Hey guys, im kinda in a dilemma here about applying to Waterloo (I'm currently in highschool present in Ontario) for mechatronics or mechanical engineering. I was wondering if you guys could help me out with some experience in engineering in general and such to make an informed desicion, since my knowledge is limited in highschool. So the way Waterloo has students apply to their factuality is by choosing only one feild of engineering they want to be picked for, but can specify a "second choice" in their aif (some form to fill out about the student's life outside of school). My original plan was to apply for mechatronics, since it is the harder one to get in, requiring 'high 80's', and suggest mechanical as my second option in my aif since it just requires mid 80's. I planned to do this because the professors said at the open house said it would be MUCH easier to switch from mechatronics to mechanical, since it is less competitive to get in, creating more flexibillity However, I REALISTICALLY see myself applying with an average around 87 or 88 (with a worst, worst WORST case scenario of 86). With this lower than expected average, im questioning even applying to the mechatronics undergrad program at all! this is not just because marks though. After being on this forum a bit, it seems that mechanical is much more broad and you learn about many more fields than any other program, and im worried that mechatronics may restrain that. This is also because you CAN specialise in mechatronics from mechanical in waterloo, but you just start the programing in 3rd or 4th year however, my aif will be very strong, and this form can add 1-5% on your admiration average. I have been very involved in music being in an arts school i had to audition for, as well as tons of sports and volenteering as well. however, I did take english in summerschool, and i may be penalised a bit for it, since it is frowned upon, BUT i had to in order to fit in all the courses i wanted so my resulting question is should i put my first choice of engineering for mechanical or mechatronics. Because mechanical is easier to get into, if i put mechatronics as my second choice, they will not even look at that and my mechanical application will get priority. However, it seems that mechanical may be much more broad and better to go into for my undergraduate studdies (since you CAN specialise in mechatronics from mechanical in your 3rd to 4th year). But if apply to mechatronics and get in, it is supposedly real easy to drop down to mechanical if i dont really like it. but if i DONT get it to mechatronics (which may likley with my marks), mechanical will be my second choice, and i will not get priority to mechanical engineering as opposed to those who apply to mechanical as their first choice. Im sorry for making this thread so big and tedious, but these decisions are big and tedious to me! thank you all very much for the support, i greatly appreciated any help P.S, both these feilds intrest me because i like things that move, that are big (such as cars and areospace things) and things that are high tech Thanks again!