I’m currently in my 2nd year of biomedical engineering at a Canadian university. I’d like to transfer into general first year engineering (I’m interested in electrical and mechanical though) at UWO (Western), Queen’s, or McMaster. I’d appreciate any advice or evaluations of my chances for transferring.
White male Canadian citizen. First in family to go to university. I don’t think demographics are taken into consideration by Canadian universities but I’m not sure.
Had a 95+ average all 4 years. Finished final year with a 95. Took all prerequisite courses for engineering. Won the 90+ average award all 4 years. Won numerous subject achievement awards.
Throughout high school I was enrolled in an international languages program. Finished the program with a 96 and won student of the year.
Will be doing an engineering internship this summer. Won’t be able to put this on this year’s application but maybe on next year’s application if I can’t transfer this year.
Did badly in 1st year. Finished with a 70 average and dropped 3 courses (dropped courses don’t show up on transcript). However, experienced extenuating circumstances that year.
Doing well in 2nd year. Only taking easy general elective classes + classes I dropped though. Average for 2nd year alone should be in the high 80s to 90s. Overall average should improve to a mid to high 70 by end of fall semester and low 80 by winter semester.
I will write about these in an extenuating circumstances form. I had a pretty bad year after high school. My dad, my family’s breadwinner, became disabled and left his job. This caused my family to become low income. My dad’s disability was neurological in nature which made caring for him frustrating. I was his caregiver when my mom was at work. The domestic and financial issues at home eventually resulted in my mom deciding to divorce my dad. The house was to be sold and I was to stay with my dad. Legal proceedings were taking place however my dad ended up dying which caused further domestic and financial issues.
Statement of intent:
I’ll write about how I want to get my life back on track after all the misfortunes that happened to me in 1st year and about how I want to honour my deceased dad by getting an engineering degree since he was pretty proud of the fact that I went to university and he hoped he would live to see me graduate (yes, he was aware that I wanted to transfer and supported the decision).