POSter Child

Hey kids, it’s springtime! This means the crocuses and snowdrops are coming up, and we may eventually get consistent sun and warmth. For most of us it means exams. And for anyone entering second year or switching programs, it means Subject Program of Study (POSt) enrollment time. Subject POSts are the programs of study we’ll follow for our remaining time at U of T. They determine what courses we can or cannot take, and whether we’ll end up with a B.SC or B.A. Every other year I’ve been applying to a Type 1 or Type 2 Subject POSt, so applying has been a simple matter of finding the Subject POSt Code and adding it on ROSI, and either getting in right away (for a Level 1 POSt) or waiting until an administrator has confirmed I meet the minimum grade requirements (for a Level II POSt). But now I’m applying to a Type 3 POSt and it feels like a much bigger deal. Unlike Levels 1 and 2 POSts, which don’t require much effort beyond waiting for approval, Level 3 require separate applications. There’s a long list of programs in this category, including music performance and health and disease. In my case, the international relations (IR) major program requires specific confirmation that I have taken all its prerequisite courses, as well as a small essay. It’s only 500 words, but it feels like there’s a lot on the line. My admission to this POSt won’t drastically affect my academic path, as it might have had I applied sooner. I don’t have very many credits left for a full degree, and have already taken a few IR major requirements this year and through transfer credits. But I’d like to make it official. This does of course mean that I will be spending a lot more time in Trinity College, a long-time friendly rival of my home base of University College, but it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make. 😉 This will also mean that I will be headed for a Bachelor of Arts rather than my initial plan of a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science. This doesn’t bother me as much as it once did, but it’s a little sad to leave something I was so proud of behind in such an official way. However, I’m looking forward to the awesome-sounding courses that will be available to me. How about you? Are you applying to a new Subject POSt? Let me know how it’s going in the comments, and good luck!

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