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nugget last won the day on December 30 2013

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  1. This is an expression. It means that a person who is wise does not tarnish relationships or get on someone's bad side until they know they are strong and mighty, and can basically do it all on their own without any help from others.
  2. Are you ok with giving this info out to only 2 schools? I'd take the next month to decide between these two schools. If you still don't hear back from the others, there is no need to hang on to both offers. Pick one out of these two options and move on. If you pick the school requesting the deposit, pay it and keep waiting on the other 3 schools. Paying the deposit is well worth having the peace of mind that there is a spot waiting for you in the fall. If you pick the school that has no deadline, write an email to them indicating the date you will give your final answer and/or deposit (maybe April 16??). Make sure you request written confirmation that this date is acceptable to them and keep a copy of the emails for your records. When you hear back about the other 3 schools, hopefully all 3 will be within a similar time frame. If not, ask for an extension with each offer you get so you don't lose any more money than you have to. That way, you will only pay 2 deposits at the most and only 2 schools will get your passport information, rather than 5. As an international applicant, is there any chance one of the 3 schools will offer you funding? If not, I don't see why you can't start ranking all 5 schools right now and finalize your list within a month. So when offers come in, you will know right away which ones to decline. If funding is a possibilty, then you don't have much of a choice but to wait before ranking the others. As for bank account info, if you don't go with your first school where you left a deposit, shut down your bank account (a quick and simple process), open up a new one and provide your new bank account info to the school you want to go to. Problem solved. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about the passport information (unless you submit your spouse's application after you make your final decision, with the possibility that your spouse might join you a little later on). But you can limit exposure to your passport information to only 2 schools, providing that you hear back from the remaining 3 schools before the first one has a deadline.
  3. You can do your own search here: http://www.universitystudy.ca/search-programs/
  4. Look into University of Victoria. I think this might be your only option in Canada.
  5. Your profs do not need to know anything about your private health information. They simply need to know what kind of accommodations you are eligible for and require. You can discuss your accommodations with your doctor and your adviser at the Accessible Learning department and your adviser should be able to give you suggestions if you aren't sure what you might need. The last thing you would want to occur is for a prof with a non-medical background to determine what kind of assistance you require. I make this comment because I've actually heard of this occurring to an undergrad - an Italian Lit. student disclosed to her mental illness to her prof who did not understand the implications of mental illness and didn't accommodate her at times because of his own personal biases and perceptions regarding mental illness. He was pretty much determining whether or not she should be given accommodations based on his limited knowledge of her illness as it was up to the prof to determine whether or not extensions should be granted. This is a rare occurrence, however. Generally, most profs are accommodating once you have the support of Accessible Learning services. But if it were me, I'd keep it simple and only mention the accommodations your require because this is all the information that they need to know.
  6. Welcome phd2msw, It's a quiet time of year. You might not get many replies until the fall when a new batch of applicants returns online. But I'll give you my 2 cents. Your work in social justice for aboriginal populations is social work. Your interviewing experience is good too. Some social workers are into clinical stuff and others do stuff like research, policy work, program planning, community education, etc. All of it is social work. So you should definitely write about the experience you mentioned above in your application. You are correct that lots of schools look for more experience, often the equivalent of 2 years fulltime or more, but U of T is more lenient in terms of the number of work hours. I think you stand a very good chance at U of T with your research, academic background, GPA and demonstrated interest in social justice issues. If you acquire extra volunteer experience that would make your application stronger. As you are already 2 years into your PhD, I wonder if this is the only reason you want to drop out now. How close are you to finishing? Are you stuck at a tough point in your research and you decided you'd rather quit instead? The earliest you'd be able to begin an MSW is in 14 months. Depending on your level of motivation, it may be worthwhile to complete it and do an MSW afterwards, esp. if you're one year away from completion. If you're 2 years from completion, delaying your MSW by an extra year would give you more time to accumulate part time experience on the side and enable you to be more competitive for other MSW programs as well. Having a PhD would also allow you to teach at a university in the future if you decide to go that route (in social work, not necessarily in the humanities). That's my take on it. But only you can decide what to do. Good luck.
  7. Could you do the PhD at the French school and a post doc at Cambridge? If this is feasible, I'd go this route instead because of the sheer fact that it's a lot of debt. How much total debt would you incur, including cost of living? I would get the full figures and evaluate how much debt you are comfortable taking on before making a decision and figure out the benefits and downsides of studying at each school.
  8. I think it's worth applying to U of T. Your GPA is good enough and your 1 year of experience should meet the minimum standard (although you did not mention your hours. If you only volunteer 2 hrs per week for one year, for instance, your total hours will be much different who does 15 hours/wk). Although, keep in mind that U if T doesn't formally have a minimum number of hours that they are looking for. You get admitted based on your overall application and strength as a candidate If you have excellent references and a strong statement of interest then you might get in. While I don't think you have nearly enough work experience for other schools, U of T is the most likely school I've come across to admit people with little work/volunteer experience. So I would give it a try and see what happens.
  9. I agree that getting to know your professors will be helpful as you will need to ask for academic references. So doing things like participating in class, talking to profs during office hours about course material, getting an RA position, volunteering for committees, etc would be some great ways to make yourself known in the department. If time allows for it, try to do volunteer work at a place that staffs social workers. You can learn more about your interests in SW (which will help you write a more focused statement of interest) and will have people to get advice from, such as what to put in your statement of interest for grad school apps, and you may meet someone who will end up serving as a reference in the future. I would also recommend researching schools and writing your apps early, especially if you are willing to move to do your MSW and plan to apply to many schools. So for instance, if you are in school from Sept - April, you might choose to use the spring and summer to read books on how to put together a good application for grad school, decide which schools you want to apply to based on your interests and the focus of each school's SW department, and take time to write a thoughtful and well written application for each school. I'd encourage you to take advantage of your school's academic advisers while you are still a student and attend a workshop on applying to grad school if your school has one and ask an academic adviser who has been designated by your school to proofread grad school apps to give you give you feedback on your applications. You may only have access to such services while you are enrolled as a student or up until the end of the summer of your last year of studies, so if would be a good idea to find out how long you are eligible to use such services in advance and plan your timeline accordingly. You will find that if you apply to a lot of schools, some of the questions will be similar and you will be able to reuse some of the material for different applications which will save you time. But there will always be differences so you will need to customize your app for each school you apply to. If you take the time to carefully research each school you will be able to pick out schools that are a good fit for you and emphasize the points of your application that would make it clear to the admissions committee that you are a good fit for their program. ex: U of Victoria has a strong focus on Aboriginal issues and children. You might even decide to research schools in the summer after year one as things shouldn't really change all that much by the following year, and focus on putting together your apps the following summer and fall. Here is a great website to search for schools all across Canada: http://www.universitystudy.ca/search-programs/
  10. I think you need to decide if you are going to work towards getting into a bachelor of science program in nursing or an MPH, then plan the next year accordingly to increase your chances of getting in. Focus on acquiring research experience if you want to go for an MPH and if you want to do a bachelor of science in nursing focus on gaining hands on health care experience working directly with patients in a helping capacity.
  11. Have you considered applying to nursing schools in the US? There are far more schools in the US compared to Canada, with varying levels of competitiveness. ie: 1st tier, 2nd tier, 3rd tier... whereas I don't think we even have 3rd tier in Canada. With so many more choices in the US, there ought to be a BSc. program you could get into. If you attend a 3rd tier university and return to Canada to work, most Canadians don't even know which schools have 2nd and 3rd tier programs, imo, so I don't think it would matter much. (I don't mean academics, they certainly would know, but hospital HR people and other nurses wouldn't typically know the difference). You just need to make sure the college of nursing would accept your degree from a given school in order to become a registered nurse. In the meantime, you could try finding work as a personal support worker to gain practical experience. Try a group home or temp agency. Getting a PSW certificate, if possible, would help too and would allow you to work at a hospital, long term care facility or other setting. Good luck!
  12. By the sounds of it, if you do not receive funding one month before your program begins, you will get your visa after the semester has begun, which is too late. I think that if you don't hear anything one month before the program start date, you would be wise to go with your preferred choice of attending a local school for your master's and trying to get into a PhD program in the US afterwards.
  13. Can you defer your offer by one year? If you can attend next year instead when it is not an election year, you should get your scholarshipmoney faster, based on what you have said here. It sounds like a busy and stressful time in your life. Perhaps you could use this upcoming year to adjust to your new life with your husband, save more money and give yourself plenty of time to apply to more scholarships next year. Best of luck!
  14. U of T is a great choice if you want hospital experience. It's a pity that York doesn't offer the experience you are looking for. I guess it comes down to great fit and work experience and reputation vs. funding. In your shoes, I would probably go with U of T but it would be extremely difficult for me to turn down the funding. Not an easy decision for sure.
  15. I agree with the above. I think you should pick a school and stick with it. This is not considerate of both schools as you are taking up extra spots that could go to someone else and you are not being truthful. In additional, this will not be good for your reputation as a professional. Furthermore, from your perspective alone, it will end up being fairly costly to remain out of the workforce for a couple of extra years by switching back and forth between schools. I think it would also look odd on a resume to complete 2 identical degrees and raise suspicion by a potential employer when they see your school attendance dates on your resume. I think you need to have more confidence in your decision making abilities. Pick the school you think is best and go with it. No one can predict the future. You simply need to make the best decision you can with the information you currently have and trust that things will work out for you in the end. Good luck.
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