What do you want to be when you grow up? What is your dream job and dream school? How do you want to live your life? Yes, these questions might sound all too cliche and serious, but you can’t deny that they are absolutely realistic. If you are in your senior/fifth year, well congratulations, your actual University applications should’ve started by now. And if you are in your freshman/sophomore/junior year, remember this: it’s never too early to plan ahead and think about your future—-the early bird gets the worm!
To begin with, find your true passion in life. After all, what else is out there that’s happier than doing what you love? Based on your interests (strength also works), look for the specific program that fits you the best. Now having the program chosen, start gathering information on Colleges and Universities, especially the ones you are fond of. Visit the University’s website, go on as many campus tours as possible, talk to alumni/current students, and most of all, don’t forget to ask for your parent’s opinions. All of these are highly time-consuming indeed, but all the effort will pay off. It not only lets you know where you should be heading, but also the amount of work that’s required to reach the ideal destination, and having a goal in life is always important as it can be very motivating and engaging. When others are still struggling to figure out their desire, you know perfectly what you want, and believe me, that surely makes a difference.
For everyone who’s graduating next year, by the end of October, all Grade 12/Fifth year students in Ontario will receive their Application Access Code Letter, and that marks the official start of the University application process. As mentioned earlier, for some students, the preparation process might have started a long time ago, and for others, they might not have even bothered to think about it. For those students, all I want to say is this: this is your own future that you’re putting at risk, please don’t let yourself regret in the future! Get to work and start planning now!
By the end of October 2019
Students will receive their Application Access Code Letter from their guidance counsellor with their school number, student number and temporary PIN to create an OUAC account (www.ouac.ca). Students should keep this letter for their records. They will need this information to apply.
January 15, 2020
Deadline to submit completed applications to the OUAC.
Recommended deadline: After Christmas break, before the New Year
May 27, 2020
The latest date all high school applicants can expect a response from an Ontario university.