Inspiration

As a grade 12 student, I know firsthand what it was like to be in the dark, not knowing if universities were considering my application, and if people with similar marks are getting into the programs I am interested in. After joining a discord server for Waterloo applicants, I realized that people were putting their university decisions into a dedicated channel, and it became a popular feature of the server. There was a genuine need for information, and I wanted to satisfy that by creating a website for senior high school students to celebrate their offers of admission, while giving other students a much-needed update.

What it does

The website allows students to post the status of their university decisions online and keep track of them in a list, and see the grades of people who have received offers from a program.

How we built it

I built it using HTML/CSS + Bootstrap for the frontend, and the Django framework for the backend.

Challenges we ran into

As I was just starting to get familiar with backend technologies, I had difficulty customizing the Django forms, and errors prevented me from successfully deploying the website through Heroku.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

I was proud that I could create a multi-page website in 24 hours, and my ability to create a decent-looking website with the help of Bootstrap!

What we learned

I learned how to use the Django backend framework, and how to design webpages using Bootstrap.

What's next for PathFinder

I plan to make the website look nicer, allow students to upload their courses as well so the computer would automatically calculate their average, and use APIs to scrape data from university websites to compile all the upcoming events for incoming students into one place.

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