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Hello, I’m approaching Grade 12 this fall and I’ve been worrying a lot over uni applications. I had a 93 in chem last year but I screwed up in advanced functions and AP physics with an 82 and 83 because of poor time management skills. I’m sure if I get it together this year I can pull a low 90 average, but I’m doubtful that it’s competitive enough for my top choices, which are UofT, UWaterloo, and McMaster’s for either ChemE or just chem as a backup plan, although I would rather not because of the poor job aspects for straight chem. Someone please shoot me down if I’m overestimating my academic ability lol

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  1. Those goals are not unattainable, but it depends on the person. Some people do poorly and redeem themselves the following year and some don’t. Also, if you really care about employability, I would go into another field of engineering, perhaps electrical or mechanical, as chem eng fare the worst as far as engineering goes.

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  2. Hello! Last year, I was also extremely worried about my chances of getting into the schools that you mentioned for chemical engineering. I actually did not have a high average (borderline 90%) and I was able to get into UofT and UWaterloo for chemical engineering. Although it should be noted that I received both acceptances in the last round of offers, since I did not have a high average. Despite my low average, I had a good list of ECs. Without them, I probably would not have gotten in. Since the school year just started, make sure that you try your best this year to raise your average! A point that I’d like to mention is that chemical engineering is not all about chemistry. You learn more chemistry than physics, but there is also a lot of math involved. Although chemical engineering does have lower job prospects out of the different engineering disciplines, getting that work experience through an internship program or co-op will help with finding a job after graduation. I am also worried about the job prospect for chemE, and am potentially looking to switch into another discipline next year at the University of Toronto. At UofT, people have said that if you are looking to change engineering disciplines, it is fairly easy to do so. You are usually allowed to switch if you have at least a 60% average in first year. Sorry, this was kinda long, hope it helps!

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