Hi, sorry for replying very late. Everything's really running at top speed here!!! I don't have much time anymore. I think that's how McGill is; I've asked people around and it looks like McGill is really work-intensive and that they cultivate a highly intellectual environment here. Haha, even the idea of "proving yourself as a Filipino" will pose many questions on many people here, and it's like you also get to think "why prove? insecure much?" So in the end, I just came to see to it that I do my job and that's it; let the proving manifest itself in the kind of work you give or present them. Anyway, volume of schoolwork here is hard; coming up with possible research area prospects is harder; assuming the English language as your (my) mother tongue [to be very communicative and articulate about ideas and just basically being appropriately social] is the hardest! I do wonder about your field of study...here, being in the frontiers of new research in music history and theory is really awesome (and also unnerving at a point). Access to loads of materials here in the music field do exceed what we have back there, which is even less that what is supposedly standard.humdrumdum said:Hi there whehwhehwheh! I am happy about hearing about your experience, as I was curious on what other people think of Canadian education. For me, it's kind of like the other way around... I agree that education here is, in a way, superior because of the myriad of resources institutions have. I guess we're really getting what we pay for as international students. It just frustrates me that a lot of students take these resources for granted, when there are students like us on the other side of the world who have to make do with what we have. There are a lot of brilliant students in the Philippines but a lot of us get set aside because of our country's status. At first, this made me really sad, but I guess it just gives us more purpose to prove ourselves in earning our credentials
I'm jealous though, I really wanted to enter McGill! I had to settle with a 2-year diploma program because I didn't want to go through another 4 years of undergraduate studies. :< As for my experience, they don't value as much critical thinking compared to what I was used to back in my home university. I am now a victim of over-thinking hahaha I'm not used to having to answer such straight-forward questions, it's kind of unnerving sometimes. The lessons aren't that tough for me, but it's the sheer volume of schoolwork that I have to deal with is what stresses me out. huhu
I would say though that we are getting what we paid for, while Canadians and PR's are really paying way less! Around 300% less than what we're being charged for. I've read somewhere that in international student rates, you really get to see how much Canadian university education costs at its core. And that we international students get the brunt of it. Very sobering and shocking, but it's also intriguing to take note that Canadian citizens and PRs, even with taxes higher than in the Philippines (and especially here in Quebec! Residents, including me as well, pay federal taxes AND provincial taxes), are very much well compensated and well taken care of by the government. That's why it's no surprise that some people here don't realize the actual cost of the privileges they enjoy here. So as for us, it's up for grabs!
I agree though that yes, we do have a lot of brilliant Filipino students!