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  1. Thanks for the info, everyone! I will check with someone from my dept. to make sure, but at least now I know it's not unreasonable to expect that books might be provided.
  2. This may seem like a dumb question, but as a first-time TA, I don't know what the norm is. Do TAs buy the books for the course they're teaching just like they do for the courses they are taking? Or are the required texts provided to TAs? I know I can find out from my TA adviser but I thought I would ask here first so I know what to expect. Thanks!
  3. Hi, I will be moving to Victoria in about a month and won't know anyone there. I didn't find any discussions about UVic in here so I thought I would start one up. Anyone else going to be going to school in Victoria, or even Vancouver? I'm excited to live in Victoria as I've heard only good things about it, although, being from the landlocked prairies, I do have this worry in the back of my mind about the whole city getting submerged in a tsunami!
  4. Thanks for the advice everyone. I also think Teagirl's suggestion of having a kind of personal goal/challenge to meet new people is a good idea. I think if I make that commitment to myself I will be more likely to do things that might be slightly stretching my comfort zone in order to meet new people. I really think the first few weeks will make or break me (because if I start off totally in my shell it will be that much harder to break it down the road), so I guess I'll just have to make myself get to know some people right off the bat. And thanks for the meetup.com suggestion. I hadn't th
  5. I wasn't saying I didn't see your point at all Arcanen, but you don't seem to want to acknowledge that it isn't the only way of looking at the issue. I was trying to be honest and diplomatic, but I feel like you're judging and scolding me for explaining my situation and perspective. I'm not hiding behind the fact that I'm an introvert; I'm aware of that fact and trying to take steps to make sure it doesn't stop me from having a great experience in grad school. I have lived in my own apartment for four years and I really love it and know it works for me, so I'm planning to continue with that ty
  6. I do appreciate the suggestion of stepping out of my comfort zone and living in a residential school, and (if not for the cat issue) would agree that maybe I shouldn't immediately write off that option. However, I know that for me, and people like me, it would not be the most fitting option and it doesn't just have to do with a comfort zone. Being introverted means you generally lose energy from being around groups of people and feel more energized when you are able to spend time alone. This doesn't mean you don't need human contact, but it does mean that you need space and alone time to thriv
  7. Thanks so much for all of the advice! It's nice to know that there are other people in a similar situation, and to know that they have managed. As far as living in residence goes, this really isn't an option for me. First of all, because I have a cat and leaving him behind is definitely off the table. But regardless of that, it just wouldn't be at all feasible for me as a person. I am very introverted so if I don't have alone time and a space that is totally my own and private, I actually feel more lonely and disconnected. I know this seems counterintuitive, but I'm sure any other introver
  8. As September creeps closer and the reality of moving to a new city to start my Graduate degree sinks in, I find myself worrying about how I'm going to settle into the city/school socially. I do have a SO but he will not be moving with me (instead we're hoping he'll be able to work in some decently long visits). I don't know anyone in the city I'll be going to and I haven't met anyone in my program. The reason I'm worried is because I'm very shy, especially in certain circumstances. If I'm confident in the material, I can give a great speech or presentation, but as soon as it comes to someth
  9. Mandarin.orange, thanks so much for all this information about your experiences! I can just see myself now, chasing my cat around security after he squirms out of my arms... Haha. It sounds like it will be stressful and worrisome to fly with a cat, but it's good to know that there are people out there who have done it and had things turn out okay! And good advice with the flying nonstop. I think it would be worth the cash to save the cat the extra stress! It's nice to know there are other grad students out there trying to do their best to accommodate their pets! I could never leave my lit
  10. I'm in pretty much the same position as the OP. My university will be about a 12-14 hour drive away and I will be bringing my cat (and a UHaul with furniture) with me. I'm hoping to avoid stopping overnight if I can, just to avoid the extra UHaul charges. I will of course stop for breaks with my cat, though. One bit of advice I would give is to try and get your cat used to car rides in the next couple of months. My parents live about 40 minutes away from me and I will often visit them for a couple nights on my days off work, so I take my cat with me. The first trip or two, he yowled a cou
  11. I'm in Alberta and got a letter in the mail a couple days ago at my parents. I was out of town so I had to wait till today to open it (excruciating!) but I have been lucky enough to receive the award. Congrats to all that have and good luck to those waiting to hear!!
  12. For those of you who have heard, have you received your letters in the mail or have you found out through your school? I haven't seen anything on the twitter feed about the results being announced but am getting too anxious for my own good. A big congratulations to those of you who were successful, by the way!!
  13. I'm getting so antsy about this! I really want to find out whether or not I'm getting this grant. Not only because it would be very exciting to get it, but also because I really need to know what my financial situation will be when I start in September. I'm in the process of looking for apartments near my university and don't even know what my price range is! I just want to know one way or the other already...
  14. @exocet Thanks for the info about the city and neighbourhoods! It's helpful to know which ones will be convenient and which won't. Now I'm just hoping I don't have too much trouble finding a place!
  15. Just wondering if there are any students from (or going to) the University of Victoria's English program. I will be going there in September and would love to have a little insight from anyone attending. It would also be nice to hear from some students who will be newbs like me at Uvic in the fall!
  16. Just want to second this point. Many American schools are more prestigious, but in terms of the quality of education, Canadian schools often have more challenging programs. I am inclined to go for quality over prestige, but it depends to what degree your school will affect your career options afterwards.
  17. I had the exact same problem choosing between schools. I had a few offers but was stuck between two. One was extremely student-friendly, small department and classes, and the people I was in contact with there were just so nice and helpful. The other was a bit bigger (though not huge), didn't have the same extremely friendly attitude, but offered a lot of classes I was super interested in and is a well-respected program. I ended up going for the slightly bigger school (UVic by the way) because in the end I felt like they had more to offer me in terms of class content and they are a mid-siz
  18. Hi everyone, I recently accepted UVic's offer and will be heading off to do my MA there in September. I'm wondering if anyone has advice and info about living in Victoria. I am from Alberta so I know a little about the city and have been there when I was younger, but I'm a little lost in terms of where to live. Ideally, I would like a place that is close to the University (whether walking distance or on a good bus route, as I'm not sure I will have my car there), and maybe not too far from downtown. Affordability is a big must, as I'm sure all you grad students know. I'm not the kind of pe
  19. I wish they would be a little more specific than "spring 2013." I am so anxious to find out the results! I've heard so many different dates thrown around - from late March to late-May. I just wish I had a better idea of what to expect! And it will be nice to know how much I need to worry about saving up before heading off to school in September. Has anyone applied for a Master's SSHRC in the past, or known someone who has? Any idea when people were notified about the results? On another note, I'm curious if anyone knows much about the SSHRC MA scholarship for past years. When I was talkin
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