Posted By: Annie Wang on February 28, 2011
Three quick, but unrelated updates. First was a question I recently received-
I read your recent blog post and was wondering why exactly it is so hard to get 90%+ in QC. Is it the sheer amount of material, the higher thinking of questions, grading curve, difficult marking, etc?
I’m sure that you’ve been told a bzillion times about how “hard” the program can be, but to be fair, there are still people who can maintain a 90+ average in Commerce. Don’t be too discouraged and never question how exceptional you are.
I found it personally challenging to transition into such a specialized program. The pace of lectures is very fast (one of my friends said that 2 semesters of high school accounting was pretty much covered in a week) and so there is a lot of material. University in general also requires a lot of independent study. In high school, if I went to class and did a few practise problems the night before a test, I’d be fine (as I’m sure is the case for many of my classmates). So the adjustment to having to diligently stay on-top of assigned readings, problems, tutorials etc. etc. can be tough. You’ll only have 15-20 hours of lecture per week, so it becomes difficult to figure out how to use the rest of your time effectively.
(If any of the other bloggers have additional insights, please feel free to share your thoughts)
March Break Open House
Second update relates to the March break open house at Queen’s. There will be a campus tour as well as tours of Goodes Hall and I would invite any potential Comm ‘15s to come for a visit. You get to experience the campus, the cafeteria food and hopefully a beautifully sunny day in Kingston. I’d also be happy to give you a personal tour- send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Final update is for the Commerce Environmental Engineering Conference (CEEC) 2011. CEEC 2011 is this coming weekend (March 4-5), so here’s my last shameless plug: spots are limited and this is your last chance to sign-up at www.ceec.ca We have confirmed Glenn Ives, Chairman of Deloitte as a keynote as well as a number of other exciting speakers and workshops. I sincerely hope to see some of you there!
-Annie Wang (B’Comm 2013)