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Nov 20

i would like EVERY subject POSt please

Hey there! I’m a third-year who has recently been hearing from my graduating peers that you can get out of this place with more than 3 subject POSts – is that even a thing? Like, I’ll have people go on about having a polisci-history specialist, a classical civ minor, a history of religion minor, a WGS minor, etc. all at once. Do you have to get permission or something to do this? I don’t get it but it seems p cool tbh. It’d make the degree nicer, that’s for sure. Cheers, aska ~

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hey there,

the faculty of arts and science pretty explicitly states that you can only enrol in three subject POSts, only two of which can be majors or specialists.

i’ve never heard of people doing this, but if you were to get a special exception, it would have to come from the faculty, because they’re the people who make the rules. so MAYBE it’s possible.

or maybe your friends are bending the truth a little to brag. i dunno. you can be the judge of that.

best,

aska


Nov 20

a change of mind (and POSt)

hey dear aska!

first, thank you for answering my question last time on tumblr :) i find it very helpful!

i am planning to change subject post to a german major and minors in econ and cinema studies. it’s my second year in u of t, and i am now doing finance specialist in rotman :P

i will have completed the courses that are required for german major (2nd year) and econ minor (2nd year, too) by summer 2015. sorry for all this long introduction for my background~ and here comes my two questions,

1) concerning my situation, do i just wait for april and add the posts that i want?

2) different from the progress in german and econ, i will only complete the first-year requirement course for cinema studies by summer 2015. will it contradict with the “years of study” approved by the other two programs? if not, am i good enough to register as a 3rd-year student in 2015/16 ?

thank you so much for reading my questions!?

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hey there,

1) yes, you have to wait until april to change around subject POSts.

2) year of study is determined by the number of credits you’ve accumulated to date, so taking a first year course can’t really change that.

however, you may run into some problems if you’ve already taken 6.0 first-year courses – if you then take CIN105Y1, the course will be designated as an ‘extra’ course, which means it won’t count towards your CGPA or credits towards your degree.

the CIN minor only requires 4.0 FCEs, so if you do CIN105Y1 in the summer, you’ve got plenty of time in your third and fourth year to do the other 3.0 FCEs required for the POSt.

if you’re willing to possibly have that CIN105 course be designated extra, you shouldn’t run into any problems. lots of people take up a minor after second year – i’d say it’s totally doable.

sidenote: don’t apologize for giving background! i love it when you give me background. i live on background. it lets me understand what in the flinging flanging tarnation people are talking about.

best of luck transitioning out of rotman, friend. i hope you find what you’re looking for.

xoxo,

aska


Nov 20

i hear the deer actually sit in class with you

Hi,

I was just wondering what the policy was at UTSG for taking classes at other campuses. I’m seriously considering taking a few courses over at UTSC but wasn’t sure if this was allowed. if it is, would classes taken there be counted as transfer credits? Is there is a limit on the number of courses i’d be able to take? Could i complete a major/minor there rather than at st.george? Are the classes any different in significant ways (academic and other wise)?

Would you recommend taking classes there?

Any info would be really helpful,

Thanks!

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hey there,

it’s totally allowed! UTSC and UTM courses will show up on your transcript and count towards your CGPA just like a UTSG course. however, it’s a good idea to talk with your department about whether you meet the prereqs for any UTSC courses you want to take, AND whether those courses can be counted as program requirements here.

there’s no limit that i could find, though you’ll find that there’s a limit to the amount of commuting that your soul is able to tolerate. also keep this in mind.

all subject POSts you enrol in have to be UTSG, artsci subject POSts. you’ll likely find it impossible to complete all your prerequisites for a subject POSt using just UTSC credits.

as fir differences, there’s nothing really substantial. the classes are different in that they’re different classes. that sounds stupid, but honestly – they’ll have a different syllabus, a different prof, and a different class size than the UTSG equivalent (if there is one).

some general classes (like first year calculus or econ) are pretty similar between campuses and even between universities, but it all depends on the course. the best thing would be to call the department at UTSC that offers the courses you’re interested in, and just ask. there’s no general academic difference.

although, you’re more likely to encounter deer at UTSC. so if you’re afraid of deer, i do NOT recommend taking classes there.

but otherwise, if there’s something they offer that we don’t have here, yeah – go for it.

cheers,

aska


Nov 13

alcohol? what’s alcohol?

Looking at U of T from Quebec where we have an 18 drinking age, Is it easy to drink(At trinity where I’m applying)? Or are there chill bars and convenience(LCBO) stores where you can pick up?

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hey there,

let me break this down to you from a business perspective, k?

uoft is a city campus. we’re literally next door to yorkville, which is the wealthiest neighbourhood in toronto, and we are directly south of the very fancy bloor st.

that means that there are a lot of very rich people living around the university who are able to pay a lot of money for drinks at bars and clubs. which means that the bars and clubs around uoft don’t need to cater to young people.

in a university town like waterloo or hamilton, the nightlife grows up around and caters to university students, resulting in cheaper, easier access to alcohol. here, the alcohol is usually expensive, and usually harder to come by.

no college officially condones underage drinking, and trin is no exception. you can read their alcohol policy here. it’s pretty no-nonsense. for example, any events including alcohol to be held in the JCR (junior common room) has to be approved by the dean of students.

obviously the elephant in the room is this: yeah, there are policies, but there are policies everywhere, and that’s never stopped university students from drinking.

well…that’s true. and just like there are policies at every college, there are also students at every college. you’ve heard of newton’s first law of motion, right? a student at rest tends to stay at rest, and a student at a kegger will tend to move with constant velocity towards the keg.*

if you really want alcohol, you’ll find your way to it. but no, i am not going to recommend places to you. what do you take me for? this blog has a .utoronto domain, man. you want to put me out of a job?

anyway, askastudent is NOTHING if not a LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN and SAINT.

cheers,

aska

*what do you mean, that’s not the real law? who are you, Newton? get out.


Nov 11

suspended from school – but not from LIFE

Hi, I’m currently a student who just came off academic suspension. I’ve been attending all my classes but I haven’t gotten any grades for anything yet because my current classes are full year courses. However, I’m starting to get anxiety again. I’m scared I won’t be able to bring up my CGPA by next semester and will be suspended once again for 3 years. That has been on my mind a lot lately and it’s starting to make me depressed. My question is if a person is suspended will I be able to apply to a college? Or do I have to wait three years. I know it have a chance to do well and I need to work hard, but having that 3 year suspension idea is really eating away at me. And have people gotten off academic probation after a one year suspension? Help! Thanks.

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hey there,

sure, people have gotten off probation after a one year suspension. it’s very possible. i don’t have any specific stats, but not everyone who has a one year suspension then goes on to be suspended for three years.

the important thing is to establish a network of academic support at the university that can help you stay on track – if you do that, i’d say you have a good chance of getting off probation.

suspension only restricts you from re-registering in the Faculty, but it doesn’t prevent you from taking classes elsewhere. of course, if you do apply to a college and they ask for your uoft transcript, it may be a good idea to explain why you were suspended, because the fact of your suspension may impact your admission to that college.

however, it’s by no means not allowed, and if you are admitted to a college, you’re free to take classes there while you’re suspended at uoft. just keep in mind that any college courses you take while on suspension can’t be used as transfer credits to uoft.

best of luck,

aska


Nov 11

a little scholarship freak-out

Hellooo I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS btw im in grade 12 applying to utsg ok so basically i was reading the faqs page of the scholarships site and there was a president`s entrance scholarship that offers 2k. one of the requirements was to have a 92+ admission average INCLUDING PREREQUISITES. this last part is what i am confused about. i read about this same scholarship in my 2014-2015 viewbook that i picked up from my guidance office and it said NOTHING about prerequisite courses needing to be 92+ in order to be considered for this schoalrship. this is of concern to me because although I am pretty confident that my admission avg / top 4U courses will average to 92+, my top 3U courses do not average to 92+. this is mainly because of my grade 11 math mark which was an 81 – i got at least a 90 in all of my other grade 11 courses. i would hate it if my grade 11 math mark jeopardized my chances of getting such a great scholarship. please clarify as to whether prerequisite grade 11 courses need to average to 92+ or not, i`m confused because it doesn`t say so in the viewbook!!
THANK U xo

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hey there,

don’t get your lederhosen in a twist there, amigo. you’ve just had a little misunderstanding, that’s all.

they’re not talking about prereqs to grade 12 courses, they’re talking about your top 6 4U/M courses including prereqs for the stream you’re applying to.

so if you’re applying to life sci, for example, it’ll be your top 6 Grade 12 courses including grade 12 english, calculus, and whatever else your program may require (likely bio and chem). basically, they’re just referring to your admissions average.

no grade 11 courses. so don’t worry, it’s all gonna be okay.

cheers,

aska


Nov 11

*standing ovation*

Hi, I am a first year student here at UTSC and I have a question. What the hell is a subject POST??!

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hey there,

first off, i want to point out how GREAT this question is. it’s to the point, it includes the campus you’re from, AND it has so many question marks and exclamation points that my HEART RATE ACCELERATES just from LOOKING at it.

like, i haven’t even had my coffee yet, and this question has got me moving closer towards cardiac arrest! whoo! what a question to wake up to!

subject POSt stands for ‘subject Program of Study’ and it’s basically just a bunch of courses that make up a program. a POSt can be a specialist, major or minor.

in order to graduate from uoft, you need to complete a certain combination of subject POSts. those combinations are: one specialist, two majors, or one major and two minors. you can get into other wacky combos like a specialist and a minor or two majors and a minor or a specialist and a major, but the first three are kind of the default.

you apply to your POSt(s) after you’ve completed 4.0 credits, which for most people is in the summer after first year (between April and September).

for that reason, it’s a good idea to browse the list of subject POSts before then so that you have some idea what you want to study when it comes time to apply. keep in mind, though, that you can (to a certain extent) change POSts after second year, if you’re unhappy with what you’ve chosen. so don’t FREAK OUT, alright?

cheers,

aska


Nov 10

how much LWD is too much LWD

Hey Aska!
I was wondering if you know how LWDs affect chances of transferring, for example, from UTSG to UTM, UTSC to UTSG or etc.
Thanks!

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hey there,

LWDs aren’t particularly harmful all on their own. if you have had a reasonably good time at whatever uoft campus you’re at, and there’s an LWD somewhere on that transcript, that’s not a big deal. the important thing is that you have a competitive CGPA and AGPA, and you meet any program prerequisites.

however, if you have a whole bunch of LWDs and your marks aren’t that great, then what that indicates is that you just generally haven’t been having a great time of it academically. if that’s the case, then yeah, your application might be affected.

however, if that is the case, you can always write a letter explaining any extenuating circumstances relating to your academics to the university. as long as the extenuating circumstances aren’t, like, you preferred to play video games instead of do your assignments. the university doesn’t like that so much.

cheers,

aska


Nov 10

Dr. Aska to the rescue

Hi,

I have a few questions with regards to UofT med school marking schemes. Does UofT med school consider a 3-4 course load as a full course load or does it have to be 5 course load per term?

I am aware that UofT Med school  drops 4 lowest full-course equivalent grades for applicants with 4 full-time years. My first year with regards to gpa is a complete disaster, and I am highly concerned with my future application for Med school acceptance at UofT for 2017.

Regards.

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hey there,

5.0 credits/term is the going rate for ‘full course load.’

if you did not take a full course load, then yeah, the ‘weighting formula’ which allows you to drop the lowest 4.0 FCEs from the admissions GPA will not apply, so in that case, those first year courses would still be factored into your GPA.

i would recommend talking to your registrar’s office about how severely that may affect you. since i don’t know your GPA, i can’t really say how much cause for concern you have (for the record, a 3.8 is considered ‘competitive’). you can also call 416-978-7928, which is the faculty of medicine’s ‘admissions inquiries’ number, ’cause they’ll definitely know what they’re talking about. they’ll certainly know more than i do.

cheers,

aska


Nov 10

NEVER SKIP CLASS

Hi there, so I’ve been trying really hard this year to improve my gpa. So far, my hard work has paid off and I’ve been getting 80’s in most of my classes. My mom told me she’s really proud of me, which makes me more determined than ever to maintain my grades. Last week, I skipped one of my classes as I thought there was a movie scheduled for that day. I just found out that the movie was scheduled for today and I missed my midterm. I cannot make up the test without a legitimate excuse and I’m absolutely devastated. I burst into tears when I told my mom because I felt ashamed and disappointed in myself. I know it was an honest mistake, but I can’t help but think that all of this is my fault. I received an 82.5% on my last assignment, which is worth 20%. The midterm is worth 25% of my entire grade and I now have a zero. Even if I get 80% on my next assignment and exam, I’ll only receive a 60% when, really, I’m striving for something higher. The course is chosen as an additional credit for my ANT minor program and I could’ve technically picked another course, but I don’t want to drop it since it’ll be a waste of money. I don’t want my gpa to suffer because of a stupid mistake, but I must face reality. Do you have any advice? Will credit/no credit work in this case?

Lesson learned: Never skip class.

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hey there,

well, it doesn’t hurt to talk to the professor about it. i’m not saying that they’ll let you make it up, but it’s worth trying. there’s no real formal procedure for in-class tests and assignments like there is for final exams, so that’s about all i can advise.

if it’s an F-section course, then the deadline to credit/no-credit it has already passed, but if it’s a yearlong course, you can still do it. however, if it’s a program requirement for your minor, you’re not allowed to credit/no-credit it anyway.

so…yeah. don’t skip class, but if you do and you make a mistake like this, just try your best to explain it to the prof. and if they’re not willing to let you retake it then, hey, it’s not the end of the world. you can move on from this. don’t beat yourself up about it – we all make dumb mistakes.*

best,

aska

* well, i don’t. but then, i’m an invincible, perfect being. students, though – students make mistakes all the time. and that’s ok.


Nov 10

i am the epitome of communication AND culture

Hello! So i have a couple questions regarding the Communication, Culture, Information & Technology program.

First of all is there anyway i can get more information on the program from UTM? I wasn’t able to attend the fall information day and I’ve already looked on the website at the program description, but i would like to know a little more about it if possible. So if there’s a number i can call or an email i can contact that would be great! Or if you know anything about the program please further enlighten me on it! I am aware that within the CCIT program there are a multiple interdisciplinary specialist programs, The one i’m interested in is the IDM (Interactive Design Media). On the UTM website it said that i have to apply after my first year of CCIT and that spaces are limited. So my next question is when applying on the ouac website do i just select IDM or select CCIT and then after my first year reapply to IDM? Also, if i do not get accepted into the IDM program after my first year, what happens? Do i continue on doing CCIT as a major? Im just really confused about the admission process. My last question is does the IDM specialization have coop/ internship opportunities?

Sorry about all of these questions! I really hope you can help me out with this because i don’t know where else i can contact for more information about this stuff. Thank you so much!

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hey there,

i don’t know much about Communication, Culture, Information & Technology, to be honest with you. i would read the brochure if you haven’t already. also, it’s always interesting to go on a little google odyssey on the professors that teach in your department of interest; their research can tell you a bit about the kinds of things you might be learning.

there’s also this careers by major thing which UTM does that i am super jealous of. also take a look at the websites of the student groups related to CCIT – they’ve got some helpful information on there (also, their websites are beautifully designed. figures). you can even contact the execs of the student groups for advice; i’m sure they’d be more than happy to answer your questions.

otherwise, you can always call the ICCIT directly.

as for admissions: CCIT is an institute – as in, the ‘Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology.’ the institute itself offer a few different programs: the CCIT major, the DEM specialist, or the IDM specialist.

you don’t enrol into specific programs until second year at uoft. when you’re applying out of high school, you just pick a stream. see this? the green headings are streams, the things listed under each heading are programs. your  stream would be CCIT, and that’s what you’d pick on OUAC.

again, that doesn’t make you a CCIT major, just a student in the Institute. you pick your program after first year. comprende?

if you’re not accepted into the IDM specialist after first year, then you would enrol in one of your backup programs instead. you need to be in a program after first year to continue taking courses.

and i don’t want to hear any of this nonsense about not having backups. life is gonna throw you some curveballs, y’know; it’s always a good idea to know what you’re going to do when and if they happen. (however, i do think applying to the CCIT major is a pretty good backup).

you can browse every program offered by UTM here.

CCIT is not offered as a co-op program, but there are some 400-level CCIT courses which are either just internships or can incorporate an internship into their structure: take a look at CCT409H5, CCT410H5, CCT411H5 and CCT413H5. also, the career centre, which is available to all uoft students, provides lots of experiential opportunities across all three campuses. also, there’s this. or you can just go door to door and beg to do people’s programming grunt work for free.

and don’t worry that you’re asking too many questions, dude. i’m here all night. i have nobody to go home with and am very lonely, so…yeah. i’m here all night. also they sometimes have free food here.

xoxo,

aska


Nov 06

#1 enrolment services fan right here

Hi, I wish to be not named, but anyways, my question is ,

I had 2 credits in Fall(which is now) but dropped it to 1 credit and transferred 0.5 credit to next semester, Would I be on OSAP probation since I’m currently doing 1 credit instead of 1.5(due to 60% course load rules)?  I would be a part-time student for the fall term, but then I’d be a full time student in Winter, would I still receive my second installment?

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hey there,

i don’t know if you’d go on probation, but since you’ll be below the 60% of a full course load required by OSAP, you might run into some problems. they may reassess you next semester and then require you to pay back some money – or maybe not. they may or put you on probation. i’m not sure.

that’s why i would talk to enrolment services about it as soon as possible. whatever the case may be, they can solve the problem before it becomes an actual problem with OSAP. they can advise you or adjust your status, or whatever other sorcery it is that happens in those offices.

best of luck,

aska

P.S. why does everyone tell me not to reveal their name? what do you think this is, the Enquirer? c’mon people. i don’t even reveal my OWN name.


Nov 06

calculus is the bane of everything

Hi,
I am currently taking PSY100 and hopefully I could end up with enough marks for majoring in Psychology. However, I found out that you have to have high
school calculus for this major. I am really suck at math and I do not have credit in calculus. Also, I am really avoiding to take it in summer school. Is the credit necessary?Can I apply for psy major without it?
?Thank you :p?

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hey there,

no, you cannot apply without calculus. it’s a harsh world we live in, my friend, a world dictated by integration and series. i know it’s hard. sure, i’ll hold you.

fortunately, uoft offers an alternative to summer school. the PUMP program is basically high school math in university, and it can be used to bridge the gap between high school math and first-year calculus at uoft.

normally, PUMP can’t be used to fulfil program requirements, BUT it IS an acceptable alternative to the high school calculus requirement for psychology programs.

if you’re interested (which, why wouldn’t you be? it’s a pretty awesome program and much better than having to do school in the summer), you can register for Winte 2015 PUMP classes at the bottom of this page.

best of luck with your POSt applications!

aska


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