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Rejected from YORKU as transfer student?

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Jul 3, 2017
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Rejected from YORKU as transfer student?

I am freaking out and about to have a mental breakdown.

I have a long academic history, and will try my best to explain it.

I was accepted to UofT in 2013 and was majoring in Political Science. However, in my second year, I was expelled due to a terrible plagiarism mistake. I applied to Ryerson, and thankfully was admitted. However, I switched to Criminology as my program and all the courses i took were to satisfy the Crim degree requirements. However, my GPA fell below a 2.67 and they kicked me out of the program--back into Poli Sci. I have absolutely NO courses that can count towards the Poli Sci degree and I may have to spend an additional four years just to complete the degree. My program advisor suggested I apply elsewhere in hopes that they would accept my Crim credits and speed up graduation a bit.

However, I just received news that York rejected my application. I applied as a transfer students and I do no not meet their criteria.

What am I supposed to do now? Should I re-apply as a mature student? Should I flee the country? Does anyone have any advice?
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Oct 21, 2014
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It may not seem like it but the rejection is a blessing. Don't do any general bachelors. My suggestion would be to apply for a technical college program where you are specifically trained for a position.
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Frankly, it seems like you should take a step back and figure out what you want to do. If you were really focused on Criminology, you would have held up your GPA.

Maybe take some time off and re-focus?

I struggled in college right out of high school. Ended up taking 4 years off, and coming back. Worked well for me.

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What program did you apply to at York? Criminology is capped and usually closes early. You could try a related program like Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Science, or Human Rights and Equity Studies, then switch if your new GPA is high enough.
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Well if you know that your academic record doesn't look great, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Maybe take a semester off and apply to winter start? There's usually less competition there.
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vocabularylover wrote:
Jul 4th, 2017 3:11 pm
I am freaking out and about to have a mental breakdown.

I have a long academic history, and will try my best to explain it.

I was accepted to UofT in 2013 and was majoring in Political Science. However, in my second year, I was expelled due to a terrible plagiarism mistake. I applied to Ryerson, and thankfully was admitted. However, I switched to Criminology as my program and all the courses i took were to satisfy the Crim degree requirements. However, my GPA fell below a 2.67 and they kicked me out of the program--back into Poli Sci. I have absolutely NO courses that can count towards the Poli Sci degree and I may have to spend an additional four years just to complete the degree. My program advisor suggested I apply elsewhere in hopes that they would accept my Crim credits and speed up graduation a bit.

However, I just received news that York rejected my application. I applied as a transfer students and I do no not meet their criteria.

What am I supposed to do now? Should I re-apply as a mature student? Should I flee the country? Does anyone have any advice?
Okay. First off, take a breath. Secondly, what is it that you want to do with a bachelor's anyways? That's the real question. Because the more money you pour into this, believe it or not, the deeper a hole you're going to dig yourself into.

Your academic record is stained for sure, there's no doubt about that. Everyone makes mistakes but I agree strongly with the first replier. Maybe try a college programme. You were expelled from a university for plagiarism and then kicked out of another programme… maybe that's a sign you're not cut out for university or you're just not ready for it.

There's nothing wrong with not being cut out for university. Everyone has their different strengths and weaknesses. What do you want to do with a bachelor's anyways?
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AjayTo wrote:
Jul 14th, 2017 8:52 am
Your academic record is stained for sure, there's no doubt about that. Everyone makes mistakes but I agree strongly with the first replier. Maybe try a college programme. You were expelled from a university for plagiarism and then kicked out of another programme… maybe that's a sign you're not cut out for university or you're just not ready for it.
There's nothing wrong with not being cut out for university. Everyone has their different strengths and weaknesses. What do you want to do with a bachelor's anyways?
There appears some deeper issues at work. Before concluding that the OP is not being cut out for university, the OP may want to know why and how he or she arrived at this location of career. His or her high school years were when the influence on his or her post-secondary education began. If you have an word processor -- online ones such as Google Doc or offline ones such as Microsoft Word, the OP may brainstorm the causes and future of his or her current education position. From there, a clearer pathway may appear from the words....
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woof122 wrote:
Jul 4th, 2017 4:22 pm
It may not seem like it but the rejection is a blessing. Don't do any general bachelors. My suggestion would be to apply for a technical college program where you are specifically trained for a position.
+1

OP, take this from someone who completed an arts degree and went to law school. Most of the people I graduated with from my arts program struggled to find a decent job.

Why in god's name do you want to sink yourself into more debt, and waste more years, on an arts degree? If you were academically inclined and wanted to go to law school or complete a masters in public policy, I would say go for it. But, it's clear that you're a mediocre student in general, trying to stay afloat in a sinking ship. University is not the answer for many people to solve their problems. Figure out what you want out of your life, what CAREER you want to go into, and what it will realistically take to get there.

College and skilled trades programs are an excellent alternative as they offer many employable programs, with fewer years of schooling, less debt, and a good start to your career path.

P.S. There is literally almost nothing you can do with an undergraduate degree in political science or criminology alone.
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Wow, you are incredibly lucky.

Just imagine if they had accepted your transfer? You would have spent another 3 years and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology with a GPA of maybe 2.8. Plus a ton of student debt. Then after 8 months of looking for a job you would finally hit the jackpot and get a position as Assistant Manager at Old Navy for $14.50 an hour.

Consider yourself lucky!
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cybercavalier wrote:
Jul 14th, 2017 1:22 pm
There appears some deeper issues at work. Before concluding that the OP is not being cut out for university, the OP may want to know why and how he or she arrived at this location of career. His or her high school years were when the influence on his or her post-secondary education began. If you have an word processor -- online ones such as Google Doc or offline ones such as Microsoft Word, the OP may brainstorm the causes and future of his or her current education position. From there, a clearer pathway may appear from the words....
I wasn't making a conclusion about the OP. That's why I said MAYBE... clearly the issues that arise can possibly point in that direction. But, I don't know the full story.
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