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  1. Mature. Do you have an argument? I'd love to hear it. Rarely do I find truly great modern music, that if you were to point out to me something 'great', I'd probably love you for life. Okay. Although, nothing of today can compare to any of the sounds of the 50s and 60s, or even the 70s and 80s--my personal favourite era of music--just as no writing of today can compare to written works of the Victorian era, or works of the early 20th century. They're different times, so naturally they're going to be different. My argument is simply that the style of music from today really needs to take a pa
  2. ^ I like that. I disagree, but I like that. I'd apply it to music, rather than literature. So, we're strictly speaking modern literature, right? I mean, obviously there are boatloads of classics that would go on this list, but here are the first ones popping into my head. Worst Literature: The Twilight Saga--ohmy, how overrated!--by Stephenie Meyer The Temperence Brennan/Bones novels by Kathy Reichs--now, hear me out! I read them! I love the stories! I love the TV show! I love that Reichs informs me of new French curse words used in Quebec! Her writing, on the other hand, is shoddy. Also, tha
  3. As a child, my most memorable book would've been Roderick Townley's The Great Good Thing--it's a short novel about characters in a children's story; one a them, Sophie, is very adventurous, and wants to know what goes on outside of the pages of her book. It's actually quite a cute little story, and I fully intend to read it to any children that should come to my immediate family. The book from school that stuck with me the most is definitely John Wyndham's The Chrysalids. It just keeps you wondering! The major questions are all answered very well, and there's nothing left open about the plot o
  4. It's similar at my school. In a "regular," non-IB class, anything less than a 60% means you either can't take the next level of the course (i.e. if you fail a grade ten class, you can't take the grade eleven class of that subject) or, if it's a mandatory course like History, English, Math, have to repeat the course the following semestre/year before doing the next level. In IB, on the other hand, if you have less than a 75% by the end of the semestre, you can no longer do the course in IB--with the exception of IB English, in which case the minimum require grade is an 80%--and must "drop out"
  5. are u sure that these are the avg. requirements? on the link, it says: "The values listed below are the minima that were required for admission in September 2010. Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades for entry may fluctuate up or down in any given year. Please note that grades that are equal to or better than those listed do not guarantee admission for September 2011." so arent these the minimum requirements? You'd be right. I apologise. I think I did have another link that had the averages, though I'm not sure where I found it.
  6. I loved The Other Boleyn Girl! Very well-written. I'm not one for teen books as a rule, but you simply must read Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Don't judge it by the cover, which is atrocious and there is no connection whatsoever (Josephine de Beauharnais isn't mentioned but once, and Napoleon, only thrice casually). It brings together the violence of the Revolution, with music of the epoch, and slightly annoying, yet touching, teenage issues. There are two story lines taking place--one in modern society (a teenage girl struggling with the loss of her brother), and one in the pre-Terror Revo
  7. Kite Runner sounds remarkably familiar.. It seems to me that someone has recommended that to me, as well. I'll have to look into it. What other novels/plays have you read for your English classes, just out of curiosity? I haven't read Stones into Schools, because it seemed to be it'd be similar to the point of boring. Pray let me know if it isn't.
  8. I'm English, in a purely English-speaking household, but I've been in French immersion for eleven years now; since coming into IB French, I feel like I've definitely improved quite a bit, if I do say so myself. My vocabulary is limited, though, unfortunately. I've always wanted to learn Spanish--I love languages, as they're such a big deal, and communication issues arise that just drive me nuts (I think that pet peeve is derived from my having a cleft palette, which affected my speech when I was younger)--but I have absolutely no basis in the language. Wanna teach me some basics? I'd be happy
  9. Ah, nice. That'd be fascinating--I quite love the quantum and nuclear physics topics of the curriculum, perhaps even more so than chemistry and biology (I want to be a cardiologist). So what other books have you read recently? Any good ones? My school exams are this week, so I haven't had the chance to read very much--plus we're starting The Makioka Sisters for English, so I'll have to read that first. :\ My one complaint about IB English--I don't get time to read the books I want to read, not just the ones I have to read.
  10. Mm, I agree that the people there seem to be so different--in a positive way, for the most part. They're so passionate about their family, culture, religion. I sometimes think that we could all take a page out of their book. Ah, a fellow wanna-be-theologist? My favourite part of History class is learning about the creation of different religions, what they believe, what is their basis. The wars and other conflicts brought on by these religions are even more fascinating.
  11. http://www.mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/programs-study/admission-criteria Scroll down, and click on whatever region you're applying from; a window will pop up and give the admission standards for each faculty. Note that these are the averages--there are students with lower grades who have gotten in. This is such a load off to know, in my opinion--knowing that the admission standard is a 91.5%, based on your top five subjects, to do a B. Sc. was pretty relieving for me (my 'raw' average is higher than that), as I'm incredibly nervous about my IB marks (I'm seeing so many sixes and sevens
  12. Ah, how nice it would be to get an opinion on Robespierre from a citizen of France, just for context... *hint hint* Robespierre fascinates me, and I realise the negative impact of his politics, but based on what I've learned in the History curriculum, I'm seeing that, if he hadn't done it, someone else would've, with the same results. I might even go so far as to say it was necessary. Do you have any opinion on him, and what are the lasting effects that you notice in present-day France? How many generations has your family been in France (i.e. were relatives of yours witnesses to the Revoluti
  13. Considering I've only read A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth for school--Macbeth being my favourite of the three--I can't really add anything of substance to this debate. I can say, though, that even though I've only read them because they're mandatory, I recognise that Shakespeare's writing is quite ingenius; the way he brings the entire storyline of Macbeth together is brilliant, especially with the four apparitions and how even their appearances fit in with the witches' predictions. He uses the most beautiful words, so very "quotable."
  14. The book itself was less-than-spectacular; the story, however, was quite inspiring. North Americans like you and I see only what happens in North America--what the effects are on North America; we don't see the pain and suffering in the war-zone countries: this new perspective I gained from reading the story was what I appreciated most about it. Where, exactly, would you like to travel? This aforementioned new perspective didn't make me want to go there as it did you, but I would love to help from Canada. The only place I've ever wanted to travel to is England--it's almost unhealthy how much
  15. Good post, but there's just a few things wrong: One: You spelled "hypocrite" incorrectly. It is spelled "hypocrite," not "hypocrit." Two: Saying "7's on IB exams" is incorrect. You are inferring that the 7 owns something wtih the apostraphe. Next time, say "7s" instead of "7's." Three: You forgot an apostraphe in saying "todays kids." It should be "today's kids." In this case you do want to designate ownership. Four: "..ive fallen victim to alot of things im condemning..." This is a terribly constructed sentnece! "ive" should be given an apostraphe and capitalized, and "alot" is not one word,
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