Well, title is pretty clear. In mid November, I decided on what school to attend. At the time of my last post, I hadn’t quite figured out what I wanted to do with schools and I can’t remember if I had all my interviews yet.
Well, I know I got an early offer on my birthday from York pretty much immediately after I interviewed with them. A few days later, I got an email telling me I had also qualified for a 40k scholarship as well. York seemed genuinely interested in having me at their school and were bending over backwards to have me. It seemed like a straight forward decision.
That being said, I still went ahead and did my interviews with Western and Queens. Western’s interview went well. I spoke to a career advisor and had a friendly chat. The tone of the conversation was professional, but definitely friendly. She asked me what I wanted out my degree and emphasized that her goal in the interview was to determine if both I and the school were a good fit for each other.
Queens on the other hand… They were just so stuck up and snobby. Their main interest was clearly what I could offer THEM. They’d ask me questions like, “what do you think your strengths are,” and I’d answer, “well, I think…” and the interviewer cut me off. He said I wasn’t being confident enough and I shouldn’t start with “I think”. You know, you did ask me what I think…
Anyways, they said that I was unprofessional during the interview because I also forgot this woman’s name that I had met once briefly about 3 months earlier. Her name was like Sofie or Sophia, which is what I said. Still though, they were pretty persistent and wanted to ‘give me another chance’ to interview again. I told the coordinator that honestly, I was pretty much decided on York anyways and that I needed to get back to them with a decision by the end of the week, so I didn’t have the time to interview again. I also mentioned that they offered me a scholarship and unless Queen’s was able to do the same, I didn’t think it would be worthwhile.
The whole attitude of the school really ticked me off. Even on their websites and their emails, it just screams elitism. Like, you’re somehow better than other people because you managed to convince someone at Queen’s that you were worthy of their time. Well, fuck that. Seriously. I’m tired of being judged and not being appreciated for what I can actually contribute to the conversation.
So, in the end, Western did get back to me before York’s acceptance deadline and they even offered me a scholarship of 30k. Unfortunately, Western’s tuition is much higher than York’s and their scholarship smaller, but ultimately it is a better school I think. It’s got a better reputation in Canada, its got the college town experience I want, and it is a one year program. I did have to tell Jess, Jenn & Sam that I wouldn’t be able to go to Toronto anymore. Jess was pretty hyped about the prospect of me going to Toronto, but she’s okay with me in London too. As she says, “it’s only 2 hours away!”
Anyways, so … decision is made! I’m going to be moving to London and attending Western (Ivey) from February until next March. I’m a little excited, but mostly nervous. Kind of scared that I won’t be able to keep up, to be honest. I’m hoping that there will be something that I excel in and that I’ll get along with my classmates. I’m scared of being alone, to be honest.
I haven’t totally figured out my living situation yet. I have a tentative agreement, but the building management is taking their sweet time to draft up a new lease agreement. Nice thing is that the place comes furnished.
I’ll update when I have an update. I hope I can keep up this blog during the school year. I think it’ll be interesting to document my mental state and progression over the year. It’s going to be (hopefully) a big year of changes.