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Sep11

lemme into that sweet 200!

Hey! How are you doing?

tbh I’m kinda stressing about choosing classes even though it’s supposed to
be done by now lmao

so I’m starting first year and I’m taking PSY100 in the fall semester but
I’m trying to change a class for the winter semester and I’m looking at
second year psych courses, some of which are still open.. so my question is
can I enrol in one of them for the winter semester even though I
haven’t technically passed/gotten the credit for PSY100 which is a preq, or
do I need to/should I wait until I actually pass the class??

I really want to get into psychology for my second year and hope that
taking a second year course in psych would help? But I’m also taking calc,
bio and chem too, so idk if taking the second year course would be worth
it/too stressful

Thanks!!

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hi!

firstly, let me take this chance to say that i am so so sorry that this answer is so late. we’ve been pretty busy at aska HQ lately, what with classes and orientation week and losing a beloved member of the aska team. but we’re back, baby!

unfortunately, ACORN will kick you out of a course if you don’t have the prereqs for it. it might take a few days, but they do catch up and kick people out. trust me, i got kicked out of a dope class in second year, too.

i really hope this helps and i’m sorry that it took so long. i promise that we are back on track!

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xoxo,

aska

 

Aug18

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

Aug15

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

Aug11

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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Jul21

what’s ma tuition?!

Hi. what is the masters tuition for international students? (MA in political sciences)

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hi!

unfortunately, there isn’t a specific number posted anywhere online. if i were you, i’d get in contact with the school of graduate studies, who would have the most information about graduate programs at u of t.

i’d also get in contact with the department of political sciences to see what their policies and application process is for international students. they also have a MA supervisor that could help you out. they’d also have information for you about scholarships, grants, and bursaries to help you finance your masters.

i hope this is helpful! good luck!

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xoxo,

aska

Jul12

waiving goodbye to requirements

how can you get your program requirements waived?

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hi!

if you want to get a program requirement waived, you’d have to get in contact with the specific department that hosts your program. here is a list of every department and section at the university. it’ll redirect you to the department’s website and you can find their contact info there. i’m not gonna search that ish up for you, bro.

hope this was helpful. good luck!

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xoxo,

aska

Jun20

distinctly distinction-ed

Hey, I wanted to know if it is announced during the u of t grad ceremony that you’ve received distinction. Or is that just put on your diploma?? Thanks!

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hi,

it’s announced at convocation that you’ve received distinction. it’s also put on your degree! yay double recognition!

congrats on finishing your degree and good luck in all your future endeavours!

xoxo,

aska

Jun12

no, thank YOU

Hello,

I’m writing to express my gratitude for the post about my 2010 UTM school situation. Long story short, I got suspended for 1 whole calendar year + 3.5 years for a plagiarism allegation since 2014. From the 2014-2016, I experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, generalized anxiety & later on had lymphoma cancer. LOL. Long story short, I crawled out of the shit hole, alive and well.

I’m just thankful that I can still return to UTM and hopefully, finish my useless Bachelor of Arts before I turn 30. xD! I am very happy, knowing that both Tesla and Martha Stewart succeeded much later on in life, and knowing that I actually pulled through cancer treatments.

<3 from western Canada where I am from.

U of T does have a lot of sympathy and empathy – that I completely agree with.

Kids, just look at the bigger picture, okay?

AH

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hey AH!

wow. i’ll be honest with you, your message melted my cold, steely, unfeeling heart.

as much as i and the other askas (past and present) would like to be able to claim responsibility for your successes, you’re the one who did all the work! as you said, you crawled out of that sh*thole alive and well, and i’m so glad you did.

congrats on everything you’ve accomplished so far, even if it seems small or insignificant or “useless”. i am so so proud. and even though you sent this email to thank us, i want to thank you for sharing your story and reminding us that it does #getbetter (even if it sounds sappy af).

good luck on all your future endeavours. you’re gonna absolutely slay.

xoxo,

aska

Jun05

learning american sign language

Hi! Does st George have asl courses?

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hi!

unfortunately, st. george does not offer any american sign language courses. there is, however, an american sign language club that is recognized by ulife and allows participants to “learn and improve ASL skills”. i’d check that out!

hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska

Jun02

get it, ya molecular nerd!

Hi!

I’m a first year student desperately wanting to do the specialist program
in Molecular biology, however I failed one of my prereq courses (Mat134 –
calc for life science) and bc of that I only have 3.5 completed credits.
Due to all this, I was refused from the program enrollment, as well as all
of the other 4 backup programs I applied to. If I’m able to revive my GPA
to about a 3,0, will I be able to enroll in the program after second year?
Also, do I have to already be enrolled into a program in second year?

Thanks 🙂

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hello!

you have to be completed 4.0 FCEs in order to enrol in a subject post. that’s probably why you didn’t get into your 4 backup programs. when you’re done 4.0 FCE, then you can enrol in a subject post.

according to the artsci calendar, you need a 70% in BIO130H1 or BIO230H1 in order to be considered for the molecular biology specialist. they also have a couple of preq courses outlined in the calendar. i would check those out too.

as for getting your GPA up, there isn’t a specific GPA or CGPA requirement outlined in the calendar, but i imagine it would be competitive. i don’t want to give a specific number. again, i just want to avoid giving false information, and i’m sure it fluctuates year to year.

i hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska

Jun02

what time is it?? SUMMERTIME!

Hey Aska! Got any advice or opinions on how one should spend summer break?

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hi!

bruh, do i look like blogTO to you? or narcity? whatever cool hip listicle website the kids are reading these days?

in all seriousness though, summer is a great time to just chill tf out. especially if you’re not taking any courses. i guess the only advice i really want to give you is just do whatever you want just because you can. finish that book you couldn’t during the year because you were busy doing school-related readings. take a walk by the lake just because the weather is nice. go to some stupid trendy food place just because you wanna treat yo self.

here are some interesting looking articles that you can check out.

have a great summer!

xoxo,

aska

 

May31

we got ourselves (another) catherine keener

Hello, are there summer first-year courses for first year students at the Mississauga campus? If there are, are they the same ones offered in the fall/winter semester? Thanks!

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hi!

unfortunately, incoming students can’t take summer courses. you are not technically a student at u of t until the fall semester. 

enjoy your summer, catherine keener. see you on campus in september! stay cool for the summer!

xoxo,

aska

 

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