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  1. There have been people older than you who have been accepted. I'll be starting at McMaster this fall at age 35, so it's not impossible. Like Birdy said, it is self selecting. I think many people at 35+ have settled into a life they don't want to uproot.
  2. All credit cards have a percentage rate that merchants (store owners) are charged per transaction. One of the agreements store owners make with credit card companies is that if they accept one card (e.g. a basic Visa), they have to accept all cards of that brand (aka all Visas). The more bonuses a credit card has on it - reward points, cash back, insurance, etc - the higher the charge for the merchant. So to use Visa as an example, using TD's Visa Infinite card costs the merchant a much higher percentage than if someone was to use a basic no frills Visa. This article is a good read for anyone who's interested in this type of stuff http://globalnews.ca/news/1652367/visa-mastercard-canada-agree-to-lower-transaction-fees/
  3. Yes, what Birdy said. That's some crazy level of perseverance! How did you stay so focused? Congrats again.
  4. You may want to spend some time with an interview coach (maybe a service on campus?) so that you can get feedback on how you sound, where you tend to look, and what your body language looks like. Either that or find a super critical friend that doesn't hesitate to give you that kind of feedback when practicing. Joining a club like toastmasters can't hurt but it's not focussed on interview prep from what I've heard. I think the key is to find some way to be able to be yourself and say what's on your mind clearly even if you're feeling super nervous and stressed out.
  5. I think they care about issues that might have an impact on you being able to work with vulnerable populations. They do mention that if anything is flagged on the criminal checks they will deal with it on a case by case basis.
  6. If it makes you feel any better I've heard the hospital there is really nice.
  7. I don't like to oversell anything in interviews. That said, show you have enough interest and passion for the position that you took it upon yourself to take the codeacademy course. By no means can you lay claim to really knowing how to program quite yet, but you can tell them "Hey, I really want to work here and I've even been taking this course to brush up on programming skills because I think they'll come in handy". Whatever you think works for you.
  8. PS you'll know you're doing it right if you find yourself super frustrated and questioning why you ever wanted to try programming... but then still sticking to it until it works.
  9. Data: This is free and will get you introduced to some basic data processing using R https://www.codeschool.com/courses/try-r I don't recommend it as a place to learn how to code. However, you may want to read this article first which goes through the pros and cons of R vs Python for data science. Project Ideas: **DELETED** has a great list of beginner project ideas for python http://www.**DELETED**.com/r/beginnerprojects Resources: stackoverflow.com will be your new best friend when hunting down how to do something or another. Python OOP a good article that runs through classical object oriented programming I'd say try to build some of the smaller projects ideas that seem doable to feel more comfortable and then move onto trying to do the data science stuff.
  10. Depends on what you're trying to learn. What are your goals, basic programming knowledge or having a skill set more suitable for data processing?
  11. If you've started with python, then stick to that and learn how to apply object oriented programming (OOP) given its syntax. Once you learn OOP, you'll find you can apply it to other languages easily. Oh - and also, the best way to learn to program is to have a set goal in mind for a project and then work to try to figure out how to make it happen. Tutorials only get you so far.
  12. You may want to look at R if you're interested in working with big data. There's a Data Specialization Track on Coursera and the people running it released the book R programming for Data Science. CodeSchool also offers an R course to get started, but I don't think it's focussed on medical data. That said, CodeSchool is a fun way to learn.
  13. Speaking of - when can we start applying for a parking spot?
  14. What I'm finding so far with my shopping around is that it's important to deal with someone who sees you as an investment and wants to retain a relationship with you long term so that when you start making money you think of them first for investment needs. Still shopping around but I know I won't be using my current bank TD. Not only did they not bother returning my call to the local branch, their info line people just read some random info off the website. Good times.
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