Share your POST-SECONDARY experiences and advice
Just finished Computer Engineering program from Queen's and I'd like to share my experience of the past 4 years here. Please add anything you have have that can help others! There seemed to be a lot of troubled individuals getting kicked out recently...hope this thread can help.
Tips for high-schoolers:
1. Get as high of an average as possible (Grade 12). Why? Most universities have more entrance scholarships versus your undergrad. It is also easier to keep an entrance scholarship (maintain 80% at Queen's) versus competing for one after first year.
2. Get in a habit of doing homework. Why? To be blunt, high school is a joke. You are going to be hit with a heavier workload in post-secondary. Speaking from an engineering perspective, doing problems on a regular basis greatly improved my GPA.
Tips for university (Engineering @ Queen's specifics)
1. Use resources available to you. Why? You paid for them. Teaching Assistant(TA) and Professor office hours are free. Always ask them for help. One of the many regrets for me personally was feeling "stupid" to need to ask for clarification. These profs you see could come in handy later when you need a reference for grad school etc
2. Get as high of an average as possible (All years). Why? Scholarships and TAs. Scholarships- The faculty of Applied Science has general scholarships as well as department scholarships for all years (1,2,3,4). Most are based off academics (some for club specifics as well). TAs- The Faculty of Applied Science hire second+ year students for first year courses such as Programming, Caluculus, and Linear Alg. These positions are all based off marks. Third+ year students are then hired for in-department second year courses, and first year project courses.
3. Getting experience for career. How? Clubs and TAs. There are many clubs in universities which allow you to development leadership, time management, and communication skills. TAs provide opportunities for leadership, and scenarios for team leading development.
How being a TA helped me get a job at Proctor and Gamble I was a TA-title Project Manager for overseeing 4 groups of 4 students. I used many many scenarios during my interview for a summer electrical process engineer position at the P&G plant in Brockville. From leadership..to conflict resolution...to leading a team to a goal...etc etc I was able to give a solid context-action-result response to the interviewer.
4. Relax. Do whatever you like-party, sports, clubs, video games and balance the academic workload.
The $$ benefits (Personally experienced):
Scholarships $500 to $10k per year
TA (Engineering at Queens)- $19.45/hour (I believe other universities have a higher rate! Heard uot undergrad TAs were 3x/hr?)
Summer job at Honda-$15.50 /hour
Proctor and Gamble- $5035 / month salaried
Douglas tutor TA-$25/hr (GF experienced)
Edit* Private tutoring-Almost forgot..know your ***** and tutor rich froshs. GF and I charged $40/hour but the common rate should be ~$15
Overall tips- Know your ***** and learn to communicate. Having a higher GPA will only open more doors.