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  1. My professor showed this to me in one of my first lecture classes. What is your opinion of this? Do you think it is possible to achieve all three? Lets discuss :)
  2. Going to university can be scary and stressful especially going as a high school graduate. Just want to share some tips on how to ease the transitioning phase so it doesn't impact you as much: - PLEASE GO TO ORIENTATION WEEK. This is extremely important for you as this is the chance for you to get to know your faculty members, get to know your campus, make friends at the early stage and most importantly connect with the community. I did not go to my university's orientation week and I regret this decision even till this day. - PLEASE SEEK ACADEMIC HELP IF NEEDED. I did not understand a thing my prof said for the first few weeks of classes. There were opportunities such as asking the TAs or going to tutoring but I just kept reassuring myself that I would be fine. I mean...I was find until the first exam hit... - PLEASE SET YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE BEGINNING. Some people's goal is to study as hard as possible, make it on the deans list and get into the most competitive program. However not everyone wants that. Maybe you want to focus on connecting with friends during universities. Maybe you want to focus on establishing professional connections during your years of study. Maybe you want to save time for your hobby. Maybe you want to go volunteer as much as possible to help the community. Maybe you want to work so you can increase some competencies as well as get experience. My point is, setting your priorities and knowing what you want to spend time on in the beginning is really important Please feel free to add anything!
  3. I am a current student in the Police Foundations program at Sheridan. I just want to be a point of contact for anyone that is considering a career in this direction but isn't sure yet. If you have law enforcement related questions, or just want my opinion on something (related to this topic), please ask! Please leave any questions or comments you have
  4. Due to the rise of MOOC ( massive open online courses), I just have a few thoughts on it especially for students. Many MOOC services such as coursera or edx offers courses that you can audit for free and pay (around 70$) to get a certificate. I recommend anyone to take these courses as they are taught by qualified university professors. These classes you can study at during your own pace, skip to certain topics you want to cover specifically and engage with others via the forum section of the courses. If you want to take a course for your own interests or just for fun, I recommend them as well as many of them are entry topics on languages, professional development and languages. Students should definitely use this to their advantage. In terms of how recognized these certificates, specializations and degrees are, there are mix opinions on that. Please reach out and lets discuss MOOC together!
  5. I just want to make a list of what first years need to know or should expect, obviously this does not apply to every university and every program but just generally from most: - Professors generally don't care about first year students, won't bother to remember your name ( unless you do really well in a way) - You will be lost in the campus during your first few weeks so get to your lecture classes early - Books are expensive -Some TAs are good while others have no idea what they are saying - Exams and tests are WAY HARDER than high school - Be ready to memorize, memorize and memorize - Try to make friends in the first year, start building your connection web - You will procrastinate, so try to finish everything early - Always ask questions during your tutorials, your TAs are their for you, don't be shy - use your resources (some people never use the library, tutoring service ever) If anyone feels like something should be added to this list, please do not hesitate to add I welcome any questions or comments
  6. I just want to make a list of what first years need to know or should expect, obviously this does not apply to every university and every program but just generally from most: - Professors generally don't care about first year students, won't bother to remember your name ( unless you do really well in a way) - You will be lost in the campus during your first few weeks so get to your lecture classes early - Books are expensive -Some TAs are good while others have no idea what they are saying - Exams and tests are WAY HARDER than high school - Be ready to memorize, memorize and memorize - Try to make friends in the first year, start building your connection web - You will procrastinate, so try to finish everything early - Always ask questions during your tutorials, your TAs are their for you, don't be shy - use your resources (some people never use the library, tutoring service ever) If anyone feels like something should be added to this list, please do not hesitate to add I welcome any questions or comments
  7. I just want to share a little bit of experience with volunteering. I feel that it is a great way to gain skills and grow connections. Volunteering as a "volunteer coordinator" is a great leadership role for many students in high school or just starting off with post-secondary. Since a paid coordinator position usually requires a bachelor and around 5 years of experience in the field, most students don't have that yet. With a volunteering coordinator position, there are less requirements. You gain leadership skills from leading a team and organizing events as well as meeting some of the higher ups in the organizations such as managers or board members. These individuals are usually people that have a full time job, has been in their field for quite some time and chooses to volunteer in their spare time. Connecting with them would lead to amazing opportunities. Right now, opportunities are even better as there are a lot of virtue volunteering. You can volunteer anywhere in Canada therefore you have a lot more options. Volunteering experience is also great for job applications because you can describe what you have learned in your volunteering experience and how you will apply them in your job. attached link is the link for virtue volunteering in Canada https://volunteer.ca/index.php?MenuItemID=419 I welcome any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reply
  8. Hi Everyone! So I started off going to McMaster University thinking of going into humanities/social science. However, due to unable to adapt to uni life, I was miserable for a whole year. I didn't know much about college since most of my friends chose to go to university and decide to peruse popular fields these days such as medicine, engineering and IT. I didn't really know what to do as I did extremely poorly in the first year and was sure that I did not want to stay for another year, so I decided to give college a try. I have to say that this was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life as college environment is easier to adapt to due to classroom sizes, number of people on campus and academic expectations. I wouldn't say that college is easier than university, I just feel that it has another focus. While university is very theory, college is very practical. My goal of this message is that don't be afraid to apply to college, don't think that college is any less than university in any way, if the majority of your peers are going to uni than reach out to other people that has experience with college and they can help you better. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to leave a post!
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