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  1. A girl in my school just got into Waterloo and was told she just needs to maintain 30 points. Given your 7 in math, I'd think you have a shot in Waterloo Maths
  2. I think you can get into UBC no sweat. The others will be pretty tough. But yeah, I think UBC is the best option for you anyway
  3. SFU is probably your best choice. Science and Business programs are competitive at most universities.
  4. Jag vet inte :/ Out of curiosity, does Karolinska Institut offer any undegraduate programs in English?
  5. I think one thing we have to start off accepting is that it's completely normal and innate to be grossed out by homosexual activity. It's not homophobic or discriminatory to be grossed out by homosexual sex--I would never want to watch gay porn. However, we don't have to be exposed to this by accepting homosexuality in our lives. In regards to the legal system, legalize it and let it be. They should be allowed to do whatever they want within their own homes. If they're having sex out on the street, that's a different story--but that shouldn't even be legal for straight people right? I think the biggest issue comes up when we see two homosexuals kissing in a public place--to be honest, I find it disturbing, but no I'm not a homophobic discriminatory person, I really do believe it's my innate instinct to react this way. Many people go against homosexuality on religious grounds, but I really don't think God will condemn you if you simply don't advocate nor oppose it. Jesus told his disciples to preach the word in every town, and if they were unwilling to accept it, to dust their feet and move on. If you're a disciple of the christian church, you should then too do the same and just leave it if society is not willing to accept your personal beliefs. As long as you yourself don't engage in homosexuality, you won't be damned for all of eternity. Scientifically, there's as much science proving that homosexuality is nurtured as there is proving it's innate. We should examine this more, it IS worth it, we can't simply say "let me them be and let's focus on something else"--that's a very ignorant perspective. As a society relying on science, we must examine everything and provide answers for everything. If homosexuality turns out to be a disorder (which I personally think it is), then a "cure" may be developed. No, a "cure", should not be forced on people but be available to people. For example, I have a friend who is mormon who has told me he is having homosexual thoughts, but does not want these because of his religion. I think he's bisexual though, but he wishes these thoughts would stop, even though he does not plan on pursuing a homosexual lifestyle. Wouldn't it be appropriate for him to take this "cure" if he wanted to? As far as adopting children for homosexual couples--they should be allowed to as long as they go under the same guidelines as a straight couple. As long as it's a good home, and all, a child would be much happier there than an orphanage. In conclusion: Whatever they do in the discreteness of their own home is fine, but don't parade it around (straight people don't parade it around either). I believe in more power to individual states to decide what they want--under this compromise, homosexuals can move to states where it is legal. Yes, this sounds like "no, YOU have to move", but it applies to straight people as well. For those who don't want to be in a society like this, they can move to a state where it is illegal and where it is more suitable for them. Ultimately, I think a solution should be developed in the middle to satisfy both advocates and those who don't support gay marriage or homosexuality in general.
  6. does this cover tuition only or...? Yeah, tuition only. An admissions officer told me that every year there's a certain number of IB points designated, and everyone who achieved this score or higher automatically gets a full scholarship. He said they were in the high 30's and I think that it had been 38 or 39 the previous year. However, when I went to visit the downtown campus in the summer and had a meeting with the main admissions lady there, she told me that that it can also be in the 40s. As far as residences go, I looked into this, but have found almost no information. I think this is mainly because they are limited and the only time their fees are waived is for financial aid and usually just for Canadian citizens.
  7. It's going to be VERY difficult for you to get a FULL scholarship to any top 500 schools in the US and Canada with those grades. A big part of it because you're not a national citizen, and another because they're nothing too impressive. If you pull of at least a 36, you'd have a chance of pulling off a scholarship for some smaller ones (U of Calgary is the only one that comes to mind). I just remembered you mentioned the SAT, you need to take the SAT for most American universities, but none for Canada. NONE, trust me on this one. In terms of Canadian universities, you can get a full scholarship to U of Toronto with 39-42 points.
  8. Timmoty. I'm not sure how the medicine programs work in Poland, but in Canada and the US you must first complete an undergraduate degree before you can enter medical school for an MD. You mentioned UBC does not accept international students, that is incorrect. UBC does not accept international students for it's medical school, but you are not applying to its medical school, you are applying for an undergraduate degree--where they do accept international school. Please excuse me if you already have an undergraduate degree, but I'm just assuming you're still in high school since your IB exam dates are set for May 2012. I'd recommend Canada since we have an affordable price range and some great science programs and medical schools you can later go into. Let me make this clear once again: You CANNOT go into medical school right out of high school in the US and Canada. You must first complete an undergraduate degree. Stop looking at the information of medical schools and look at the science programs of American or Canadian universities. For scholarships and admissions, UBC is your best choice. They love IB students and I've never heard of anyone getting rejected from there (it's very easy). You could also just try going into a smaller Canadian university, completing your undergrad degree there and then doing medical school in some other university. Other than UBC, you should consider the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary. I know that you should be able to get a scholarship for Calgary very easily if you have good grades (38+). If you have grades lower than 36, it'll be difficult for you to get a scholarship--especially since you're not a Canadian citizen.
  9. They have snobby people at every top university in Canada, so don't sweat it. I have friends from McGill who like it there and say the people are extremely friendly. Between Waterloo and McGill, both are great universities. Also, most universities in Canada are full of asians--not just Waterloo.
  10. Never heard about in from Canada, Peru, and Chile
  11. Last year, in my IB Economics SL 1-year class we were only 3--and one girl skipped half the time so it was just me and this korean kid most of the time.
  12. Ever consider doing a foreign exchange? Most international schools offer the IB program and have superb reputations. These schools aren't nearly as picky as the private schools in the US and Canada (we had a new kid come in and miss the first semester IB, but they helped him catch up)--but if you're getting low marks or you're a bad influence, they will impose consequences. Personally, I would recommend doing an exchange to a foreign country (non-english speaking) for three reasons: 1. The education is fantastic: Since these are all private schools, you get some very good teachers who are easy to work with and have a positive attitude. 2. The environment: Most students at these schools take their academics very seriously and are hard working. You'll have a hard time finding "bad influences" because the people you're surrounded by promote hard work and academic success. Even if they score low grades, they're the ones studying the hardest. The environment can really change your mindset and promote study for yourself. Especially in a non-english speaking country, the international school community is like a "bubble", so it's hard to get any bad influences from even people outside the school. At parties, it's usually just people from the school too--but it depends, in one international school I was at, I did not ever meet a single person from outside my school at any of the parties I went to, but at another, there are quite a few. 3. The international experience: It's great to be able to travel to a new country and meet new people and a new culture. It's something fun to do before going of to university for four years. Two years is probably the best time for getting to know a new place to the best extent. Give it a thought, some of those boarding schools in Canada and the US are good, but I think that you'd have a much more enjoyable IB experience being in a different country and discovering a new culture.
  13. I think money is the biggest issue here. I mean, if you had unlimited cash, you could go to U of Texas, live like a king, eat lobster everyday, hey why even go to college? I too was considering the states for university (I'm Canadian too), but then decided not to because of the price. Technically speaking, my parents could finance my studies in the states (my brother is going to NYU), but I found it that I'd live a lot more comfortable by studying in Canada than in the states--I'd have more money to spend on things that I enjoy and not be broke from my studies. I like the idea that you want to go to Texas because you want to get away from home, but will that experience really be that enjoyable if you're broke all the time? I would recommend just going to Toronto--it's a big city and has a lot to offer. If you're from a small town in Saskatchewan (not saying you are, but just generally speaking), Toronto may not seem so foreign or inspiring, but it really is quite an urban centre. If you want to see the world and really enjoy life, go with Toronto. You're still young and you'll have a great time. Remember, you're not an American citizen so you won't be as comfortable in the US as in Canada (you can't work, and you get free health care in Canada). You're still young, go with Toronto and you can travel to Europe or Asia over the summer--maybe through an exchange. You can drive down to NYC on a long weekend, really going to U of T will let you have much more money to spend on traveling. Quality of education shouldn't even be a question, U of T is a great university. You did mention scholarships, but that depends on your grades. If you can share them it can probably help us help you better. You need some VERY high grades to get scholarships for universities in the states.
  14. I handed in my first commentary with Calibri (size 12 I think), but then my friend told me I should do Times New Roman 12, so I did that for the next three. Either way I got a 7 on my commentaries, so I don't think I was deducted points for it. As long as you don't add colourful titles or a crazy font you should be fine. I'd consult your teacher though, he/she can help you best.

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