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Jul 30

i’ve seen enough dance movies to know about killing an audition

Hi aska,im a student going to gr.12 and i want to audition for the BMus program for piano. I have already been preparing for my audition and i looked at the requirements but i was wondering if you know what the audition process is like. What should i expect going into the audition, what will my schedule look like, and how many people on average get accepted? Are there any tips for a successful audition? UofT is my ideal school.Thanks!sincerely,i’m scared out of my mind

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hey there scared out of my mind*,

don’t be scared! as with any other program or stream at uoft, i can’t tell you how many people will or have gotten in during previous years. however, i’ll refer you to this document, which tells you the total number of students enrolled in each program in 2010.

unfortunately i can’t give you insider details about the audition process. aska’s words are music to (most) people’s ears, but other than that, i’m pretty melodically limited.

fortunately, the Faculty of Music’s charmingly 90s-looking website has this page, which explains everything you’ll be expected to do before and at the audition. also, i called the undergraduate administrator at the faculty of music and she is more than willing to take any more specific questions at undegrad ( . ) music ( at ) utoronto ( . ) ca.

she also recommended that you attend their information sessions on fall campus day, which is a good idea no matter what program you’re interested in. fall campus day is super helpful, AND lots of colleges/faculties/programs offer free food, so it’s a good trip out no matter what.

cheers,

aska

*sorry, sorry. this is how i picture all high school students. but a large part of that is probably because that’s how i looked in high school, so i may be biased.


Jul 29

“mandatory” “first year” classes

Hey there,
So I got into the humanities program at U of T, however, I wanted to get into the science program. The only mark holding my back was calculus. I was wondering what courses are mandatory as a first year student and also how many courses I can possibly take as electives to transfer over if i choose to re-apply to sciences for my following year. 
Thanks a ton

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hey there,

there aren’t really any mandatory courses. as a first-year student, you’re already in a stream (life. sci., humanities, comp. sci., what have you), but you can also make drastic changes to that fairly easily.

what i would do is figure out some subject POSts (that’s ‘subject Program of Study,’ if you’re just tuning in) that you’re interested in applying to after first year. then go to the course calendar, see what first-year courses are required/recommended for those POSts, and take them.

just keep in mind that a lot of first-year science courses may have priorities or restrictions for life science students, so make sure to double check the ‘enrolment indicator’ column on the timetable for each of the courses you’re thinking of taking.

otherwise, there’s nothing much that’s “required.” it might be a good idea that you start trying to meet some breadth requirements in first year, but it’s not mandatory. you’ve basically got free license to enrol in whichever courses you deem important for your second, third and fourth years.

i know that kind of freedom all at once can be scary to the point of nausea, but trust me, it’ll be good for you. and hopefully, it’ll end with you in a program you really love. or at least one you don’t despise.

best of luck,

aska


Jul 29

a follow-up on a stats requirements

Hi aska,

I hope to apply for psych specialist next year, so I just enrolled the STA220 course, which is not prioritized, to replace PSY201 (as you suggested earlier). 

But I found L0301 of STA220 is special for Health and Life Science. I wanna ask whether I am okay to enroll L0101 of STA220 as the replacement?

Thanks :)

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hey there,

(previously on aska advising people about psychology).

from what i can see on the calendar, the L0101 section is not geared towards any stream in particular, so you should be okay taking it! the credit you get won’t change by lecture section, so if you get the credit, you’ll get the PSY201 equivalency (just make sure to double-check with the psych department that it is in fact an equivalency if you haven’t already – i called them a while ago, but this is a new term, so i’d call again just in case!)

xoxo,

aska


Jul 29

computers are my calling

Hey,
I was a part time student last year which was my first year. The program I was admitted to was social science but after this first year I decided that computer science is where I wanna be. What’s the procedure for switching from social sci to comp sci?

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hey there,

well, it depends on the campus. i’m gonna assume you’re st. george because it’s the most likely option. see? probability and math can be used to solve real-life problems when people don’t teLL YOU WHICH CAMPUS THEY’RE AT MY GOSH.

moving on.

it all depends on what you took in first year. the simple answer is that you need to have taken all the prerequisites for the subject POSt (note that the prereqs for applying after first year are different from applying after the second). then apply during the correct enrolment period.

you will also need to complete a total of 4.0 FCEs before you can apply to the comp. sci. POSt. since you were a part-time student in first year, i’m guessing you haven’t gotten there yet. if that’s the case, you can take this year to get up to the minimum requirement, make sure you’ve met all the prereqs for computer science, and then apply next april.

best of luck,

aska


Jul 29

first years getting ahead of themselves

Hey aska! I am going into first year in September and am planning to do a criminology major in second year. They require 2 FCE’s in ECO/POL/HIS/PHL/SOC/PSY so I plan to take SOC100Y and PSY101H and PSY220H in first year. I was wondering: it is advisable to take a second year course in first year? Will it be too much of a reach in terms of difficulty? As well, what are the chances I even get into that course since
I’m not in its enrollment category? Should I have a backup plan (I hate backup plans)?

Thanks so much for answering my question! Have a great day. :)

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hey there,

learn to love backup plans, my friend. uoft course enrolment is a messy affair, and even if you’re in the enrolment category, it’s possible – maybe even likely – that you won’t end up in all the courses you want.

you have a chance getting into a course if you’re not in the enrolment category, but i don’t know how good that chance is. it all depends on the popularity of the course and the number of total spaces in the course (which you can see on ROSI). psych courses tend to be pretty popular generally speaking, but there are two lecture sections for PSY220H1, so i wouldn’t give up yet.

regardless, i would come up with a Plan B just in case. better to have one and not use it than the other way around – i know that from personal experience.*

as to whether you should even take the class: the difference between 100-level and 200-level classes is not huge. if you take PSY100H1 in first semester and do well, then you’re okay to take PSY220H1 in second semester. since one is a prereq of the other, it only makes sense to take them consecutively.

cheers,

aska

* *war flashbacks*


Jul 28

skipping ahead

Hello! I am a second year student, currently signed up for three third year classes! I was wondering if the difference between second and third year classes is super killer, and if it’s a bad idea to jump ahead like that. Thanks!

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hey there,

it depends on the classes. also, do you mean three third year classes as in 1.5 FCEs, or 3.0? either way, that’s…pretty ambitious.

the major difference between second and third year is that there are (usually) no tutorials. no tutorials, but the same amount of class time. that means the pace is twice as fast, and you have no opportunity to hash things out in a tutorial environment the way you might be used to.

if you’re a science student, it might be a bit easier. if you’ve already completed the prerequisites and done well in them, then presumably you have the knowledge base necessary to go ahead in those classes. however, it will still move more quickly, and the tests and examinations tend to be less multiple choice and more involved and analytical. if you haven’t been transitioned into that, it could be a harsh shock.

ultimately, some people can handle it, and some can’t. you kind of have to be honest with yourself about how well you did in first year and how much work you’re comfortable with. if you do that, i think you’re going to make the right decision for you.

best,

aska


Jul 28

omg

I just finished gr 12 english in the summer with a 96 is this good enough for humanities???

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hey there,

okay, disclaimer that aska is not a member of admissions, everything is dependent on how good your peers do AND, most importantly, admissions depends not just on one mark, but on your average in your top 6 4U/M courses (including prerequisites), but…

yes. yes, that mark is a good mark.

cheers,

aska


Jul 28

a cross-campus migration

Hey aska!

 I have a small question for you, well not really small. So I’m an incoming first year going into comp sci at utm. I want to transfer to st George after this year but when I looked at program requirement I saw that some courses were different. At utm I need cs 108 and 148 and mat135 and 102. As st George I need Mat 136 and csc108 and 148 and be more cs course not offered at utm. I’m going to take 148 and 108 but what about the math course that has no direct equivalent? Should I wait until the summer and take it at utsg then transfer or take the utm requirement just in case ? And how does the transfer process work? Will you get admitted into a program or just into the university like a first year? I’m so confused and I can’t find much info on how the process work. Anything will help really! 

Thanks, 
Extremely Lost

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hey there extremely lost,

i know it’s hard to believe, but a lot could change between this year and next year. you may decide you don’t want to transfer, or your transfer app. could be refused. either way, it’s important that you make sure you’re taking the first-year comp. sci. requirements for utm, just in case you stick around there longer than you plan to.

but let’s say you do apply to transfer. not all the courses at each campus are going to match up. otherwise it’d be…you know…the same program. your MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5 may (though i can’t say this with any certainty because i don’t work at transfer credit) count as equivalent to our MAT135H1/136H1, so i wouldn’t worry too much about that.

as long as you take your req’d utm courses and your marks are competitive, you’ll be eligible to apply to st. george. i doubt it’ll be necessary to take any courses downtown.

if you do apply to transfer, there are two possibilities. the first is that you’re accepted into the computer science specialist or major. the second is that you’re not accepted to the programs, but you are accepted to UTSG as a general, program-less student, in which case you could retake CSC148H1 and CSC165H1 to try and get a higher mark and apply again. the process to transfer follows roughly the same timeline as the timeline to apply straight from high school. you can learn more specifics here and here.

that’s a pretty quick and dirty explanation. if you do some more research and you run into any more confusion, don’t hesitate to e-mail back! best of luck with it.

cheers,

aska


Jul 28

BIG courses and seminars

Thank you for answering my last question but I still have just one more :) Are you able to take a BIG idea course (for example, BIG 102Y1) in second year? I would need it in order to fufill my breadth requirements because I have already chosen my 5 courses for this year. Also, would you have less of a chance of getting into the course if you are in second year as oppose to first? Thanks in advance!

Are you able to take 199′s in second year? I am soooo worried about completing my breadth requirements but I don’t have room for any seminar’s in my timetable

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hey there,

unfortunately, BIG and 199 seminars are restricted to first year students. however, i’m not really sure what you’re worried about, because breadth requirements don’t have to be seminar courses??

the breadth requirements are just 5 categories of content – throughout your degree, you need to take a certain number of credits in each of the categories. every class in the Faculty of Arts & Science fulfils at least one category. for example, PHY131H1, Intro. to Physics I, fulfils the 5th breadth category, “The Physical and Mathematical Universes.”

you know, because it’s about the physical and mathematical universes.

i hope that made sense, friend.

good luck with your enrolment!

aska


Jul 28

a deadline Q

Is the deadline to apply to university still January if you’re not a high school student?

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hey there,

if you’re not a high school student, you apply using the OUAC 105 form. the deadlines may change a little every year, but you can go here to take a look at the general timeline. as you see, it’s pretty similar to the 101 (i.e. high school) application.

cheers,

aska


Jul 25

aska NEUTRALIZES that intimidating legal jargon

Hey there! So I hate to say it but I’ve been accused or charged with plagerism. I use Writecheck so I know it was only 8% of my paper that had a similarity. I just forgot to edit this one portion of my essay. This is my first real problem at u of t.. Can you please tell me what happens after the prof has sent in his report. Thanks

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hey there,

assuming you’re at the downtown campus, the procedure follows section C.i.(a) Divisional Procedures (page 4) of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. after the instructor makes a report, the dean/department chair will have a meeting with you, and then will either impose a sanction or not.

i know legal language can make you feel a bit like this, but if you’re in this position, i’d highly recommend reading all of section C.i.(a) of the Code, because it explains exactly what happens in every step of the process, and that can actually be really comforting and helpful, if you peel back the intimidating jargon.

cheers,

aska


Jul 25

fast & furious

Hey,

I’d really like to do the Arts Management Program at UTSC with a double major in Theatre and Performance studies. I’m just wondering: is it at all possible to fast track? I know U of T has discontinued the three year degree :( I’m just wondering, if I took courses every summer, could I somehow graduate under 4 years? …. It’s just, I am late coming to university (20) and I feel like I’m quite behind, if that makes sense. So..graduating early even possible? Thanks.

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hey there,

i guess you could. if you did a full course load every year and every summer, you could finish in the summer after your third year. however, as far as i can tell, there is only a specialist offered in the arts management program. just to complete the requirements for that specialist and a theatre and performance studies major would require 21.5 credits – assuming you never took any electives. that means you’d have to take a full course load every Fall/Winter and Summer, and one of those years, you’d have to take 5.5 FCEs instead of 5.0.

i’m not gonna lie to you; that’s really rough. i know you feel as if you’re behind, but this would be really tricky to pull off. despite being an incredibly intense course load, this is all assuming you get into every course that is required, and never have to take a course that isn’t a program requirement – which is almost impossible when you take into account breadth requirements and any general interest course you might want to take.

i think that finishing a semester early would be a more reasonable goal, but if you did that you’d graduate in june anyway, so…maybe just settling in for four years would be the sanest way to go. you won’t look super old, i promise.

godspeed,

aska


Jul 25

lmgtfy

Ok. So im currently enrolled in the forensics program at utm. My question is for forensic science specialties subject post prerequisites. Do I have to take physics before applying for forensic subject post or it can be done after first year.
 Plus if I change my mind and apply for other biology and chemistry related subject posts do- which classes are required in the first year for applying into the post. For example in comparative physiology program- what are the mandatory prereqs before applying in subject post. Besides bio, chem and math.
Thanks – I hope u understand my question.

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hey there,

i understood your question; you’re basically asking me to read the course calendar for you and spoon-feed you the information. well. you can probably guess how i feel about that.

i’m not sure exactly which POSt you’re talking about. the Forensic Science (Science) POSt is only offered as a major, but it is also the only Forensic Science program which requires physics. you don’t have to do it in first year, but you do have to do it at some point, so you may as well.

the rest of the specialists require a certain number of ‘science credits’ which are either unspecified or don’t include physics. you can see all that on the course calendar.

for comparative physiology, “[s]tudents wishing to enrol at the end of the first year (4.0 credits) must obtain a grade of at least 65% in both CHM110H5 and CHM120H5 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 to qualify.” you should probably also complete BIO152, 153, MAT134/5/7, and 1.0 FCEs from either CLA201H5, ENV100Y5, ERS120H5, PHY136H5, PHY137H5, PSY100Y5, WRI203H5, or WRI307H5 in order to keep up with the pace of the program, though you don’t have to do it all in first year.

i hope that helps. i’ll give you a pass this time because you’re a first year who maybe doesn’t know about the calendar and the world is bigger and scarier than ever and life is rough  for you right now – but please don’t ask me to do that again.

ttfn,

aska


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