open to Canadian students in their final year of high school or CEGEP. Students who are making a positive change in their communities could get a scholarship valued up to $70 000. 

More info: https://www.tdcanadatrust.com/products-services/banking/student-life/scholarship-for-community-leadership/index.jsp?cid=DFA:20256589:2951408:204277200:92459812

4. RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship (Applications will open in November)

The RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship is open to graduating high school, CEGEP, and post-secondary students. There are $150 000 in scholarships available for "Canadian students showing a passion to lead and inspire positive change in their community."

Applications are not open yet, but you can find more info about it here: https://scholarships.rbc.com/StudentsLeadingChange.aspx

Best of luck in your applications! 

Alyssa
yconic Student Ambassador
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
yconic Student Ambassador
AMA: First-Year Business Management Student, Creator & SHSM Graduate
Hi everyone!

My name is Alyssa and I am a yconic Student Ambassador for the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently a first-year Business Management student at Ryerson University. I'm here to answer any questions you may have. If you just want to chat, that works too. Haha!

Here are some things about me: 
- Attended 9 different schools before university, including 1 private school, 3 international schools, and 5 public schools
- Worked several part-time jobs in high school
- Was a high school co-op student
- Completed Leadership Pathway high school specialized program
- Graduated with a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture
- Ontario Scholar
- A 2017 #RoadToRyerson Storyteller

Please don't hesitate to ask me anything, whether it may be about community involvement or university applications. I will answer them to the best of my ability and respond as quickly as I can.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
Are my EC's relatively good for U of T & U of Waterloo
Here are my EC's-

-Kid's Camp Volunteer
-FITC 2017 Volunteer
-Digifest 2017 Volunteer
-Hackernest Volunteer

Some other stuff:
-Created my own website
- Developed 2 Android Apps

I am planning to do some other stuff this year like joining clubs and student council, but as for now are they good or bad?

If you guys know any good places to volunteer in Toronto feel free to tell me.
Thanks
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What Captures Your Attention for Campus Groups?
Hey Everyone!

I am reaching out to all to gauge interest in different things that may catch your eye when deciding what to get involved with on campus/at university? What is important to you in terms of signing up for a club? (i.e., Free food, Cool swag, Positive rep on campus, etc.). Also, what kinds of groups/clubs are you folks interested in/would like to see more of at your university. 

I'm looking forward to your response! 

Mick
yconic Student Ambassador 
Do I have a shot at UofT Kin???
I have my heart set on UofT Kinesiology however the admission average is mid-high 80s. UofT requires bio, english & adv functions. I'm guessing my marks will be: 
1. English: 91(Summer School)
 2. Biology: 86 
3. Advanced Functions: 86 
4. Religion: 95
5. Phys Ed Leadership: 94
6. Drama Productions: 96
 So my average will be around 91%. I've also done a lot of volunteering with over 300 hours, I've been a part of multiple school teams and clubs and I have a part time job. What are my chances at getting into UofT Kin? 
volunteering positions for business (accounting/finance)
Anyone know of any firms or companies where they allow volunteers? I know co-op placements exist so i was wondering if they allow volunteers or no? I doubt they do but if anyone knows please let me know.
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EC's, Clubs, Positions and etc.
What are some of the best ECs, clubs, and positions I can hold (e.g. president), for top business schools like schulich or ivey? I know its how well you explain them but please give me excellent examples of what these business schools want in terms of ECs.
Volunteering
Do University's really care about how many volunteer hours you have?
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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
Should I stay Home or Live on Res?
So Im from Scarborough and will be attending York University this fall. I consider myself as an outgoing person and fun to be with and I will be commuting from home in about 1 hour and 20 mins. Do you think I should commute or live on res?
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Is volunteering aboard helpful for university application?
I'm planning to teach elementary school students English in Costa Rica for 2 weeks. Does it help? Or is it too short that will make my application weaker?
U of Guelph or Ryerson for nutrition?
Hey guys, I need help! I am currently stuck between whether I should accept my offer to Guelph's applied human nutrition or Ryerson's nutrition and food program. I visited both campuses and I have pros and cons for both. I love Guelph's campus but at the same time I love the city since I'm from Toronto and I'm scared that I'll be bored in a small town like Guelph. Is there anyone from either program who can offer some advice about the program, professors, campus, student life or any other pros and cons? Also, which one would have more volunteer opportunities or ways to get involved to put on my resume? Thank you!!
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University of Guelph: Non-academic requirements for Ontario Veterinary College
Hello everyone,
I am a Gr.11 student in Ontario and I am extremely interested in becoming a veterinarian. However, what causes me some concern is the amount of experience I will need to get into OVC. I understand that both animal experience and veterinary experience are necessary to get in. This is where my questions come into play. Firstly, do you need to log the total number of experience hours that you have completed when you apply? Secondly, how many hours for each would be reasonable for acceptance? Thirdly, are there going to be many opportunities at Guelph for acquiring volunteer hours (this is significant because I am trying to decide whether to go to a more local university or Guelph for my undergrad)? Lastly, how many different places should I try to volunteer, in my local area there is potential to volunteer/shadow at LA and SA clinics (the latter which I currently do), work in pet stores, and work in animal shelters, would a decent amount of experience from all of these combined be enough variety? 

Thanks for reading, I am trying to get a good understanding of what I would have to do to make the requirements for this part of the program.
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