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Apr 20

if you pass, you pass

kinda similar to a question you just answered, but if you retake a course and pass the second time, but your average for the 2 marks is less than 50% do you not get the credit? cause last year i was a fucking idiot and completely ignored one class, i ended up getting a 15 in it (i gave up all hope and didn’t write the final, don’t judge me) i retook it this year, and i’m thinking all probably come out of it with about 68, does that mean my actual grade will be 41.5 and i won’t earn that credit?

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hey there,

now, now, we don’t judge people here on askastudent. we’re all just exhausted, kinda soggy, usually hungry students trying to get through four years in one piece. there’s absolutely no place here for judgement – just so you know.

to answer your question: if you passed the course once, then you passed it, which means you got the credit. both attempts will be reported on your transcript and contribute to your GPA (the question i answered previously which you’re referring to is not exactly the same case as yours), but you got the credit if you passed the second time. not to worry.

xoxo,

aska


Apr 20

internship, shminternship

how do internships work?

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hey there,

i love how general this is. no specifications whatsoever. super exciting.

if you’re doing an internship through a department at the university, then it works however they say it does, i guess. there’s no university-wide internship program (on the downtown campus, anyway), so i can’t give much more detail than that.

if you’re just applying for internships out there in the world, then apply, cross your fingers and go out for drinks afterwards, because applying for any job is entirely too much stress.

finally, here are aska’s Top Tips about making your internship experience the BEST it can be: don’t take any internships that are unpaid (that $h1t’s not worth it), make sure that whatever internship you take works with your school schedule (and yes, you do have to factor sleep into that schedule), and scope out coffee places close by BEFORE starting your job.

all the best,

aska


Apr 20

a post about POSts

heya. I have to take 1.5 credits (MAT135 and something else) in the summer to meet the 4.0 FCE requirement for subject POST enrollment. I know the courses in the summer are at a quicker pace so should I just take 1.0 credit in the summer? Can you enroll in subject POSTs during second year? What happens if you don’t get accepted in the POSTs you applied for? Thanks a bunch!

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hey there,

you have to enrol in a subject POSt once you complete 4.0 FCEs. if that happens in the 2015-16 fall/winter term, then you’ll have to wait until the next enrolment period (August-September 2016) to enrol in a POSt. if it happens in the summer, then you’ll do it in the summer.

you can definitely take 1.0 credits in the summer to catch up. yes, they do move quickly, but they’re definitely not impossible. it’s sort of up to you to figure out if you’re up to it (though, as always, you can talk to your college registrar’s office about it if you need someone else to look at your transcript and offer an expert opinion).

if you don’t get accepted to the POSt(s) you applied for, you need to have a backup, because you *must* be in a subject POSt once you complete 4.0 credits. (just a tip: type 1 POSts are handy backups in this situation).

cheers,

aska


Apr 16

finally, someone catches a break

Hey Aska!

i received my offer of admission from UTSG for Life Sciences recently and just received the official package through mail. I’m extremely excited and I am 99.9% sure I will be accepting this offer, barring any last minute epiphany, but I’m doubtful of that.

Anyways, on the letter, detailing the terms and conditions of my admission, it states “You have been given a clear offer of admission with no additional conditions.” However, I would expect that it’s safe to assume that UTSG would revoke my offer if my average drops significantly?

My friends who also received offers of admission from UTSG for Life Sciences said that their packages have stated they are expected to retain at least a 75%. So should I look to retain at least a 75%? My admission average is right in between low 80s to mid 80s so I am a little suspicious as to why I was given a “clear offer of admission” without given any specific grade conditions.

I might be reading a little too much into this, but I’m not too confident about my exams and I don’t want to do anything that may jeopardize my admission to UTSG.

Thanks for your help! You rock!

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hey there,

if you’ve been given a clear offer of admission without any conditions, then that means that you have already completed the requirements that the university used to determine your admission. i’m not sure exactly what those requirements were, so i can’t say what you did to warrant a condition-free acceptance, but if that’s what the university is telling you in your offer of admission, then there’s no reason to question it.

so technically, your offer isn’t conditional and can’t be revoked, BUT that’s no reason to slack off and not do the best you can on your exams.

if you want any more information about your admission offer specifically, feel free to contact your college registrar’s office.

see you around in september!

aska


Apr 16

doing math a second time *shudder*

Hi :) I was wondering if you know exactly how they calculate repeated courses? ?I mean I didn’t receive the required mark for math and I am allowed to repeat it however, their procedure for calculating is averaging it out or do they just count both as is?

Thanks so much!

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hey there,

in a rare and heartening case of reading the university website, i can answer this question with words straight from the horse’s mouth:

When students need to achieve a minimum mark in a course for entry to a limited-enrolment program or for meeting a prerequisite to take another course in their program, they may repeat such a course once. The repeated course will be designated “extra”: it will appear on the academic record but it will not be included in GPA calculations or in the degree credit count.

so it’ll show up show up on your academic record, but it won’t count towards your degree, or your GPA.

good luck with taking math again (yeesh!),

aska


Apr 16

settle in, it’s gonna be a long ride

Hi, how many years can a student stay in school? Will they kick me out after like 6 years?

I’m asking because I am thinking about becoming a part-time student.

Thank you.

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hey there,

nah, they won’t kick you out. once you’re enrolled in a degree, you’re enrolled. you go at your own pace.

stay forever mulan

or…just six years. six years sounds better than forever. also, like, financially plausible.

cheers,

aska


Apr 16

“what does it mean to be in a college” “a lot of high school-esque drama”

Hi! I was filling out the vic residence application and came across as question asking if I was a victoria university student. What does this mean?

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hey there,

if you’re a faculty of arts & science student who’s been accepted to the university of toronto, you will also be accepted into one of seven colleges. victoria is one of those colleges – so that’s what the question is referring to. (if you’re still confused – which i would understand – you can read more about the college system here).

if you’ve been admitted to a faculty OTHER than the faculty of arts & science (kinesiology, music, applied science & engineering), you won’t have been admitted to a college, so your answer would be no, you’re not a victoria student.

hope you get into vic res! save me a sandwich from upper burwash dining hall.

all the best,

aska


Apr 14

timing your courses

if i plan on getting my fourth credit at the end of the summer session, do i get to sign up for my second year courses in june, or do i have to wait until july? thanks.

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hey there,

i’m not sure when you plan on starting your second year courses – summer or september – so i’m just going to say it like this:

whatever courses you plan on taking in the summer, you should sign up for them all right away. as long as you’ve completed the prereqs for a course by the time you actually start taking the course, you’re fine.

you should also plan on enrolling in all your courses for fall/winter 2015-2016 as soon as your start date/time hits in august. again, as long as your prereqs are done by the time classes actually start, you should be okay.

cheers,

aska


Apr 14

the dilemma of “difficult”

Hi, I would just like to ask something about UofT, I’ve heard from many people how difficult it is, I was wondering whether or not you feel that this is true? Furthermore I was wondering whether or not you feel I would be able to handle the workload, right now I am an IB student, and have roughly an 83 average, looking into their forensic science program. I do a good amount of work as is, and was wondering whether or not I would be even able to pass at UofT. Thank you!

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hey there,

these kinds of questions are tricky to answer, because everyone has a different experience of what’s hard.

i know people in every program – even the mythically difficult ones – who manage to have social lives and do well without breaking themselves studying. i also know people who feel like they’re drowning in a workload that i would find easy.

when it comes down to it, in my experience, difficulty is a result of two things: aptitude and interest.* you can’t really affect the aptitude stuff too much, so the biggest advice i can give you is to take things you’re interested in. yes, in first year, you’re going to test the waters a bit, and you’ll probably take courses that it turns out you don’t like that much.

the important thing is that you are experimenting and finding out what you really enjoy studying. then you have to actually have the guts to study that thing. it’s not easy, and it could take you a long time to figure out.

maybe you’ll be interested in everything, or maybe it’ll feel like nothing is really holding your attention. those feelings are fine, too – follow them wherever they take you. just don’t try to squish yourself into a box you’re not comfortable with. there’s a fine line between being challenged and hating what you’re doing. try to feel out that line.

i don’t know that much specifically about forensic science, but my general advice in: go in with an open mind, and you’ll have the shortest route to figuring out how you really want to be spending your time.

obviously, people vary widely in how their marks change when they come to university, but i’ve encountered a lot of people who follow the 10% rule: that is, their average drops about 10% from what it was in high school. i know mine dropped exactly 10% between grade 12 and first year – the gap has since narrowed a little bit, probably since i’ve instituted my “at least 4 hours of sleep every night” rule. (it’s done wonders for me, really. try it sometime.)

if you work hard and remain relatively engaged with what you’re studying, it’ll be tough not to pass your courses. first year is tough because there are a lot of courses out there designed to weed people out, but even so, most people don’t fail them.

all in all, i wouldn’t worry too much. just focus on finding out how to make university work for you (or how to find something else if it turns out uni is NOT for you), and you’ll be alright.

i mean, none of us are gonna have jobs when we get out of this anyways, so. what is even the point of stressing, tbh.

cheers,

aska

* i mean, i guess it’s also a result of, like, how good your profs are and stuff, but i’m talking about things INTRINSIC to YOU. because we’re all NARCISSISTS here at aska and also we don’t want to offend people who are tenured.


Apr 14

post-post-secondary education

Hey Aska,
Is it impossible to get into grad school with below 3.0 CGPA? Cuz I’ve been hearing people say that in grad school, they only look at your 3rd and 4th year courses as the basis for your qualifications. What about CR/NCRs? LWDs?
Thanks!

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hey there,

you’re right, most grad schools only look at your last year or last two years to determine admission. however, it all depends on the grad school, and you should definitely look into that for the grad school(s) you’re interested in.

CR/NCRs don’t tend to be too much of a big deal. they tend to be more of a problem if you CR/NCR’d courses that are relevant to the grad program you’re interested in, but the fact that you’re not allowed to CR/NCR program requirements usually takes care of that.

LWDs are a little bit more tricky. one LWD won’t make a whole lot of difference, but more than one will probably impact your application. again, this also depends on what course(s) you LWD’d, how many, and which graduate school you’re applying to.

all in all, if you want specifics about this kinda information, it’s always a good bet to ask the specific grad school you’re applying to. what i’ve told you are just general guidelines.

best of luck on your grad school journey!

aska


Apr 14

york student struggles…?

Hey, I know you probably get emails like this constantly. As you probably know how overwhelming university can be 1st year, well i realized that after a month. I basically worked for the whole year before i started uni, and i cant stop now. it gets quite overwhelming, especially not realizing how competitive criminology is.

I almost lost my mind because thanks to my friend i took almost all 2nd year courses not realizing i did until later. So I messed up my first year pretty bad. my question is what happens next? If i failed all 3 courses that i took including my major what happens?

thank you ????

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hey there,

ok, i’m not sure what’s happening here (standard procedure here on askastudent). two things are confusing me:

1) i don’t understand what the phrase “all 3 courses including my major” means, for a couple of reasons. the first is that at uoft, you need to take four courses at least in your first year to even enter a major, and the second is that majors aren’t courses, they’re programs. you can’t fail them.

2) you titled your e-mail “york student struggles,” which is either a really mean-spirited joke about how york students always fail stuff, or you’re actually just from york university and you’ve gotten very lost on the internet.

if it’s the latter case, then hello, nice to meet you – i’m aska. this website has a .utoronto.ca URL, which might clue you in to the fact that i only answer questions about the university of toronto. if you’d like to ask questions about york university, may i direct you to this very excellent tumblr blog that does just that.

if you’re a uoft student, then the next step after failing the majority of your courses is, likely, that you’ll go on academic probation for the next semester that you’re in school. you will have that one semester to get your CGPA above a 1.50. i’d recommend you make an appointment with your college registrar’s office to come up with strategies about how best to do that.

cheers,

aska


Apr 14

the faculty is your oyster

I was admitted to the social sciences program, does that mean i can only take classes that fall under the social science category? Or am I able to try out a class/subject that falls under humanities as well?

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hey there,

you can take ANY COURSE in the faculty of arts & science you desire, as long as you meet any listed prerequisites. crazy, right?

only thing is, some courses are restricted so that certain students are allowed to sign up for the courses first, and some courses are completely restricted to certain students.

if you look at the fall/winter 2015-2016 course calendar, courses that have these kinds of restrictions are marked with either a ‘P’ (priority) or ‘R’ (restriction). these are called ‘enrolment controls’ and you can read more about them here.

see you around in the fall, chum,

aska


Apr 13

cr/ncr strike panic (UTM EDITION)

UTM SUBJECT POST CR/NCR WHY YOU DO DAT???!! So with the recent strike i heard that in order to cr/ncr a course you need to be enrolled in that subject post/program? I am in second year and i plan to enrol in the psy subject post later this year. I already met the first year req. just took a break to figure out if psy was for me. However i am taking one of the courses required 270 even though i am not in the subject post yet. Can i still cr/ncr it.. my gpa will suffer from my not so great grade

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hi there,

i think you misunderstood something along the way, amigo. you were able to credit/no-credit ANY S COURSE affected by the strike in the winter semester (including courses that count towards a subject POSt) until april 6th.

that deadline has already passed, so…i hope you selected it cr/ncr already.

cheers,

aska


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