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Aug 01

panic! at the ROSI

omgomgomg ASKA! It was so stressful I almost cried (I cry to relieve stress and my friends always make fun of me). I was SO ready for it like “BRING IT ON” but wow was my confidence kicked real hard in the ####!!!! Psych is really popular with the crowds huh? -.- I also ended up taking ANT110H1 which was my LAST resort because I had/have noooo idea what the course description is trying to tell me. Think you could shed some light? GAWD last night was so stressful! T^T #cantgetoverit

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heY THERE FRIEND,

there are a lot of exclamation points in this question and i’m kind of intimidated. also, i’m not sure i can actually find the question buried in all this panic. so – i know it’s hard, but do your best – try and get over it. you’re all grown up now and you can handle this. aska believes in you.

okay, motivational poster time over.

yeah, psych is pretty popular. you just have to take a look at this site’s psychology category to see that. it’s one of only a few POSts with its own category here. a true honour – i’m sure the psych department knows and is delighted.

now, ANT110. this is the course description. i’m not an anthropologist and i have never taken a class on anthropology, but it says pretty clearly that it’s going to be a class that examines different cultures’ and different thinkers’ perspectives on nature. pretty cool.

so, for example, you might look at the difference in perspectives between a North American career-mum who thinks that her lawn exists to best the other mummies’ lawns, and a Mongolian steppe warrior who’s never seen a lawn in his entire life.

obviously, one of those people is a bloodthirsty war machine, while the other is a member of an Asian ethnic group that dates back many centuries, so there’re bound to be some interesting differences.

but enough guesswork from me. if you really want to know what the course is about, wait for the course reading list to be uploaded onto the bookstore’s site. that should give a good idea of course content. also,  reading up on the research done by the prof who’s teaching the course is a good way to get insight about what they’re likely to focus on.

anyway, i hope you like the class!

aska

P.S. i can’t believe i made a panic! at the disco reference. i’ve regressed back to age 14. god help us all.


Aug 01

slipping past the priority

Hi aska, so I’m going to be a first year physical and mathematical science student at St. George. I just finished course enrolment, and for some reason ROSI allowed me to enrol in BIO120 & BIO130. Will it kick me out since I do not have priority?? Thanks in advance!

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hey there,

i’m VERY doubtful that you got into a course with a priority if you didn’t have priority. before you start celebrating that you pulled a fast one on ROSI, double-check the following:

1) are you sure you’re a physical/mathematical sci. student? read your acceptance letter. just one more time. for me.

2) are you sure you’re enrolled in the classes? check that the courses are on your personal timetable and your ‘list courses’ (which you can find in the left-hand table and under ‘course enrolment,’ respectively, on ROSI). if they’re not there, you’re not in the classes.

3) if you still think you’re enrolled after steps #1 and #2, contact your college registrar. they can check for sure to see if you’re enrolled, and if you’re not, it’s a lot better to learn that now than to find out halfway through term. that would trip you up bad.

if you ARE enrolled, then hey, you pulled off a miracle. good for you.

best,

aska


Aug 01

but i really really really wanted that course

Hey, I’m on a waitlist for 2 courses that I reeeeeaaallllyyyy want to do. If I have a relatively low number of people in the waitlist in front of me, what are the chances that I can get into the course?

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hey there,

the general (GENERAL) rule of thumb is that if you are within the first 10% of students on the waitlist (e.g. spots 1-10 on a waitlist of 100 – you’ll notice i keep using this example because my math competency is at a grade 4 level), you have a pretty good chance of getting in.

past that, it’s all a matter of degree. and luck. no matter how many e’s you stick in the middle of that ‘really.’

you’ve just gotta keep checking until the deadline, and hope for the best.

good luck,

aska


Aug 01

i say POSt a lot in this post

Hi aska!? I just have a brief question about Majors with a GPA requirement! Let’s say I get the required GPA of 2.0 for the Bio major and I’ve done everything else that is needed. Is is true that there is still a chance that I won’t be allowed into it? (which would suck :( ) And if there is a chance, is it a slim one or pretty darn big? Thank you aska, you’re the best! :)

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hey there!?

it depends on the type of subject POSt you’re applying to. POSts are either type 1, 2(/2L) or 3 subject POSts.

a type 1 POSt has no specific prerequisites, a type 2 POSt has certain prerequisites but you’re guaranteed admission as long as you meet them, and a type 3 POSt has specific prerequisites and limited enrolment – meaning that even if you meet the prereqs, you might not get in.

of course, your chances of getting into any program with limited enrolment (i.e. a type 3 program) depend on the popularity of the program and the strength of your academic record, so i can’t really help you with that. i can’t read your academic past through the screen, you know. only in person.

the biology major is a type 1 program, so i have a feeling that you were just using that as an example. find the POSts you’re interested in on this list and see if they’re type 1, 2 or 3. that’ll tell you if you’re guaranteed admission, or if you’ll have to spend all your birthday wishes on trying to get in.

cheers,

aska


Aug 01

second time’s a charm

i am very stressed out about this situation. im trying to get into the economics program at uoft however i repeated the eco100 and fell just below the required grade. i am not able to switch into other programs based on the courses ive taken and im really passionate about getting into economics. is there any possible way to get in the program? can i take eco100 at another campus? freaking out!

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hey there,

well, firstly, it’s just not true that you are “not able to switch into other programs based on the courses you’ve taken.” there are a whole slew of type 1 programs which have no required marks or courses. you may be passionate about economics, but it’s not your only option.

the university says that if you passed a course, you can retake it once if you wish, to try and boost your mark for subject POSt purposes. the university’s very strict about its wish-granting powers.

if you were to try and take ECO100 somewhere else or take ECO105, for example, that is technically possible, but it won’t help you get into the POSt. the economics department says that “students must have a combined total of at most two tries at ECO100Y1, ECO105Y1, or any comparable course (e.g., at UTSC or UTM). No third try will be considered in order to meet the minimum grade requirement for admission to a program.

predictably, they leave absolutely no space for wiggle room. financial folks can be that way.

i’d recommend taking a step back and examining why you did poorly on both tries at the course, whether this is what you really want, and whether there are some alternative options that might suit you better. as always, you might consider making an appointment with your registrar’s office to help out with that.

best,

aska


Aug 01

I HAVE AN ANSWER!

Hi aska,

I HAVE A QUESTION!!!

So, I was supposed to be going into 2nd year but I slacked too much last year and I only completed CSC108 & 148, therefore I am considered as a first year still. 
This year I want to take STA220 but the prereq says Grade 12 math and “one University course in the physical, social, or life sciences”
What kind of specific courses do I need to have in order to fulfil the requirement? Will CSC courses do? 
And if I did enrol in that course without the prereq, would I get kicked out? I have Grade 12 functions calculus & data btw. 

Thanks in advance :)

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hey there,

if you take a look at this terribly secret document i like to call the course calendar, you’ll see that CSC108 (as well as CSC148) fulfils the ‘physical and mathematical universes’ breadth requirement. in ‘distribution requirements,’ both courses say: ‘this is a Science course.’ also, they are both called computer SCIENCE.

uoft’s documents can be infuriatingly vague a lot of the time, but this is not one of those times. they’re both university physical science courses. science. physical science at university. university physical science.

grade 12 calculus and data are both grade 12 math courses. again, this is not a tricky one to interpret. those courses are grade 12 mathematics courses, so you would meet the requirement. if you didn’t have the prereqs, they would kick you out, but you do!

woo! you get to take stats. excited?

aska


Aug 01

finishing it ALL in first year

Hey aska!I was wondering, how necessary is it to finish all or most of the breadth requirements in the first year?Everyone has told me so far to finish as much as I can first year, but the courses that I’m taking, I need, and they only fill 3 breadth requirements. I’m in Humanities so group 1, 2, and 3 are covered, but not 4 or 5. I feel like it’s more important for me to take classes I need/really enjoy for first year just because I heard it’s the most difficult and taking classes that you’ll enjoy will make it easier for you to do well.So what do you think oh wise one?

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hey there,

it’s not at all necessary. if you can cover 3/5 breadth requirements in first year, that’s pretty good. something that might be helpful if you’re not keen on the science-y end of the academic spectrum, is to leave some space in your degree for 100-level courses that you can use to fill those 4th and 5th categories whenever you like (since the university will only let you take 6.0 100-series FCEs total during your degree).

there’s nothing wrong with taking 100-level (or even 200+ level) courses in later years to satisfy breadth requirements. just make sure that you’re comfortable doing them whenever you decide to, and that it doesn’t get in the way of any of your plans for future years.

oh yeah: it’s a good idea to plan out your future years. not because you’re likely to follow that plan all four years, but because it gives you an idea of the possible roadblocks ahead, and how you might solve them. as long as you have an idea when you can fit in those breadth req’s, it’s not at all a big deal if you don’t do them right away.

and yes, it is important to take courses you’ll enjoy – first year or not. parents and relatives will try to convince you to take courses or follow career paths you’re not interested in using all manner of trickery. regardless of what they say, you have to remain a stubborn mule and keep pushing for doing exactly what YOU want to do.

even if that means putting off a couple breadth req’s for a year or two.

cheers,

aska


Jul 31

do you have a death wish

Can I take up to 6 courses during the summer, just like during the year?

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hey there,

no. summer classes move a lot faster than Fall/Winter courses, and for that reason, the university has kindly capped the number of courses you can take in the summer at 2.0 FCEs.

otherwise we’d have students dropping like flies in the hot, july sun, and that just would not be good for business.

cheers,

aska


Jul 31

i want to be at utsc (temporarily)

i am a st george student who wants to enroll in a class at scarborough campus. what day can i do that?

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hey there anonymous st. george student,

man, i thought this was gonna be easy to answer. it’s such a short question!

i found out that UTSC students can sign up for UTSG/UTM courses on august 15th at 6am, and UTM students can sign up for UTSC/UTSG courses on the same date, so while i would assume that the same applies to St. George, i can’t say for sure. (of course UTSG had to be the ONE CAMPUS that didn’t specify. sigh.)

try enrolling in the UTSC course(s) you’re interested in on your start time, just in case. if it doesn’t work, my bet is it opens august 15th at 6am. if anyone knows for sure, please do let us know!

sorry i couldn’t be of more help. i hope you enjoy all the deer and celebrities filming rural shots in scarborough!

best,

aska


Jul 31

all courses are breadth req’ courses

are there enough 200-level (or even 300-level) courses for me to take specifically during the summer to fulfil my breadth requirements? i know we can only take 6 100-level courses for credit so i’m wondering if i should “save” the opportunity to take a 100-level course for a breadth requirement during the summer.

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hey there,

saving 1.0 100-level FCEs for breadth requirements is a pretty smart idea, though not mandatory. p.s. you can use those 1.0 100-level FCEs whenever you like, not just during the summer – just so you know.

as for 200+ level courses which can be used to fulfil breadth requirements…that doesn’t really make sense. EVERY course in the faculty of arts & science fulfils a breadth requirement. and plenty of those are offered during the summer. so yeah, i’d say there are enough. i don’t know which breadth req you want to fulfil though, so i don’t know what to recommend.

however, you can take a look at the summer timetable from 2014 to see what courses were offered. if they were offered this summer, it’s likely (though not certain) that they’ll be offered again next summer, so that’s one way to at least partly plan things out.

best of luck,

aska


Jul 31

transferring, multiple POSts, working – it’s a busy life

Hey there!.. so I kinda need help. :)

I want to know if I can do a specialist and a major. I read one of your replies to someone else about a double specialization taking like 7 years or something? I’m trying to do Biochemistry, only it doesn’t have a ‘major’ option, and I really want to do computer science as a major and I want to know if I am capable of doing both of these without having to retake my entire university experience again.

Secondlyyyyyy I’m unfortunately a transfer student, and so I will most likely have to take courses over again because they’re not up to par with UTM. So I guess my question is whether I’m allowed to take longer than 4 years to complete my bachelors. And if I am, will it affect anything else? gpa? osap? anything? :/..

Aaand third things third :D…. because I’m a transfer student I was made to choose courses (that didn’t really have anything to do with biochemistry) in case my transfer credit assessment didnt come back to me in time. I’ve gotten the assessment now but I still need the green light from a few professors and department heads which I haven’t gotten yet (and probably won’t get for at least another week) Which means that I’ll be a bit late in choosing my courses after the limitations have been lifted from certain program courses. Although it has nothing to do with the paragraph I just wrote^, am I allowed to apply for on campus jobs (like bookstore and such) and give them my present schedule but let them know theres been a change? I feel like I’ll be losing an opportunity if the stability of my courses is the reason I am unable to apply.

In my head this was all supposed to be in like a single paragraph. I guess I have word diarrhea. Hey, at least you get good eye exercise.

?And thank you by the way. I find askastudent extremely helpful. It’s kind of my go-to-place. (who wants to go to the office of registrar every time)

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hey there,

1) man, did i really say a specialist and a major would take 7 years??? that is NOT true. if i did say that, i’m sorry, but i doubt i did. you CAN do a specialist and a major. it’s certainly allowed by the faculty (page 9). you may be stretching yourself a little, but depending on how much overlap you can manage between the POSts, it is possible in some cases to complete a major and specialist in four years. if it did take longer, you’d probably only go one or two terms over the four year standard. definitely not three years.

plan out all the courses you want to/have to take for both the specialist and the major, as well as the courses you need to take to meet breadth requirements, and see how long that hypothetical schedule would take you. that’s the best way to see if something is doable.

2) nope.

3) there are a LOT of different employers at uoft, so some of them will have more flexible hours than hours. usually they say if hours are flexible on the job posting.

generally speaking however, work-study positions tend to be catered entirely to a student’s schedule. if you’re not opposed to working a max. of 12 hrs/week for minimum wage, that might be a good option for you.

and hey, i get you. who wants to be in an office full of people hired to help you out? NO THANKS. (no but really, thank you for continuing to support aska, it means the world and i would never get to do this awesome job without all your charmingly fatalistic freak-outs).

cheers,

aska


Jul 31

got ourselves a justice warrior

Hello!   I was wondering how u of t determines the start times on ROSI. I’m a second year and had a 7AM start time, but a lot of my friends didn’t start till 2PM. How is that fair?

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hey there,

i mean, i don’t know if your dad has taken you to the lobster tanks at the grocery store and explained to you what’s going to happen to them next, but life is pretty unfair most of the time. most people lead quiet, desperately sad, unfulfilled lives, and the sooner you come to terms with that, the better.

that said, uoft’s system is not entirely up to the cruelties of fate. start times after first year are organized by number of credits you’ve obtained - to a point. there is also a certain element of chance to your start time (so, you’re grouped into a certain part of the day based on your credits to date, and then within that time, you’re assigned to a random 10-minute slot).

given the number of students at this school who all want to enrol as soon as possible, i’d say this is probably the sanest way to go about it. but hey, if you can think of  a better way, feel free to bring it up to FAS, i’m sure they’d love to hear it.

best,

aska


Jul 31

no more waiting for me!

Hi ASKA

My little brother is at UTSC and wants to major in computer science. Except he needs two courses to get into the program and due to a crappy starting time he only managed to get into one. CSCA48H3, Introduction to Computer Science II. But he needs to take  CSCA08H3, Introduction to Computer Science I in the fall semester so he can have it as a pre-requisite for CSCA48H3, in the winter session. He is currently 24 on the waitlist, there are 122 people on the wait list and there are over 150 spots (not sure of the actual number ) in the class. What are my brother’s chances of getting in before the wait list drops? Plus what are the chances of the professor taking an initiative to let him in considering it a first-year course and lots of other people would want in to his/her lecture.
Thanks.

Concerned Sis

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hey there concerned sis,

the general rule of thumb is that if your spot on the waitlist is within the first 10% of the total people on the waitlist (e.g. you’re numbers 1-10 on a waitlist with 100 people), you have a good chance of getting in.

if you’re spot 24 on a waitlist of 122, you’re at 19%, which is not great. however, it’s also not terrible, and there’s no harm in staying on the list, especially since your brother can enrol in an extra 0.5 FCEs as backup starting august 15th at 6am (before any UTSG students start to panic, this is the UTSC date. don’t get your timetables in a knot).

the chances of the professor taking the initiative to let him in? zero. profs aren’t in charge of that. your brother could go and speak to the prof/department in person, but i doubt it would do much good.

for now, it’s a waiting game.

cheers,

aska


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