Higher Level Courses in University 

Question: Hello! I’m interested in pursuing my BSc at the University of Calgary. They recommend me to take Physics 30 and/or Math 31. I want to take Physics 30, but I’m scared they’ll automatically put me in a higher level course in my first year. What should I do?

Hello and thank you so much for your question!

Since we don’t have any first-hand experience with post-secondary education, we have contacted Ashley, one of our alumni-founders/creators of this site! She says to not worry about being placed in a higher level class because everyone in first year sciences follows the same structure of introductory coursess. Also, you get to choose and build your schedule. However, if you would like to pursue a specific course, you are more than welcome to, but it isn’t really necessary.

If you would like additional information that is more specific to your own aspirations and inquiries, I recommend seeing Ms. Geran!

I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming exams and pursuit of post-secondary education!


Troubles Before University

Question: if you failed every single math, english, and chemistry course from grade 9-12 what can i do in post secondary. Also where is room ENA 101 in the u of c building

Thank you for your inquiry. This was a tough question for us to answer (as you can tell, as this was posted later than the 9:00 deadline).
So, we are assuming you are either:

  1. In grade 9 we would like to say: don’t give up. You still have 3 good years ahead of you to work on your academics, and improve on your grades, or
  2. If you are in grade 12 you still have a lot of options. You could upgrade your courses, or learn a trade.

Ashley (in response to #2): Sorry, but I’m going to be your reality check for the day. I noticed that you asked for an Engineering room specifically, and if you think that you’re failing the core classes you need to be accepted into University, much less Engineering, I do not think that you should rush your decision. You’re still in high school, so you still have the option of upgrading and summer school. If you really believe that you are doing poorly, then you need to speak with Ms. Geran ASAP about what your plans are for the upcoming years. It depends on your definition of failing, however, if it is by the definition of provincial failure, then you may not only be in danger of not only making it to university, but passing high school, especially if you are failing English. Take the time, upgrade your marks if you must, and make sure your skills are adequate. That, or choose another path, such as a trade, as said above, where you may or may not need certain classes.

Sunvy (in response to Ashley’s definition of failure): Well, you see, every one is unique and each person has their own definitions of different terms. One of the most controversial terms used in school is “failing”. Different people have different takes on this term be it: provincially failing a course (below 50%), FFCA failing a course (below 60%), a number an individual assigns one’s self (for me personally anything below an 90% in physics) or even failing in the the respect of not gaining any experience. I took AP english in grade 10 and I was so close to failing (my report card that year said I got a 60%, however, later it magically bumped up to 64% on my transcript, but that’s besides the point.) If you look at this from a numerical perspective, one may argue that I “failed the course”, however, I perceived it as a golden opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I gained so many valuable lessons, not just in English, but real life applications as well. So, one thing that I would like to ask you to do is: evaluate your own definition of the term “failing” and not just look at it from a numerical perspective, but from the priceless experiences and life lessons you get out of it as well.

Ejaaz: For those in grade 9-11 facing this problem, many people who get under a certain grade will get recommended for a -2 course (mostly math and ELA). What most people don’t understand is how much -2 will help you.

Personally, as student who has taken ELA-2, grades 10 through 11, I can honestly say it has been a blessing in disguise. I went into it feeling very pessimistic and against the whole idea, but I came out of it with greater abilities than when I started. I feel as if my writing progressed significantly, and I would not be where I am today in terms of my writing.

Ashley: In conclusion, our three main takeaways are:

  • Talk to Geran.
  • Reevaluate your definition of failure;
  • And based on your definition, choose the course stream/future best suited for you

Side note:
This may help you find rooms within the University:

Interactive room finder: This is a link to an interactive room finder at U of C. Basically, it is a map of the buildings, in which you can search for a specific room and it will show you where it is, and which building it is in. Furthermore, you can book a campus tour of the university where they will also show you where every building is and what is taught there.