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Jul 12

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


Jul 12

s’all good baby baby

I realized that I don’t really want to pursue the major that I applied for anymore, so I’m considering changing my major. However, the major that I’m interested in, is in another department. How difficult is it to change departments?

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hi!

well, you can change your subject POSts up until you want to graduate, as long as you have what is needed to enroll in the POSt.

as for how “hard” it is to change departments, it really shouldn’t be an issue. as long as you have the prereqs for the major (ex. any GPA threshold or required courses) you should be able to enroll. however, if the switch is drastic, you might need to catch up on your new major’s required courses. this isn’t a big deal, you might just not be able to finish in 4 years. but again, this is NO BIGGIE AT ALL! 

if you’re going into your second year and you’re applying for your subject POSts for the first time right now, it shouldn’t be an issue at all. again, as long as you have the prereqs for the program.

i hope this helps! good luck on your new endeavor.

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xoxo,

aska


Jul 12

the first credits are so special

Good day!

I would like to ask a question regarding enrolment. I accepted a One Program Gradients of Health & Wellbeing in an Urban Mosaic (Health Studies) and I think it is worth half credit. Does that mean I have to take another four courses? If so, I am only going to have 4 and a half credit for the first semester? Sorry, it really confuses me. I know that I have to take five credits every semester. Please enlighten me. Thank you.

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hi!

actually, according to this, that particular ones program is worth 1 full credit. in that case, you do only need to take 4 more FCE (full course equivalents) for a total of 5 FCE.

most students take 5 FCE every school year (fall and winter semester). this could be 10 half credit courses, 5 full year courses, or any combination of the two. you can check out this website for more information about course loads. it’s a little complicated looking, but just know that as long as you’ve got a total of 5 FCE at the end of second semester, you’re good!

hopefully this helps! looking forward to seeing you on campus in the fall!

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xoxo,

aska


Jul 11

hello again

hey aska!
I submitted a BScN related question about a month ago. I’ve done more research and still have a few questions. I know one of the requirements to apply for the nursing program is 10 FCE. This means I can apply after my second year of undergrad but I’ve heard that there’s a greater chance of getting accepted if I complete an undergrad before applying. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to switch into nursing but would prefer to graduate in 4 years? Also I read that each prerequisite must be completed with at least 60%. I just finished my first year and completed BIO120+BIO130 with 70s but CHM135+CHM136 with 50s. Can I choose to use my bio courses as prerequisites instead of my chm courses? thanks guys!
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hi!
you don’t need to be in your second year to apply to the BScN program, that’s just when you can start applying for the program. basically, once you’ve hit 10 FCE, you can start applying. however, if you don’t think your marks are strong enough to apply after 10 FCE, you could wait until third or fourth year. it’s all up to you! it’s not that you’ll have a better chance of getting accepted if you apply after you’ve completed your undergrad, it’s just that they have more marks to look at and you have more time to boost your GPA.
you can’t choose what the admissions committee does and doesn’t see. according to this page outlining their application process, you have to submit an official transcript, meaning they would have access to everything. i can’t find where it says that you need a 60% in the prereq courses, but you need at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible. 
all that being said, the only advice i can really give you if you want to finish in four years is to just apply after your 10 FCE (or after second year) and work really hard during your second year to boost your GPA. i would also look at the other admissions requirements and work to make those really good. look for a couple of amazing references and write a slam-dunk personal statement. that’s how you could differentiate yourself against the other applicants.
if finishing in four years isn’t a big deal, you could also keep trying until you get in, even if it’s after your second year.
i hope this helps! good luck in all your future nursing endeavors.
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xoxo,
aska

Jul 11

mission possible

is it possible to graduate in 3 years?

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hi!

yes it is. you’d have to take 6 FCE every year for three years (for a total of 18 FCE), plus 2 FCEs worth of summer courses for the total of 20 FCE that you need to graduate. you could take the 2 summer FCE either all at once or spread them out over 2 summers. this would allow you to graduate in june of your third year.

though it is totally within the realm of possibility, it’s important to remember to take your time. if it suits your pace to finish in 3 years, then go for it! if somewhere along the line, you find that you need to drop a course or two, then do that and take an extra semester or two! there’s no one way to finish a degree and i wanna beat up every high school councilor or american college movie for perpetuating this stupid and (in my opinion) incorrect idea of university. it isn’t always a 4 year journey. 

i hope this helps! good luck on your mission.

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xoxo,

aska


Jul 10

options, stacks on stacks of options

Hey aska!
I’m doing a sociology specialist at the moment and entering my third year,
but I want to look out for other majors. I’m kind of interested in economics
at the moment, and want to take the two full year courses for the major
prerequisites. However, I don’t know how smart that is (taking 2 full year
courses just for the sliver of the chance of getting in) considering I’m
not very good at math or time organization – I had to climb up from a 0.8
GPA in first year because of a rough transition, and now my GPA and mental
health are more secure I want to try branching out. I also want to ask if
me being in third year affects my chances of applying to the program, since
so many incoming first years have probably gotten a head start.Thanks for
your reply:0

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hi!

being in third year does not affect your chances of getting into the program at all, you can apply for a subject POSt up until you want to graduate.

as for whether or not it’s “smart” to take 2 full year courses in order to get into the major, i would definitely suggest at least trying. according to the department of economics’ website, you need both an ECO and MAT requirement and certain marks achieved in those courses. if you’re worried that it’s not “smart” because you’re bad at math and time management (which is extremely relatable to me), you could at least try enrolling in those courses, see how you do, and then drop before the deadline (this year, it’s november 6th for F courses and february 20th for Y courses). no harm, no foul.

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if you’re really serious about enrolling in the econ major, you could also try taking just one of the courses this year or starting with both and dropping one if you need to. then, you could take them as summer courses later on or the year after. the only issue with that option is that it might further extend the time spent on your undergrad degree, but if that isn’t a big deal for you, then this is a good option in my (non-professional) opinion.

i really believe that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to, but also know that there are other options that you can explore if the initial plan doesn’t work out. i would also suggest making an academic advising session with your college registrar’s office. i’m sure they’d be able to help!

i hope this helps! good luck!

xoxo,

aska


Jul 07

let’s goooooooooo

Can I apply international exchange in my fourth year (so I’m going in my fifth year)? Also must I take courses related to my program? Is it possible to graduate right after exchange, without having to take any courses back here? Thanks!

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hey!

this is all within the realm of possibility but you should get in contact with the CIE (centre for international experience).  though it is hypothetically and technically possible for you to go on exchange in your fifth year, take courses related to your program and graduate right after, it’s all dependent on what the people at the CIE say.

you could also check out your eligibility for exchange here.   i would also check out this page to check whether or not an exchange program is right for you. a

i’m sorry i don’t really have a straight-forward answer for you, these things can be a little iffy. anyways, it’s all possible, but not certain. get in contact with the CIE and they will be able to give you more information than i, a humble student blogger, can.

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hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska


Jul 07

ol’ reliable 5.0 FCE

Hello..
I am a new first year student starting this Fall..
I want to ask from experiences.. whether it is too hard for a first year student to take 5.0 credits for the Fall/Winter semesters all at once.. and do not taking any summer course. I am worried since the first year is really important.

Thank you.

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hi!

let me just take this chance to welcome you to u of t!

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as for whether or not it’s “too hard” for a first year student to take 5.0 FCE (full course equivalents) or credits, it all really depends on your pace. most people in first year take 5.0 FCE and it’s considered standard to take 5. as long as you are taking more than 3.0 FCE, you’ll be considered a full time student. also keep in mind that if you are taking 3.5 FCE or fewer, you will have to pay a per-course fee, rather than a program fee. 

you should also know that there is absolutely no shame in taking less than 5.0, if that’s what you need. life happens, and sometimes you need to drop a course or two. though 5.0 FCE would allow you to finish in four years, don’t forget that it’s 10000% okay to take more time. honestly, every frosh should get slapped with a giant poster board that says “IT’S FINE TO TAKE MORE THAN FOUR YEARS” carried by a parade of students yelling “TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!”. maybe instead of marching with your college at the utsu parade during frosh week, first year students should stand to the side while upper year students scream affirmations and “IT’S OK!!!” at them. orientation week planners- hit me up.

anyways… 5.0 FCE is completely doable and is standard. but don’t forget that if you need more time, it’s totally fine.

i hope this helps and welcome to u of t!

xoxo,

aska


Jul 04

kin you find me housing?

I am a prospective student of U of T St.George campus undergrad. I received a late acceptance email from Toronto (I was waitlisted). I accepted my offer to queens, but i wish to change to Toronto. If I was to transfer, would I have the capability to go into residence? And would I have the option to choose which residence housing to go into? Is it too late for the 600 dollar deposit?And are there spots left to go into residence at all? The faculty I would be going into is Kinesiology.

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hi!

that’s a sticky situation, but i’m glad you’re considering transferring to u of t!

i’m not 100% sure if you’d have the capability to go into res. while u of t does have a first year res guarantee, they would usually give you next steps for applying to res in your acceptance letter.

if i were you, i’d get in contact with the faculty of kinesiology and ask them what the next steps for you would be. they would have way more information than me and they would have faculty specific knowledge (i’m in artsci, so i don’t have tons of info on other faculties, unfortunately).

i would also get in contact with u of t’s housing services. they would be able to help you find a place, whether it be on-campus residence or somewhere off-campus.

it might also be helpful to check out this link about residence in general.

i really hope this helps! good luck!

xoxo,

aska


Jun 28

don’t ask us about the babies

Hello askas (ive heard that there are two now)! I am applying for a few internships and I need some academic references. I also may need some for future grad programs! So I read your previous posts on profs and references. Could I ask TAs for references and if so, what approach should I take? Are there other people besides profs and TAs who can provide academic references? Or would references from TAs and other ppl be useless? Thanks for your time(:

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hi!

yep, there are now two askas running around the place. we are united by our frozen hearts, love of gifs, and distain for math. we’re also lowkey both beyonce. it’s a really really snappy work environment.

academic references are usually instructors in a course, so usually a prof. i know that sometimes you form more relationships with your TAs, but academic references are usually the people who teach the course material. sucks, i know.

if you have a TA you really really wanna use as a reference, i would get in contact with the organization that you’re trying to intern for or check out their application guidelines to see if they accept TAs or other people as references.

good luck! hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska


Jun 27

lemme refer you to the FAQ

hello aska! id like to apply to the undergraduate program for nursing. I know applicants should have a 3.0+ gpa, a work related reference and a academic reference. I wasnt originally planning on nursing & i was slacking in my classes so my gpa is currently 2.5… Is it possible to boost my gpa to 3.0 if i do well in 6 FCE? Also does work related reference refer to paid work or volunteer work? & im assuming academic reference would be a prof? thank u so much

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hi!

of course, you can pull your grades up if you really try, but i’m not 100% sure how much you could pull your grades up. it would depend on how well you do on the 6.0FCE you wanna take as well as how many FCE you’ve already finished. i suggest checking out this handy dandy GPA calculator. just remember that it’s not an official GPA calculator, just an estimator and planning tool.

a “work-related reference” refers to anyone who can vouch for you in a professional capacity. according to the admissions website, a “work-related reference” could be a work OR volunteer reference. i would figure out what might be the most relevant experience to nursing. for example, if you’ve volunteered at a hospital, that would be much more relevant than a summer camp you worked for.

an academic reference is anyone who can vouch for you in an academic capacity, so yes, a prof who knows you and your work well would be dope.

i’d also check out their FAQ page. they have a lot of good (and accurate) info about the application process there.

hope this helps and good luck!

xoxo,

aska


Jun 22

what even is math

Hi!

So I was planning on getting into the Management major; I’m currently doing ECO100, MGM101 and MGM102 this summer. I’m having no trouble with MGM but I’m failing ECO. I was thinking of switching to the DEM Specialist.

Is DEM super math heavy with finance and economics too, or is it more art and management theory? I know there’s a mandatory 300 level ECO course, but since it’s geared towards CCIT students is it as difficult as ECO100?

Thanks!

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hi!

unfortunately, i really have no idea how math heavy DEM is. i’m not in that program and i’ve never taken those course, so i don’t know how much i can really say about it. i can’t share my experiences  i also support and really identify with your math avoidance. i heckin’ hate math too.

i suggest that you check out the program calendar, though. they have all the requirements that you need to complete to finish the program. i would also get in contact with the department themselves. according to this, they have an embedded student advisor. i think it would probably be a good idea to talk to them- they have the most up-to-date and relevant information which i’m not really privy to.

i hope this helps! good luck m’dude.

xoxo,

aska


Jun 20

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


Jun 20

too many acronyms

Hi 🙂

So im planning to apply to U of T and want to study criminology. To do so, I need to take an English Proficiency Test, like TOEFL or ?ELTS, because i went to high school in germany and english is my second language. And my question would be if i, as an international student, would have to take the SAT? Or would it be enough to show my high school diploma from germany and the results of the english proficiency test?

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hi!

yes, you’ll need to do an english proficiency test and then have the results sent to the university. as for another standardized test (like the SAT), you don’t have to send those results in unless you took them. if you did take the SAT, you’d have to have the results sent electronically from the testing authority. you can check out the specific admissions requirements here.

i hope this helps!

xoxo,

aska


Jun 14

acorn, you good?

Hello,

I’m going into my second year studying life sciences and have applied to several type 3 programs. I got invited to a program a few days ago on Acorn and there was orange text saying “accept your invitation” and an accept button but being the indecisive person I am, I decided to wait to see if I got anything else before accepting. I checked back today and there was another program under “invited” on the enrol & manage –> programs page on Acorn however both now only have a reapply button. What does this mean? There’s no option to accept or decline the invitations, and clicking reapply just makes an error message pop up saying that the request period is over??? I’m worried and confused, pls help!!

From,
Confused student

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hi!

as far as i know, you can’t start accepting invitations for programs until july 3rd. i don’t think ACORN will let you accept before that, but you can view your acceptances before that. you can check out more of the dates here. so yeah… not really sure what’s happening with your ACORN and all those weird buttons, but i wouldn’t worry about it too much if i were you.

if you’re worried about the offer disappearing, i would check with your college registrar as they have access to more information than i do as a student blogger.

hope this helps! good luck m’dude!

xoxo,

aska


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