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Jan11

don’t lose hope, youngling

Hello,

I am a life science student in the second year. After completing the fall term studying, I feel that it is very difficult to get a high GPA. I wonder if I get 3.0 cumulative GPA after graduation, what can I do? what school accept me? what work opportunities do I have? Thanks.

Best,

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hello,

*as askastudentuoft, i hope you understand that i am knowledgeable about all things U of T, and that’s about it, so this post will be very U of T centric*

while a 3.0 GPA is great, many of the life science graduate programs available at U of T require averages which range from B+ to A- (with the exception of the occupational science and occupational therapy program which looks for mid B’s). but, keep in mind, these are just life science programs available at U of T. there are plenty of other schools which offer similar programs which may require different averages.

you’re only in second year, which means you don’t ACTUALLY know if you’re going to end up with a 3.0 average. you seem to have already lost hope in yourself. don’t stress out right now about what your work opportunities will be and just try your best to get the best grades you can. i can’t really tell you what kind of work opportunities will be available when you graduate because we don’t even know what program you’ll be pursuing for grad school!

a good place to start is the career learning network. it’s a great tool for current students and recent graduates. you can use it to find research positions (i hear the life science people like those) and postings by companies looking for recent U of T graduates. logging onto the career learning network website is definitely the first step you should take when looking for work opportunities for students like you!

for now, focus on school and building up your resume with work and volunteer experiences. they can be relevant or irrelevant to your field, but having experience is definitely an asset when applying for any kind of job. volunteer at a hospital from time to time or make some money tutoring kids grade 10 science! whatever it is, just make sure you work hard and build up a good collection of references in case you need them for grad school.

in all seriousness, i’m graduating later this year and i don’t even know what work opportunities will be available to me! i can’t even see into my own future, let alone yours!

anyways, hope this was somewhat helpful!

good luck, work hard, and try your best at everything you do.

peace and love,

aska

Oct29

vague and subjective question

Hello Aska!! I know you hate vague and subjective questions, so I’ll apologize in advice for what I’m about to ask. Sorry! I’m the definition of indecisive, so I have come to you. I’m a senior in high school and there are only two goals I have: 1. Go to UofT 2. Get a high paying job. Now this may be a fool’s dream, but what can I say? Anyway, I have only taken data as my one uni math course, but my English marks are always spectacular. What should I do in UofT?-

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hello there,

just to clarify, i only despise questions that demand answers to things that i couldn’t possibly know, like “am i going to get in if i have this grade in this class?” or “i submitted this thing a while ago, why haven’t i heard back? this is my student number. pls help.”

if you just want a second opinion (or the opinion of a relatively jaded undergrad student) i’m your person!

see, you say you’re indecisive, but you clearly know what you want. you know that you want to go to U of T and that you want dem dolla dolla billz. ’tis not a fool’s dream. ’tis everyone’s dream.

i’m not going to outright tell you what you should study. (astrophysics. that is what you should do. it’s super easy.) i know nothing about you, but i can tell by your question that you think you’ll get paid more if you study a program that requires math. it’s great that your english marks are spectacular, but what do you really want to do? you may be good at english, but do you enjoy it? do you have a passion for literature?

on the other hand, are you going to be happy in a program that requires math? do you even like math? (ew who likes math)

once you get your undergrad degree, are you thinking of pursuing grad school?

you might feel like i’m not helping since i’m throwing more questions at you, but these are questions that you should really consider.

you’re a young’un. at this point in your life, as a senior in high school, the possibilities are truly endless. there are so many different paths you could take. don’t be afraid to choose a path different than the one you imagined yourself taking. heck, for the longest time, i hadn’t even considered coming to U of T for university.

*aska storytime*

when i started 12th grade, i actually had my heart set on a university in my hometown. i went on a campus tour, located the nearest mcdonalds, and found pretty much every starbucks on campus. i was so ready.

everything changed when all my friends were applying to schools in the east. i felt some hardcore fomo and decided to apply to U of T, just for the heck of it. i didn’t think i would get in, but i did!

the moral of this story is, i didn’t end up walking down the path that i thought i would, and things still worked out amazingly well in the end.

*end of aska storytime*

dolla dolla billz are definitely important to take into account, but you need to remember that lots of employment opportunities come from knowing the right people. the most valuable piece of advice i could give you right now is to get as much work/ volunteer experience as you can. maintain professionalism and consistency in everything you do. as a result, you’ll have great references and people will be more likely to recommend you for other jobs.

in conclusion: don’t think about your program of study with your potential future income in mind! there are so many things that can happen along the way which can shape what your future turns out to be. your eventual failure or success won’t have had anything to do with this one choice you made in university. but if you don’t like what you’re studying, you’ll dread every class you sit through, and you won’t want to go to class. trust me, i know what it’s like.

anyways, i’ll end my rant here, but i just want you to know:

i hope you choose something you love. best of luck to you!

cheers,

aska

May04

i get lost here and i go here

Hi, I’m a UTM student and I am taking a course at the St. George campus. This is my first time enrolling in a St. George course and I am highly confused, as I’m used to the UTM timetable structure. Apparently my class is taking place at WO 35. Where & what does that mean? Please help!

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hey there,

the quickest way to figure this stuff out is to take the building code – WO in this case – and stick it into the search bar on the uoft map. this handy, handy map will tell you the name of the building, and show you exactly where it is. isn’t technology amazing?

(in this case, WO is the Woodsworth College Residence at 321 Bloor St. West, on the corner of bloor and st. george).

have fun trying to navigate this maze of a campus!

aska

Feb15

treasure hunt of recorders

Hello Askastudent,Sorry for bothering you with such a trivial question…I’d just like to know if there’s a Lost and Found office for Convocation Hall? …Sadly, I recently joined the team of students who lost their recorders at Con Hall. My class ended at 3:00pm last Friday; I went home without remembering to pick up my recorder next to the sound magnifier near the stage (It was my fault…I was too eager to go home…). I know the doors for Con Hall are locked for the weekend, but when I came early Monday morning to look for it, it was gone…Yeah…that’s pretty much it. I would really really appreciate it if you have any info on recovering lost items on campus.

Thanks a lot!!

Betty

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Hey Betty,

We have all had those too eager to get places moments! I frequently … very frequently forget my phone. One time I was getting out of the car and thought I had forgotten my bottoms. I didn’t, but the fact that I considered I might have shows the level of confidence I have in myself not to forget things.

ANYWAYS …

I would check with the prof first. I know a few of mine just collect them up … and probably sell them if no one claims them.

They actually have a whole building/website/probably just a room for lost goods on campus.

Here’s all the need to know.

cheerios and milk,

aska

May29

I don’t need none of that “he said/she said” business.

My TA is, simply put, hostile. His behavior is similar to bullying in that I cannot prove what he is doing and his condescending tone is discouraging me from participating because he is making me feel as though my participation or thoughts do not matter in the tutorial and that reading the textbook and going to lecture is not enough for him. Tutorial is worth 10% of my mark, and my papers will be marked by this abysmal thing UofT has hired to be a TA. I know UofT loves them, but is there nothing I can do about this? My professor has said that tutorials we choose are permanent but I don’t know if UofT professors grant exceptions regarding this matter to consider speaking to my professor for this particular course. I also do not want to be singled out by the professor or the TA and spend the rest of the year wondering if I will be deducted 70 percentages if my TA were to get hold of my exam paper and recognize from my name that I was the person who switched out of his tutorial. I need to switch tutorials/TAs if I want to do well in this course, but I feel as though (like my TA), my professor/others might think I am simply exaggerating. Any help/advice would be much-appreciated.

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