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Aug 18

the ol’ switcheroo

the instructor(s) of some of my psy courses are yet TBA. im not saying i dont want ______ as my instructor but…. i dont want ______ as my instructor. if i cant change my schedule what do i do if hes the instructor of one of my lectures?
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hi!
you have until september 20th to add an F/Y course. by then, you will know who the instructor is of that course and you can try to switch into a different lecture. other than that, there’s not much you can do, unfortunately.
i hope it all works out! good luck!
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xoxo,
aska

Aug 18

welcome!!

I’ll be a first year soon and I don’t know what textbooks I need? Where I should buy them? When I should buy them? Also when do you think is too late to hand in my OSAP forms it’s almost mid august and I haven’t done it yet yikes

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hi!

first of all, let me say, welcome to u of t!

second of all, don’t worry! i know that that’s the absolute worst advice you could give someone who is worrying big time, but trust me.

you won’t know what textbooks you need until you get the syllabus from the prof. this might be when they put their course up on portal or not until the first day of class. i would highly suggest going to the first week of class before going to buy your textbook, as some profs will tell you how much you’ll need the book. and there really is no need to get a book that isn’t mandatory.

profs will also tell you either on the syllabus or in class where their books are available. some will be at the u of t bookstore, others might be at the bob miller book room, and some might be available at a printing centre, not a bookstore. this is also another great reason to wait until the class has started before going to get books. slow down, my wayward child!

as for OSAP, you should finish your application ASAP to ensure that you’ll be able to get the money before classes start. basically, the faster you finish your O$AP, the faster you’ll get your $$$.

hope this helps! good luck and i look forward to seeing you on campus in september.

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xoxo,

aska


Aug 17

pitbull’s younger brother

Hi there, I’m planning to go on exchange to a country abroad in the Fall/Winter term of 2018. My CGPA is high enough and I am in good academic standing. However, I credit/no credited a course that I received a NCR for. Will this affect my chances of going on exchange? My CGPA is higher than 2.25 (not much higher but still higher –> 2.28). Will they still consider me for exchange? Kindly advise. Thank you!

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hi!

according to this website, the CIE only requires that you have a GPA of 2.25 in order to apply. they also have a list of institutions that you could go on exchange with and their academic requirements. i would check that out and compare the requirements of the institution/ place you want to go to and your current academic standing.

i can’t say whether they would accept your application or not. you meet all academic requirements, and i don’t know whether a NCR would affect your application. i would get in contact with the CIE to discuss options and what you could do to better your chances of going on exchange. hopefully you end up as mr. international exchange (pitbull’s younger, slightly less impressive brother)

i really hope this helps! sorry for such a late reply. good luck!

xoxo,

aska


Aug 16

do i gotta do ma thesis?

do students in MA (political science) HAVE to do a thesis ?

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hi!

yes. 

you can also get in contact with the department of political science and see if they have any other requirements for their MA program.

hope this helps! good luck!

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xoxo,

aska


Aug 15

gotta go fast

hi! i’m currently a student at york and i was wondering if i finished my honours degree in 3 years (by studying in the summer) whether it would be a problem for me to get into masters at uoft? like does the university care whether i finished in 3 or 4 years?

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hi!

i don’t think that finishing your degree earlier would have an effect on your application.

if you want to be sure, you should contact the department or the masters program that you are interested in.

hope this helps! good luck.

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xoxo,

aska


Aug 15

google maps

Hi! I was just wondering: what is the closest library to Convocation Hall?

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hi!

i’m pretty sure that would be gerstein.

there’s also this really nifty thing called google maps. it’s pretty cool. you can type in where you are and what you’re looking for. it’s AMAZING and totally beats having to wait a long time for a certain student blogger to catch up on questions!

hope this was informative.

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xoxo,

aska


Aug 15

what the frosh?

what is frosh like what do they do

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hi!

frosh week (or orientation week) is when all incoming first year students are led around the city of toronto in matching t-shirts. it’s basically a very very loud introduction to university life. you can expect a free t-shirt, free college/ faculty swag, free food, lots of fun activities (common activities include boat cruises, dance parties, pub nights, open mics, ice breakers, etc.), new friends (!!), and academic/ student life orientations. check out this link for more information about frosh week.

though frosh week isn’t for everyone, i would highly suggest registering and going anyways- at least for the first day. you’re only going to be a frosh once, so you might as well put on a stupid matching t-shirt, chant something obnoxious about your college/ campus/ faculty, and eat some free pizza-pizza.

good luck!

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xoxo,

aska

 


Aug 11

more juggling than the circus

any tips on how to juggle work, studying, and socializing?

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hi!

the best advice i can give you is to figure out what’s important to you and what should be prioritized. i know that that sounds kinda cheesy and is probably something that you hear much too often, but i’ve found that sitting down at the beginning of every semester (or even month, life changes quickly) and figuring out what i want to dedicate most of my energy towards is very productive. then, you can designate the amount of the time you want to spend on each thing proportional to how important it is to you.

i would also highly suggest meeting with a learning strategist from the academic success centre. they can help you develop learning skills to combat procrastination, manage stress, and a whole host of other things. they’re really great and not a lot of people know about them, but they’re definitely an on-campus resource you should check out.

i hope this helps. good luck!

xoxo,

aska

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Aug 09

another pharma question

Hey there,

I will be starting my first year of university this September at UTM and I was wondering about the course loads. How many credits did an accepted student complete each year. On the website, it states that I need to take a minimum of 5.0 credits in one year (from September to April) but unfortunately I only plan on taking 3.5 credits in one year along with 1.0 – 1.5 credits in summer. Do you think it is still possible for me to get accepted into pharmacy after two years or should I increase my course load for the first year?

Thanks

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hi!

you can take as many credits as you want. most students take 5.0 FCE (full credit equivalents) in order to graduate in 4 years (5 credits times 4 years= the 20 credits you need to graduate). however, you can take as many as you want and take as much time as you want.

according to the pharmacy program’s admission requirements page, you need to have completed all the prerequisite courses as outlined on the website before you can apply. though the website does say it usually takes two years, i don’t think that time is a factor. so, even though you are taking a reduced course load, you may be able to be accepted after two years if you’ve completed all the requirements.

i would also get in contact with the pharmacy department just to make sure. 

i hope this helps. good luck!

xoxo,

aska


Aug 09

t card quest

I’m an incoming first year ! how and when would I get my tcard? how do I get a uoft email?

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hello!

to get your t-card, you will have to go to the t-card office in the koffler centre (214 college street, the same building that the bookstore is in). to get your t-card, you will need to have proof of citizenship and photo id. 

you can get your t-card anytime that you’re on campus. i would suggest going a little before frosh week/ classes start because the lines can get crazy long during that time.

to get a u of t email, you need to get your t-card first. after that, you’ll be given a sheet with instructions on how to activate your u of t email. here’s a very brief outline. 

i hope this helps! looking forward to seeing you on campus in september!

xoxo,

aska


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