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What Made You Pick Your University?

I'm in grade 12 right now and looking at different universities. I've got local choices and 1-2 out of the province that I think would be a good fit for me. So I'm wondering what made you guys pick the university you're attending? Did you study at a school close to home or did you make a big move? Why that specific university?
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I chose McMaster as my university because it was closest to me and I won't have to miss my mom's home-cooked meals (LOL). I live in Hamilton and it only requires one bus to get there, which by the way, the bus stop is a minute walk from my house. My parent's don't have the highest income, so they cannot afford to pay residence fees and such. However, as a young child, I've always liked the McMaster campus and its programs (except certain courses in those programs, but that's true for all universities). I'm not a big social/partying person as I'm more of a quiet person, who likes to just chill and relax at home with friends and such, rather than go to a big university party. Not that I'm saying McMaster is dead in terms of the social environment, but Western and McGill events are usually legendary (supposedly) compared to the ones at McMaster. Although it doesn't really matter to us, McMaster also ranks as one of the top schools in Canada for the sciences (the program I'm in), so that's another bonus. At the end of the day, it feels nice and right for me to be at McMaster. 

My tip for you is to consider your finances first and foremost. You cannot attend university if you don't have the finances for it. Apply for OSAP, bursaries, scholarships, etc. If you still know you cannot afford residence (after OSAP, bursaries, and just not enough funding for it), then go to one of your local universities (if it has the program(s) that you want) as this will take a lot of weight off of your shoulders (no need to work hard at a job to get the money needed). However, if you do have the finances, I highly recommend that you do live abroad and experience a new life outside of your familiar home. Strong friends can be formed in residences (i.e. your college roommate can be your friend years from now). You also learn to be more independent and have more control over how you want to live your life at university. I wish I had the opportunity to live at residence as that experience is something you won't want to miss. 

Visit the campus if you can and see if you like the campus and residences (if you can do it). I personally did not like the University of Toronto St. George campus, but I loved McMaster's and Western's. So that was one university off of my list. 
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I put two choices on each side of a coin and flipped it and that's how I ended up at the school I'm at.
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I was choosing between McMaster and McGill (I’m from Mississauga). I loved both campuses, and both schools offered great life sciences programs, however I chose McGill because most of my classmates were going to schools in southern Ontario and a lot were attending McMaster, and I wanted university to be more of an independent thing for me, and not to run into people I knew all the time. It was a great idea. I came to a McGill by myself, which was difficult at first, but at a school like this where a large chunk of the population is international students, there were so many people who didn’t know anyone and I made tons of friends in residence. That was my choice though, my family and friends wanted me to choose Mac, but I’m very happy I chose McGill although both are awesome schools!
Figure out what it is you want from university! If you want to be close to friends/family, what city you would rather live in, program options, residence options, etc, there is a lot to look into! Let me know if you have anymore questions :)
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Hi!! This may sound like kind of a ridiculous question, but is McGill Life Sciences super difficult? I've heard from many people (both who have been there and people who just heard) that the professors at McGill are hard just for the sake of being hard. It's been one of my top choices throughout high school, but now that it's time to apply I've been reconsidering because I do want a good education, but I also want somewhere where I could get the grades for med school. Let me know, thanks!
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