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  1. Congratulations! I don't see why you can't get into UBC with those grades and an average (or better ) personal profile.
  2. Confidence gives you a huge psychological boost at whatever task it is you're doing. Your argument about a non-confident person (with regard to giving presentations) preparing more is accurate but only to a lesser extent. A person who is confident about presentations does not go into a presentation without knowing what he/she has to say (and deliver in the presentation), especially if it is the kind of presentation that is being graded. Confidence is not overrated. You are making assumptions: creating cause-and-effect relationships between confidence and preparedness or confidence and improvement. Do not associate confidence with these characteristics, think of it as an independent trait. If someone has prepared well, and they are confident, they are in a better position than someone who has prepared equally well and is not confident. In most settings, confidence is one of those variables based on which we "mentally classify" individuals, and if you are studying IB Psychology, you could apply the concept of "in groups" and "out groups". Basically, no matter what the social setting, we are always displaying some level of confidence. It is something that can be measured more frequently, compared to, say, something like seeking knowledge or being hardworking. These could only be monitored in select settings that we don't find often find ourselves in. I disagree with the notion, however, that confidence is the most valued trait. I believe that depends from person to person, and society to society. For instance, South Asian society definitely values "being hardworking" and "seeking knowledge" more than "confidence".
  3. You have many options within the Arts spectrum, from humanities to performing arts to social sciences. Simply by switching from Maths Studies SL to Maths SL, you will also be able to apply for Economics or Business to many universities. A good idea would be to check the subject requirements of the universities you are planning to go to.
  4. And yes, you'll submit you grade 11 marks (or IB predicted grade) for admission to UBC. Here is the scholarships list but I'm guessing you've already seen it.
  5. Sorry to sway off topic but it's funny how everyone (except the second person) here has animal DPs.
  6. I still believe your marks are very good. I got into UBC Arts, and my IB subjects in % were all in the 80s. However, I believe the essays in my personal profile were really good so that tipped the scales back up for me. Faculty of Arts is relatively easier to get into than the other faculties. And the good thing is, once you come to university, you can switch faculties by meeting certain requirements (if you want to).
  7. Go onto the CIS website and click on the Membership Directory tab. There are search filters on the left. Put in the name of your country and check whether your school has CIS membership or not. If your school does have CIS membership, then I believe that should do the job for you. As for the IB requirement, the 8th option says that your final IB grade must be 5 but since you are applying before the final examination scores are out, I believe this is not an option for you (unless you decide to wait another year). I remember applying to UBC, I met the overall TOEFL requirement as well but my Reading score was lower than the required score. And so, I had to retake the test. Stupid requirement.
  8. Your marks are really good and you have a good chance of getting into UBC Arts. And it is also true that if you are applying to the Faculty of Arts at UBC, they don't care much about your Maths grade. However, UBC is IB friendly, and if you have a 32+ grade in the IB, then I'd recommend sending that score. If you answer your essay questions well in the Personal Profile, your chances will be bright.
  9. That's actually the minimum criteria with which are eligible to apply to UBC. Admission can be competitive and this depends from faculty to faculty. Since you are studying Physics HL and Chemistry HL, I am assuming you would apply to the Faculty of Science or Engineering. You stand a chance to get in with 36+. 39-41 will get you in if you for sure. This is based on what I know from other students who got in and what I've read elsewhere. If you want to study Economics, you'll be applying to the faculty of Arts. A score above 32 should put you in a comfortable position. Thanks!! I do want to study Economics and I think I will be able to achieve 32 points even without bonus points Yeah, while applying to UBC (and I think this is common for most Canadian universities), you need to focus on the Faculty requirements, not on your subject of study. This is because once you enter a faculty, you will have the time and options to explore various majors. And so, focus on the faculty requirements. All the best!
  10. Once? "Several times" would not do enough justice to how much I've cheated. Confession: I want a puppy. NP will confess they don't procrastinate.
  11. That's actually the minimum criteria with which are eligible to apply to UBC. Admission can be competitive and this depends from faculty to faculty. Since you are studying Physics HL and Chemistry HL, I am assuming you would apply to the Faculty of Science or Engineering. You stand a chance to get in with 36+. 39-41 will get you in for sure. This is based on what I know from other students who got in and what I've read elsewhere. If you want to study Economics, you'll be applying to the faculty of Arts. A score above 32 should put you in a comfortable position. P.S. The thing with UBC is, you also need to focus on the essay questions they ask you while applying. They take that into consideration as well. For me, that's probably what made the difference between acceptance and rejection.
  12. I think university support is not as readily available as is IB support. And I mean specific advice regarding courses, important decisions etc. And so attending classes in university is important. However, it is true that a lot depends on what class it is. I have Politics discussion classes, and the attendance for the same is 25% of my course grade. There's about 10 people in the discussion group. However, we separately also have a Politics lecture which has around 200 people and so attendance is not marked. This varies from subject to subject! In the Economics discussion group at our university, attendance is just 5% of the grade. However, I recommend you not to miss too many classes at university as they are beneficial (in some cases, vital) to you for preparing for the examinations.
  13. Watch this anti-procrastination video when you think you are procrastinating. Perhaps, it may work out for you or atleast motivate you.
  14. So a couple of days ago, this video was uploaded depicting some kids in a school bus bullying a Sikh boy. You hear the little girl calling him a "Terrorist" repeatedly. This happened in the US state of Georgia. So he was assumed to be Muslim, who is to blame for this lack of awareness? Parents, teachers or the kids themselves? And, how do you think discrimination based on race and religion can be effectively curbed in a multicultural society such as the US? Looking forward to reading your responses!
  15. I think it's true. Sometimes I find myself questioning the authenticity of news covered by different websites. (Assumption here is that news is information, and information counts as knowledge)
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