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Nov 25

i’m off!

Hello, I’ve started my first year of uni at utm but I’m thinking of taking a gap year after I’m done, before starting my second year. Is this possible? Who would I have to contact to sort this out? Thanks.

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hey there,

it’s totally possible! and you don’t have to do anything. as long as you don’t enrol in courses when the time rolls around, your fees will be cancelled (see page 30 of this booklet).

then, after a year of finding yourself or trying to work so you have money to live or supporting your family or whatever CRAZY SHENANIGANS kids these days get up to, you can just come back! re-registration of your student record will cost $25 (see page 35), and you can go to your registrar’s office for that.

sometimes – even at uoft – things can be that simple. it’s a christmas miracle.

cheers,

aska

 


Nov 25

medical school? what a HUMERUS proposition

Hi there,
Does first year of life science at utm count towards med school. What count towards the science gpa, and does it matter if i fail a course in my first year of life sci, will it ruin my chances of getting into med school, a Canadian med school.

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hey there,

you can totally do life sci at UTM if you want to get into medical school. medical school in canada isn’t very restrictive in terms of what kind of program you need to take.

for example, uoft medical school only requires that you take 2.0 life science courses and 1.0 social science courses. heck, i even qualify for that, and i’m in a humanities program.

however, it all starts to go south for me when you take into consideration the other requirements, like a competitive MCAT score, letters of reference, an interview and a competitive GPA.

with a few finicky exceptions, pretty much every course you take will count towards the GPA used to determine your admission average for medical school.

failing a course in first year definitely won’t ruin your chances, but it will be a very low mark on your transcript which will lower your GPA, so, you know…try not to fail.

however, at uoft medical school at least, if you apply directly after your undergrad and you’ve taken a full course load every semester, uoft med school will drop your lowest 4 marks from the admission GPA, so that’s kinda nice, isn’t it? admissions committees aren’t all bad.

best,

aska


Nov 25

(AHHH)

Hi aska! So I have a question about U courses and UC or M courses. I already sent in my application for humanities at St george(AHHH) and out of my top 6 that I want to use 2 are UC/M courses(just to clarify uc and m are the same thing). My other two U courses are math and I DO NOT WANT TO USE THOSE IN MY TOP 6. Does U of t give preference to students who have their top 6 of all U courses? Or will they include my Maths in my top 6 because they are U?

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hey there,

ah, an admissions freakout! i haven’t seen one of these in a while. it doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season until grade 12’s are losing their heads about uni admissions, you know?

anyway, fortunately for you, your question has a happy ending.

the problem here is that you seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the word ‘top.’ let’s break this down semantically, yeah?

if the university says ‘top 6 4U/M’ courses (including prerequisites),’ then they are going to use whatever 6 Grade 12 courses have the highest marks, whether they are U or M, in your admission average.

if they were planning on discarding your M’s in favour of U’s, even if those U’s were lower than the M’s, then they would say ‘top 6 4U courses.’

so no, you will not be at a disadvantage if 2 of your courses are M courses, and they will not use your math courses if the marks you got in those courses are not within your top 6 highest 4U or 4M marks.

cool? cool.

cheers,

aska


Nov 25

some money math

Hey Aska,
So I’m now a fourth-year Psych student at UTSC who realizes how much I effed up over the past three years and would do anything to start all over again (not really)… but that’s not an option. My biggest dilemma now is D-levels. Fall semester is almost over and the one D-level program requirement I’m hoping to take in the winter is still listed as interim. The other D-level that should fulfill my degree requirements is quite unattainable for me at the moment since I never got to take one very significant B-level for my Bio minor (so not many C-levels available for me either, but manageable), and I’m simply done my English minor without having taken any D’s. Worst case scenario, I wouldn’t be able to get into any D-levels at all this year and I’d have to take another year. I probably shouldn’t say worst though because this would also very likely increase by GPA. But after I complete winter semester I’d have 18/20 credits so I only really need 4 courses next year (and summer wouldn’t be an option either because there are no courses offered that I need / have the prerequisites to take). Would it be possible to only take Fall semester full time next year if I manage to get into two D-levels then? Or would it be better if I only take two courses per semester and go to school for both semesters part time? Thanks a lot!

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hey there,

both the scenarios you listed would be possible. i guess it’s up to you to decide which one would be more feasible for you. i’m not sure what you might mean by “better” other than “cheaper” and “quicker,” so i’ll just address those two adjectives in particular.

if you were to take 2.0 FCEs in one semester (i’m gonna assume you enrolled in or before 2011 because you’re in your fourth year), it would cost you $3,191.95.

if you were to split it between two semesters, 1.0 FCEs/semester, it would come out  to $2935.12. so you’d save about $250 if you were to do 1.0 FCEs in each semester, but you would also be in school for one semester longer. (you can see where i’m pulling all these numbers here).

so i guess it’s up to you. and, partly, to when the courses you want to take are offered.

best of luck, my friend, and try not to beat yourself up over your situation. people’s university careers almost never go the way they plan – and that’s not always a bad thing. you’ll get through it.

cheers,

aska


Nov 24

oops :/

I ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED A COURSE I NEED ON ROSI..HELP I AM FREAKING OUT…HOW DO I READD IT??????

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hey there,

oooh, that sucks

if it’s a Y course, talk to your registrar’s office about it, and they may be able to re-add you.

if it’s an S course…add yourself to the wait list asap.

sorry about that,

aska


Nov 24

talking about some business business

Hello,

I am an IB student. I would be interested to go to a business school or a university in order to study business/management. I was wondering in which school could I go with which grades ? Maybe, if you have some websites in mind that could help me, I will be happy to visit them.

Thanking you in advance and waiting for your answer.

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hey there,

i only really know about business at uoft, and very generally in ontario, so that’s what i’m gonna tell you about.

most people agree that the really good business schools in ontario are schulich at york, ivey at western and rotman at uoft (utm’s management programs are also really good).

this is a uoft blog, so obviously i can tell you the most about rotman and UTM management. i’d recommend you browse the rotman tag if you want to learn all the intricacies and funny little details of that part of uoft.

you can also browse rotman’s viewbook and their FAQ’s and Useful Links page for a lot of basic info about the school.

if you have any more questions about commerce at uoft, just shoot ‘em my way. and good luck in your research – hopefully you’ll be on your way to the most businessy of careers in no time!

best,

aska


Nov 24

i’ll take one course to-go, please

Hey Aska!

So, I am a 3rd year Digital Enterprise Management student and I just had a question about transferring a credit.  There is a 4th year course (MGD428) which is REALLY difficult and heavy (I took it this year but dropped it because it is really hard) and it is only offered in the fall semester so I have to take it next year.

But I was wondering if I take a project management course (4th year) at Guelph Humber which has the same weight and extremely similar description to MGD428, I can transfer it and use it towards my degree? I wanna take it during the summer so I won’t have to take it at UTM in the fall.  I read the guidelines for transfer credits and LOPs, and I think I can do this, I just wanna make sure?  I know I have to get at least 60% but I feel like I can.

The one at Guelph-Humber is significantly easier (I know taking it at UTM will hurt my GPA) and uses a much easier textbook but the actual content and work you do is really really similar.  And the Guelph-Humber prof is much better (there is only 1 section taught at UTM every year with a really hard prof).

Thanks! You’re awesome!

* and PS I know I can take it and pass at UTM but I want to keep my GPA high for grad school and I know taking it at UTM will make it go down.. :\

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hey there,

i checked transfer explorer for MGD428 at University of Guelph-Humber and i wasn’t able to find any equivalencies, so i can’t tell you what your chances are in getting it granted, but i wouldn’t despair just yet – all that means is that no one has requested it before.

even though i haven’t been able to find a precedent of people doing this specifically for MGD428, you still can certainly request it using an LOP.

as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for the LOP, i’d say there’s no harm in making a request. if you want to know your chances of having it granted, have a chat with CCIT and ask them if they’ve ever granted a request for that course before.

other than that, just submit the LOP and hope for the best! i’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

best,

aska

P.S.: here’s a tip for you – saying that you want to take a course somewhere else because it’s easier probably won’t fly with the people who approve these requests. if you have another reason for making the request, maybe emphasize that one.


Nov 24

if the first four people on the waitlist were to “disappear”…

aska,
Sorry to bother you, but I’m currently 5th on the waitlist (out of 240 spaces) for a lecture that I really need to be in (CSC148H1S).
I understand that being in the top 10% of the people in the course gives me a good chance of getting in, but I can’t be too sure. So I was wondering how fast the waitlists move around the first week of Winter classes (or in the first week of semesters if it’s too specific), based on my current situation.
Many thanks!

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hey there,

i mean, not only are you in the top 10% of the class size, you’re in the top 2%. you’re playing with some nice odds there.

i know it seems frustrating now since the waitlist is NOT MOVING AT ALL OH GOD, but it will move in the first week. especially considering this is a first year class, and so a lot of people won’t know what to expect from it, a lot of people are gonna drop it after the first class.

oh no,” they’ll say indignantly after the first half-hour of lecture. “this is not at ALL what i signed up for.”

in fact, i’ve heard stories of people up and leaving classes at the break, not even staying for the whole first lecture, going straight home and dropping the course right away. trust me, it happens, and it’ll happen for CSC148.

so yeah, have a backup because that’s just good sense, but i’d say your chances are pretty good.

xoxo,

aska


Nov 24

pls i need money

hi! im a part time student and i want to drop a y course and i know that the deadline has passed to get 100% full refund but is there a way for me to use that money for the y course to take up two more credits in the winter semester and just drop the y course? thanks

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hey there,

the deadline to drop a Y course and get any kind of a refund for part-time students was november 11th – now, you’re in the no refund zone. if you drop the course now, you won’t get a refund, and if you add more courses in the winter term, you’ll be charged the full amount.

sorry man, no fee loopholes there. if you’re looking to save money, i would recommend looking very lost when you take the TTC – you can sometimes get free pity rides that way. that’s what i do.

cheers,

aska


Nov 24

i’m late, i’m late, for a very important POSt!

Hey there – if I want to change Subjct POSt next year in summer, and am a 2nd-year student, do I just care about the 1st-year admission requirement of the programs I’m interested in? Do I also need to take the second-year required courses (but not labelled as admission requirement) to make myself eligible to be a 3rd-year student next year?

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hey there,

it depends on the POSt.* if your POSt is a minor/type 1 major kinda deal, then you can probably get away with squishing all the courses into your third and fourth years. you may have to take some summer courses and you’ll really hate yourself when your friends are making out under Canada Day fireworks and you’re at home studying, but hey, c’est la vie.

however, if the POSt you’re interested has specifications about applying after first year AND after second year, then you’ll need to meet the requirements for applying after second year.

an example of a POSt that does this is the psychology major. compare that, for example, with the anthropology major or biology minor, which don’t make too much of a fuss about when you take courses.

if you’re unsure about what the calendar is telling you for the POSt you’re interested in, just call the department and they’ll be happy to help.

cheers,

aska

* which is why it’s always a great idea to be AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE in these questions. *nagging wife voice* i’m not a mind-reader, y’know.

P.S. i know the title doesn’t rhyme. whatever. it’s post-modern, okay?


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


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