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  1. The problem lies with those who split between As and Bs. If I were a student with a mix of both, it's untenable for me to take the A and obscure the B+ without an inference drawn that the obscured grade is worse than a B+, despite the GPA protection. There's then an incentive to disclose the B+ and so on until you either reveal all your grades, or none at all.
  2. It's not about policing the decision. It's about framing the context in which the decision was made, which makes it easier/harder to justify the position you take to observers.
  3. My entire problem with this approach the Dean took. The only way to utilize this is to take a blanket approach to your own transcript. An optional pass/fail is not an option, not even for the 3Ls with how the market's going to look after their articling.
  4. Expect to be bored shitless, and depending on your school, courses you want to take may only be offered every other year. I don't recommend it.
  5. I still think the UofO blanked approach has been the most equitable one so far, despite Walters' well-written email. I'm not convinced there's a way to choose a P/F course while keeping some of your grades and not having a negative connotation being drawn from it.
  6. Keeping up for a while here, my turn to make an entry. Are the Brooks Brother's 1818's any good/price premium worth it for a student on a budget? They're having a decent sale right now and I can snag one for ~650, where SuitSupply/Spier options will run me $450-500 or so. I've got an odd body shape, and I had a shoulder issue pop up on the cheap suits that I never noticed with the Brooks (possibly the construction of it being more flexible?). It will be the only suit I have unless I come out of November with an offer, at which point I'd probably buy another (not necessarily the same suit)
  7. One hugely underrated benefit of a Mac if you spend a lot of time on campus, you can borrow a charger from a lot of the people around you, or the library. You can pry my MBP from my cold, dead hands, but I'm also one of the monsters that actually really likes the newer keyboard, so do with this information what you will. I mean, unless you have very specific use cases like developing, don't do this. The newer Macbooks have a software undervolt that isn't present in Windows (at least the 2018s, the "fix" for the overheating when they released) and makes everything run toasty, and the amazing trackpad is gone with the Bootcamp drivers.
  8. One class without laptops, but mostly filling in outlines after I realize I missed a couple points, saves me the reprint. And rent cheques I guess. It was a nice box I bought for 4th year that I never finished. Scanners I find unnecessary, the all-in-ones on campus are free and amazing quality, you’ll only use them a couple times.
  9. Unibal 207s in .5mm are my go-to, those things write so incredibly nicely for a mostly cheap ballpoint, gel ink is amazingly rich on the page. Also highlighers. I absolutely hate highlighting in books, but I found them necessary when writing exams. Buy your own printer. You'll end up shelling out a lot when printing outlines on campus, and this way you get the convenience of doing it at home.
  10. I've only ever seen one person handwrite notes when given the option. I'm firmly in the typed notes class. Lets you rearrange stuff as necessary, is quicker, easily shared and it helps to have copy & paste when creating outlines. Also won't be at risk of losing it to water etc if you back it all up. Is it doable? Yes, the content (for most classes) can be kept up with by writing if you're good at note taking only the important points. But I'd never recommend it.
  11. My two cents after graduating Western: Spamtrap is an absolute joke. The only thing it blocks is the typical "business opportunities" emails that look to scam you out of money. Phishing emails are rampant, almost all of them are the exact same "mailbox full" or "deactivated account", and people somehow keep falling for them. TL:DR, ANYTHING that asks you to log in is fake. Anything authentic can be accessed without clicking anything, but by going through OWL/student.uwo.ca My workaround solution was to set everything to forward to my personal GMail (they disabled POP3 when they migrated to Office365). Every other competent email provider picks up on the phishing emails instantly and designates them as spam. Obviously, you'll have to send emails by actually logging in, but for the usual OWL notifications and whatnot, this works. I've also noticed a drastic decrease in these emails since becoming an alumni (well under 1 a month), so I get a feeling the bot must be using a mailing list that only targets current students.
  12. The time it takes to travel to Western proper and to Queen’s is basically identical. There’s a LOT more traffic west of Toronto, and main campus at UWO is incredibly far from the 401, it’s a good 20-30 minute drive through the city. Travel time is honestly a wash between the two. Cost is also a wash between the two, Queens with lower tuition but pricier rent. Just pick a city and go with it, both are fantastic options.
  13. You’re not getting that price for a one bed unless you’re incredibly lucky. And by waiting you’re definitely taking a risk, Kingston’s housing market is incredibly tight around campus. The longer you wait, the farther you’ll be from campus unless you pay up or fill a room of a house
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