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Dec 16

cyborgs rule our LIVES

How does the top 6 sorting work? Does admissions put it through a computer or sort it themselves?

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hey there,

well, there’s a whole lot of data that the university has to crunch every year, so they’re certainly not just going through everybody’s marks with a pencil and a magnifying glass.

the university uses multiple algorithms to determine eligibility based on a whole bunch of criteria (like, whether your final marks or in or just midterm marks, what those marks are, etc. etc. etc.)

however, human eyes do pass over the data to make sure that no one is refused who is eligible for admission. so don’t worry – a mistake on a computer is not about to ruin your life.

cheers,

aska


Dec 16

you’re in the wrong place, amigo

I had a question about transferring between 1st and 2nd semester… how does one go about doing this? I’m at Seneca and I want to go back to my hometown college (mohawk) or maybe humber or something not in this area….
Also, how do I deal with OSAP if I transfer in the middle of the year? Do I reapply, ask for a transfer..? sos I’m confused

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hey there,

wait, lemme get this straight. you’re at seneca, and you want to transfer to mohawk or humber? so you’ve never attended and don’t plan to ever attend uoft?

you know that this blog answers questions related to the university of toronto, right? if you have questions about colleges, you should probably ask them.

best,

aska


Dec 16

the registrar’s office is your favourite place

hey
so last year i failed two courses and they were the only ones i was taking. i have assumed that i am on academic probation, however i was never notified that i am on academic probation. what does this mean? does this mean that since i never received a credit for either course that it doesn’t warrant probation? i’m currently successfully enrolled in a bunch of courses. i don’t understand what is going on.
cheers x

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hey there,

i’m thinking you’re probably on academic probation (you’re allowed to be enrolled in courses when you’re on probation).

however, the rules related to determining academic standing have changed recently in the faculty of arts & science, and they’re different in different uoft faculties and between the three campuses, and since you didn’t give me ANNNYYYYY context about where you’re from, there are a whole bunch of factors which mean that you may or may not currently be on probation.

you know what the best thing to do would be? can you guess it? can you guess what i’m about to say?

……………………

yep! you guessed it! go and have a nice chat with your registrar’s office. i would link to where your registrar’s office is located and a handy phone number you can reach them at, but i don’t know where you go to school. so. just use this, i guess.

best,

aska


Dec 16

mosey on downtown for some courses

Im currently at utsc and got into computer science from high school. I have changed my mind and have decided to go towards a life science related degree. I have taken all the required courses except for BIOA01 and BIOA02 since they are restricted and I get this, http://i.imgur.com/PJ2UgGX.jpg . I would like to take the equivalent courses at utsg during the summer.
My questions are:1. Is this possible?2. What courses are equivalent?3. What process do I have to go through (i.e is there anything I have to fill in/ do specifically)?
Thanks for the help.

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hey there,

1) it is possible for a utsc student to take utsg courses, summer or not. however, you’ll have to enrol a little bit later than the utsg students, so it’s not totally guaranteed that you’ll get a spot, even if you meet prereqs, pay your fees on time, etc. it’s an EXCITING GAMBLE you play when you try to enrol in courses on other campuses.

also, just a note: enrolment controls might get in the way of your enrolment in UTSG bio courses as well, so i would read up on them before enrolment time comes.

make sure you don’t have any exclusions for the courses you want, that you’re eligible to take them, etc. etc. if you run into a problem, talk to your registrar’s office about it now, before the absolute mania of summer happens.

2) according to transfer explorer, your BIOAO1 is our BIO130, and your BIOaO2 is our BIO120.

(p.s. y’all should really use transfer explorer more, like half the questions i get about transfer credit stuff can be answered with transfer explorer. jsyk).

3) no process. just enrol in the courses you want when the time comes.

cheers,

aska


Dec 16

takin’ care of business, everyday…

Dear askastudent,

Google and the terrible UofT website have been able to answer the majority of my questions but unfortunately not these ones. That is, however, where you come in.

– Will my OSAP cover the first payment on my residence or will I have to take care of business myself?

– Whilst applying for Victoria College I checked off my interest in residence. If I (And I will so this is a non-issue) fail to get into Vic will I have to confirm my interest in residence at all the other colleges I may end up in? I like to deal with things as pre-emptively as possible, to prevent future issues and so if I could deal with this now it would be best.

Thank you very much for your time wise askastudent. Have an excellent, fun filled evening.

Sincerely,
The Muscles Champ

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hey there Muscles Champ,

*huffs* how dare you call the uoft website TERRIBLE? terrible, with its circuitous, illogical tangents and constantly moving web pages? nonsense! it’s not terrible, it’s magical.

1) it all depends. apply for OSAP, and when they release an estimate of how much aid you’re eligible for (that’s fancy talk for how much money you’re likely to get), they’ll tell you the dates that each instalment will be released.

then you just have to figure out when your residence fees are due, and do the math. and then you can, as you said, take care of business, whatever the case may be.

2) nahh.

basically how it works is that, if you’re interested in residence, you do everything through a myres application. you’ll have to indicate your initial interest in residence through myres by march 31st.

then, once you’ve been accepted to uoft and given your college placement, you’ll log into myres again. at that point, myres will recognize which college you’re a part of, and they’ll only list residence options that are available to you. so if you get into vic, you might be given vic residence and chestnut (which is not affiliated with any college), for example.

i hope you also have an excellent, fun filled evening, Muscles Champ. and thanks for the kind wishes.

cheers,

aska


Dec 16

i like the lecture that’s closer to the second cup

Hey aska!
I have a question that has been eating brain for a couple of days now: are the tests and exams of different lecture sections taught by different professors the same? For next semester (first year at UTSG) I’m thinking of attending lecture sections that I’m not officially enrolled in (BIO130 and CHM139), but the sections are taught by different professors – so do you know if the material covered and the tests will be the same, or do they differ? Does it even matter if I attend different sections (no attendance right?) or should I ‘sign up’ on the waiting list?
Thanks!

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hey there,

the tests will probably differ. it’s a pretty big risk to attend a lecture taught by a different prof, because while they’ll teach the same stuff, they might emphasize different things.

also, if you want to write the tests, you will have to write them in the lecture section that you’ve signed up for. so if you’re going to lectures by a prof different from the prof who’s writing your tests and exams, that could be a problem.

at the end of the day, no one’s gonna stop you from going to whichever lecture section you want. you’re all grown up now; you can do what you want. but there is a risk involved, so just be careful.

cheers,

aska


Dec 04

how 2 study for exams

it seems like it’s always the time of year when everyone’s saying “it’s that time of year again!” exams never really go away, do they? even when they’re not happening, you still carry around the weight of them somewhere deep in your soul.

that’s why people have exam nightmares up until the age of like 90 or whatever. they let exams seep into their very bones, like a coca-cola stain in a carpet. that stuff’ll never wash out.

since exams are going to happen whether we want them to or not, here are some tips about how to get through the exam period alive. last year askastudent released this monolith of text which is all about study tips. this year, i thought i’d write a follow-up of EVEN MORE HELPFUL tips. because the second time has always got to be BIGGER and BETTER, or so my friends in marketing keep telling me.

TIP #1: SELF CARE.

uoft has really tried to emphasize self care recently. i think that’s great. it’s important to take a break from studying so that you can feel energized when you get back to it. whatever you can do to de-stress is great. for example, there were recently therapy dogs at Sid Smith for people to cuddle and play with.

i’m fatally allergic to dogs, so a CUTE TWIST on the therapy dog idea for myself, personally, is to go to one of these student spaces that are suddenly filled with dogs, stick my face into one of the puppy’s faces until it licks me, and then DIE.

then, all i have to do is fill out a verification of illness and injury form, and i don’t have to write my exams! hashtag use your resources.

TIP #2: CALL YOUR FRIEND WHO IS NO LONGER AND SCHOOL AND DOES NOT CARE TO COMPLAIN

“hey, madison? what’s up? *sniffle*”

“oh, nothing much, i just finished a 17-hour shift at work and i am absolutely exhausted. i had to get off the subway a stop early ’cause this guy was rubbing himself up against me. now i have to walk two blocks extra before i get home. i can’t feel my legs. my rent is due in two days and i don’t know how i’m gonna get the last $150 together because my roommate moved back to texas with her ex-boyfriend. i don’t even remember the name of the last guy who didn’t call me. anyway, what’s up with you?”

“oh, i just…i’m just kinda stressed with…you know, exams and stuff…”

“dude. i may have to sell my kidney to pay rent. you live with your parents. you’re studying instead of working at a horrible job you hate. you can buy food using OSAP money. stop complaining and get back to studying.”

“o-okay…love you, madison.”

“don’t call me again. i may not be able to pay my phone bill.”

TIP #3: CRY

here is my personal playlist of songs to cry to around exams!

1. American Idiot, by Green Day

2. Idiot, by Coldplay

3. Dumb All Over, by Frank Zappa

4. Dumb, by Jason DeRoulo

5. Tonight I Wanna Cry, by Keith Urban

TIP #4: GO INTO A CAFFEINE-INDUCED FRENZY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EXAM. STUDY WITHOUT SLEEPING. STUDY SO HARD YOU GO A BIT CROSS-EYED. STUDY UNTIL YOUR EYEBROW STARTS TWITCHING. KEEP STUDYING EVEN AFTER YOUR EYEBROW FALLS OFF AND LIES IN SPASM ON THE FLOOR. GO INTO YOUR EXAM THE NEXT DAY WITHOUT SLEEPING. WRITE FOR THREE HOURS AS THE WALLS OF THE EXAM HALL CURVE INTO YOU LIKE BENDY STRAWS. DON’T REALLY REMEMBER HOW YOU GET HOME. SLEEP FOR FIFTEEN HOURS INSTEAD OF PREPPING FOR THE NEXT ONE.

and those are aska’s four TOP TIPS about how to prepare for your exams! tweet me @askastudentuoft letting me know how YOU study for exams!

xoxo,

aska


Dec 04

they always come CRAWLING BACK for MORE

Hey!

Thanks for answering my previous question, I am glad that helpful people like you exist. I have another question, if you don’t mind. I have applied as a humanities student and have deferred my admission until next year. Now knowing that I want to study psychology (and not IR as I said on my application… Big jump, eh?), I hear that that psychology is part of the Life Sci stream. Does this mean that I won’t be able to major in psychology, seeing as I’m a humanities student? Should I apply again, this time indicating a preference for life science?

Thank you very much for helping, you’re awesome.

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hey there,

yeah, i know, you just can’t get enough of me, right? what can i say, i have that effect on people…it’s not something you can teach, you’re either born with it or not

anyway. DON’T apply again. it doesn’t REALLY matter what you come into uoft doing. if you’re a first year in the faculty of arts & science, you’re pretty much the same as all the other first years in the faculty of arts & science. just a part of the faceless, nameless hoard.

if you want to major in psychology, the only thing you need to do is make sure you enrol in PSY100H1. that course doesn’t have any enrolment controls, so you’re free to take it in first year.

as long as you take it and do well (and you took calculus in grade 12), you’re eligible and competitive to get a spot in a psych subject POSt. just make sure to apply to the major after first year.

if you have any more questions about psych, feel free to browse aska’s psychology tag, ’cause i get an ungodly amount of questions about psych at uoft. they should just give me an honorary degree at this point, i’m thinking. but they keep telling me there are “protocols” and i can’t just “waltz into their office demanding a degree.” whatever.

cheers,

aska


Dec 04

vis-a-vis VIS

Dear Aska,

I’m at my third I’m in my 3rd year at U of T, and I’m currently double majoring architecture and fine art history. I got transferred to the architecture department through internal transfer last year, hence it looks like I would have to delay my graduation in order to complete all my programs.

However I recently found out that the visual studies program, which is also offered by the John and Dennis faculty appeal to me a lot. (I have always been an avid drawer as I took interest in visual representations and drawing in general since I was very young,) and I’ve also noticed that I’m more interested in the visual studies program than the final then the art history program. (Though I’ve never took any of the VIS courses)

Since the John that is faculty doesn’t offer visual studies as a minor, if I were to take visual studies then I would have to forfeit my fine art history as a major. This definitely poses a problem since it’d take me even longer to graduate. My question is, could anybody who is now in the VIS program, tell me briefly what their curriculum is like, and what are some of the other resources via which I could get similar training and education required for becoming a better visual artist.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Best regards.

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hey there,

you can read about the visual studies programs at the daniels faculty here and take a look at the timetable here. you can read about requirements for the VIS minor program here.

however, i agree with you that it might be smarter not to start messing around with your programs at this point. imho*, this might be a good time to start looking into a second degree, or different ways to get into art outside of school.

i’d recommend taking a look at the different programs offered by OCAD. also, you may want to think about a Masters in Visual Studies at uoft after your bachelor’s.

if you’re not really into the idea of doing a whole other degree, the toronto school of art offers courses in drawing and painting for about $460 for a 12-week course. the AGO also offers courses (including yoga, which is…unexpected…), and the school of continuing studies at uoft also offers courses. there’s also this, this and this.

lots of opportunities to help pay artists something close to a living wage in the city! hopefully you can find something to suit you.

cheers,

aska

* now THERE’S a piece of internet lingo that hasn’t been used by someone under the age of 30 before.


Dec 02

(woodsworth) (not wordsworth) (woodsworth)

Hello. Id like to to take a course in the study abroad program, and im aware that Wordsworth college gives out generous awards to help finance, but am I allowed to apply for that assistance if I’m not from the st g campus? And I’d like to take a particular course that I’m not in the program for. Who do I get in touch with to ask for an accretion, and how likely is it that I can get in?

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hey there,

if you didn’t tell us you weren’t a UTSG student, the fact that you called it ‘worsdworth’ college would’ve tipped us off. don’t worry; i think it’s cute.

you don’t have to be from the downtown campus to get financial assistance. UTSG students aren’t the only ones who are poor, after all. you can take a look at all the scholarships and bursaries offered to all students here.

you will have to meet the prerequisites (if any) for any course you want to enrol in, but being in a program directly related to the course isn’t strictly necessary.

as part of your application, you will have to explain the “[r]elevance of the course to the applicant’s program of study,” but i’d say that if you’re interested in taking the course, there’s probably some way of relating it back to what you’re studying. a strong application can sometimes come from unexpected places. for example, i once received an application from an employer inviting me to accept their offer of rejection from a position at their company. i graciously declined their offer of rejection. i’m starting at the new job on monday.

i can’t figure out what you mean by the word ‘accretion,’ and i don’t think it’s the word google is telling me it is, so i’m just gonna ignore that part of the question.

how likely is it that you get in? it’s kinda hard to say. travelling isn’t really my scene, so i don’t have any personal experience with the summer abroad program  to back me up.

the website definitely says that the program is competitive, but they don’t seem to give any specific numbers about how many people apply, how many people they take, etc. so if you’re really curious, i’d recommend just calling them and asking.

have fun flying off to whatever part of the world uoft flings you out to!

cheers,

aska


Dec 02

only do as many credits as they’ll count, ygm?

Hi,

I’m in my second year at UTM in the comparative physiology specialist and I want to transfer to St. George. The admissions website says that you can’t transfer it you have more than 10 credits completed, when does it count this from? In my first year I finished 5.5 credits so would I only be able to do 4.5 this year or does it just count from when you apply to transfer, in which case I’d be finished 7.5 credits after first semester is over.

Any help would be great!?

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hey there,

well, this page about transfer credit says that “[s]tudents who have completed up to two years of study at a recognized university may be granted a maximum of ten transfer credits.”

since your assessment for transfer credit will include every single credit you’ve completed up until the point you actually come to UTSG and start taking credits here, i’m gonna say that it counts from the very end of your time at UTM.

so if you’re finishing your second year this april, then yes, only 10.0 FCEs will be transferred over. that’s not to say that you can’t complete more than 10.0 credits – like, if you finish 10.5 FCEs by april, you’ll still only have completed ‘two years of study.’

but they’re only gonna transfer a maximum of 10.0 FCEs, so why make it hard on yourself?

cheers,

aska


Dec 01

let’s fly away

Hey, aska. Like anyone who’s dealing with student loans and having to deal with uni tuition, I enjoy saving money. I want to be able to go back to Korea this coming summer, but I also want the cheapest flight possible. If I get my plane ticket for the 30th of April by the end of December, I can save hundreds on the ticket. I know that the official calendar says that April 30th is the last day for exams, but I have a feeling that it’s for makeup exams. This is due to the fact that I looked at the exam schedule this semester and there arent any exams for Dec 19, the last day for exams this semester. I don’t want to buy the ticket and then find out that I have an exam on that day next semester. So is the last day for exams actually for exams or for make up exams? Do you think it’ll be ok for me to book my flight on the 30th to save some money or should I keep it safe and buy a ticket for later on in the month?

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hey there,

listen, man, if you do this, you do it at your own risk. yeah, the chances aren’t great that you’ll have an exam on the very last day. and yeah, as someone whose living prospects for the near future include living in a cardboard box, i get the whole being tight on cash thing.

BUT if you book that flight and then it turns out you’re supposed to be writing an exam when you’ve planned to be halfway to Korea, then you’re in a bit of a sticky situation. especially if you’re aware beforehand of the risk.

basically, if you’re gonna do this, i’m not gonna stop you. but i’m also not gonna hold your hand if you have to go to the registrar’s office and straighten out a big mess a few months down the line.

best,

aska


Dec 01

all about transfer credit

Hey! I’m a first-year student at UTSC and I am pretty sure I want to major in philosophy (but I want to double-minor in Celtic Studies and European Union Studies, which isn’t offered in Scarborough!). By the end of second semester, I will have completed 3 philosophy courses that count towards my major here at UTSC.
HOWEVER, I was looking into attending UTSG instead. (What can I say, I like downtown). I was just wondering what steps would be involved in transferring over. Is there a specific person I should speak to about transfer credits? Also, if I have fulfilled my breath requirements here at UTSC, does this mean I have also fulfilled them for St. George as well?
thanks so much.

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hey there,

if you want to transfer, you’ll just have to make sure you meet all the prerequisites and then fill out an internal application by the deadline for your faculty (arts & science for you).

transfer credits are assessed after you apply to transfer, so unless you have any BURNING QUESTIONS about a specific course or courses, you don’t have to talk to anyone about it.

you can read a bit more about how transfer credit works here, or you can contact the transfer credit office yourself with specific questions.

the breadth requirement thing kinda depends on how your transfer credits pan out. if you took a course that counted for the fifth breadth requirement category  at UTSC and you get a transfer credit for it that also counts towards the fifth breadth requirement category at UTSG, then that’s great.

but that may not happen for all your courses. depending on how your transfer credits are assessed, some may or may not count as breadth requirements here.

once you get your transfer assessment after applying, you’ll be told exactly which credits count towards which breadth requirements. generally speaking, really basic, first year courses that are common to all three campuses are usually no problem (i’m talking first year calc, first year chem, that kind of thing). for some of the more particular ones, it’s not as certain.*

but like i said, it’s all just a matter of waiting to see what transfer credit says.

xoxo,

aska

* well, it’s not as certain to ME. i’m sure it’s crystal clear to the transfer credit office people, it’s just that…i don’t work there…


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